PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to hold an official-level Technical Working Group Meeting to finalise the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the recruitment and protection of Indonesian domestic workers (PDI) in Malaysia. The Human Resources Ministry said the agreement was reached at the end of a discussion between both countries that was held virtually yesterday to finalise the MoU. It said that this shows the government’s commitment and concern to the urgent needs of the community so that the issue of maids can be addressed as soon as possible, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday (July 24). The Ministry said that it represented Malaysia along with the Foreign Affairs Ministry while the Indonesian government was represented by the Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers. According to the Ministry, the initial discussion was held following Prime ... » Learn More about Malaysia, Indonesia agree to discuss MOU on domestic workers
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PERSATUAN Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS) calls on all employers of local and migrant domestic workers to register their employees with the Social Security Organisation (Socso) immediately because by mid-2022, when Socso commences its enforcement of this new extension plan, payments will have to be backdated to June 2021. PSWS, which works closely with local and migrant domestic workers, also urges all domestic workers in Malaysia, including documented migrant domestic workers and part-time local domestic workers, to start speaking to their respective employers to get registered. Local domestic workers who work on a schedule for numerous employers in one week will also be eligible for Socso coverage as each of their employers will register them for social security protection in case of work-related mishaps in their homes. However, domestic workers whose employers ferry them from house to house – as with an on-call cleaning service – are considered employees of an agency and will ... » Learn More about Register your domestic worker with Socso
PUTRAJAYA: More than 200,000 workers in the retail and distribution industry have registered to be vaccinated under the retail industry programme (RiVAC), which kicked off on Monday (July 26). Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the registration of a total of 226,353 workers so far was made via 4,033 companies. He said five RiVAC vaccination centres in the Klang Valley have begun operations this week. They are located at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre and Maju Link in Bandar Tasik Selatan in Kuala Lumpur, the IOI City Tower in Putrajaya. In Selangor, the centres are at the Petaling Jaya Performing Arts Centre in Bandar Utama and the Centro Mall in Klang. He added that a vaccination centre under the RiVAC programme will be opened at Dataran Pahlawan, Melaka on Aug 1. “The retail, distribution and services sectors are crucial components of the economy. These sectors are affected by the movement control order, where almost all ... » Learn More about Over 200,000 retail, distribution workers registered for vaccination under RiVAC, says Domestic Trade Minister
The President's next State of the Nation address is expected to be his last, barring an unconstitutional extension of his term, and he would naturally want his valedictory, a victory lap of his administration. At best, however, it would be a pyrrhic victory lap, for we, the nation, are not at our best. We are instead languishing: in the tides of history, in a flood of blood and tears. We languish in COVID, with the Philippines holding the ignoble record of the longest continuous lockdown. $15 million has been borrowed to tide the country over during the pandemic, but we've only seen infection numbers seesawing, business shuttering, families going hungry and losing loved ones, and the vaccination rollout still trying to gather steam. All this was derived from decisions made since February 2020, when, despite evidence that the Wuhan outbreak could become a pandemic, the Duterte administration dithered on controlling flights from the region. That other countries are also going ... » Learn More about [OPINION] The languishing state of the nation
Ex-senator Antonio Trillanes IV warned Vice President Leni Robredo that his Magdalo party would abandon her if she gave way to Senator Panfilo Lacson in the 2022 presidential race, casting a dark cloud over the shaky opposition alliance. In a tweet Wednesday, July 28, Trillanes was frank about how he felt upon hearing of Robredo's recent meeting with Lacson and his running mate, Senate President Vicente Sotto III. “VP Leni, I hope this is not true. Pero kung totoo ito, pasensya na po pero the Magdalo Group would not join you and LP kung mag give way kayo para kay Senator Lacson ," Trillanes tweeted. (VP Leni, I hope this is not true. But if it is, then I’m sorry but the Magdalo Group would not join you and LP if you would give way to Senator Lacson.) The Magdalo political organization of Trillanes, composed of retired members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, has long been allied with the once-ruling Liberal Party (LP), where Robredo is ... » Learn More about Trillanes warning: Magdalo dropping Robredo if she gives way to Lacson
