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Youth Workers’ Five-Point Call to Action amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

In celebration of Labor Day on May 1, the Associated Labor Unions (ALU)-Associated Philippine Seafarers Union (APSU) Youth called on national leaders to protect young workers who have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Young workers aged 15-34 made up 45% of the Philippines’ labor force in 2019. They are employed in wholesale and retail trade, accommodation and food service activities, construction, and transportation and storage. These are sectors hardest hit by the pandemic.

One out of six young people in the world has stopped working since the start of the COVID-19 crisis according to the International Labour Organization in May 2020. In April 2020, the Philippines reached its highest unemployment rate of 17.7%, of which 60% were young workers. 

ALU Southern Mindanao Region Education and Information Officer, Melba Tampakan said “young workers are the first to experience job insecurity, income reduction or loss, and precarious work arrangements. The pandemic also disrupted education and training.”

ALU National Education and Information Officer Geraldine Grace Hoggang added that these impacts on young workers also affected their mental well-being.  

“The fear of contracting the virus, work-life imbalance caused by new work arrangements, and economic losses have caused stress and anxiety among young workers, affecting their mental well-being. Young workers are also more vulnerable to violence and harassment,” Hoggang said. 

The young workers five-point call were for the government to:

1.         Preserve employment and create new jobs especially those that respond to the public health crisis; ensure just transition to a green economy; and expand opportunities in science and technology, engineering, math, and other fields that address the impacts of Industry 4.0.

2.         Enforce labor standards especially on wages and wage-related benefits, safety and health, social protection, and uphold rights to organize and collective bargaining to protect workers, especially young workers against exploitation, unsafe work conditions, unfair labor practices, and red-tagging. 

3.         Effectively prevent, detect, isolate, treat, and control COVID-19 infections; and address the challenges in the country’s medical and health systems and infrastructures to save lives and for the economy to recover. 

4. Include young workers’ representation in decision-making structures and processes, including in COVID-19 response and recovery planning, monitoring, and evaluation. 

5.         Promote gender equality and end gender-based violence by ratifying the ILO Convention 190.

Aside from calling on leaders, APSU Industrial Relations Officer Mark Angelo Tolentino also reminded that young workers should also organize into unions which would help them protect their rights. 

“We call on employers, managers and government officials to heed and act on these demands for a better normal. More importantly, we call on our fellow young workers to unite and stand up. Join the trade union movement and amplify young workers’ issues and influence change,” Tolentino said. 

Philippine Holidays 2021

The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2021 shall be observed in the country as per PROCLAMATION  NO. 986 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 30, 2020.

Please note the following dates if you have important travel plans for the new year. Also, please be aware of Covid19 safety and health protocols when traveling to avoid getting infected with the dreaded infection.

Date NameType
1 JanFridayNew Year’s DayRegular Holiday
12 FebFridayChinese Lunar New Year’s DaySpecial Non-working Holiday
25 FebThursdayPeople Power AnniversarySpecial Non-working Holiday
1 AprThursdayMaundy ThursdayRegular Holiday
2 AprFridayGood FridayRegular Holiday
3 AprSaturdayBlack SaturdaySpecial Non-working Holiday
9 AprFridayThe Day of ValorRegular Holiday
1 MaySaturdayLabor DayRegular Holiday
12 JunSaturdayIndependence DayRegular Holiday
20 JulTuesdayEid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)Regular Holiday
21 JulWednesdayEid al-Adha Day 2Common local holiday
21 AugSaturdayNinoy Aquino DaySpecial Non-working Holiday
30 AugMondayNational Heroes DayRegular Holiday
1 NovMondayAll Saints’ DaySpecial Non-working Holiday
2 NovTuesdayAll Souls’ DaySpecial Working Holiday
30 NovTuesdayBonifacio DayRegular Holiday
8 DecWednesdayFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionSpecial Non-working Holiday
24 DecFridayChristmas EveSpecial Working Holiday
25 DecSaturdayChristmas DayRegular Holiday
30 DecThursdayRizal DayRegular Holiday
31 DecFridayNew Year’s EveSpecial Working Holiday

Update: I’ve made some adjustments to the following dates; November 2, December 24, and 31, being declared by Malacañang as Special Working Holidays. A no-work no-pay policy applies on the said dates, according to the government.

Winter Gift Baskets That Create A Warm Feeling

A gift basket is always a great idea when you are shopping for a birthday or holiday during the winter season. You can find gift baskets full of soup, coffee and tea, which is perfect for those colder days. To help you get started, here are several Colorado gift baskets offered by Bisket Baskets.

Colorado Backcountry Gift

There is nothing like a bowl of Campfire Chili Fixin’s to hit the spot on a cold day. The Colorado Backcountry Gift basket also includes Ranch House Chicken ‘n Pasta Soup, Snake Bite Jalapeno Beer Bread and a Buttery Shortbread Cookie. The contents come inside a reusable container in an outdoor design.

Colorado Rocky Mountain Majesty

Your recipient is sure to smile when they receive the Colorado Rocky Mountain Majesty gift basket. The contents are divided into a small box and large box. The smaller box includes Colorado Munchie Mix and Hand Decorated Cookies, and the larger box contains Singlebrew Coffee and a Beautiful Colorado Mountain Mug. Both boxes are adorned in a gorgeous Colorado design.

Colorado Gift Box

Surprise your recipient with the Colorado Gift Box, which includes Wild West Tortilla Chips, Rocky Mountain Salsa and 10 bags of Cup of Colorado Tea. The assortment of tea varies per gift box, but the flavors may include Boulder Berry Tea, Mile High Tea and Apline Afternoon Tea. Everything is arranged inside a decorative evergreen gift box to fit the Colorado theme.

Colorful Colorado Winter Gift

Add a splash of color to their day with the Colorful Colorado Winter Gift basket. The snacks include Gold Rush Caramel Popcorn, Singlebrew Coffee and Buttery Shortbread Cookies. Your recipient can also find a Beautiful Colorado Mountain Mug inside the box, which is decorated in an outdoor Colorado theme.

Colorado Care Package

Show someone how much you care by sending them a Colorado Care Package. The package is full of gourmet snacks, such as the Mile High Pecan Pie Popcorn, Chocolate Avalanche and Hand Decorated Cookies. Everything is neatly arranged inside a decorative box with a beautiful red bow.

If you are looking to surprise your loved one with a gift basket, check out the selection of Colorado gift baskets on Bisket Baskets.