PTV-4 employees assured of just compensation, other benefits

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


PRESIDENTIAL Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. assured Tuesday employees of state-owned television network PTV-4 that they will receive just compensation and benefits.

"Ipinaliwanag namin ito sa kanila at tiniyak na sumusunod ang ating pamahalaan sa mga umiiral na batas hinggil sa compensation and benefits of government employees," said Coloma, who has the jurisdiction over PTV-4, in a press briefing.

He said that the ongoing dialogue with PTV-4 employees is a concrete action on the part of the government to address their demands.

"Isinasagawa na iyong dialogue na iyon at iyon namang kanilang mga kahilingan ay patungkol pa doon sa nakaraang mga benepisyo na ipinangako sa kanila, na sa aming posisyon ay governed by the principle of availability of funds and the Department of Justice has already ruled on one of the benefits that they are raising," he said.

He noted that PTV-4 was in a state of "financial hemorrhage" when the new administration took office.

"Walang pera sa kaban nito, walang pangsweldo, walang pondo, sira-sira ang mga equipment," said Coloma.

"Kaya nagsikap tayo at natamo natin iyong pagtatatag ng bagong charter na kung saan ay nagbigay ang Kongreso ng panibagong kapitalisasyon na 5 billion pesos at isinasaayos na natin ngayon ang operasyon ng People's Television," he added.

He said that although premiums for the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and PhilHealth were collected from the employees under the past administration, none of them was remitted to these agencies.

"Kaya noong kami na ang namahala ay tiniyak namin na maisauli o maipanumbalik iyong kanilang GSIS at mga PhilHealth premiums," he said, adding that the government strove to seek funds to promote the employees' welfare. (SDR/Sunnex)

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