Saturday, February 29, 2020
"Today, the FDA approved our application to develop our own test for the Coronavirus. That is not the only good news: after asking the CDC for weeks, they have finally sent us new kits that will allow us to run the CDC's test locally. This means we will soon, within the coming week, have the ability to get results back in a matter of hours, not days. Quick detection is vital to stopping the spread of the virus, and this development will help the experts do their job to protect New Yorkers."
New York City - Tuesday, 25 February during the the 34th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Uprising, the Malaya Movement Northeast together with the NY Chapter of US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) and members of the “We Stand with ABS-CBN Coalition” gathered in a peaceful protest action in front of the NY Philippine consulate to defend press freedom and democracy by denouncing the Duterte government’s moves to shut down ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest media conglomerate. They stood with the 11,000 ABS-CBN workers whose livelihoods are at stake amidst the looming shutdown. Other New York Filipino community-based organizations such as BAYAN-USA, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, United Mothers of Marawi, and Damayan Migrant Workers’ Association also participated.
On the anniversary of EDSA, the protesters remembered “our kababayans, friends, and family who sacrificed dearly to fight for these rights and our democracy by toppling Marcos after twenty-one years of his despotic rule. Their sacrifices do not go unheeded as these are once again in the line of fire of Duterte’s relentless attacks.”
Loida Lewis, National chair of US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG), stated, “Duterte is following the playbook of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos wanted absolute power. Today, who wants absolute power in the Philippines? Duterte. Absolute power breeds absolute corruption. The first victim of absolute power is press freedom. When press freedom dies, democracy dies.”
|Loida Lewis, National chair of USPGG, and Gary Labao, Vice Chair of Migrante USA|
By participating in this global day of action, the Malaya Movement carried on the legacy of EDSA to resist any effort of the state that results in the curtailment of press freedom, free speech and the right to information of the Filipino people. Malaya Movement claimed, “President Rodrigo Duterte is silencing critical voices in the media and trampling on the rights of Filipino workers at home and abroad. He is encroaching on the public's access to information and the Filipino people’s right to the truth. To put it clearly: it is censorship.”
Gary Labao of Migrante-USA highlighted the importance of ABS-CBN to Filipino overseas workers and the impact that its closure would have. “Over 6,000 Filipino workers leave the Philippines everyday. For them, ABS-CBN and The Filipino Channel serves as a voice for the Filipino workers abroad. Because of their programs, migrant workers can still connect with home and address homesickness and depression.”
Labao further stated that “It gives them a platform to criticize the government and expose the conditions of the Filipinos working overseas. Duterte’s move to shutdown ABS-CBN is curtailing the Filipino people’s right to express our grievances, we will lose the voices of overseas Filipinos.” He continued, “Eleven thousand workers will lose their jobs. Duterte promised to improve the conditions of workers, to improve the economy. These are lies.” He also reiterated that position of Migrante USA to “Oust Duterte Now!”
“The attack on ABS-CBN is one out of over 150 attacks on the press, media outlets, and journalists under Duterte,” said Bernadette Patino of the Malaya Movement. “There has been the multiple arrests of Rappler CEO and Time Magazine Person of the Year, Maria Ressa, there has been cyber attacks and red-baiting of progressive media outlets and research institutes, there has been the spew of Duterte’s deliberate disinformation, there has been and tokhang-style summary executions of members of the press.” Patino exclaimed during her speech.
|Nicole Canete of Malaya Movement NE reading an open letter from Frenchie Mae Cumpio of the Tacoloban 5, and Bernadette Patino, Regional Coordinator of Malaya Movement NE|
She added that “Fourteen of the fifteen slain journalists under Duterte hail from Negros, Bicol, and Mindanao. This is no accident. Mindanao was under martial law for over 2 years; Negros, Bicol, and Samar are militarized due to Memorandum 32; in addition there is Oplan Kapanatagan and Executive Order 70. On paper these policies are supposed to ‘counter terrorism,’ but instead they have been used by Duterte to justify attacks, arrest, and murder human rights defenders and members of the press critical of his regime.”
