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Nearly 100,000 OFWs stranded worldwide due to virus lockdowns

May 31, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Most of the stranded Filipino workers are in the Middle East, says the Department of Labor and Employment on Sunday, May 31

OFWs. In this file photo, Filipinos who availed general amnesty granted by the Kuwaiti government are pictured  at the Kuwait International Airport Terminal 4, on April 3, 2020 on their way home to Manila amid the coronavirus pandemic crisis. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

[PODCAST] Pagdurusa ng manggagawang Pilipino sa gitna ng pandemya

May 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Programa ng gobyerno para sa mawawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pandemya, sapat ba?

House panel eyes additional P5-billion aid for OFWs

May 22, 2020 - 6:01 PM

Labor officials estimate that some 500,000 overseas Filipino workers may be out of work by the end of August

LIVES INTERRUPTED. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila on April 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOLE sees 5 million jobs losses due to pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 11:06 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III agrees that unemployment due to the pandemic could even rise to 10 million

UNEMPLOYMENT TO RISE. Mall visitors pass inside a temperature and disinfection channel at the entrance of Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City as some establishments begin to operate partially after the ease in restriction under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

To 'prevent' layoffs, DOLE allows employers to negotiate wage cuts

May 18, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The government also passes the burden of coronavirus testing to employers

BACK TO WORK. Malls reopen some of their stores and services to the public, provided that customers follow safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing face masks. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

DOLE sets protocols for workplaces operating in quarantine

May 02, 2020 - 7:22 PM

The protocols entail strict record-keeping by employers

WORKERS. A Pasig city health staff swabs a resident for coronavirus. Photo from Mayor Vico Sotto's Facebook page

DOLE's P25-billion coronavirus recovery plan: 1 million jobs, wage subsidy

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The wage subsidy program will cover micro and small enterprises, including those in the gig economy and members of the media

CLOSED. The streets of Quiapo, Manila which is usually full of shoppers looking for cheap electronic goods are in lockdown due to enhanced community quarantine on March 20, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Taiwan rejects deportation of OFW critical of Duterte

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:51 PM

News reports from Taiwan quote its foreign ministry as saying that foreign workers enjoy freedom of speech and 'citizen treatment'

PANDEMIC. People wearing protective face masks walk past a cat-shaped lantern during the lunar lanterns festival following the Lunar New Year in Taipei on February 8, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

DOLE asks Taiwan to deport OFW with Facebook posts criticizing Duterte

Apr 25, 2020 - 8:02 PM

The Philippine government wants Taiwan to deport a Filipina caregiver for her ‘nasty and malevolent’ posts about the President

TAIWAN. The Taiwan National Museum in Taipei. File photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

DOLE approves 45,000 applications for OFW cash aid

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:10 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has asked overseas labor offices to be 'flexible' when processing requirements of applicants given their urgent need

A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOLE takes back advisory on ending OFW cash aid in some countries

Apr 22, 2020 - 4:44 PM

(UPDATED) DOLE describes as 'wrong' its earlier announcement that it has run out of money for OFWs who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic

NO MORE BUDGET. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III prior to the start of the 46th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacanan Palace. Malacanang file photo

Bello suspends Dubai welfare officer over misconduct

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) The suspension comes after the government was accused of repurposing donations into relief packs for Dubai OFWs affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Bello photo from Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOLE stops accepting applications for workers' cash aid

Apr 16, 2020 - 3:53 PM

'The requests simply ballooned beyond the capacity of DOLE's resources,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

AID SUSPENSION. An almost lifeless Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City hours after the government enforces an Enhanced Community Quarantine on March 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Over 1 million Filipino workers displaced due to coronavirus

Apr 12, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment again urges businesses to continue paying their workers during the outbreak

TEMPERATURE CHECK. Employees and visitors of the Manila City Hall wait for their turn to go through a handheld thermal scanner before entering the building as part of the city's precautionary measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

GUIDELINES: OFWs eligible for DOLE's coronavirus assistance

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Here are the Department of Labor and Employment's guidelines for its cash assistance program for OFWs affected by the coronavirus outbreak

HELP FOR OFWs. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOLE to distribute P45.7-million aid to 9,000 displaced workers in Bicol

Apr 03, 2020 - 5:37 PM

About 9,144 applicants of cash aid from the Bicol region will get P5,000 each from the Department of Labor and Employment

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello leads department responsible for aiding workers affected by Luzon Lockdown. file photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOLE allows firms to defer giving holiday pay for Holy Week

