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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Contractual Worker to get benefits, 13th month pay etc.

New Rule on Contractual Employment
Samuel P. Medenilla | Tempo, December 1, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the proliferation of companies outsourcing their services to contractors, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) issued a new department order (DO), which will professionalize contractual workers.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said during a media forum Tuesday at DoLE’s head office in Manila at least 200,000 contractual workers from 2,624 contractors, subcontractors, and cooperatives will benefit from the new provision of Department Order No. 18-A, Series of 2011.

This will address the clamor of the labor sector to clarify government policy on contractual employment so that they could be assured this will not be used to circumvent the compliance of employers to labor standards - Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz said.

Under the DO No. 18-A, contractors, subcontractors and cooperatives are required to provide their workers with benefits similar to their regular counterparts. “The new D.O. will promote employment and encourage full compliance with minimum wages and general labor standards, including safe and healthful conditions of work, security of tenure, and self-organization and collective bargaining agreement,“ Baldoz said. It will also entitle them to social security benefits, which includes membership to SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-ibig.

The new order will also impose stricter requirements for contractors, subcontractors, and cooperatives to ensure only qualified companies will be able to operate. These include a P3 million paid capital to operate, possession of necessary tools and work prem ises to deliver their service, an employer-employee relationship with their workers, a PR25,000 registration fees, and the inclusion of a mandatory 10 percent administrative fee in their service contracts.

It will also require contractors, sub-contractors, and cooperatives to honor the full extent of the service contract with a company, which will prevent them from cutting the services of their workers in short periods per year. “These new provisions aim to weed out fly-by-night contractors and subcontractors. It will also end short term employment schemes like endo (end of contract) or 5-5-5 (five-month, fivemonth duration),“ Baldoz said.

She said the D.O. will become effective on Dec. 5, which is 15 days after it has been published in a national newspaper last Nov. 19. Companies, which will not be able to comply with these requirements, will have its licenses cancelled.

Barbie Dolls, Robots, etc Richwell Corporation up to 80% off

  • The Kids Kraze Warehouse Sale is from the following dates: December 2-4, 9-11 and 16-20, 2011.
  • Up to 80% OFF on branded toys, apparel and shoes.
  • Sale Hours: Saturdays & Sundays (9:00am to 6:00pm) and Weekdays & Fridays (1:00pm to 6:00pm)
  • Items on display runs out fast but it gets replenished from time to time.
  • Sale is on Cash basis only.
  • There's a parking space but it is limited only.
  • For inquiries, please call 743-1658.

  • 34 Scout Torillo corner Scout Limbaga, Quezon City (View Map)
  • For Commuters: From cubao you can ride jeep bound to Quiapo and then get off to Jimenez and from there ride a jeepney going to Philcoa / Fairview and get off to Scout limbaga and then take a walk (left side) or Bus bound to Fairview then get off to GMA Kamuning, from there ride a jeepney going to Arayat and get off to scout limbaga and then take a walk (left side).

Richwell Trading Corp.

About The Sale
Richwell continues to acquire new brands for exclusive distribution in the country. This includes American brands such as Hotwheels, Shelcore, Cosco Juvenile, MegaBloks, etc., as well as Hong Kong brands such as Video Technology (Vtech) Products. In 1999, it was awarded distributorship of Fisher Price. Recognizing the growing popularity of television and cartoon characters, Richwell has been very active in the licensing business. It is the master licensor for Barbie in the Philippines and has built Barbie to be the one of the most recognized and popular brands in the market.

Richwell Trading also holds the license for Disney and Winnie The Pooh plush toys, and Sesame St. toys and plush. Through another sister company, Euro Play Distributor Company Inc., it holds the license for Teletubbies plush toys. It develops and distributes the brands Barbie, Disney, Sesame St., Buster Brown, and Looney Tunes. Its distribution channels continue to increase as it acquires new brands to complement its existing tires, toys shoe, infant and toiletries lines. Their channel includes department stores, supermarkets, direct selling and major corporate accounts nationwide.

Vans, Freego & Freshgear from December 2-4, 2011.

  • UP Junior Finance Association Sale is from December 2-4, 2011.
  • Sale Hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm.
  • Up to 70% OFF on selected items.
  • Brands on Sale include Vans, Freego and Freshgear.
  • Credit Cards are accepted.

  • Solair, UP Diliman, Quezon City
  • From MRT Quezon Ave: Ride UP Campus Jeep (Beneath MRT Station) - University Ave (Checkpoint) - E. Jacinto St.
  • If inside UP, IKOT Jeep

Hillcrest region of San Diego City

It's a time of merriment!  And to all of you out there who would like to party you could go to the Hillcest region of San Diego city.  It boosts of various gay bars within the city.   Hillcrest offers a wide range of restaurants, coffeehouses and many different gay nightclubs.