The protesters also stated that “de facto martial law policies have created an atmosphere of violence, and there is no worse form of censorship than violence. Journalists and the press must be allowed to work in an environment free from fear and intimidation. To oppose Duterte’s de facto martial law policies is to defend press freedom and the people’s right to information.”
A very touching letter written by Frenchie Mae Cumpio, a young journalist part of the Tacloban 5 who faced illegal arrest earlier this month was also read by the participants. Cumpio reported on military attacks against civilians in Eastern Visayas for the independent media organization Altermidya. In her letter, she wrote, “We were just activists doing our normal work. We could have a better life like what people would say, but remembering the demolition threats among several barangays in Tacloban, the land grabbing cases in Tacloban and Leyte, the illegal arrests of farmers and other activists … We’d still make the choice we made years ago. Life behind bars is still better than not showing our love for this country.”
|Bernadette Ellorin, Spokesperson of BAYAN USA and Potri Ranka Manis of United Mothers of Marawi|
Remembering EDSA this week, the protesters find hope and inspiration. They believe it will take no less than people power to once again stop yet another dictatorship. Bernadette Ellorin, spokesperson of BAYAN-USA, emphasized the need for groups to unite in resisting Duterte. “The wave of authoritarianism has hit the Philippines once again under the Duterte regime. His campaign against ABS-CBN is part of Duterte’s war against the truth, against information, against his critics. He wants to control the minds of Filipinos to believe that there is no poverty in the Philippines. He wants us to believe that drugs are the main problem. In reality, the main problem in the Philippines right now is Duterte.”
Ellorin called on the Filipinos of all backgrounds who love democracy and sovereignty to struggle to unite. She said that “We must come together and unite because our country and our people are suffering under one of the biggest traitors of democracy today: Duterte. We must oust him.”
In closing, the members of the Malaya Movement Northeast called on the Filipino community to stand with all ABS-CBN and all Filipino journalists, artists, media workers, TV and radio broadcasting industry to defend and fight for the protection and sanctity of the Filipino peoples universal and constitutional right to freedom of speech, expression, and of the press. They also called on the community to stand together in unity against Duterte as we fight for the rights of the Filipino people, in the spirit of EDSA. The protest ended with the protesters singing the patriotic song “Ang Bayan Ko” with clenched fists raised in the air.
|President Rodrigo Roa Duterte swears in the new officials of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts during the oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on February 26, 2020. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO|
The new Board of Commissioners of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and its Executive Council Members were sworn in by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, expecting the new officials to further develop the country’s culture and arts as well as preserve the Filipino cultural heritage.
Speaking before the newly sworn in officials, President Duterte congratulated them saying, “I am confident that you will continuously demonstrate your voluntary support for the further development of Philippine culture and arts and the preservation of the Filipino heritage.”
“May you continue to uphold Filipino values and continuously work towards the development of Filipino culture and the arts, which is vital to the creation of an enlightened nation.”
The President also honored Wednesday the 12th Ani ng Dangal awardees comprised of talented artists from various fields.
“Our awardees today represent the best of what the Filipino can be, and what the arts can do to uplift the whole nation through talent, vision and excellence,” President Duterte said in recognizing their achievements.
|President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for posterity with the 12th Ani ng Dangal awardees at the Malacañan Palace on February 26, 2020. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO|
“Our rich culture and arts reflect and define the Filipino people’s national identity and the values, which are vital to nation building.”
The whole nation is grateful for their achievements and have made every citizen very proud to be Filipino, he noted, adding the awardees not only put the Philippines on the world map but also contributed to greater understanding, respect, and appreciation of the Philippines’s cultural diversity.
With their feat, he expects them to continuously promote Filipino cultural heritage here and abroad.
Fifty-two awardees were honored during Wednesday’s event, including dancers, singers, musicians, literary writers, film directors and performers, architects, visual artists and designers, as well as multi-disciplinary artists.
The Ani ng Dangal Awards is an annual celebration of Filipino talent recognizing successful Filipinos in the field of arts around the world.
