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    Magna Carta for Filipino workers pushed

    A Philippine lawmaker was reported Sunday to have filed a bill to strengthen Filipino workers in the energy sector to ensure a reservoir of talents who are adequately provided with compensation and benefits at par with the private sector.
    Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas of Pangasinan Province said she filed House Bill 4043 to give recognition to the immense contributions of the energy sector in improving the quality of lives and economic activities of the Filipino people and addresses the plight of energy workers.
    "It is recognized that energy related activities and projects have contributed substantial amount to the coffers of the national government. We are living witnesses that energy personnel are among the first to respond before and after the occurrence of disasters despite the immeasurable risks to their lives and loved ones," Agabas said.
    She also said it is but just and proper that energy personnel part take the fruits from their successful undertakings in recognition to their diligence and commitment in the processing, evaluation and monitoring of applications and awarded contracts including the mandatory financial audits.
    "We need a well-pronounced, defined and sufficiently funded scholarship programs and other measures that shall address the issues confronting the human resources of the energy sector in the Philippines," Agabas stressed.
    Agabas underscored that little effort has been exerted to address the exodus or brain-drain of competent and hardworking personnel of government agencies who are responsible for energy exploration, development, generation, transmission, distribution, utilization and commercialization of electricity to all sectors, especially the less privileged and improving members of the society.
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