Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
The government will push for better working conditions for Filipinos employed abroad.
Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said the Philippines continues to lead global deployment of skilled workers as affirmed by the $5.4-billion remittance from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
"The global dollar remittances of OFWs reached $5.4 billion from January to April this year, which affirms the leadership of the Philippines in the sphere of productive global migration and the distinct global preference for skilled and semi-skilled OFWs," he said.
Roque said during the first five months of this year alone, some 516,466 documented OFWs have been deployed in more than 190 countries.
The country will be joining 24 other countries in the first annual Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration (TFMI) scheduled on July 9 to 13 in Germany, he added.
Roque said forum participants would tackle the important issues of overseas migration.
"Specifically, the initiative of the German Marshall Fund in the United States to organize the forum also demonstrates the global importance of migration, in which the Philippines continues to have a leading and productive part," he said.
Through the forum, the Philippines, particularly the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), hopes to contribute to the greater understanding of immigration and integration issues and promote effective bilateral cooperation, Roque said. - Mayen Jaymalin/Philstar
Our Government is proud yet they cannot upgrade Labor welfare in it's own doorsteps. LOL
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Oil’s Big Three - which sell nine in every 10 liters of fuel in the country - have been urged to follow the lead of Sea Oil Philippines Inc. in selling price-lock prepaid cards to consumers.
Opposition senator Francis Escudero issued the dare to Petron, Pilipinas Shell and Chevron Philippines, which operates the Caltex brand, a week after Seaoil launched the industry-first prepaid card which locks the price of gas for a given time.
Escudero said if a “small player in a small country ” can offer a product that shields consumers from price spikes ” then there’s no reason why this can’t be done by energy giants whose mother companies have been recording super profits”.
“If a scrawny new kid on the block can make the generous offer then oil companies with bigger financial muscle can do no less, “Escudero said.
At a “locked” price of P53.50 per liter, each card costs P1, 070 and is valid for 11 weeks or from June 10 to Aug. 22.
In the less likely event of a price rollback during the period however, company officials said they will refund the difference.
“This is the beauty of the Seaoil promo. The card price is fire walled against global price increases but if global prices go down Seaoil will give out refunds. For the motorists, there is no win-win offer than that,” Escudero said.
Seaoil has 102 stations all over the country, a drop in the barrel compared to Petron’s 1,200; Shell’s 800; and Caltex’s 850. The three combine for 2,850 out of the 3,369 registered fuel filling stations in January 2006.
In calling for the replication of the Seaoil promo, Escudero particularly directed his appeal to Petron, which remains 40 percent owned by the government until the sale of the latter’s stake to a British holding company becomes final.
“This is one form of imitation that Petron must have no qualms in doing because it serves the public interest and also makes good business sense, “he said.
He said Shell and Chevron “can also initiate a variant” of the Seaoil prepaid card “and they cannot plead poverty in not doing it.”
“Pilipinas Shell is part of a global conglomerate which posted a 25-percent hike in profits in the first 90 days of the year , or $9 billion while local Caltex’s mother company , Chevron, reported a 10 percent hike in profits, or $5.2 billion for the same period, ” he said.