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A TRADE union representative has sought a congressional probe into the alleged illegal entry of foreign workers into the country.


THE Department of Health—National Capital Regional Office (DOH-NCRO) on Monday started its Anti-Dengue Ultra Low Volume Spraying and Disinfection Operations and pneumococcal vaccination in bus terminals along Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (Edsa) as part of its continuing campaign to eliminate dengue in the region and to provide protection for bus drivers and conductors against pneumonia.


“We will continue to sustain our anti-dengue efforts until such time that dengue in Metro Manila is eliminated. Spraying activities and disinfection of public areas in various barangays are also being conducted regularly,” Health Undersecretary Ted Herbosa said.


Herbosa added the pneumococcal vaccine is for the protection of bus drivers and conductors who are always exposed to diseases and bacteria, which they might acquire from handling the currency they collect from passengers.


“These bacteria and diseases can be passed on easily. One vaccine will give a person three years of protection against diseases caused by streptococcus pneumoniae,” he stressed.


Meanwhile, partial report from the DOH Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) showed there were 1,597 dengue cases admitted at different reporting institutions of the region from January 1 to March 15, which is 40 percent lower compared to the same period last year with 2,643 cases.


Most (22 percent) cases were from Manila City.


Four deaths were reported. Ages of cases ranged from nine days to 80 years. Most (49 percent) of those affected belonged to the 15 to  49 years age group. Majority (54 percent) were males.


Among the cities with the most number of dengue cases are Manila with 354 dengue cases; Quezon with 293 cases; Las Piñas with137; Pasig with 130; Caloocan with 119 and Parañaque with 104.


The agility of mosquitoes to travel by bus from neighboring regions and provinces of Metro Manila prompted the department to target areas frequented by commuters.


Mosquitoes carrying dengue disease can bite passengers who sleep while waiting for their scheduled trip home.


Also, there are travelling passengers who already have fever and when bitten by a mosquito, the virus can be transferred to another passenger by the same mosquito.


The chemicals used by the department for its spraying and disinfection operations are certified environment friendly by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).


The efficacy of the spray can last up to three months. One droplet is enough to kill mosquitoes and other insects such as cockroaches and even flies.


Anti-dengue misting/spraying using water-based insecticide on buses will start at 6:30 a.m., garbage cans, comfort rooms and waiting areas will also be disinfected to prevent the spread of bacteria.


Open canals and stagnant waters will be treated with larvicide to kill the eggs and larvae. Terminals and buses will be sprayed to ensure that mosquitoes hiding inside will be killed.


Among the bus companies along Edsa that were sprayed and disinfected were JAC Liner Inc., Victory Liner Inc., RJ Express Inc., First North Luzon Transit, JAM Liner, Ceres Tours, Florida Bus, Dagupan Bus Co., DLTB Bus Co., ALPS Bus Co., AB Liner, Lucena Lines, Dominion Bus Lines, Dalin Bus, Viron Transit, Super Lines Trans Co. Inc., Raymund Transportation, Five Star Bus Co., Santrans, Inc., ES Transport, Genesis Transport Service Inc., HM Transport Inc., Partas Bus Co., N. Dela Rosa Transit, Ferminas Bus Co., Philtranco and Isarog Lines.


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11:17 pm | Saturday, March 29th, 2014


MANILA, Philippines—After five months cleaning up more than 100,000 square meters of public markets in Manila and its suburbs,  the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has wrapped up its “Linis Palengke” program.

On Friday, the MMDA announced in a statement that it was shelving the wet market cleanup program, launched last October, to devote its resources to clearing waterways (esteros) before the onset of the rainy season in June.

The “Linis Palengke” program has covered a total of 100,879 square meters of public markets, 2,935 wet stalls and 4,163 dry stalls, at the Pasig Mega Public Market, Dagonoy Public Market in Manila, Murphy Market in Quezon City,  Parañaque Public Market, Muntinlupa Public Market, Pasay City Mall and Public Market, Mandaluyong Public Market II, Polo Public Market in Valenzuela City, New Las Piñas Public Market, and Marikina Central Public Market.

The MMDA cleanup also involved orienting market vendors and other personnel on the rudimentary principles behind Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, as well as the donation of garbage bins, utility carts, aprons, and compressor washers.

The MMDA is now preparing for its annual waterway unclogging called “Estero Blitz,” which will begin this April.

MMDA chair Francis Tolentino made the announcement after leading the last market cleanup activity at the Pasig Mega Public Market in San Nicolas, Pasig City on Friday.

The MMDA’s “Estero Blitz” program is now in its fourth year, having been launched in August 2011.

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6 of 7 bidders seek more time to study project


Almost all bidders are seeking more time to prepare offers ahead of the April 28 bid submission deadline for a massive overhead railway public private partnership (PPP) deal that would link Metro Manila and Cavite province, raising the likelihood of another extension, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told the Inquirer.

