HR Talk: Did You Know SSS Provides Funeral Benefits (It’s Php 20,000 to 40,000!)?

Did you know that SSS provides Funeral Benefits to its Members? One of the not-so-much-talked-about benefits is the Funeral Benefits provided by our Social Security System (SSS). From August 2015, deceased members can receive a Php 20,000 to Php 40,000 funeral benefit from the SSS, depending on how their Average Monthly Salary Credit (AMSC), which […]

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Opinion Only: Do I Think Filipino Employees in General are Underpaid?

I used to think Filipino employees were way way way underpaid. But when I worked here vs. overseas, I realized why the relatively lower salaries: 1. ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE (AWOL) IS A CONSTANT PROBLEM Hindi papasok kasi walang magaalaga ng anak. Gusto mag give up agad. Magprovince daw bukas, etc. Overseas, NOBODY knows what AWOL […]

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HR Talk: Top 15 Questions Answered Re: the Employee Compensation Program (Where You Get Paid If You Get Sick/Injured/Die At Work)

The Employee Compensation Program and its Many Benefits Everyone talks about the Philippine Social Security System (SSS) but stays mum about the Employee Compensation (EC) Program. When I started this subject, I was surprised on how so much information are out there about many benefits the EC Program, but the information is annoyingly kalat kalat, […]

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HR Talk: Can You Terminate Staff During the Pandemic (And Not Pay Separation Pay)?

Quick and Short Answer: Rule of Thumb: There are two distinct type of Terminations — 1) Termination for Just Causes, and 2) Termination for Authorized Causes. So this blog post will summarize the different ways you can properly terminate a staff in the Philippines as follows: What is Just Causes of Termination? How Can Companies […]

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HR TALK: Top 10 Questions Answered Re: ECQ Part 2

It’s official — Last March 27, the Government has announced via IATF Resolution No. 106-A, Series of 2021 that the following cities in NCR will be placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from March 29 (Monday) up until April 4, 2021 (Sunday). Before anybody panics, please remember that this is NOT our first ECQ rodeo. […]

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Get yourself COVID-19 Vaccinated to SAVE LIVES

A TALE OF TWO “RESPECTABLE” DOCTORS: ONE CREATES FEAR. THE OTHER SAVES LIVES I respect Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana. Many respectable doctors are choosing to take Sinovac. And then there’s people like Dr. Tony Leachon who strives to create fear and anger just because he was let go of the IATF. Dr. Tony Leachon is […]

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HR Talk: How to Enroll Your Bank Details onto mySSS

You might have received the following email from SSS regarding the need to register your bank account to SSS online last December 2020: The email read as follows: Dear Sir/Madam: In an effort to protect members against unauthorized access to their My.SSS accounts for fraudulent enrollment of bank details and unauthorized filing of benefit/loan applications, […]

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Life Lesson: When a Son Brings His Family Deep in Debt

The source of drama this week was care of my daughter’s yaya (babysitter). Our yaya is hre family’s breadwinner and supports her Mindoro-based unemployed husband and her five male children, one of whom is already working in Batangas. The eldest is 21 years old and is working in a feeds factory in Batangas. Yaya was […]

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Business Talk: Are Your Donations Legit and Tax Deductible? Is Your Church/Charity Accredited? And Why Is this Important?

Introduction: Why People Tithe? There is a difference to Tithes and Offerings — Tithe is 10% of the income while Offerings are anything you give beyond the 10% which is from the bottom of your heart. In Proverbs 3:9 (NIV), “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” In the […]

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My Top 20 Lessons in HR for 2020

MY TOP 20 LESSONS IN HR FOR 2020: It’s almost the new year! To end the year with a bang, here are my top 20 lessons in HR that I learned this 2020: 1. When government puts everyone on lockdown, stop stressing and being depressed. Walang pakialam ang government kung depressed ka. Hindi dadagdag ang […]

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HR TALK: What to Do with Employees’ Long Overdue SSS Loans?

Did you get SSS’ love letter earlier this month? SSS has upgraded its systems to inform Employers the current status of their employees’ outstanding loans as of October 2020. Most employers got a bill similar to the below last week:The email was NOT a hoax. It is a legitimate email from SSS informing employers to […]

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