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Payment of holiday pay for April 9, 10, and 11 can be deferred until 'the normal operations of the establishment [are] in place'

HOLIDAY PAY. A supermarket in Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on March 17, 2020, taped lines on the pavement to ensure that social distancing norms are followed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Task force pushes for P1.5-B financial aid to OFWs, workers hit by lockdown

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Filipino workers unable to get to their jobs abroad could receive P10,000, while employees of local companies affected by the coronavirus lockdown may get P5,000 from the government

RUSHING OUT. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LIST: Guidelines for workers, employed or self-employed, in the Metro lockdown

Mar 14, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Work from home, workday reductions, rotation of workers are 'highly encouraged' by the labor department

CORONAVIRUS. The Marikina City local government set-up its mobile decomtamination tent on March 13, 2020, which sprays disinfectant solutions to be used in community disinfection drive while it continues its disinfection of the City Hall to keep safe its staff during government's community lockdown on March 15. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOLE issues guidelines for employers amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says employers can implement flexible working hours to avoid terminating employees or closing establishments

FLEXIBLE WORK. Metro Manila commuters wear face mask as protection from the coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Philippines lifts deployment ban to Kuwait

Feb 14, 2020 - 7:51 PM

The lifting of the ban means newly-hired and returning skilled workers, semi-skilled workers, professionals, and household service workers can return and work in the Gulf state

BAN LIFTED. The Philippine government lifts the total deployment ban to Kuwait, which was imposed after the killing of a Filipina domestic worker there in December 2019.

Rappler story on out-of-school youth in Bicol wins DOLE media award

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:43 PM

Written by Bicol-based journalist Mavic Conde, the story tells of opportunities for full-time work that out-of-school youth and undergraduates got through DOLE's Jobstart program

DOLE to assist OFWs repatriated due to novel coronavirus crisis

Feb 10, 2020 - 1:42 PM

(UPDATED) Repatriated overseas Filipino workers will receive at least P20,000 from the labor department. Those who choose to remain in the Philippines will also get livelihood assistance.

REPATRIATES. Filipino repatriates at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, China, with a team from the Department of Foreign Affairs, awaiting the arrival of the chartered plane from Clark, Pampanga, that will fly them home to the Philippines. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Philippines eases deployment ban to Kuwait

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says a total lifting of the ban will 'not be happening any time soon'

LABOR SECRETARY. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during a Senate hearing on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albay job seekers get tips on money management, workers' rights, and business startups

Feb 01, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Provided as part of a job fair held in Albay on January 28, the learning events let participants listen and ask questions about money management, employees' rights, and business starter ideas

FINANCIAL LITERACY. The first batch of the financial literacy orientation held at Ayala Malls-Legazpi. Photo courtesy of DOLE Bicol.

Repatriated OFWs from Middle East may be redeployed to other countries – DOLE

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also admits its difficulty in convincing OFWs in the Middle East to come home, as their top concern remains to be job security

REPATRIATION. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs repatriated from the Middle East may be sent to other countries to work instead. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Labor Code allows private sector to suspend work during calamity – DOLE

Jan 13, 2020 - 2:20 PM

The Labor Code also says that employees who choose not to work in times of disaster should not be sanctioned

SUSPEND WORK. Residents in Talisay, Batangas wait to be evacuated on January 13, 2020, following the eruption of Taal Volcano. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DOLE to send response teams to Middle East to aid in evacuation

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says teams will be deployed to assist in repatriation of Filipino workers in case it is needed

OFWS SAFETY. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello orders the deployment of rapid response teams to the Middle East. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Murdered OFW in Kuwait wanted to go home months before death

Jan 02, 2020 - 4:35 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says Jeanelyn Villavende repeatedly asked her recruitment agency to bring her home 3 months before she was beaten to death

Philippines sets 'partial' deployment ban to Kuwait

Jan 02, 2020 - 12:41 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration issues a resolution implementing the ban on Friday, January 3

DOLE orders GMA, other parties to pay P890,000 over Eddie Garcia on-set accident

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:34 PM

Garcia died in June after suffering an injury while filming the GMA teleserye 'Rosang Agimat'

EDDIE GARCIA. The actor receives an award at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2018. File photo by Rob Reyes

Household workers in Metro Manila to receive P5,000 pay

Dec 20, 2019 - 3:28 PM

The regional wage board says there are no exceptions to the salary increase order, which will be effective January 2020

HIGHER PAY. Household domestic workers in Metro Manila are set to receive a wage increase. File photo from AFP

