Audit own intel funds, P-Noy told

MANILA, July 20, 2011—The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) asks the Aquino government to properly, transparently and completely audit the intelligence funds, amounting to P1.46 billion (US$34.05 million), which the Congress has approved last year. Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya’s national chair, says that the President should inform the public how the said amount […]

KMU assails DOF’s plan to increase self-employed taxes

MANILA, July 16, 2011—Militant labor center, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) assails the Department of Finance’s (DOF) plan to increase the tax payment of workers, under self-employed and professional categories in order to beef up government funds. Joselito “Ka Lito” Ustarez, vice chair of the KMU said in a statement that the DOF, particularly the Bureau […]

Total mining ban pushed

MANILA, Feb. 24, 2011—An environmental group has called for a “genuine” moratorium to all large-scale mining activities across the archipelago, in a bid to salvage the remaining forests in the country. Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (KPNE) made the appeal in a forum, attended by environmentalists and conservationists at the University of the Philippines […]

FAO official rejects probe on Laguna Lake project

To the fishermen’s disappointment, William Rolf, senior fisher officer of the United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) had rejected the request of the group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) to probe the impending dredging of the largest freshwater lake in the Philippines, the Laguna de Bai.

Youth solon refiles bill protecting BPO workers

Quezon City, August 20, 2010—Kabataan Rep. Raymond V. Palatino had re-filed House Bill (HB) No. 2962 or the BPO Workers Welfare & Protection Act of 2010, which is aimed to push for the better working conditions and protect the business process outsourcing workers, commonly known as call center agents. “Though bigger BPO companies offer relatively […]

Despite huge catch: Laguna Lake fishermen’s income remain low

Notwithstanding the effects of the typhoon Basyang (International Name: Conson), the 98,000-hectare Laguna de Bay had given the fisherfolks a bountiful harvest. But fishermen in Binangonan, Rizal say, they can gather as much as 100 kilos (220.46 lbs) of fish in just one fishing. However, Salvador France of the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas or Pamalakaya says, there is no cause for celebration for the income of the fisherfolks in Laguna de Bai continued to decline, thus leaving the fisherfolks and their families in deep penury.

SPECIAL LABOR REPORT: Labor groups want PAL be ‘nationalized,’ stop contractualization of labor

Group advocating job tenure in the Philippines, Tanggol Kabuhayan-Pilipinas (Tanggol Kabuhayan) condems the termination of more than 600 pilots of the Philippine Airlines and urges the government to nationalize Lucio Tan’s airline company.