Tuesday, July 22, 2008

KGMA News 7/22/08

MOA signed on non-wage benefits for workers

Calamba City -- In line with the directives of President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo to implement pro-poor programs, the Regional
Inter-Agency committee (RIAC) on the non-wage benefits spearheaded by
the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) entered into a
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) recently with 43 companies regionwide
aimed at helping workers to cope up with the increasing prices of
basic commodities and petroleum products.

Secretary Marianito D. Roque of DOLE, together with Laguna Governor
Teresita S. Lazaro graced and witnessed the signing of MOA on non-wage
benefits for workers such as: rice distribution; botika ng barangay
para sa manggagawa; livelihood program; scholarship grants and student
loan program; PGMA training; and day care and lactation centers.

Secretary Roque said that providing the workers with non-wage benefits
would lessen the impact of soaring prices of basic commodities for
their families. These benefits provide them a buffer from worrying
while at work.

Moreover, he commended the 43 private companies in responding
immediately to DOLE's call for support for non-wage benefits program.
He also praised the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for their efforts
to enjoin employers to participate and support in the program to
sustain workers productivity and efficiency.

Meanwhile, Governor Lazaro cited DOLE and the regional committee for
this kind of program and assured them of her full support to ease
workers from economic difficulties brought about by the increasing
prices of fuel and food.

Workers were informed that they could avail the program immediately
after the MOA has been signed. Some 39,000 workers in Calabarzon are
expected to benefit from the "Bigasang Bayan" and "Botika ng
Manggagawa" programs.

The RIAC is composed of national government agencies in Calabarzon to
include: the Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local
Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department
of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture, Department of
Education, Department of Energy, Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace
Council, National Food Authority, National Economic Authority, DOLE
and others. (PIA Otiron)

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