Employers urged to give typhoon worker victims 5-day break with pay

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Employers urged to give typhoon worker victims 5-day break with pay

Leftwing militants belonging to the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Monday urged private employers to give workers affected by typhoon Ondoy a five-day break with pay, so they could help their family in fixing up their respective households ravaged by the recent typhoon.

Pamalakaya information officer Gerry Albert Corpuz said a five-day break with pay to workers affected by typhoon Ondoy is lawful and morally correct in response to the current disaster crisis in the country.

“The situation merits the Filipino workers to allot a considerable period of time to attend to and address the current and tactical problems and needs of their respective families. This demand is very, very legitimate. We hope the employers will recognize this just call for work break with pay,” he added.

Corpuz said aside from the five-day break with pay, private employers should also set aside support fund to workers whose families where affected by storm Ondoy.

“An economic relief equivalent to the one month salary of a worker would be a welcome news to workers and their families. Private employers, especially large companies and big business establishments can afford to give these demands,” he said.

Pamalakaya said their proposal should also include fish workers in commercial fishing numbering 300,000 and aquaculture workers numbering around 50,000 according to labor statistics office.

Yesterday, Pamalakaya urged senators and congressmen to allot at least P 2 million of their yearly pork barrel to victims of typhoon Ondoy. The group said if approved by lawmakers, this would mean a total donation of P 46 million from 23 incumbent senators and P 500 million from 250 congressmen in the House of Representatives.

The group also pressed Malacanang to set aside P 20-billion for the economic rehabilitation of affected sectors that include urban poor and poor workers in the National Capital Region and fisherfolk and farmers in Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Aurora,Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay and Catanduanes.

As of 6 p.m yesterday, the National Disaster Coordinating Council reported that 73 persons were killed and nearly 70,000 families were displaced by massive flooding after tropical storm Ondoy dumped the heaviest rainfall on Metro Manila in more than four decades, officials said Sunday.

The NDCC also reported 69,513 families displaced and 337, 216 persons affected in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

In the province of Rizal, 23 persons were reported dead in Tanay; 10 in Angono, five in Baras and three from Montana. Nine people were reported killed in Bulacan and seven more in Metro Manila, according to the NDCC.

The provinces of Pampanga, Apayao, Batangas, Quezon, and Teresa town in Rizal also reported casualties.#

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