Heavy traffic has always been a problem in Baguio City especially during summer and holidays. Due to the high influx of vehicles, there have been one proposal after another to convert open spaces into parking lots. The city is also trying its best not to allow parking in any area to avoid clogging of roads. Just look at these NO PARKING signs!
Is there a solution to this then? Should it be additional parking spaces?
The most practical solution to this is – minimizing the use of our vehicles. Easier said than done right? But we can do it one step at a time. And to start with this, I encourage everyone to start walking and enjoy the city’s embracing breeze.
To help promote our city as THE CITY OF WALKING PEOPLE, here are my top 5 favorite spots where you can start training yourself to get used to walking around the city:
Whew! Now we finally come to the end of this article. Napagod kayo ano? Just a reminder, wherever you jog or walk sa Baguio, paalala lang po…
Let us go back to loving our city once again because there is no other place like Baguio. I may not have experienced the old Baguio that our predecessors first fell in love with but I am of the view that there is so much to preserve than develop.
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Out of the 17,891 examinees, only 9,707 made the cut in the latest Nursing Board Exam given nationwide last May 2015. That would mean an additional 9,707 battling for employment as a registered nurse.
INSPIRING, A JEEPNEY DRIVER’S DAUGHTER LANDED 2ND PLACE
Charlyn Montebon Villa, daughter of a jeepney driver and a graduate of Riverside College in Bacolod landed second in the recently conducted nursing licensure examination. Poverty could have been an obstacle for her to reach her goal but according to her, she wanted to be a nurse so bad.
Charlyn’s success is one good example of why we need to be persistent on chasing our dreams. “We didn’t have money”, she recalled in an interview but obviously this did not deter her to accomplish what she’s so far accomplished.
It is not surprising that due to her performance in the board exam, Charlyn already have job offerings and most likely those who landed the top 10 spot will also share the same fate.
WHERE WILL THE OTHERS GO?
The question that I have in mind now is– will the Philippine government be able to provide jobs for the other 9,697 newly registered nurses? With the current state that we are in, the answer is obvious. We can expect these registered nurses lining up to agencies and training centers that would enable them to obtain employment abroad. We will also see an army of nurses volunteering to hospitals just to gain experience, again, as a requirement for a nursing job abroad. Of course no one should blame them for this diaspora especially if they have families to support and our very own country couldn’t provide for employment.
WHY DID THEY TAKE UP NURSING IN THE FIRST PLACE?
In one of the youth seminars that we have organized several years back, I was able to speak to a college nursing student who revealed that he was only taking up the course because he was forced to do so by his parents. He was in a state of frustration because he didn’t know where his efforts in school were leading him. Just a month ago, I saw this guy in a police uniform. I failed to ask though if he finished nursing or shifted to another course for him to become the police officer that he is now.
In the Philippines, opportunities may be scarce for this group of professionals but I know of people who did not allow this nursing employment drought to get to them and so they became entrepreneurs, teachers, policemen, lawyers and doctors.
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR NURSES!
What prompted me to actually write this article is when I learned from a friend that there is actually a solution to this lack of employment for nurses – The Armed Forces of the Philippines NURSE CORPS.
In a video I saw that was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of AFP NURSE CORPS, BGEN Irma Almoneda NC (GSC), The Chief Nurse, AFP defined the nurse corps by saying – “ang Nurse Corps ay kaagapay sa pagtutupad ng pangkalahatang pangangalaga ng kalusugan ng mga kasundaluhan…” My take is they won’t really go to war like the soldiers but they will be in charge of taking care of the wounded in case there is war. In the absence of war, they are the once conducting activities that would ensure that our soldiers and their beneficiaries are maintaining good health.
How then can a nurse join the AFP NURSE CORPS? Here are the requirements.REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMISSION-SHIP IN THE NURSE CORPS
Must be a natural born Filipino citizen
Must have a pleasing personality and good moral character
Registered nurse with a Board rating of 80% or above. Below 80% may be admitted, but should pass a qualifying examination to be conducted by the Office of the Chief Nurse, AFP
Male and female applicants must be single or never been married. For female applicants, must not be positively found to have given birth to a living stillborn child.
Not more than 32 years old at the time of commission
Must satisfy the following height requirements:
Female – at least 5′ 2″
Male – at least 5′ 4″
Must be mentally and physically fit for military service and cleared by the appropriate security agencies.
First priority shall be given to Enlisted Personnel who are registered nurses by profession with at least three (3) years of active military service and have successfully completed the Clinical Nursing Program for EP Nurses being conducted by the Office of The Chief Nurse, AFP.
