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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



01 December 2021 06:45:11 PM

The House Committee on Labor and Employment chaired by 1-PACMAN Party-list Rep. Enrico Pineda on Wednesday approved the motion to defer the adoption of two resolutions seeking an inquiry, in aid of legislation, into the illegal implementation of the “No Vaccine, No Work” policy in private establishments and government agencies. These are House Resolution 2210 filed by Rep. Ferdinand Gaite and HR 2309 by Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, both of the Party-list BAYAN MUNA. The motion to defer the adoption of the measures was approved, pending clarification from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on its two resolutions. The two resolutions issued by the IATF mandate all establishments and employers in the public and private sector to require their eligible employees tasked to do on-site work to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Eligible employees who remain unvaccinated should be required to undergo RT-PCR tests regularly at their own expense for purpose of on-site work. In his resolution, Gaite said several companies have continued to implement a “No Vaccine, No Work” policy in their workplace. He said Section 12 of Republic Act 11525 or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 provides that vaccine cards should not be considered as an additional mandatory requirement for educational, employment, and other similar government transaction purposes. Moreover, the committee would write a letter to the IATF recommending to suspend implementation of the said resolutions. Meanwhile, the panel decided to refer to its Subcommittee on Labor Standards the three measures seeking to increase the minimum salary of nurses in the private sector for further deliberation. These are : House Bill 7569 by Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte; HB 7851 by Gaite; and HB 9298 by Pangasinan Rep. Jumel Anthony Espino.