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Thursday, February 27, 2020
|Secretary Martin Andanar Facebook Page Photo|
GENEVA, Switzerland -- The Philippines urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to reassess baseless claims made against the government on the alleged impunity and human rights violations, and exercise due diligence in dealing with terrorist groups masquerading as human rights defenders.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar delivered the Philippine dignitary statement at the High-Level Segment of the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council on Wednesday, February 26, highlighting the Duterte administration’s policy on media freedom and human rights.
“We repeat the call for prudence in assessing claims particularly from sources who have enjoyed the hallowed status of human rights defenders while waging the longest insurgency in Asia and terrorizing communities in the Philippines,” said Secretary Andanar, who is the first Philippine Communications Secretary to speak before the Human Rights Council.
Secretary Andanar stated that discussions on the human rights situation of the country have been influenced by the same organizations that have been labeled as terrorists by the EU, US, UK and Canada and that these groups claim legitimate anti-insurgency actions as red-tagging, curtailment of civic space, and weaponization of bureaucracy against their armed struggle.
“That actors who profess terrorism are able to exploit the mantle protecting human rights defenders is a failure of due diligence on the part of the UN system. This can be rectified,” he added.
|Sec Martin Andanar Facebook Page Photo|
Secretary Andanar said that while the Human Rights Council remains vital in promoting human rights across the globe, it had to be free of politicization to preserve its credibility and integrity.
“The Philippines speaks from experience as a victim of arbitrary action by the Council. We regret that discussions on the human rights situation in the country have been swayed by baseless allegations, and that the Council has failed to exhaust mechanisms for constructive, reasonable, and fact-based discourse,” Secretary Andanar said.
Secretary Andanar noted, for instance, the unsubstantiated claims from civil society and non-government organizations that the Duterte administration has committed 30,000 extra-judicial killings related to the anti-illegal drug campaign, and said that the Council cannot base its actions on unfounded claims but to look instead to the tangible accomplishments of and the strong public support for the government
The Communications chief also highlighted the Duterte administration’s policy to expand and strengthen the space for a free and empowered media, evident in two of the first orders the President issued when he assumed office in June 2016.
He cited the creation of the landmark issuance of the Freedom of Information (FOI) program— now being pushed in Congress by the PCOO to have it widened and institutionalized— which discloses all government records of public interest; the establishment of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), which is mandated to protect the life, liberty, and security of media workers, considered to be the first of its kind in Asia; and the government’s push for the Media Workers’ Welfare Act, in order to improve the working conditions of media practitioners in the country.
|Sec Martin Andanar Facebook Page Photo|
“The Philippines has always valued press freedom. We are deeply conscious that having a plurality of voices, including critical ones, is essential in the healthy functioning of our cherished democracy. Its relationship with other human rights is deep, intricate, and abiding,” Secretary Andanar said.
The Presidential Communications Secretary further said that being a former media practitioner he can reject criticisms that cases involving media personalities and outlets are attacks on press freedom and that said criticisms are false and self-serving because the cases involve criminal and constitutional violations.
“Thus, allegations of restrictions of media space in the Philippines do not find anchor in such a landscape that is driven by a vision to address impunity, preserve press freedom, and promote the welfare of media workers,” Secretary Andanar said.
Moreover, the PCOO Secretary lauded the tens of thousands of Filipino civic leaders and organizations whose works embody lawful, free, and empowered social activism, affirming the government's recognition of their indispensable role in nation-building.
“In conclusion, the accomplishments of the Philippine government under President Duterte stand solidly on an agenda of social inclusion, just and sustained peace, good governance, as well as a strong tradition of human rights and social justice, under a democratic system of government. Protecting freedom of the press and other fundamental freedoms will remain at the heart of this agenda,” Secretary Andanar said as he ended his speech.
|NY City Hall Press Office Photo|
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the City is expanding relief for small businesses, including eliminating fines for first time violations and expanding the universe of violations that will have cure periods. As announced at the Mayor’s State of the City, the de Blasio Administration has cut small business fines by over 40 percent since 2014 and will cut an additional 10 percent by the time the Mayor leaves office. The Administration has put over $100 million back in the pockets of small business owners, and this relief will raise the amount of money saved yearly from $20 million to $26 million.
