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Boycott ABS-CBN!!!

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Ang GAHAMAN naman ng ABS-CBN!!! Ang laki-laki na nga ng kinikita nila tapos mag-le-lay-off pa sila ng mga talents nila et al!!! This just goes to show na hindi talaga sila IN THE SERVICE OF THE FILIPINO...IN THE SERVICE OF GABBY LOPEZ AND THE LOPEZ FAMILY lang talaga ang ABS!!!

Ngayon, binabawi ko na ang suporta ko sa channel na yan at ako'y nananawagan na sa mga Pinoy na nagmamalasakit na I-BOYKOT ang lahat ng palabas ng ABS-CBN upang maturuan ng leksyon ang istasyong yan sa pagkitil ng hanapbuhay sa mga empleyado nila!!!

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ABS-CBN lays off 150 workers
Posted: 11:17 PM (Manila Time) | December 28, 2001
By Blanche S. Rivera and Elena R. Torrijos
Inquirer News Service
http://www.inq7.net/nat/2001/dec/29/nat_7-1.htm

Declines in advertising

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., the broadcast arm of the Lopez family, will lay off at least 150 employees amid sharp declines in advertising revenue and gloomy prospects next year.

Some of ABS-CBN's major talents have agreed to pay cuts to help the network weather uncertainties next year.

At least 29 employees, including reporters, an editor, and production assistants, were given their walking papers six days before Christmas, according to a report from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

ABS-CBN cited redundancy and company reorganization as the reasons for the retrenchment, which will take effect on Jan. 27, according to DOLE records.

Both regular employees and talents are becoming restive, following a less than satisfactory cash gift given to the talents who do not get the mandatory 13th month pay.

Several talents, who make up 70 percent of the network's 5,000 employees, have started organizing to press for demands that range from regularization to a larger Christmas bonus.

The ABS-CBN employees union has also demanded the recall of the termination notices and suspension of the streamlining program until consultations have been made.

In a statement, ABS-CBN said advertising minutes fell by up to 15 percent in October and November compared to the same period last year. The company traditionally gets the highest ad revenue in the fourth quarter.

ABS-CBN said the decline in ad minutes, which has been observed since July, was due to the general weakness in consumer demand that forced major clients, particularly in the "packaged goods" industry, to cut advertising expenses.

The company noted that these clients spent heavily on advertising despite a weak economy in the past to gain market share.

"Total media industry value is expected to shrink by as much as 30 percent this year," ABS-CBN pointed out.

To meet the challenges of a markedly changed business environment, ABS-CBN said it planned to cut operating expenses by 15 percent or as much as 500 million pesos in 2002.

The measure involves reducing manpower by an initial three percent, slashing production expenses and exploring ways to make production operations efficient.

ABS-CBN and its subsidiaries employ more than 5,000 regular staff and talents, the largest in the broadcasting and entertainment industry.

Cost cuts

ABS-CBN will limit capital expenditures to one billion pesos next year. The company is depending largely on internally generated cash to support operations next year.

In documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ABS-CBN reported that its net income in the third quarter dropped 29 percent to 435.52 million pesos from 614 million pesos in the same period last year.

A 16-percent increase in operating expenses to 2.08 billion pesos and a five-fold increase in interest expenses to 121.2 million pesos weighed down on its profit despite a 5-percent increase in net revenue to 2.86 billion pesos.

From January to September, ABS-CBN's earnings declined 19 percent to 1.39 billion pesos compared with the 1.647 billion pesos in the same period last year.

A 23-percent increase in operating expenses dampened the 15-percent increase in net revenue during the period.

"A large part of the expansion in subsidiary-related costs was due to ABS-CBN International as well as the consolidation of Studio 23, which impacted particularly on the first semester of 2001, and ABS-CBN Interactive, which was in pre-operating stage prior to this year," ABS-CBN said.

The company noted that its compensation and benefits had been above industry standards. "(B)ut with the global crisis brought about by the Sept. 11 bombings, ABS-CBN had no recourse but to reevaluate its operations."

"This move is being implemented for the overall financial health of the company as well as the welfare of all its employees and stockholders."
ABS-CBN said it would "properly compensate and offer redeployment and business opportunities, if any," to those affected.

ABS-CBN vice president for human resources Maribel Salta said the company would provide separation play plus options on how and where to invest their money, entrepreneurial skills training so that they can start their own small businesses and job opportunities in other companies.

The union is not amused. In a letter to ABS-CBN executives dated Dec. 26, union president Pablito Manalo protested the terminations, saying the management has already agreed to meet with the union on Jan. 3.

"Such precipitate and uncalled for action on the part of your . . . departments in furnishing our members with termination notices and pushing through with your retrenchment program even before our agreed meeting concerning the same is a clear sign of bad faith," Manalo said.

