Positive focus


AMID the political bickering in the Supreme Court after the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the emergence of the so-called “Facebook legal experts” who voice out their take on the matter, there are still some things that are worth discussing.


I am not about to delve on the current issues with the Chief Justice and on how the Constitution was “affronted”, according to critics of the government, who claim that the only way for a Chief Justice to be removed from the post is through impeachment.

Of course, there are a slew of “legal experts” from Facebook who are joining the bandwagon, so it’s better for me not to join them. It’s better to discuss some of the positive events that happened.

For one, President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed an executive order that will increase the monthly employees’ compensation benefits and carer’s allowance in the public and private sectors.

The signed EO 54 grants a P1,150 across-the-board hike in the employees’ compensation monthly disability pension of all its permanent disability pensioners and qualified beneficiaries in the public sector.

It also provides the automatic increase every time the Social Security System (SSS) and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) increase the monthly income benefits for non-work-related contingencies.

The SSS will also continue to grant the entitlement of primary beneficiaries of deceased Permanent Total Disability pensioners from 80 percent to 100 percent of its pensioner’s monthly pension.

Now, isn’t this a better news to focus on? This only goes to show that the government — however and whatever controversies are thrown in its way — is still seeking the betterment of the lives of the Filipino people.

Another fine example is the recent signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Philippines and Kuwait that will give our Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait a better working environment.

Among the provisions of the labor agreement is that Kuwaiti employers would not be allowed to confiscate their workers’ passports. Instead, the passport would be kept at the Philippine Embassy.

Other provisions are one day off per week and seven hours of sleep per day for workers plus decent meals and sleeping quarters. Workers will also be provided with mobile phones.

It’s unprecedented, yes, and the government was able to make it happen for the benefit of the people. There are a lot of positive things happening, and I hope critics can also focus on these.

p: wjg