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A quick guide on workplace protocols and basic labor issues related to COVID-19

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On May 1, 2020, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) promulgated the Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (“Interim Guidelines”) for the observance of businesses in their respective workplaces. Here is a quick guide on the protocols prescribed by the DTI and DOLE in order...

‘How I Survived Covid-19’

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As of June 6, the total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to almost 21,000 and the number is expected to rise as the government and the private sector ramp up mass testing across the country. In addition, the government has approved the gradual lifting of the lockdowns, which has kept Metro Manila and other heavily impacted cities under...

COURAGE in the time of COVID-19

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If there is a silver lining to this pandemic, it is that courageous individuals emerge from the fold, helping to restore our faith in humanity. Through their selfless acts and generous sacrifices, they help others rise above the storm and remind us that there is, indeed, something that we can do to help. Whether it’s serving at the frontlines, helping...

LESSONS ON PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS

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With over 42,000 barangays nationwide under his helm, DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño has a daunting responsibility. According to the definition of the Local Government Code, barangays are the most basic political unit in the Philippines. Hence, interventions should have been done early on at this level to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. “There should have been barangay-level consultations...

MERALCO TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, ASSURES PUBLIC OF 24/7 SERVICE DURING ENTIRE ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE PERIOD

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The Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) today assured the public that it will keep the lights on and continue to serve its customers, operating 24/7 to ensure uninterrupted distribution of power during the 30-day community quarantine (15 March to 14 April 2020) and enable business continuity amid the lockdown. Prior to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine, the distribution utility...

MARCH RATES REGISTER SLIGHT ADJUSTMENT

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Net Electricity Rate Decrease Still Almost P1 per kWh for this year After two consecutive months of power rate reductions, Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) announced today a slight upward adjustment of power rates, as the overall rate for a typical household increased by P0.0278 per kWh, from last month’s P8.8623 per kWh to P8.8901 per kWh this March. This is...

MERALCO BANS ALL FORMS OF SMOKING IN COMPANY FACILITIES

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To further strengthen the company’s commitment for a healthier and more sustainable environment, Manila Electric Company (“Meralco” or the “Company”) (PSE: MER) announced that smoking, including vaping and using e-cigarettes, will no longer be allowed, effective March 1, 2020, in all Meralco facilities and premises. To ensure complete compliance, the company placed visible signages around all Meralco properties, including former...

Mayor Luis “Chavit” Singson: The King of the North

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"Sincere ang kailangan nating maglilingkod para sa bayan. Hindi para sa pamilya niya, hindi para sa kaibigan niya, para sa bayan." It's the Art of Politics and Governance according to Narvacan Mayor Luis "Chavit" Singson. Our January-February 2020 issue is out now! #ChavitSingson #LeagueMagazineOnline #LeagueMagazine

CITY OF DREAMS MANILA INAUGURATES P76M SOLAR SOLUTIONS

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The country’s first integrated resort to utilize solar energy City of Dreams Manila inaugurates its Php 76 million solar power solutions with guests of honor Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Senator Cynthia Villar (fifth from left) and Department of Energy's Senior Undersecretary Jesus Cristino Posadas (fourth from left). From left to right, together with them...

LINKING THE ARCHIPELAGO

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“What we need now is a benevolent dictator,” states 78-year-old Luis “Chavit” Singson with a deliberate nod. It’s a controversial statement from an equally controversial figure. But he is unafraid of sharing his opinion, one formed from almost 50 years in politics. “Instead of dictator, perhaps the better term is disciplinarian, baka masamain nila ang dictator (They might misconstrue it),”...

DEFENDER OF JUSTICE

Two rooms filled with piles of papers greeted Justice Undersecretary Emmeline “Em” Aglipay-Villar when she finally accepted Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra’s offer to join his team in July 2019. But instead of wringing her hands in despair, Villar thought of a solution. She asked her office staff to bring in work that she can manage to fit on her...

FAST-TRACKING PROGRESS

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For the regular working class, there’s nothing quite like traveling to your place of work as comfortable as possible, knowing that you need to be 100% ready—physically and mentally—for the tasks that await you. LEAGUE was fortunate enough to get the first peek into the Philippine National Railways’ (PNR) brand new train sets, which came all the way from...

Why Two(-wheeled) Won’t Do

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When in Metro Manila, the perennial concern on everyone’s mind is the horrendous traffic. How do you beat traffic? Do you take the MRT? Do you ride your own vehicle? Or do you use your own motorcycle for ease of mobility? For the past few months, a lot of metro commuters have enjoyed the services offered by Angkas, a motorcycle...

ONE MERALCO FOUNDATION OFFERS FREE CHARGING, FOOD PACKS TO TAAL VOLCANO VICTIMS

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To ensure that their mobile devices are constantly powered, One Meralco Foundation (OMF), the corporate social responsibility arm of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), set up its solar-powered mobile charging stations at an evacuation center in Alfonso, Cavite last night where around 3,000 families affected by the Taal Volcano eruption are currently taking shelter. Mobile power stations will also...

NUMBERS THAT MATTER

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A responsive public service, easier and efficient business transactions with the government, free higher education, better healthcare programs, institutionalized social safety net programs for the poor, and high-impact infrastructure projects—these are among the top priorities of the Duterte administration. The numbers on these pages tell us what the government has achieved so far and what we can expect in...

GENTLE CHARM

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe “Ipe” Remollo’s home is abuzz on a Monday morning, as 200 or so people from different barangays congregate at the garden area. The mayor says meetings and gatherings are a commonplace in their family home. “Hindi na ako pumupunta sa barangay, sila na ang pumupunta dito. ,” he quips cheerfully. The Remollo abode is warm and...

WHAT ARE OUR BARANGAYS SPENDING BIG ON?

We in Barangay 198 are planning to buy disaster risk reduction equipment. These include a generator, hand- held radios, and medical equipment, especially now that our country is experiencing various calamities. Aside from the disaster prevention equipment, portions of the budget will be allocated to the rest of the programs and activities that our barangay will be conducting this year. Brgy....

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