You would find a nice selection of gay bars, restaurants of all types, gay gyms like 24 hour fitness, and shopping galore.  There are tons of gay friendly hotels in down town San Diego near the Gas Lamp District that has great restaurants, shopping and gay bars.  San Diego offers a lot of beach options too.  

The gay nightlife include Flicks, a video bar and Rich's, known as the largest dance club in the region.


Flicks has been around since 1983 and features many high-definition flat screen televisions and plays different shows on a nightly basis. The daily specials at Flicks include Football & Karaoke Mondays and Sundays, showing football games when in season. On Tuesdays, Wii games are available for free play. Wednesdays are known as College Boys Night, featuring $2 well drinks from 9 p.m. until closing; $3-Way Thursdays feature $3 bottles of any beer from 9 p.m. until close and a pool tournament with a $5 buy-in. Fridays offer free pizza, and $3 well drinks after 9 p.m. A wet underwear contest with a prize of $100 takes place on Saturdays.

  • Flicks
    1017 University Ave
    San Diego, CA 92103


Rich's claims to be the largest gay dance club in San Diego. They have two separate rooms with their own dance floor and bar each.

 Up-coming events this December 2011
Don't miss the party! Be there on December 2, 2011

Rich bar is open from Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Rich's hosts drag shows on various nights of the month, and features ladies night on Thursdays, and pop music on Fridays. The club is open to those 21 years of age and older.

1051 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
 Come one Come all in your best party outfit! 
When it comes to San Diego-Hillcrest here is a must read link:


Pasay Regional Trial Court Judge Jesus Mupas of RTC Branch 112 ordered the transfer of CGMA to Veterans Memorial Medical Center Hospital in Quezon, City within five (5) days.

According to the clerk of court of RTC Branch 112 Atty. Joel Pelicano: As far as the order is concerned, within 5 days, there are no more extensions for Arroyo's transfer to government hospital.

Same treatment will be given to Arroyo as what was given then to Estrada when he was placed under hospital arrest assures the court.

Elena Bautista-Horn says, they respect and will comply with the court's order, but they would still seek legal remedies available to them.

Sta.Lucia Mall Holiday Weekend & Toy Warehouse Sale!

  • Sta. Lucia Mall's Holiday Weekend Sale.
  • Four amazing weekends of non-stop sale in December.


  • Planet Toys Warehouse Sale is from December 2-4, 2011.
  • Up to 70% OFF on selected items.
  • Happening at the Entertainment Center, Phase 3 in Sta. Lucia Mall.

  • Felix Ave. cor. Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal

Mark Bautista tagged as the third party in the Piolo Pascual & KC Concepcion Break up?

Photo from Philstar
The controversial break-up of the showbiz couple Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion left many people wondering why?  And think what's the real reason behind the couple's split-up?

And they were reading between the lines on the interview of KC in "The Buzz."

There was a persistent rumor from showbiz town that Mark Bautista was allegedly the third party in the Piolo Pascual & KC Concepcion break up. 
Everybody has this giant question marks on their minds : Was he the real reason or not? 

Mark Bautista is an actor and a singer. He's also the poster boy of Mang Inasal. He is Piolo’s co-member in the ASAP group Pop Icons@ ABS-CBN before he transferred to GMA 7. He was allegedly being linked to Piolo before Piolo and KC became sweethearts.
Photo of Mark Bautista on his Facebook page


Fashion Pulis @ shares the grapevine on that crucial day when allegedly KC Concepcion was said to have finally seen the light -

A Post Mortem on the Interview

Image courtesy of

I am sure that many of you were glued to the November 27, 2011 controversial interview. According to a reliable source, this part of the interview was not aired:

Interviewer: Sino ba ang dahilan? Babae ba o lalaki?
Interviewee: No
Interviewer: Si M (make a wild guess) ba?
Interviewee: (umiling at umiyak)  
When the network executive saw the full version of the interview, she specifically ordered this part to be cut.

Why was she hurting?

One day, when she came to his flat unannounced, his personal assistant (PA) told her that he was not there. She did not believe the PA so she marched directly to his bedroom. She was shocked when she saw that he and the other guy just came out of the shower. She left the country after witnessing this incident.

Where are they now?

The two of them are currently in Japan for a show. When he heard that her interview was going to be aired, he immediately changed the line up of his songs.

What could possibly have made KC say on national television in that interview with Boy Abunda on The Buzz:

” PJ knows exactly why we broke up. He knows exactly why.”

“May mga bagay na hindi ko na kayang lunukin, hindi ko na kayang tanggapin…”
(there are some things I can no longer take and accept….)

Mang Inasar: Hahanap hanapin mo kesa ke PJ
Photo from Facebook account of fezzbook

And here’s what Piolo said when interviewed by ABS-CBN upon his arrival from Japan where he did a show with fellow ABS-CBN talent Enchong Dee, Kaye Brosas,KC Concepcion and the allegedly cause of the break-up Mark Bautista.

"I apologize to the public for the break up and both of us are undergoing personal crisis"-Piolo Pascual



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