Union reacts

"We demand that you immediately . . . hold in abeyance the implementation of any retrenchment . . . otherwise we will be compelled to take all necessary and appropriate actions to protect our members," he said.

Besides the editorial, administrative and maintenance personnel who were fired, talents face cuts in their fees following management's order to executive producers of current affairs programs to reduce their budget by 30 percent.

A producer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said vice president for current affairs Arlene de Castro called a meeting early this month to announce the order from the top brass.

The producer said management gave them three options: retrench some of their staff, cut their budget by 30 percent, or replay an episode every month.
The source said the company initially wanted them to reduce their budget by half but conceded to a 30-percent cut when producers were alarmed by the proposal.

"They have always asked us to be considerate of the company's financial condition, and we have been considerate, but they owe it to us to tell us what's going on," said another producer. "Should we start looking for work?"

"It's very difficult to work thinking that you could be the next person, who will walk out of the station with nothing," said a talent who has been with ABS-CBN for almost a decade.

Terminated regular employees will receive separation pay, but talents will get nothing.

The disgruntled employees said the management did not even explain the basis for the cash gift given to them, which went as low as 700 pesos.

Cash gifts in previous years were equivalent to twice the monthly salary without exceeding 15,000 pesos.

"The employees are demoralized," a source said. "You learn of new people pirated from another station getting so much, and yet they're terminating regular employees and maybe talents next," the source added.

The union and talents, who are still unorganized, are drafting separate plans of action to address the management's cost-cutting scheme.

"We've been here for so long, and we never agitated them but I think we have to do something now. We can't go on not knowing what will happen to us tomorrow," a talent said.

Channel 2, meanwhile, still led its competitors with a 45-percent average audience share and ratings of 19 percent, more than the combined total of all free-to-air competitors. This, however, was before the impact of such game show hits as "Who Wants to be Millionaire" and the "Weakest Link" was fully assessed.

The print media is also feeling the economic downturn. Pinoy Times, a tabloid put up by Eugenia Apostol, ran its last issue on the third week of this month. A broadsheet, the Manila Meteor, is seeking new investors to avoid closure.
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Comments

  • skirTskirT -=[eGypTiAn]=- PExer
    i was one of those laid off cause they cancelled the show..
    oh well naghihirap na ang bansa natin.
  • reybeldereybelde zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz PExer
    Originally posted by skirT
    i was one of those laid off cause they cancelled the show..
    oh well naghihirap na ang bansa natin.

    Oh, sorry to hear that from you mismo. Which show is that?

    BOYCOTT ABS-CBN!!!

    :drive:
  • bichbich :| PExer
    kaawa namn ung mga nawalan ng trabaho..
  • SalagubangSalagubang Idol ko si JOLENS! PExer
    Kawawa naman ang bansa natin talagang nag hihirap na ang Pilipinas!

    Dapat tayong mag EDSA 4 !:D
  • abusayafabusayaf Registered User PExer
    If ever na i-boycott ang ABS, baka naman malugi sila at magsara na!

    Eh di mas marami pa ang mawawalan ng trabaho?

    In the long run ang magiging kawawa ay mga empleyado rin. Ang mga may-ari hindi. Kasi puwede pa naman sila mag-negosyo ng iba o di kaya mangibang bansa.

    :p
  • Eugene HikaruEugene Hikaru THE GAME! PExer
    Originally posted by Salagubang
    Kawawa naman ang bansa natin talagang nag hihirap na ang Pilipinas!

    Dapat tayong mag EDSA 4 !:D

    HOY TAMA NA EDSA!!!!! :lol:

    We cannot completely blame them. They are a media company and they should adjust to what would be the good of their station....

    Media management is so into money that they would do anything to grab it.

    Sorry sa mga na lay-off. Grabe. Sama ng buhay....
  • chantel23chantel23 Member PExer
    blame the subsidiaries (or yet yung mga humahawak nyan). talaga naman nakakapagtaka na malulugi ang maynilad o kaya bayantel!

    i feel sorry for the 150 who were laid-off. to think na ang abs-cbn news/current affairs at yung mga shows nila ang nag ge-generate ng income para sa companya, they don't deserve it. kung may i la-lay-off eh yung dapat mga palpak na officers ng mga subsidiaries nila.

    i wouldn't boycott abs-cbn though. why naman?! for instance, you boycott them, they lose advertisers, mas marami mawawalan ng trabaho. gusto mo 'yon?

    lesson nalang sa kanila, 'yun ang hirap ng puro palakasan sa pagpasok sa mga kompanya. kahit sino-sino lang inilalagay sa posisyon kahit walang alam, basta may kilala ka o kamaganak ka or whatever.

