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August 17, 2010 / whyhansdantes

Postal workers demand removal of Philpost officials

*This article has been published on Asian Correspondent, August 13, 2010. This is a news article concerning the plight of the employees of the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost), particularly on their demands to remove the higher officials, who had allegedly failed to provide solutions to the decline in the corporation’s profits. The lead sentence was changed, specifically a statement related to GOCC’s in general, as according to comments in the classroom, it was unnecessary. The previous title, “Postal workers cry for removal of GOCC officers was revised to avoid creating wrong or sensational impressions.

A steadfast statue of a mailman stands in front of the Manila Central Post Office, headquarters of the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost)

Postal workers demand removal of Philpost officers

By Hans Joshua Dantes

Members of the Postal Employees Union of the Philippines (PEUP) demanded the removal of key officials of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost), a Government-Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC).

In their resolution, the union requests from President Benigno Aquino III the replacement of career officials such as the corporation’s postmaster generals and the board of directors of the said GOCC.

Despite their prolonged assignments, PhilPost’s high officials supposedly failed to act on raising the corporation’s revenues, which is the reason for the year-long delays of allowances, benefits and salary increases of more than 12,000 employees.

“We believe there is mismanagement on the part of the higher-ups, who kept repeating that the income is ‘deteriorating’. Knowing that, how come they are not making any move or headway in keeping the corporation’s profits from falling further?” said Quirino Collada, Jr., PEUP Metro Manila Chairman.

PhilPost admits to the delays, but reiterates that they can only give when enough funding has been secured.

“It is not denied; we will still give it to them – only that it is delayed because of lack of funds. It is the obligation of the corporation to its employees,” said PhilPost Director Numeriano Dayrit.

Dayrit adds that the continuous operation of non-profitable branches and the advent of newer technologies such as mobile phones and the Internet are significant factors causing the decrease in the corporation’s profits.

The lack of funding is further aggravated by the exclusion of the corporation from the government budget by its independent charter, leading it to rely solely on its profits for the salaries and benefits.

Paid, Over and Under

PEUP also recommends the reduction of assistant postmaster generals from six to three. They resent the P90,000-high salary of such offices, which they believe are subject to overlapping functions and redundancies.

By comparison, the earnings of the average postmen range from P6000 to P10,000. Salary increases mandated by the Salary Standardization Law 3 (SSL3) due for July was not yet implemented, while the previous year’s increase given last December 2009 was only half of what was due.

Negotiations

PEUP leadership believes that government subsidy for the GOCC will help a long way in solving the financial problem.

The employees are trying to schedule a dialogue with the Department of Budget and Management under Secretary Florencio Abad, as well as with representatives of Malacañang, particularly Sec. Abad’s daughter, Presidential Management Chief of Staff Julia Abad.

Collada opines that while they are dismayed with the delays, things might be going on a “positive direction” with Aquino’s new administration.

“As far as I am concerned, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Hopefully, we might actually get to see some changes during the honeymoon period,” said Collada.

August 17, 2010 / whyhansdantes

Uncyclopedia



Uncyclopedia is an encyclopedia full of misinformation and lies. Not that I meant laying siege on the quite aptly-named “encyclopedia,” but this is how the site introduces itself – honest-to-goodness.

The site’s format basically pays homage – or, rather, in Uncyclopedia’s context, sarcasm directed towards Wikipedia – not that Wikipedia is devoid of any misinformation and the like, or so the critics would claim. But the site’s deliberate distortion of anything over and under the sun is so stark that the similarity ends with the cleanliness of the format, which at a glance radiates the same credibility as the encyclopedia it parodies. But then you stop by and find articles concerning Cat-Toast Devices, links entitled “Do NOT click any links!” and entries on Whimpiness (one term the site uses to refer to Peace).

Of course, as with many parodies, one primary purpose of Uncyclopedia is humor – albeit sarcastic and offensive one too many times.

As said in its mission statement, however lax its tone may seem:
“The mission of Uncyclopedia is to provide the world’s misinformation in the least redeeming and most searingly sarcastic and humorous way possible. Offense is exceptionally likely, expected, and to be renowned while reading the Uncyclopedia.”

The offenses may range from petty insults and unrestricted use of cuss words, to racist and/or sexist remarks and portrayals. Guaranteed, this site is neither for the faint-hearted, nor for any human rights advocate, who may indeed be inflamed, nor for the cold and logical, considering the spontaneity and off-tangent reasoning that couples the sarcasm in every article.

Granted, Uncyclopedia may have many contents far too intolerable even for a parody site, though at times it can be seen as tamer than those of counterparts such as Encyclopedia Dramatica, its name obviously parodying well-renowned Encyclopedia Britannica.

However, amidst all the senselessness and abusive language, there’s always that underlying hint of truth and wit in the way it tries to be funny. The ridiculously broad range of topics and its rich awareness of issues combined with internet memes are probably other reasons why they could get away with it.

August 2, 2010 / whyhansdantes

Welcome to Empirical Contrasts!

Welcome to Empirical Contrasts!

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