Second priority shall be given to other applicants who have satisfied the additional following additional requirements:
a.) With at least three (3) years of current and continuous professional experience in hospital/clinic settings and or as member of a faculty of a recognized School of Nursing.
b.) Preferably with Master in Nursing or at least nine (9) units of post graduate studies leading to Master in Nursing.
If you meet any of the above requirements, you should also prepare the following documents:
Resume with 2×2 Picture;
Transcript of Records;
Certificate of Board Rating.
Submit the above documents to the Office of the Chief Nurse at the Heneral Valdez Building at Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City for initial evaluation.
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DISCLAIMER: The article is written for the purpose of informing the readers that there is a Department in the AFP called AFP Nurse Corps and does not in any way guarantee vacancies in the AFP NURSE CORPS. Please contact the AFP for current vacancies.
Ako po si Elma Quijanio, meron po akong Ukay-Ukay shop dito sa may Baguio City at may dalawa po akong saleslady. Gusto ko lang pong tanungin kung magkano ba ang minimum na bayad sa mga saleslady at kelan po ba sila entitled sa benefits tulad ng SSS?
Isa pa po, ayaw po nilang makaltasan ng SSS. Ano po ang mga pwedeng mangyari kung di ko sila kinakaltasan ng contribution nila sa SSS?
Aking hinimay ang iyong mga katanungan at sinagot sila isa isa sa baba:
1) Magkano ang minimum na bayad sa mga saleslady dito sa Baguio City?
2) Kelan entitled sa SSS benefits ang isang empleyado?
3) Ano ang pwedeng mangyari kung ayaw nilang makaltasan ng SSS?
Magkano ang minimum na bayad sa mga saleslady dito sa Baguio City?
Dito sa Baguio City, ang minimum wage ay:
Basic Minimum Wage
Employing more than 10 workers
Employing 10 workers or less
Dahil may dalawa ka lang na saleslady, klarong base sa chart sa taas, ang minimum wage nila ay P260.00/day. Pwede ka namang mag bigay ng mas mataas kung gusto mo. Ang nakasaad lang diyan ay minimum, ibig sabihin, di pwede bumaba diyan.
Kelan entitled sa SSS benefits ang isang empleyado?
Ayon sa Section 10 ng R.A. 1161 as amended by R.A. 8282, ang effective date ng coverage ng isang empleyado ay sa araw ng kanyang employment. Ibig lang sabihin na kahit isang buwan lang siyang employed ay entitled na siya sa SSS benefits. Siyempre may corresponding contribution ang employer at employee diyan.
Ano ang pwedeng mangyari kung ayaw nilang makaltasan ng SSS?
Hindi po sila pwedeng tumanggi na makaltasan. Ang pwede pong mangyari, pwede kayong habulin ng SSS at pwede kayong makasuhan sa paglabag sa batas dahil obligasyon niyo bilang isang employer ang kaltasan sila at i-remit ang kanilang contribution.
Huwag po kayong padadala kapag sinasabi na huwag nalang silang kaltasan dahil bali-baliktarin man ang mundo ay magiging liable kayo. Lalo pa kung naka-away niyo ang saleslady niyo at binaligtad niya kayo at sinabi sa himpilan ng SSS na hindi kayo nagbabayad ng contributions niya e di kayo ang talo. Hindi po kasi depensa na napagkasunduan niyo na hindi siya kaltasan dahil bawal ang kasunduan na iyan. Kaya maigi pa rin na sumunod sa batas.
Ayon sa R.A. 1161 as amended by R.A. 8282 (SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM) ito ang mga duties at liabilites ng isang employer:
DUTIES OF THE EMPLOYER:
1) To pay employer’s contribution in accordance with the schedule provided in this Act;
2) To deduct and to remit employees’ contributions;
3) To immediately report to the SSS the names, ages, civil status, occupations, salaries and dependents of all his employees who are subject to compulsary coverage;
4) To keep true and accurate work records for such period and containing such information as the Commission may prescribe;
5) To require, as a condition to employment, the presentation of a registration number secured by the prospective employee from the SSS in accordance with such procedure as the SSS may adopt;
6) To notify the SSS of the confinement within five (5) calendar days after receipt of the notification from the employee member; and
7) To advance in two equal monthly installments the maternity leave benefits within thirty (30) days from the filing of the maternity leave application.