    so next time, hire managers, supervisors, accountants etc...with responsibility, real capabilities and talent. kamaganak mo o hindi
  • Lara_Ganda_koLara_Ganda_ko Miss Universe PExer
    Get your facts straight before you froth in the mouth. ABS-CBN has more than 5,000 employees, 150 ang redundant--to be reassigned pa to other subsidiaries. abnormal ba yon? Philippine Airlines is laying off more employees, given its track record of bad service pa, why are you not shouting na ibagsak ang PAL or Lucio Tan. ABS is streamlining functions and jobs--which many other companies are doing in this time of economic downturn here and abroad, what's so exploitative about that? If a company sinks or loses more money, not only 150 would be jobless, but thousands.
    Besides, for your information, ABS has created an internal job market within its company, so that people in broadcasting who'll be made redundant can find their own slots in other ABS subsidiaries.
    And let's be honest! Can you honestly say that ABS or a Lopez company is the only company you know at this time that's laying off people. Huwag kang bulag or bingi!
    And talk about sharing with its employees--ABS pays bonuses and salaries way above the industry standards, has done so for years, so anong "in the service of the Lopez family" ang sinasabi mo. The Lopez family has always been known as generous employers. That's a well-known fact in the corporate world.
    I bet you at this time, if you want a job and are made to choose between Lucio Tan and the Lopez firm, you'd choose the latter. Don't be a hypocrite or baka nag sour grape ka lang?
  • moimoimoimoi Member PExer
    Originally posted by Lara_Ganda_ko
    Get your facts straight before you froth in the mouth. ABS-CBN has more than 5,000 employees, 150 ang redundant--to be reassigned pa to other subsidiaries. abnormal ba yon? Philippine Airlines is laying off more employees, given its track record of bad service pa, why are you not shouting na ibagsak ang PAL or Lucio Tan. ABS is streamlining functions and jobs--which many other companies are doing in this time of economic downturn here and abroad, what's so exploitative about that? If a company sinks or loses more money, not only 150 would be jobless, but thousands.
    Besides, for your information, ABS has created an internal job market within its company, so that people in broadcasting who'll be made redundant can find their own slots in other ABS subsidiaries.
    And let's be honest! Can you honestly say that ABS or a Lopez company is the only company you know at this time that's laying off people. Huwag kang bulag or bingi!
    And talk about sharing with its employees--ABS pays bonuses and salaries way above the industry standards, has done so for years, so anong "in the service of the Lopez family" ang sinasabi mo. The Lopez family has always been known as generous employers. That's a well-known fact in the corporate world.
    I bet you at this time, if you want a job and are made to choose between Lucio Tan and the Lopez firm, you'd choose the latter. Don't be a hypocrite or baka nag sour grape ka lang?

    i second the motion.
    a lot of companies are laying off noh baka ndi mo lang alam.
    with the economic crisis right now, a lot of advertisers have cut their budget to produce tvc's or have lessen the frequency of their tvc's. this means lesser income diba?
  • rinoarinoa Assassin's Ho PExer
    Originally posted by Lara_Ganda_ko
    Get your facts straight before you froth in the mouth. ABS-CBN has more than 5,000 employees, 150 ang redundant--to be reassigned pa to other subsidiaries. abnormal ba yon? Philippine Airlines is laying off more employees, given its track record of bad service pa, why are you not shouting na ibagsak ang PAL or Lucio Tan. ABS is streamlining functions and jobs--which many other companies are doing in this time of economic downturn here and abroad, what's so exploitative about that? If a company sinks or loses more money, not only 150 would be jobless, but thousands.
    Besides, for your information, ABS has created an internal job market within its company, so that people in broadcasting who'll be made redundant can find their own slots in other ABS subsidiaries.
    And let's be honest! Can you honestly say that ABS or a Lopez company is the only company you know at this time that's laying off people. Huwag kang bulag or bingi!
    And talk about sharing with its employees--ABS pays bonuses and salaries way above the industry standards, has done so for years, so anong "in the service of the Lopez family" ang sinasabi mo. The Lopez family has always been known as generous employers. That's a well-known fact in the corporate world.
    I bet you at this time, if you want a job and are made to choose between Lucio Tan and the Lopez firm, you'd choose the latter. Don't be a hypocrite or baka nag sour grape ka lang?