Bicol workers get due payment, employment benefits through DOLE's SEnA

Dec 07, 2019 - 9:47 AM

The Single Entry Approach program gives workers access to a speedy, impartial, and inexpensive settlement procedure for all issues or complaints arising from employer-employee relations

CLAIMED. Workers and the employer during the payment of separation pay witnessed by Ching Banania, SEADO and Raymund Avengoza of DOLE PFO Albay. Photo courtesy of DOLE Albay

DOLE suspends labor inspections in December 2019

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says this is to make way for the proper implementation of the department's inspection programs in 2020

LABOR INSPECTION. The Department of Labor and Employment suspends labor inspections in December 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Displaced Star City workers get P4.8-M aid from DOLE

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The workers are getting help under DOLE's emergency employment program

AFTERMATH. The amusement center Star City and the Manila Broadcasting Company in Pasay City after being gutted by fire after midnight, October 2, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Over 500,000 workers regularized as of 2019 – DOLE

Nov 26, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the Department of Labor and Employment has also forwarded its new version of the security of tenure bill for Malacañang approval

SECURE WORK. Workers from various companies call for the passage of the security of tenure bill. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Foreign workers must secure 'certificate of no objection' - DOLE

Nov 17, 2019 - 3:45 PM

A 'certificate of no objection' is required for foreign nationals to secure a visa to work in the Philippines

WORKER PEMITS. The Department of Labor and Employments reminds foreign workers they must secure certificates of no objection to obtain visas to work in the Philippines. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

DOLE to provide employment aid to victims of Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 05, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says cash assistance will also be given to families of overseas Filipino workers in affected areas

EARTHQUAKE AFTERMATH. Residents displaced by a series of strong earthquake that struck the province of Cotabato stay int temporary shelters. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

DOLE warns public against fake employment ads on Facebook

Nov 05, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Filipinos seeking work abroad should verify the validity of jobs with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, says POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia

DOLE field officer shot dead in Manila

Nov 04, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III condemns 'in the strongest terms' the killing of labor officer Ellen Dacanay, who was shot at by unidentified suspects on board a motorcycle

DOLE reminds employers to pay proper wages for November holidays

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:21 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment issues guidelines for employers to compute proper wages for All Saints' Day, All Souls Day, and Bonifacio Day

PROPER WAGES. The Department of Labor and Employment issues guidelines for proper wage implementation in November holidays. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOLE expands gov't internship program

Oct 27, 2019 - 2:01 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment's government internship program is now open to those over 30 years old, victims of armed conflict, rebel returnees, persons with disabilities, and indigenous people

TUCP fears job losses under Citira bill

Oct 13, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines urges government agencies to put in place a 'genuine transition program' for displaced workers before Citira's implementation – not after

JOB LOSS? Citing estimates by business groups, labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says some 700,000 workers may lose their jobs with the passage of the Citira bill. File photos by AFP

PH Consulate in Hong Kong reminds Filipinos to avoid protest areas

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:30 PM

With no end in sight to the protests in Hong Kong, Filipinos there are advised to stay vigilant

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Masked pro-democracy protesters marched through Hong Kong in defiance of a ban on face coverings as much of the city ground to a halt on October 5, with the subway suspended and many shops shuttered following another night of violence. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

PH bans deployment to South Sudan

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:41 PM

This follows the raising of Alert Level 4 by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which means 'evacuation/mandatory repatriation' of Filipinos

DOLE allocates P5.5-M aid for Star City workers

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The aid will be provided for two months, but the workers' displacement may last 6 months

DISPLACED. Around 500 workers, who mostly performed administrative jobs, will be displaced for as long as 6 months. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

2 minors illegally recruited for work in Saudi Arabia – DOLE

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says it has since suspended the licenses of LGH International Services and Side International Manpower Inc which illegally recruited the minors and faked their documents

After deadly collapse, DOLE stops demolition of Hotel Sogo in Manila

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment issues a work stoppage order after an initial inspection of the Hotel Sogo site shows violations

COLLAPSED. A Hotel Sogo in Malate, Manila after a portion of it collapsed on Monday, September 23. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Bello now supports creation of new OFW department

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:40 PM

But senators are not completely sold on the need to create a new government agency

BUDGET HEARING. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III presents the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Labor and Employment on September 17, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Over 8,000 foreign POGO workers lack permits – DOLE

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Tutay says 1,693 have since applied for the required alien employment permit, while a list of 6,678 others who did not was given to immigration

ILLEGAL WORKERS. The Department of Labor and Employment says over 8,000 foreign workers in POGOs did not have required working permits as of June 2019. Photo by Rappler