Out of seven groups vying for the P65-billion deal, which will involve the construction of an 11.7-kilometer extension of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) to Bacoor, Cavite, and the operation of the entire line, only San Miguel Corp. had expressed its capability to submit an offer by the deadline, the source said.

The person noted that six other groups—Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Malaysia’s MTD Group,  DMCI Holdings, Megawide Construction Corp., Globalvia Inversiones of Spain and Ecorail—have sought extensions for various reasons.

Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He said earlier that any extension request would be viewed upon “favorably” if sought by the majority of bidders. Such a decision would help the department avoid similar results to last year’s failed auction of the LRT-1 extension PPP deal.

Earlier, MTD Philippines said it would need an additional three to four months after its original partner, Samsung of South Korea, pulled out of the consortium for the rebidding, citing delays and its preference to focus on other projects.

MTD Philippines head Isaac David said they have come to an agreement “in principle” for Singaporean SMRT Corp. Ltd., which operates railways, buses and taxis, to join their consortium but the latter still needed time to review the PPP deal, considered among the government’s big-ticket projects.

Metro Pacific Investments was also seeking a deadline extension, citing areas in the concession agreement that still needed to be clarified. It also cited the lack of a final location for the common station in Quezon City that would link LRT-1 and MRT-3, as this was deemed crucial in structuring its bid.

The LRT-1 extension aims to provide an affordable commuting alternative for about four million people living in Parañaque, Las Piñas and Cavite, the DOTC had said.

Ridership at LRT-1, which served about 470,000 passengers a day last year, was projected to hit a ridership of about 820,000 once the system is complete in 2019.  The winning bidder will operate the entire LRT-1 system for a period of 35 years, including construction, information on the PPP Center website showed.

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A TRADE union representative has sought a congressional probe into the alleged illegal entry of foreign workers into the country.

House Resolution (HR) 874 was filed last March 3 by Party-list Rep. Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza (Trade Union Congress of the Philippines) to protect the interest of the Filipino workers displaced by the “massive entry” of overseas workers.

“The entry of foreign workers to the country has serious adverse implications not only in the construction, fishing and other industries but also in the overall unemployment and underemployment situation in the country,” Mr. Mendoza said.

Citing a report from the Social Weather Stations (SWS), Mr. Mendoza said the unemployment rate in the country is 27.5% or about 12.1 million Filipinos from September to December last year.

He noted that employment generation over the past two years “has fallen short” of the official goal of adding one million new jobs a year “in order to absorb new entrants into the labor force.”

“Foreign workers will only be allowed to work in the country if there is no Filipino national who is competent, able and willing to do the job for which the services of the applicant is desired,” Mr. Mendoza explained in his resolution.

Mr. Mendoza, in his resolution, also urge the House committee on labor and employment to review the labor and immigration laws in connection to allowing foreign workers in the country.

He bared that some 3,000 Chinese nationals were employed by a multinational company to work in construction sites in Bataan and Batangas “without the required government working permits.”

Mr. Mendoza, in his resolution said that under the Omnibus Guidelines for the Issuance of Employment Permits in the Labor department, “a foreign national who is seeking a job in the country must apply for an Alien Employment Permit (AEP)”.

Data from the database of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) showed that there are currently 208,900 foreign nationals staying in the Philippines but hundreds of them have insufficient personal data.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has earlier said the agency and other concerned government agencies “have been exerting efforts to weed out illegal foreign workers in the country.”

Labor Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz earlier told reporters that the department is investigating the reported illegal foreign workers in the local construction sector — particularly in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon, among others.

Ms. Baldoz said the DoLE’s regional offices immediately conducted investigations as early as September 2013 in relation to the said reports.

She added that in Calabarzon, the DoLE found out that 13 Chinese have been working for a large construction company in Batangas without permits, and they ordered the company employing those Chinese workers to comply with the requirement.

In Central Luzon, Ms. Baldoz said 10 Chinese workers are awaiting deportation after they were found to have no permits.

For its part, the BI has earlier directed foreign nationals with expired visas to voluntarily surrender and leave the country “at the earliest possible time”.

Immigration Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison has said at least a hundred illegal workers had been rounded up at various locations in Metro Manila and Mindanao.

He said most of them were Chinese working in shopping malls in Manila’s Divisoria and Quiapo, as well as in Parañaque City, Cebu City and Butuan City. “While in the Philippines, such foreign nationals shall not be allowed to change their status without first departing from the country,” Mr. Mison said.

Mr. Mendoza urged the government to create decent employment opportunities and level the playing field for Filipino job seekers at home and abroad.

Mr. Mendoza said thousands of Chinese workers have been employed in the country and some have assimilated either through marrying a Philippine citizen or acquiring citizenship. – Imee Charlee C. Delavin

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