“New York City is not New York City without our small businesses,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We will not be a city that gives in to corporate takeover. Instead, we’ll fight for our mom-and-pops and do all we can to help them thrive.”
Fines subject to relief include select Department of Buildings, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, Department of Sanitation, and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection violations. The City will work with the City Council to review more than 75 violations. DOB and DOT can implement their own rule changes, and will begin providing additional relief in the fall.
To ensure businesses are aware of these changes, these agencies will update their summonses to include clear and easy explanations for how to fix the violation. In partnership with these agencies, the Department of Small Business Services will also organize a canvassing effort across the city to spread the word.
Examples of 1st time fines forgiven:
Failure to clean 18 inches from curb into the street ($100 penalty)
Excessive noise created by an air compressor ($560 penalty)
Examples of fines added to cure list:
Scale used for weighed items at supermarket/bodega not clearly in-sight of customer ($75 penalty)
Failure to disclose details about layaway plans ($260 penalty)
Failure to post clear price list at laundromats ($375 penalty)
“The expansion of small business services for NYC’s community is a deeper investment in the businesses that make up the backbone of our economy,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services. “Businesses will now have a greater opportunity to comply with regulations prior to being fined, which puts money back in their pockets and creates a safer and more secure City.”
“Small businesses are the cornerstone of neighborhoods across the city, and we’re cutting red tape so they can better serve their fellow New Yorkers,” said DOB Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca. “By making more fines curable while expanding on outreach and education, we are building on the work we’ve already done to lighten the load on owners and entrepreneurs. We look forward to working with our colleagues in government to grow these efforts and help all small businesses be informed and avoid fines in the first place.”
“In order to protect public health and the environment we work with businesses every day to come into compliance with our rules and regulations,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “Expanding relief for small businesses makes sense and we applaud the Mayor for extending this initiative.”
“We want nothing more than for businesses in New York City to succeed,” said DCWP Commissioner Lorelei Salas. “Expanding the category of curable violations in addition to our Business Education Days and Visiting Inspector Program will help businesses better understand their responsibilities under the law and create a culture of compliance.”
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday said he will leave ABS-CBN’s impending franchise renewal to Congress adding he has accepted the media network’s apology.
“I have kept a healthy distance from… It’s now in — that they are deliberating in Congress, the Lower House and the Senate. And there’s a plan that they would pass a joint resolution something,” President Duterte said in an interview regarding ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.
“But fundamentally, really, ang decision nasa House ngayon. Not so much of the Senate because the Constitution says all of these things must originate from the Lower House.”
He also vowed not to interfere with the work of Congress on the issue.
At the same time, the President said he can’t do much about the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General at the Supreme Court.
“Ang problema kasi nitong sa SolGen, once he makes an official statement that there is a violation of law, then estopped na ako. Parang hindi na ako makagalaw,” the President said.
“I cannot tell him to stop. The SolGen can only announce that there is a violation of law and that he is going to investigate it. Well, hindi ko masabihan, ‘Do not do it. Stop it.’”
With regards to the P2.6 million that the ABS-CBN intends to return, the President advised the network to donate the money to any charitable institution of its choice.
The President also told reporters that he has asked agriculture officials to come up with a protocol to control the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country.
The prohibition of some local government units on the passage of meat cargoes in their jurisdiction might create confusion that’s why a guideline is necessary, according to the President.
Localities that are declared free of the disease must be certified so that they can ship their meat products, he added.
“Kasi ‘yung iba ayaw pa ipadaan eh. They do not allow the cargoes of the pork meat to pass the highways that traverse the local government units, magulo ‘yan,” he said.
“So kung may tatak na, ‘yung wala at meron pa ‘yung swine fever, eh ‘di huwag na muna.”
