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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

GMA-7 contests DOLE findings on Eddie Garcia case

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:03 PM

DOLE earlier said that the network committed 3 violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Law in the on-set accident involving the veteran actor

EDDIE GARCIA. The veteran actor, seen here accepting an award in 2018, died in June after sustaining a cervical spine injury in an on-set accident. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Budget cuts may hurt DOLE programs for OFWs, displaced workers in 2020

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III asks the House committee on appropriations for an additional P4 billion or P5 billion for his department next year

BUDGET WOES. The lower budget allocated for DOLE in 2020 may reduce the funds for on-site welfare services for overseas Filipino workers. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

DOLE hit for lack of baseline data on contractual workers

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:42 PM

'In the absence of any data, mahirap masabi na 504,000 [regularized workers] is an accomplishment,' Bayan Muna Representative Ferdinand Gaite tells the labor department

LACKING DATA. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III faces the House committee on appropriations on September 4, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Labor groups to DOLE: SOGIE workplace policy needed

Aug 14, 2019 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and Sentro make the call after the arrest of transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez at a Quezon City mall

DOLE to aid workers affected by Duterte order vs PCSO games

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:33 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment adds workers may apply for unemployment insurance from the Social Security System

CLOSED. Cops shut down PCSO Lotto outlets in Makati City on July 27, 2019 following the order of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from Makati police

After Duterte veto, DOLE to submit proposal for new anti-endo bill

Jul 29, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says provisions on defining 'labor-only contracting' among others will be part of a new proposal it will submit to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council by August 5

END ENDO. Labor groups march along Espana, Manila to push for the end of contractualization schemes on Labor Day, May 1, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Labor officer is DSWD's 'outstanding partner' in Catanduanes livelihood program

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Labor officer Russel Ulysses Nieves says addressing poverty is a collaborative effort and cannot be done by one government agency alone

AWARDEE. DOLE Catanduanes officer-in-charge Russel Ulysses Nieves during the awarding ceremony. Photo courtesy of DOLE Bicol

Philippines sets up foreign workers database

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'To effectively pursue our mandate of taxing foreign workers, we need accurate data on foreigners working in the Philippines,' says Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay


Foreigners may soon need working visa, TIN to work in PH

Jun 11, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The rise in illegal foreign workers in the Philippines is discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Monday, June 10

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOLE launches Expanded Maternity Leave Act IRR

May 02, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Working mothers are guaranteed 105 days of paid maternity leave, regardless of the mode of delivery, civil status, legitimacy of the child, and employment status

PAID LEAVE. Female workers in both the public and private sector as well as the informal economy are guaranteed 3 months of paid leave. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Workers not allowed to evacuate during earthquake 'can file complaints'

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says employers who did not observe safety precautions may face administrative penalties, but the government first needs information to act on

WORKERS' SAFETY. Several reports from workers in call centers and BPO firms say employers failed to observe safety precautions during the strong earthquake that hit Luzon April 22, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Philippine gov't imposes total deployment ban to Tripoli anew

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The Philippine government imposes a total deployment ban to the Libyan capital, as the crisis alert in the war-riven country reaches Level 3

[OPINION] Contractualization and the rights of workers

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Let us boycott the products and services of companies that practice illegal forms of contractualization or exploit legal loopholes. This way, we send a clear message that they have no place in our society.

DOLE to Hanjin: Return workers' money from training bond

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Workers are appealing that Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines return to all of them the salary deductions meant for training

PROTEST. Workers from Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Corporation stage a protest outside the DOLE Central Luzon office in San Fernando, Pampanga while the tripartite dialogue is happening on February 19, 2019. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOLE: Employers group to 'regularize' 220,000 workers starting February

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Labor groups slam the National Voluntary Regularization Plan to be inked by DOLE and employers as a 'grand scheme' to foil the passage of the security of tenure bill

REGULARIZE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says Employment Confederation of the Philippines has committed to implement their 3-year regularization program starting February 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Out-of-school youth, undergrads shift to becoming full-time workers

Feb 06, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'I thought my life is going nowhere. Thanks to JobStart, I got hope,' says teenage father Stonelieh Constante of the DOLE's program in Bicol

LIFE CHANGER. 18-year-old Stonelieh Constante takes a photo at their site. He is now working as a hydraulic excavator. Photos courtesy of Stonelieh Constante

Duterte reappoints fired labor undersecretary Joel Maglunsod

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Left-leaning Joel Maglunsod is appointed executive director of National Maritime Polytechnic by President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod prior to the start of the meeting with union leaders and officials of the Depatment of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at the State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace on February 27, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

DOLE to assist 3,800 Hanjin workers

Jan 15, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says Hanjin workers will be receiving separation pay, and will be profiled to see if they can get jobs in government projects

AID. The labor department will be assisting thousands of Hanjin workers after the South Korean shipbuilder went bankrupt. Photo from HHIC-Phil website

Jollibee vows to regularize 3,000 workers yearly; but Bello wants more

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:55 PM

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III says he is 'not completely happy' with Jollibee, which he said should aim to regularize 10,000 contractual workers

NOT ENOUGH FOR BELLO. Jollibee commits to regularize 3,000 workers annually.

‘End contractualization’: Sumifru workers spend Christmas at protest camp

Dec 24, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Instead of spending Christmas with their families in Compostela Valley, they build a Christmas tree made out of scraps at their protest camp in Liwasang Bonifacio

SM regularizes 11,660 workers in 2018 – DOLE

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Meanwhile, Jollibee has regularized some 1,000 workers this year and has committed more for next year, says the Department of Labor and Employment

REGULAR. SM Malls regularized over 11,000 workers. Mall background photo by Shutterstock

P25 minimum wage hike in Metro Manila approved

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The amount is way lower than the proposed P334-increase by labor group ALU-TUCP, one of the petitioners

WAGE HIKE. An additional P25 will be given to Metro Manila minimum wage workers. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Labor groups enraged as Duterte sacks Leftist Usec Joel Maglunsod

Oct 03, 2018 - 12:47 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte fires Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod without explaining why, but mentions the rising number of workers' strikes in the country

MAY DAY. Trade union leaders along with workers from different labor groups and federations march near Malacanang to protest on Labor Day, May 1, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Duterte fires labor undersecretary Joel Maglunsod

Oct 03, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Maglunsod is the latest Leftist appointee to exit the Duterte administration

FIRED. President Rodrigo Duterte fires Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Metro Manila workers expect at least P20 minimum wage hike in October

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:02 AM

But labor groups say the P20 per day increase is a measly amount and not enough to help workers cope with the rising prices of goods

HIKE. The labor department announced that Metro Manila minimum wage earners will soon have a pay hike. Rappler file photo