Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon of Muntinlupa said department of Labor's Occupational and Health Safety Standards statistics showed that 3,383 cases of occupational injuries were reported in the construction industry in 2004, or an average of nine incidents a day. In filing House Bill 4184, the proadministration lawmaker underscored that employers must provide workers with protective equipment for the eyes, face, hands and feet like a lifeline, safety belt or harness, protective shields and barriers. Biazon's proposal carries a penalty of P100,000 for the first offense or imprisonment of not less than six months and one day to not more than one year, or both. On the second offense, the bill prescribes a P300,000 fine or imprisonment of one year and one day to two years, or both. According to Biazon, a third-time offender will be slapped with a fine of P500,000, or imprisonment of two years and one day to not more than three years, or both.
Employers who shamelessly delay the remittances of their employees' Social Security System (SSS) contributions will have to pay steeper fines if they don't comply with the law. Sen. Mar Roxas, chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs and on Trade and Commerce, has filed Senate Bill 1994 which will increase by 10 times the penalties for companies that delay SSS remittances and for persons found violating the SSS law.
Retired Maj. Gen. Fortunato Abat was back in fighting form yesterday as he again criticized President Arroyo, branding her and her administration as being worse than that of ousted President Joseph Estrada and his government. And in admitting this, the retired general also expressed regret for supporting Mrs. Arroyo against the now detained leader, at Edsa II, the coup d'etat that installed Mrs. Arroyo to Malacañang. In comparing the two administrations, Abat pointed out that under Mrs. Arroyo, the levels of corruption are worse.
We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers. - Martin Luther King