Your Home NYC: Mayor de Blasio Welcomes Home Tenants at New, Resilient Affordable Housing Development in Queens
|NY City Hall Press Office Photo|
NEW YORK––Mayor Bill de Blasio joined City officials and development partners recently to celebrate the opening of Beach Green Dunes II, a 100 percent affordable housing development in Edgemere, Queens. The development is a cutting-edge affordable housing project that furthers the City’s commitment to building a stronger, more resilient Edgemere community.
“I know New Yorkers feel as if they are losing their grip on this City and fear their children will no longer be able to afford to call New York home,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are changing that reality, and with Your Home NYC, will be in the corner of every family fighting for neighborhoods they can afford.”
With Your Home NYC, the City is strengthening its efforts to build and preserve affordable housing, protect renters and create neighborhood wealth. The Administration is now working to build even more homes for the lowest income New Yorkers, create community land trusts, and legalize basement apartments to generate more affordable homes for New Yorkers and allow families to earn more income.
The City-financed building – developed by L+M Development Partners and designed by Curtis + Ginsberg Architects – brings 127 new homes to Edgemere in addition to retail and outdoor recreation space, including a play area for children. Of the 127 affordable apartments, more than 50 homes are for the lowest income families making less than $50,000 a year, and 13 are set aside for homeless New Yorkers.
The eight-story building is also anticipated to receive Passive House certification, a high performance building standard for energy efficiency, and integrates resilient design features, which mitigate and manage flooding and storm damage.
"We often hear, 'I never thought I would be able to afford an apartment for my family.' And with every apartment we build or preserve, we are giving New Yorkers the hope and relief they need to thrive," said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been. "I want to welcome residents of Beach Green Dunes II to their new homes; our work is not done, and we will continue delivering on the Mayor's promise to make New York the nation's fairest big City.”
“Beach Green Dunes II represents the city’s continued commitment to build resiliently and strengthen our coastal neighborhoods. With these 127 cutting-edge new homes that are truly built to last, we are delivering a development that will serve the Rockaways well into the future,” said HPD Commissioner Louise Carroll. “We applaud our partners for leading with green design to provide safe, stable, and affordable homes for this community.”
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Mga Pilipino sa New York nanindigan para sa Demokrasya, Kalayaan sa Pamamahayag at prankisa para sa ABS CBN
Isang maulan, maulap at hindi kalamigang winter weather ang sumalubong nitong Martes, Pebrero 25 sa mahigit apatnapung katao na nagtipon sa harapan ng konsulado ng Pilipinas sa New York upang manindigan para sa mahigit na sampung libong manggagawa ng ABS CBN, kalayaan sa pamamahayag at demokrasya sa Pilipinas.
Ang pagkilos ay itinaon sa araw nang pag gunita sa ika tatlumpu't apat na taong anibersaryo ng EDSA I people power revolution sa Pilipinas, ang paninindigan ay isang panawagan ng grupong US Pinoys for Good Governance o USPGG sa mga Pilipino para magsagawa ng mapayapa at malawakang pagkilos sa harapan ng mga embahada at konsulado ng Pilipinas sa Amerika at sa ibang bansa. Ang mapayapang pagkilos ay suportado ng Stand with ABS CBN Coalition.
Ang Stand with ABS CBN Coalition ay binubuo ng ibat ibang organisasyon ng mga Pilipino sa Amerika, kabilang ang Malaya Movement, National Federation of Filipino American Associations NaFFAA, Damayan, USPGG atbp, sila ang nangunguna upang iparating sa pamahalaan ng administrasyong Duterte ang kanilang pagtutol sa paghain ng quo waranto laban sa ABS CBN at hiling na mabigyan ng panibagong prankisa ang kumpanya upang hindi maantala ang kanilang operasyong makapag bigay ng balita, kaukulang impormasyon at kasiyahan sa mga Pilipino sa ibat ibang panig ng mundo.
Sulat at mga kuha ni Lambert Parong para sa Balitang New York. Copyright 2020 Kababayan Media. All Rights Reserved.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
|President Trump congratulates former inmates who benefited from the First Step Act at the 2019 White House Prison Reform Summit|
President Trump on Thursday gave a commencement address to graduates of the “Hope for Prisoners” program in Las Vegas. Hope for Prisoners helps former inmates get back on their feet and reenter society after they’ve served their time.
