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HEEDING POPE FRANCIS’ ADVICE, PHILIPPINES PROPOSES THREE-DAY WORK WEEK FOR EMPLOYEES

Workers at a call center in the Philippines
Workers at a call center in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – In the Philippines — a predominantly Catholic country — the Pope’s word is treated as law, even when it comes to political, economic and social matters. Like work hours.

Pope Francis told the faithful at his weekly general audience at the Vatican that “millions of men and women, even children, are slaves to work,” and that this “is against God and against the dignity of the human person.”

“Moments of rest, he said,”give people time to enjoy the fruits of their labor.”

Heeding the pope’s advice, a bipartisan group of Philippine legislators proposed that the country adopt a three-day work week for all employees, so that they would have more time to rest and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

The draft bill mandates that although workers will be required to report for work just three days each week, they will be paid the equivalent of five days of work.

If passed by Congress, President NoyNoy Aquino, a devout Catholic, promised to sign the proposed bill into law.

Labor unions praised the proposal, but companies operating call centers are strongly against it, saying they will lose huge contracts from foreign companies that expect the centers to be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Senator Nancy Binay has introduced an amendment which would exempt call centers from the proposed three-day work week.  Binay’s amendment would also grant a similar exemption for workers in vital services such as doctors & nurses, police officers and firefighters.

Political analysts are saying that a three-day work week –if staggered — could finally solve the country’s nagging traffic problems since it would cut by almost half the number of employees trying to get to work in any given day of the week.

IF SHE BECOMES PHILIPPINE FIRST LADY, KORINA SANCHEZ WANTS IMELDA MARCOS’ SHOES REPLACED BY HER FLIP FLOPS

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Everybody knows about former Philippine First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos’ collection of over 3,000 pairs of shoes. They are now displayed in a national museum in Marikina, a Metro Manila town known for its world-class shoe manufacturing industry.

Korina Sanchez is a broadcast journalist who has her own collection of — not shoes — but flip flops.

Sanchez, of course is the wife of Interior and Local Governments Secretary Mar Roxas, who is running for president in 2016 as President Aquino’s anointed successor.

In an interview with CNN Philippines today, Sanchez was asked about what she envisions her role would be as First Lady if Roxas gets elected.

Korina Sanchez and her Tsinelas Project
Korina Sanchez and her Tsinelas Project

“The first thing I would do is to replace all of Imelda’s shoes displayed at the Shoe Museum with my colorful collection of tsinelas  (flip flops).”

“I think the tsinelas  would be better representative of the true culture of the Filipino people” Sanchez said.

PHILIPPINES: VICTIMS OF TYPHOON HAIYAN PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

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Photo courtesy of the Australian Embassy

PALO, Leyte, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – The Aquino government proudly announced recently that it has found P350 Billion ($8 Billion) in savings from the 2014 budget, yet it has failed to release funds previously approved for Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) rehabilitation.

It is no wonder that the United Nations, in a scathing report, gave the Aquino administration a failing grade for the dismal effort to build decent and sufficient permanent housing for those displaced by the devastating typhoon almost two years ago.

A total of 205,000 housing units needed to be built or reconstructed in the typhoon-hit areas, but the Philippine government has built just 2.5 per cent of the units.

It has taken foreign governments to undertake efforts to provide housing for the thousands who lost their homes because of Haiyan.

The Australian government has officially handed over housing units to around 8,000 persons or 1,533 families who were affected by the super typhoon. The units were turned over in a ceremony last July 28 at the Palo Municipal Hall in Palo, Leyte led by Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell.

“Australia and the Philippines have a deep and warm relationship covering broad areas including development, trade and defense cooperation. Australia will always stand ready to support the Philippines and the Filipino people in times of disasters,” said Tweddell.

During the turnover ceremonies, the housing beneficiaries pledged their allegiance to the Australian government. “If our own government cannot help us with our basic needs, we might as well recognize the foreign government that is helping us,” one of the housing beneficiaries said.

Along with the ownership titles for their homes, the grateful residents also received their Australian citizenship papers.