    hear hear! maraming naglalay-off na kumpanya ngayon. isa lang ang abs sa mga matutunog since they are literally one big company. but if you look at the corporate world halos lahat ng kumpanya nagtatanggal. and alaga parin ang mga natanggal sa trabaho na yan noh! sometimes yung iba diyan better pa nga yung ibibigay na jobs sa kanila with better benefits.
  • KasmoTKasmoT Member PExer
    oo nga naman. marami na talagang companies ang nagbabawas, nagsasara, nagreretrench ng employees because of the crisis. hindi lang naman abs-cbn. but if you want to boycott abs-cbn, hindi yata ito ang dapat dahilan, kundi for institutionalizing mediocrity in phil. television. (like, bakit nasa ere pa rin ang mga tulad nina korina sanchez?! duh?!) but that's another thread altogether na, di ba? :D:D:D
  • soulthirdsoulthird It Ain't Worth It PExer
    ABS-CBN is a private corporation and PROFIT is their priority. Kawawa naman yung mga ma-la-lay-off, pero it's their prerogative. ABS-CBN knows what it's doing and I'm sure they're not laying off employees just for the sake of it.

    do u have their financial records to prove na sobrang kumikita sila? Even if they are, it's not surprisng that they are cutting off their labor force... e yung economy naman tlga e bagsak, so prspects for next year e di maganda. ABS-CBN is talking BUSINESS, their not an NGO that's supposed to be milked for income, they need to act fast or the company will have to suffer and maybe affect thousands more if they don't make these moves to cut their losses.
  • madamclaudiamadamclaudia Registered User PExer
    Ginawa na yan ng PANA noon,pero sino ang nagwagi?!!!
    ABS-CBN will prevail at respetuhin natin sila a kanilang desisyon!
    Alamin muna ang bawat side ng storya bago manghusga!!!

    Pwes,i-boykot na rin ang 7 at baka hindi mo alam na mas malala ang nagaganap doon! At pakisabi na tapusin nila yung building nila at di yung 1st 2 floors lang ang yari!!! Height of pagpapanggap!!!
  • Chickity-ChynnaChickity-Chynna D Chinese Chicken PExer
    i wouldn't boycott them!

    maraming companya ang nag lay off ng mga employees nila. i feel bad, though that sa 150 na na lay off, may mga kilala ako na sobrang tagal na nagtra-trabaho doon. but that's life. kahit din naman ako na lay off sa trabaho months ago.

    and another thing that i wouldn't boycott them is because the employees are truly 'in service of the filipino people'. everyone i know who works there work so damn hard to the point na halos hindi na sila umuuwi.

    pag nagumpisa ka naman doon, mahirap talaga. but if they see potential and hard work, the benefits are good.
  • Mickey2000Mickey2000 TheFoodBlogger PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Sad to hear that, sana wag na lang sila totally mag-lay off, bakit hindi na lang nila bawasan yung mga talent nilang wala naman talagang talent,I mean yung mga nasa show na wala namang ginagawa kundi magpa-cute,sayang lang ang binabayad sa kanila di bah?Mas ok kung ang makakatanggap ng bayad eh uyng talagang nagtratrabaho.
  • SiCkBoY^SiCkBoY^ The Enemy Within PExer
    i know it's the company's management prerogative to lay-off employees during reorganization and streamlining, especially if the positions are redundant. but to do so during the holiday season is just cruel and inhuman. :(
  • tabinging_ilogtabinging_ilog lean on me PExer
    Hirap ng pinapagawa mo Reybelde, di ko kaya. Eh di pag may natanggal sa SM eh di na ako punta sa Mega Mall. Kung may matanggal sa Ayala-owned companies eh di na ako punta sa Glorietta.

    Fyi, kahit CNN eh nagtatanggalan din ngayon.
  • flounderflounder Member PExer
    i have a friend who works for abs-cbn, sa news dept. sa mga kwento niya, generous tlga ang mga lopezes pag dating sa perks. but that was before they decided cut their costs. i think ngyn binawasan na yung pay nila...

    mahirap nga na i-boycott sila kse baka lalong madagdagan pa yung mala-lay off... mas madami yung maghihirap...

    sa pagkakaintindi ko, ang nalulugi tlga eh yung bayantel at manila water... abs ang sumasalo sa subsidiaries...

    economic crunch tlga ngyn... sana maka-ahon na tayo ng matigil na ang pag-lay off...
  • aubrey_lynaubrey_lyn Member PExer
    lay-off due to cost-cutting?? then why do they keep on pirating talents from gma7? syempre,mas mataas ang magiging talent fee ng mga ito compared to their old salaries so ibig sabihin,they have the resources to pay for these gma people such as luchie cruz-valdes,karen davila,dj sta.ana,etc...di ba they are hell bent on getting the services of regine velasquez??? so marami silang pera???then why lay off their employees kung marami silang pambayad sa mga talents na pina pirate nila????? :bah:
  • skirTskirT -=[eGypTiAn]=- PExer
    i was laid off but i don't blame the ABS management.. dami namang companies who are laying off people now.
    its not ABS that's losing money, its the other lopez group of companies.

    let ABS run and make money, because as long as they keep their success, they'll keep on providing jobs and entertaining the people. peace!:cool:

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