“We are here to reaffirm that America is a nation that believes in redemption,” President Trump said. “We believe in second chances.” That means we want returning citizens to rebuild their lives—and to help us rebuild our country.
There’s no better champion for criminal justice reform than President Trump. At the end of 2018, he signed the historic First Step Act, which reformed outdated sentencing guidelines, expanded judges’ discretion in punishing non-violent offenders, and invested over $400 million in programs to rehabilitate prisoners before they reenter society.
Additionally, “we began a nationwide campaign to encourage businesses to expand Second Chance Hiring,” he said. “When we say Hire American, we mean ALL Americans.”
A booming economy has paved the way for more Americans to rejoin the labor force. Under the Trump Administration, and for the first time on record, there are now more job openings than unemployed people. All told, since the 2016 election, more than 7 million jobs have been added to our economy—far exceeding the paltry 2 million projected by the Congressional Budget Office before President Trump’s election.
The benefits of a strong labor market are widespread. Net worth held by the bottom 50 percent of American households has increased by 47 percent under President Trump—more than three times the rate of increase for the top 1 percent of households.
Tatlumpu’t apat na taon na ang nakakalipas mula nang nagkaisa tayo sa EDSA.
Naroon po ako, kasama ang milyun-milyon pang nagtipon upang igiit ang dignidad ng bawat Pilipino. Halu-halong damdamin ang nagdala sa amin doon: Pagkadismaya sa nangyayari sa lipunan; galit sa pang-aabuso ng rehimeng Marcos. Higit pa rito, naroon din ang pag-asa—na kung magkakaisa tayo, kung magiging handa tayong magsakripisyo at unahin ang kapwa kaysa sarili, sasapat ang pinagsanib nating lakas para magdala ng kongkretong pagbabago. Pag-ibig ang nagbuklod sa sambayanan noon: Pag-ibig para sa bansa, para sa isa’t isa, para sa ating mga kahanay na lumaban para sa tama. Para rin ito sa susunod na salinlahi ng Pilipino, na harinawa’y hindi na nila kakailanganing danasin ang lupit ng diktadurya.
Nagtagumpay tayo noon, at patuloy nating tinatahak ang landas upang makamit ang mga mithiin ng EDSA. Mulat tayo: Walang perpektong pinuno, at walang perpektong demokrasya. Ngunit hindi tayo nagtipon noon para manawagan ng perpektong pinuno o perpektong demokrasya.
Ang hinangad natin: Mabuhay nang may dignidad. Isang gobyernong hindi magsisinungaling, hindi magnanakaw, at hindi tayo aapihin. Hindi tayo papatayin. Sa madaling salita: Isang gobyernong gagawin ang sinumpaan niyang tungkulin.
Ngayon, may mga nagtatangkang burahin ang alaala ng EDSA para sa pansarili nilang agenda. Tatlumpu’t apat na taon pa lang ang nakakalipas: kasama pa natin ngayon ang marami sa nagtipon noon—silang mga sumubaybay sa balita habang nagaganap ang rebolusyon, at malamang ay nakadanas din ng pagmamalupit ng diktadurya. Utang natin sa kanilang huwag bigyang-puwang ang mga kasinungalingan. Ipakuwento natin sa kanila ang kanilang mga nasaksihan. Itanong natin sa kanila kung paano sila nakahanap ng tapang na humarap sa mga tangke, sa baril at bayoneta, sa mga eroplanong umuugong sa kalangitan, na sa isang iglap ay puwedeng magpaulan ng bomba sa mga nagtipon.
Sa harap ng mga kuwentong ito, tiyak ko: mas titibay ang ating paninindigan. Buo pa rin ang aking paniniwala: mas malakas ang mga bagay na nagbibigkis sa atin, kaysa sa mga pagkakaiba o hidwaang pilit tayong pinagwawatak. Magsilbi nawang babala ang EDSA sa sinuman ang muling magtatangkang ikuyom tayo sa loob ng kamaong bakal: Hindi sila magtatagumpay.