MANILA, Philippines – The novel coronavirus has caused most stock markets in Asia, including the Philippines’ local bourse, to bleed. Year-to-date, the bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) has dropped to a 52-week low of 7,129, well within bear territory and far from optimistic forecasts. This means that if you bought stocks at the start of 2020, priced at almost 7,800 each, you have lost over 8% of your investments. While the stock market is not totally indicative of the economy’s health, it does tell quite a lot about business sentiment. So far, it seems that sentiment does not go with some of the numbers. Analysts and even the government’s economic team have all been somewhat unanimous in saying that while the impact of the novel coronavirus is hard to price in, the economy, so far, can take the hit. The Philippines is also a domestic consumption-driven economy, which means that the economy is not very reliant on trade to grow. ... » Learn More about Businesses worry more about Duterte gov’t than novel coronavirus
For the fourth time, the proposal to create a department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) made it to President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA). Duterte on Monday, July 26, identified the creation of a Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos (DMWOF) a priority bill in his final SONA. He made similar calls during his past SONAs, except in 2017 and 2018. "I also ask Congress to pass a law creating the Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos. Kailangan po ito (this is needed) – because they are suffering, they suffered not only yesterday but they are still suffering now with so many inadequacies, in both our government response, including the monetary assistance – to ensure that there is a department that is solely focused on addressing the needs and taking care of the welfare of our countrymen abroad," Duterte said on Monday. It has been Duterte's plan to create a department focusing on OFWs even before he ... » Learn More about Does the Philippines need an OFW department?
Workers of Japanese firm Nidec Subic Philippines Corp. and company president Kiyoshi Sato receive their first dose of vaccine against COVID-19 during the launch of the government’s A4 vaccination program on Tuesday at the Subic Bay Freeport. (Photo courtesy of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority) SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The national government on Tuesday (July 27) formally began its mass COVID-19 vaccination drive for economic frontliners (category A4) during a ceremonial launch here, officials said. Five workers at the Japanese firm Nidec Subic Philippines Corp. were the first to get the initial shot of COVID-19 vaccine, said Wilma Eisma, chair and administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). Nidec manufactures electronic equipment, spindle motors, and digital core parts for multimedia. Eisma said the vaccine drive targets other registered business locators here “to help bring about Subic’s economic revival.” “This undertaking is very important because the workers ... » Learn More about COVID-19 vaccination drive for economic frontliners launched in Subic Freeport
SARAWAK is a state to watch. The announcement by its Chief Minister to invest in an infectious disease centre is progressive. Scientists have predicted that the Covid-19 pandemic is not going to be the last. Those who study the emergence of infectious diseases are convinced that we need to be prepared. As humans encroach into the habitats of microbes, these microbes will spill over into the former’s communities. This can be through host animals or other means of transfer to humans. There are also those who experiment with microbes for various purposes, including use in agriculture. Mistakes are sometimes unavoidable in such experiments where, instead of producing beneficial microbes, they create harmful ones. The worry is over the accidental release of bad microbes, which can infect us and create a pandemic. Future wars will not be just about fighting nation states over water, oil or territorial claims. They will be about fighting disease-causing microbes and cybercrime. Health ... » Learn More about Sarawak on path of excellence in research
WE all know that lockdowns are temporary measures to control the spread of Covid-19 within the community and lessen the healthcare burden. However, there are major concerns about how they can negatively affect people’s mental health. As a paediatrician, I receive numerous calls and visits by parents worried about their children’s health – especially those less than five years old. Most parents assume that the older age group would understand the pandemic better than the young ones and thus handle it better. I beg to differ. Here are some observed effects of lockdowns on children. > Developmental milestones – For school-going children, repeated school closures and strict movement control cause a significant reduction in having direct contact with their peers. Such measures also prevent children from participating in social activities like going to the playground or having playdates. This situation may make them feel lonely and anxious and some (especially young adults) ... » Learn More about How do lockdowns affect our children and what can we do to help them?