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Monday, September 23, 2013
THIS is about the spat between the Cebu Provincial Government and Cebu CFI Cooperative.
I suggest that Provincial Bopard (PB) members visit first Republic Act (RA) 9520, also known as the Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008, pertinent provisions of which I quote:
"Art. 2 Declaration of Policy--It is the declared policy of the State to foster the creation and growth of cooperatives as a practical vehicle for promoting self-reliance and harnessing people power towards the attainment of economic development and social justice...
"Toward this end, the Government and all its branches, subdivisions, instrumentalities and agencies shall ensure the provision of technical guidance, financial assistance and other services to enable said cooperatives to develop into viable and responsive economic enterprises and thereby bring about a strong cooperative movement that is free from any conditions that might infringe upon the autonomy or organizational integrity of cooperatives.
“Art. 58. Instrument for Salary or Wage Deduction. – (1) A member of a cooperative may...execute an instrument in favor of the cooperative authorizing his employer to deduct from his/her salary or wages, commutation of leave credits and any other monetary benefits payable to him by the employer and remit such amount as maybe specified in satisfaction of a debt or other demand due from the member to the cooperative.
(Note: I assume the employees/members executed check-off authorization, otherwise the deductions were illegal).
"(2) Upon the execution of such instrument...the employer shall make the deduction in accordance with the agreement
"(3) The term ‘employer’ as used in this article shall include all private firms and the national and local governments and government-owned or controlled corporations...
"(5) Notwithstanding the provisions of existing laws to the contrary, the responsibilities of the employer...shall be mandatory, provided that in the case of private employer, the actual and reasonable cost deducting and remitting maybe collected.
(For sure this provision does not apply to the Cebu Provincial Government.)
It is apparent that the current situattion is highly politicized.
Before I retired, I was a lecturer for prospective members of our cooperative, also one of the biggest in the country, in Mindanao.
I always mentioned that one of the reasons some cooperatives fail is because of "political interference." I hope this is not happening here.--Lito Pascual
Bad foreigners as excuse
I’m an American and I take offense to stories that depict Americans as pedophiles. I do not excuse this behavior, but from a Filipino perspective it seems it would be more
productive to ask why.
As a foreigner, let me remind the readers of the abundance of young girls here willing to offer themselves to non-Filipinos.
And let me cite a cultural irony.
A girl will entertain a foreigner in his room and will expect money in return. She may not ask but she expects and accepts. As long as she does not ask, she considers herself not a prostitute.
Many here excuse this phenomena on poverty. I think the primary reason is more likely to be greed. What these girls and their families gain financially is bigger than the minimum wage.
Filipinos must look inward to find the answer to how not to be a magnet for pedophiles and sex tourists.
Get your religious practices in tune with the reality of your world, obtain a moral compass and teach it to your children and stop using bad foreigners as an excuse.
As they say, “If you don’t build it, they won’t come.”--Tim A
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 24, 2013.