Pag-aari ng bawat Pilipino ang EDSA. Buhay ang diwa nito: Lahat tayo ay humaharap sa mga hamon, at lahat tayo, may angking lakas upang daigin ito. Hindi tayo nag-iisa. Wala sa ating nag-iisa.
Maligayang anibersaryo ng EDSA sa ating lahat.
Monday, February 24, 2020
|President Rodrigo Roa Duterte swears in the newly elected officers and board of trustees of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on February 12, 2020. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO|
|NYC Dept of Consumer Affairs and Worker Protection Photo|
NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas and Corporation Counsel James E. Johnson announced on Tuesday February 18, that the New York State Supreme Court has upheld New York City's Fair Workweek Law and ruled that the law is not pre-empted by New York State wage and hour laws. The International Franchise Association, Restaurant Law Center, and the New York State Restaurant Association challenged the City's law as it applies to fast food workers, claiming it conflicted with, and was broadly preempted by state labor law. In rejecting the claims, and upholding the law, the Court acknowledged that New York City's purpose in passing the law was to protect vulnerable workers from exploitation by unpredictable scheduling.
|Mayor Bill de Blasio Twitter Photo|
"In New York City, knowing when you're working and planning accordingly is a right," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We fought hard to get workers the peace of mind they deserve and will continue fighting for workers every time anyone tries to take it away."
|NYC Dept of Consumer Affairs and Worker Protection Photo|
"Today is a major win for workers across New York City. We are ecstatic with the court's decision on our Fair Workweek Law, which is intended to give fast-food and retail workers in New York City greater control over their lives and the chance to work full time jobs," said DCWP Commissioner Lorelei Salas. "We are committed to protecting New Yorkers and urge any fast food worker experiencing workplace violations to file a complaint with our office."
|NYC Dept of Consumer Affairs and Worker Protection Photo|
Corporation Counsel James E. Johnson said, "All of us want the ability to determine the course of our lives and plan for our families. Employers who fail to provide an advance schedule to an employee or impose last minute changes to a worker's schedule can, and often do, bring chaos to the lives of hardworking employees, many of whom are balancing other priorities like school or caring for a sick relative. Consistent and predictable schedules make life better for all of us and we are pleased the court has upheld this critically important city law."
Under the Fair Workweek Law, which went into effect on November 26, 2017, fast food employers in New York City must give workers good faith estimates of when and how much they will work, predictable work schedules, premium pay for schedule changes, and the opportunity to work newly available shifts before hiring new workers. Fast food employers also cannot schedule workers to work a "clopening" unless workers consent in writing and are paid a $100 premium to work the shift. Under the Law, retail employers must also give workers advance notice of work schedules and may not schedule workers for on-call shifts or change workers' schedules with inadequate notice. The required You Have a Right to a Predictable Work Schedule must be posted in any language that is the primary language of at least five percent of the workers at the workplace and is available on DCWP's website.
|NYC Dept of Consumer Affairs and Worker Protection Photo|
Since the law went into effect, DCWP has received more than 300 complaints about Fair Workweek, closed more than 130 investigations, and obtained resolutions requiring more than $1,500,000 combined fines and restitution for more than 3,000 workers.
"The Fair Workweek is all about protecting workers and their rights. It allows fast-food employees to improve their lives and have control of their schedules. For far too long, fast-food hourly workers faced unfair work schedules, like, for example, closing down a store and then opening it the following morning. I am proud of the work the City Council did to require fast food employers, among other measures, to provide workers with a two-week's notice of their schedule. Today's ruling strengthens the protections that allow hourly workers to plan for family responsibilities and complete their work schedules without last-minute surprises," said Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
|NYC Dept of Consumer Affairs and Worker Protection Photo|
"32BJ SEIU supported us, fast food workers, in our fight to win the groundbreaking Fair Workweek law," Brianna Augustin, who works at Chipotle, said. "I am very appreciative, as a new mother, that the law says I should get my schedule two weeks in advance. This law is a way for me to stabilize my schedule, for me to get more hours at work and it creates a path to full time hours for me."