Rough Cuts: Will sales or consumption statistics show?

It’s a good thing that the local electric utility in Davao City will be holding a Construction Workers Day on Sept. 30, 2018 at the Almendras Gym.

We have learned earlier from the company’s corporate communication unit that the activity will endeavor to appraise the construction workers of the dangers they will be facing when doing their job closer to high voltage power lines.

According to Ross Luga, Corporate Communications Asst. Vice President of Davao Light and Power Co., the local power distributor of Davao City and part of Davao del Norte, during the meeting with construction workers and officials of construction companies the utility will also present appropriate measures that have to be done in order to avoid the risk of electrocution.

The utility executive emphasizes the need for the contractors to coordinate with the company’s engineering unit so that even before the start of construction works potential danger areas can already be pinpointed and safety measures are adopted.

Yes, we agree with the observation of certain sectors in the city that there were a number of electrocution cases in the past most of these fatal.

But learning some lessons from those unfortunate incidents and doing what is necessary to avoid it from happening again is one welcome development.

After all, there is nothing too late a measure to take if it would mean the safety and security of lives of people.

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There is a move by the government to increase the number of maternity leave days for working women in the country. That is, from the current 60 days to 100 days with pay.

This has already hurdled at the Lower House and a Senate version could be put in the agenda sooner. If this proposal eventually becomes a law it would mean there is need to beef up the financial reserves of both the Social Security System (SSS) and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to ensure that the fund life of these two pension and social services entities will not be further shortened.

Thus, on the part of the government as employer, more budget will be needed by the various agencies. On the other hand, private employers will have to cough up bigger money when they have to increase the percentage of their share in the SSS and PhilHealth premium contributions when the pension firm implements a raise in contribution rate.

But even as this is not yet happening since the Senate version of the Maternity Leave days raise has still to be tackled, private companies could already be preparing measures to resort to ahead of the passage of such maternity leave days increase law.

And one possible serious repercussion is that private corporations may now be possibly thinking of limiting acceptance of female applicants even if they are qualified to the position applied. It would not also be surprising if in the very near future positions traditionally held by women would be found in the hands of men.

The other possibility is that private businesses will suddenly become strong advocates of family planning. Perhaps during job interviews on female applicants questions on family size and how it is answered could be a major determinant in the decision of management to accept or reject the application. That, without doubt, is one subtle way of discriminating women in the work force.

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A published report quoting the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) as source, says the Davao Region or Southern Mindanao, has registered an average of 7.1 percent inflation rate in the month of August 2018. The rate, according to the PSA, is higher than the national average of 6.4 percent as of the same period.

According to the same report quoting the PSA, the biggest contributor to the region’s 7.1% inflation are the increases in the prices of such commodities as alcoholic beverages and tobacco products which registered a rate of 161.9 percent.

Well, with such whooping rate of inflation in alcoholic beverages and tobacco, housewives would have reasons to celebrate. But no, not yet.

Perhaps it would interest everyone, as it interests us, if the PSA would be able to provide the sales figures or consumption volume in the entire Davao Region of the herein-mentioned products. If there is a commensurate decrease in the sales or consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco then there is reason to believe that the drinkers and smokers in the region already feel the pinch of the 161.9 inflation rate of products to feed their vices. But if the sales volume has remained the same, or has even increased, then it would be safe to say that the drinking and smoking sectors in the Davao Region have not at all minded the staggering cost of perpetuating their favorite diversions.

So, women of the households, do not celebrate yet.

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