At kung sakaling pumalya ka sa mga duties na yan, eto ang mga liabilities para magising ka ng konti at maging strikto sa pag-kaltas ng SSS contributions ng mga saleslady mo:
LIABILITIES OF THE EMPLOYER:
1) The employer shall pay to the SSS damages equivalent to the benefits, which said employee member would otherwise have been entitled to, for his failure to remit the required contributions;
2) To pay, besides the contribution, a penalty thereon of 3% per month from the date the contribution falls due until paid, for his failure to deduct and remit contributions;
3) To pay to the SSS damages equivalent to the benefits, which said employee member would have been entitled to had his name been reported on time by the employer to the SSS, for his failure to report matters required upon him; and
4) To pay to the SSS damages equivalent to the difference between the amount of benefits, to which the employee member or his beneficiary would have been entitled to had the proper contributions been remitted to the SSS, and the amount payable on the basis of contributions actually remitted, for his misrepresentation of the true date of employment of the employee member or for remittance to the SSS contributions less than those required in this Act or for failure to remit any contributions due prior to the date of contingency.
Para maiwasan ang pagdagsa ng mga kaso, maari lamang po na sundin ang nakasaad sa batas patungkol sa sweldo ng mga empleyado. Huwag din pong mag-give in kung ayaw nilang pakaltas ng SSS contribution dahil kayo po ang babalikan ng batas. Naiintindihan ko po na maaring kulang sa pang-araw araw nila kaya ayaw nilang pakaltas pero paki-explain nalang na for their own good din kapag updated ang contributions nila.
Kung malakas naman ang benta, hindi rin masama na itaas ang sweldo nila para maging masaya din sila. 🙂 Share the blessings ika nga.
Sana ay nasagot ko ang iyong mga katanungan Madam Elma. Paalala lang po na ang aking mga payo ay base lang sa katanungan niyo at maaaring mabago kung may karagdagang detalye.
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Kuya, i’m really stressed at the moment. My name is Maya D. Macabebe, I am currently working for a Spa Center as a receptionist. It has been 3 months now that I have been working for this Spa Center and I tried to file for two (2) days leave kasi may beach outing kami ng mga friends ko. My manager ba naman did not allow me saying wala pa daw akong one (1) year. Imagine? Ang pagkaka-alam ko po kasi e I am entitled to Service Incentive Leave. I feel so deprived, I feel like tinanggalan ako ng karapatang mabuhay. Wala po ba akong karapatang mag-beach? Wala po ba akong karapatang mag-leave?
Alam mo kapatid, wag ka masyado paka-stress. Di ka lang pinayagan mag-leave e tinanggalan ka na agad ng karapatang mabuhay? Paano pa kaya kung tinanggal ka sa trabaho e di nag-evaporate ka na? Unang una, trabaho ba ang priority mo o ang pagbabarkada?
Ngayon, sa tanong mo kung wala ka bang karapatang mag-beach eto ang aking sagot: Lahat ng tao ay may karapatang pumunta sa dagat at mag-beach. Walang makakapigil sa iyo diyan. Go ahead and be the mermaid that you’ve always wanted to become,
or a “kuhol” kung ayaw mo ng mermaid.
Sunod, entitled ka na ba sa Service Incentive Leave? Read my discussion below:
What is the concept of a Service Incentive Leave?
Service Incentive Leave (SIL) is five (5) days leave with pay for every employee who has rendered at least one (1) year of service.
What is One (1) year of service in relation to SIL?
It is service within 12 months, whether continuous or broken, reckoned from the date the employee started working including authorized absences and paid regular holidays unless the number of working days in the establishment, as a matter of practice or policy or as provided in the employment contract, is less than 12 months.
What are the exceptions to the application of SIL?
SIL does NOT apply to the following:
1) Employees of the government;
2) Domestic helpers and persons in the personal service of another;
3) Managerial employees;
4) Field personnel whose performance is unsupervised or those who are paid a fixed amount for performing work irrespective of the time consumed in the performance thereof;
5) Those already enjoying the said benefits;
6) Those already enjoying vacation leave with pay for at least 5 days; and
7) Those employed in establishments regularly employing less than 10 employees. (Sec. 1, Rule V, Book 3, Rules Implementing the Labor Code)
Based on my discussion above, since you are only employed for three (3) months palang, very clear na hindi applicable sa iyo ang Service Incentive leave. Dapat may isang taon ka muna .At kahit na may isang taon ka nang empleyado pero ang employer mo ay nag-e-employ lang ng less than 10 employees, di ka pa rin qualified to have SIL.
