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Privatizing electric coop may mean lost jobs, contractualization

BAGUIO CITY — The general manager of the Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) warned that if private corporations and capitalists manage to take over the operation of the cooperative, there is a possibility that this will lead to job displacements and contractualization.

CAR wage hike not enough

BAGUIO CITY — Anakpawis Cordillera maintains that the P15 to P25 daily wage increase for all minimum wage earners in the private sector that Regional Tripartite Wage Productivity Board (RTWPB) Cordillera recently issued is a far cry from what workers need.

Agriworkers welcome DOLE sanctions on sacada recruiters, employers

MANILA — National agriworkers center Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) welcomes recommendations forwarded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through Undersecretary for Labor Relations and Special Concerns Joel Maglunsod, against the recruiters and employers of Mindanao sakadas exploited in Hacienda Luisita.

Teachers, education officials forge unities

BAGUIO CITY — Teacher representatives from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) led by National Secretary-general Raymond Basilio and officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) here led by Regional Director Dr. Beatriz Torno reached substantive agreements during a courtesy call and dialogue on December 12, 2016.

Third training-assembly for teachers held

BAGUIO CITY — On November 4-6, 2016, 35 teacher-leaders from the 6 provinces of the Cordillera gathered at the Highland Villa for the Third Alliance of Concerned Teachers Regional Leadership Training Seminar and Assembly to develop militant, progressive and nationalist leadership among its members towards a stronger ACT-CAR Union that will more decisively address education and community issues in the region and contribute to the sectoral and national campaigns of ACT.

Rechannel PBB funds to salary increase

QUEZON CITY — Due to the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) scheme’s divisive and discriminatory character, Rep. France Castro of ACT Teachers Party-List urged the re- channeling of 16.7B PBB funds to salary increase during the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) presentation of the 2017 Budget on Monday, August 22.

Baguio on contractualization, national industrialization

BAGUIO CITY — The All Workers Unity-Cordillera Administrative Region (AWU-CAR), in partnership with the Baguio City Council Committee on Ethics, Governmental Affairs and Personnel, headed by Hon. Joel A. Alangsab and the Baguio City Council Committee on Employment, Livelihood, Cooperatives and Persons with Disabilities headed by Hon. Arthur L. Allad-iw, held a forum on “Contractualization and National Industrialization” last August 10, 2016 at the Baguio City Hall Multi-Purpose Hall.

Government urged to end contractual hiring

BAGUIO CITY — Kilusang Mayo Uno’s (KMU) Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog urged the government to end contractualization in its system before calling for the private business sectors to stop their “endo” or the end of contract practices.

Statements: Stand up against contractualization

This is in reference to the article written about the Alliance of Contractual Employees in UP (ACE UP) Baguio Chapter published in Northern Dispatch Weekly last Sunday, 26 June 2016 entitled, “ACE-UP Baguio Says No to Contractualization”. This is to clarify certain concerns about the article.

Nurses support Duterte’s call for genuine change

BAGUIO CITY — The Philippine Nurses Association of Cordillera Administrative Region (PNA-CAR), and other health workers groups in Cordillera, conducted a unity walk to support the Duterte administration’s plan to end contractualization, July 3, 2016.

K12’s toll on teachers

BAGUIO CITY — “Bakit ka magke-K12 kung nagwo-work naman yung dati nating system?” said Molly (not her real name), a professor in the University of the Philippines Baguio.