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Prevent family violence

Changing times and shifting lifestyles lead to confusion and uncertainty in many families. This can lead to abuse of children and wives.

Family violence is a crime. It can be psychological or physical abuse of any family member, and ranges from insulting, threatening, yelling, grabbing, biting, hitting, punching, kicking to raping or even killing.

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Some people are unable to discipline their children in a loving way. Because of a lack of knowledge and self-control, they abuse the child. Sometimes they repeat the bad experiences they had as children. Afterwards, they generally do not feel good about it. This damages their self-esteem – even their pride – and destroys the parent-child relationship.

Violence on children may result in lack of trust, permanent physical or mental damage to them, suicide attempts, and even death.

Wives may be abused by their husbands and vice versa. This can start with a small argument and end in a beating causing serious physical and emotional damage and possible marriage breakdown.

How do you avoid violence in your family?

  • Talk about your disagreements with a family member. And listen.
  • At all times, practice self-control
  • Always think positively. Think of your love for your family. They are part of you – your own flesh and blood.
  • If you cannot control your temper, seek the help of other people such as your own parents, relatives, or close friends. Otherwise, seek professional help.
  • If your feel angry, lonely, inadequate, resentful and disappointed, remember that other people also feel these things. Try not to resort to violence.
  • You can form group-therapy sessions if you want to change your behavior, such as group meetings of parents.
  • Do not be ashamed to seek advice from other family members and close friends.
  • Show love and respect to everyone in the family.
 
Source: Things Adults Can Do To Stay Healthy. World Health Organization

How Adoption Support Centers Help Birth Mothers

Giving a baby up for adoption is always a difficult decision for birth mothers. Even if they’re interested in becoming parents, some mothers are unable to hang onto their children for a variety of complex reasons. When considering adoption, it’s in an expectant mother’s best interest to visit an adoption support center. The social welfare service will help you facilitate on the process.

Mothers needing to put a baby up for adoption can receive considerable assistance from the concerned government agency. The knowledgeable counselors found at these centers can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision with regard to adoption. Furthermore, adoption support centers help put expectant mothers in touch with couples who are interested in adoption. This ensures that you have a direct say in where your child ends up after he or she is born. Additionally, these facilities have counselors available to answer any questions you may have.

It takes considerable courage and emotional fortitude to give a child up for adoption. Not surprisingly, expectant mothers who lack the means to care for their children require a great deal of support throughout the adoption process. Fortunately, this support can be found at a well-funded adoption support center.

Work from Home Law

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11165 or the Telecommuting Act which allows employees to work from home.

The Telecommuting Act allows an employee in the private sector to work from home or an alternative workplace with the use of telecommunication or computer technologies. The law aims to address traffic congestion and to promote work-life balance.

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An employer may offer a telecommuting program to its employees on a voluntary basis. The adoption of such scheme remains a prerogative of employers but the program should not be less than the minimum labor standards set by law on health and safety of workers, schedule and workloads, work hours and social security. An employer is required to ensure that a telecommuting employee will not be isolated from the rest of the working community by giving him opportunities to meet with colleagues and allowing access to company information.  

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The country’s largest workers group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) applauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law a measure allowing workers to work from home as alternative work arrangement in the light of heavy traffic congestion and poor mass transport system.

“After pending in both congress for so many congresses, Duterte’s signing into law allowing workers to work from home alternative work arrangement finally sets the clear parameters for both employees and employers who wants to jointly practice the scheme. This alternative work scheme will benefit both employers and their employees,” TUCP President Raymond Mendoza said.

He said those who work from home would be able save from transport and food costs. Employees would also be able to minimize stress caused by traffic congestion and ageing mass transport system. 

Employers meanwhile would be able to minimize operational costs and ensure higher productivity from home working employee.

This will also widen the employment horizons for Person with Disabilities, senior citizens and working mothers who need not to report at work.

According to Mendoza, the alternative work arrangement will not change the 8-hour standard working time. There is also no diminution of wages and benefits including overtime pay, sick leave, maternity leave and all other benefits that employees have been receiving.

However, these rights must be ensured in the drafting of its Implementing Rules and Regulations spearheaded by the Labor department, workers and employers groups particularly workers’ right to form a union and collectively bargain are complied with.

Mendoza expects the IRR finished by March this year.

On one hand, the work from home arrangement is not applicable in other industries particularly those working manufacturing and services sector.

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