Ano ang remedyo mo ngayon? Umabsent ka pero alalahanin mo na without pay yan or gamitin mo nalang yung rest day mo kasi entitled ka naman to a rest day every week.
Kung mapilit ka at umabsent ka without pay, ano ang magiging effect? Siyempre bad shot ka na sa pinapasukan mo. Wala namang masama sa pag-absent basta reasonable ang rason. Pero kung magbe-beach ka lang aba depende na yan sa management, kasi pwede ka nilang di payagan lalo na kung ma-aabandona ang trabaho mo.
Mag-isip ka kung mahal mo ba ang trabaho mo. Kasi kung ang ina-atupag mo e ang pagbabarkada hindi rin yan maganda para sa career mo at lalong hindi matutuwa ang mga employers mo. Imagine, three (3) months ka pa lang e aabsent ka na for the reason na mag-bebeach ka? E di wow, di ba?
So Maya, if you are still young, I suggest that you focus on your career muna. Malayo ang mararating mo kung pakitaan mo ng maganda ang employer mo. Excel in your job and everything will follow.
Remember to value your job kung gusto mong umasenso sa buhay.
I hope na naliwanagan ka Maya, so sabihan mo nalang mga friends mo na pass ka muna sa beach outing na yan. I hope that I was able to help you. If you have other legal questions, do not hesitate to message me on my facebook account or put a comment on this article. Paalala, ang payo ko sa iyo ay base lang sa tanong mo at maaring mabago ang aking advise kung may karagdagang impormasyon.
Proverbs 12:24 – The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
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It has been fourteen years (14) that the constitution has bestowed upon me my right to suffrage. But even so, I am so ashamed to admit that I have not participated in any election. This year, things will change as I realized the power of my vote. One vote that represents change, ONE VOTE for ONE SUCCESSFUL NATION.
I would like to encourage everyone to register as a voter as early as possible. Your voices need to be heard and your vote is the only instrument to make that happen.
Here are the 10 HAPPY STEPS to a better Philippines:
10 HAPPY STEPS TO REGISTER AS A VOTER.
Now that you have completed the 10 happy steps to become a registered voter, you can now start choosing your 2016 president. Would it be GRACE POE, MAR ROXAS or DUTERTE?
Ikaw, sinong presidente mo? Well, pa-register ka muna bago ka mag-react! 🙂 Happy registration to everyone!!
THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE HEADING FOR REGISTRATION:
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BECOME A REGISTERED VOTER?
For you to be qualified for registration, apart from good looks because that is already given, you must possess all of the following requirements:
A Filipino citizen, who is not yet a registered voter;
At least eighteen (18) years of age;
A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year;
A resident in the place wherein he (or she) proposes to vote for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the May 9, 2016 Synchronized National, Local and ARMM Regional Elections; and
Not otherwise disqualified by law.
Please bear in mind that those who will be turning 18 on or before 09 May 2016, or whose required period of residence will be satisfied on or before said election date, may start filing their applications for registration starting 09 May 2015 only.
In addition to the first four (4) requirements as enumerated above, you must also not possess any of the following disqualifications:
Any person who has been sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment for not less than one (1) year, such disability not having been removed by plenary pardon or amnesty;
Any person who has been adjudged by final judgment by a competent court or tribunal of having committed any crime involving disloyalty to the duly-constituted government, such as, rebellion, insurrection, violation of the firearms laws, or any crime against national security unless restored to his/her full civil and political rights in accordance with law; and
Insane or incompetent person as declared by competent authority unless subsequently declared by proper authority that such person is no longer insane or incompetent.
WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTS THAT YOU NEED BEFORE REGISTRATION?
A person has to establish his/her identity when he (or she) personally appears to file his/her application for registration before the Office of the Election Officer (OEO). The following identification documents are the valid IDs accepted:
Employee’s identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
Postal ID ;
PWD Discount ID;
Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
Senior Citizen’s ID;
Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC);
Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or IPs; and
Any other valid ID.
In the absence of any of the above-mentioned identification documents, the applicant may be identified under oath by any registered voter of the precinct where he (or she) intends to be registered, or by any of his/her relatives within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity. No registered voter or relative shall be allowed to identify more than three (3) applicants.
Community Tax Certificates (cedula) and PNP clearance shall not be honored as valid identification documents for purposes of registration.
If the applicant fails to establish his/her identity by any of the aforementioned methods/documents, he/she shall not be issued an application form, nor shall his/her pre-accomplished application form be accepted.