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Drilon questions DOLE statistics on foreigners working in PH

Sep 19, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon does not believe only 40,000 foreigners work in the Philippines

WORK PERMITS. Minority Leader Senator Franklin Drilon grilled Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on the issue of alien employment permit at the 2019 budget hearing of the Department of Labor and Employment on September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOLE to offer emergency work in Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the displaced residents will be tasked with helping clean debris from houses and roads affected by Typhoon Ompong

WORK FOR THE DISPLACED. Hundreds of families from coastal areas of Gonzaga town in Cagayan are housed in an evacuation center. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Bicol workers get P30-wage increase

Sep 08, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The wage increase comes after Bicol region recorded the highest inflation rate in the country at 9%

Bello: No misuse of P1.9-B DOLE funds

Aug 31, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the financial assistance programs encountered issues during the implementation phase

MISUSE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III clarifies allegations of fund misuse. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOLE seeks higher budget to hire 2,000 labor inspectors

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the budget department turned down their proposal to hire more labor inspectors

INSPECTION. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III asks lawmakers at the House of Representatives for bigger budget allocation to hire labor inspectors. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOLE asks CA to reverse decision vs worker regularization in PLDT

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:17 PM

DOLE argues that PLDT had a 'degree of control' over the contractors' workers

REGULARIZE. PLDT Workers protest at Court of Appeals on August 6, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New law aims to ensure safer workplaces

Aug 20, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Employers, contractors, and sub-contractors must provide protective equipment for free and respect workers' right to refuse unsafe work. Violators of the law face a P100,000 fine for every day violations are not corrected.

Gabby Lucero, University of the Philippines Diliman student, raises a banner calling for the national minimum wage during the Labor Day rally at Mendiola, Manila on Tuesday. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

DOLE stands by cease and desist order vs PLDT contractors

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:46 PM

'We will stand by that. Now, you see the effect on your services? Don't blame DOLE,' says Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod

NOT BACKING DOWN. Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod says during the Senate labor committee hearing on August 9, 2018 that DOLE stands by its cease and desist order to PLDT contractors. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PLDT denies defying DOLE order to regularize 7,300 workers

Jul 26, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'PLDT has not taken any act to 'frustrate or tend to frustrate' this Honorable Office’s regularization orders,' the telco giant says

REGULARIZE. Workers of PLDT Incorporated meet Labor Department Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod in a mandatory conference regarding the agency's compliance order to regularize its workers on July 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Defend Job Philippines


DOLE gives P3.2M worth of business kits to skilled workers in Albay

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:48 PM

The business kits consist of tools and equipments that will help the beneficiaries to 'start a livelihood quickly and become self-employed,' says Acting DOLE Bicol Region Director Rovelinda dela Rosa

ASSISTANCE. Gertrudes Rosales receives cooking equipment from the Department of Labor and Employment Bicol region office. Photo by Mavic/Conde

Bello says enemies want him out of DOLE, Ombudsman bid

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello asks, 'Being an Ombudsman depends on the members of the Judicial Bar Council and the President. All applicants are qualified but why choose to discredit me?'

LABOR CHIEF. Embattled Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says detractors probably want him out of the Department of Labor and Employment. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Labor group to Duterte: Hike wages amid shrinking purchasing power

Jul 14, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Average minimum wage in the non-agricultural sector across all regions amount to P330.47 daily in April, but the actual purchasing power of Filipinos is only P208.38, says ALU-TUCP

HIGHER PRICES. Basic goods has seen a spike in prices at the Kamuning Public Market in Quezon City on June 26, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOLE orders PLDT to regularize workers 'without conditions'

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says PLDT should regularize the affected employees automatically, instead of making them reapply for jobs

REGULARIZE. PLDT workers stage a rally in support of DOLE's order for them to be regularized. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOLE to PLDT: Stop layoffs, start regularizing over 7,000 workers

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says PLDT has been trying to 'skirt' around the law for years, violating labor laws and workers' rights

DOLE orders NutriAsia to regularize 80 workers

Jul 03, 2018 - 12:37 PM

(UPDATED) NutriAsia says it will file an appeal before Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

LOOK: Why NutriAsia workers are on strike

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:20 AM

Some outsourced workers at NutriAsia’s facilities are paid P380 a day

CONTRACTUAL. Jornel Quiza, 28, had spent long years working with NutriAsia, hired through contractor B-Mirk. All photos by Jane Bautista/Rappler

DOLE condemns violent dispersal of NutriAsia workers

Jun 17, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod says the right of workers to hold a strike should be respected, as workers complain police treated them 'like animals'

BLOCKED. Security is tightened at the gate of Marilao Plant of condiments giant NutriAsia in Bulacan on June 15, 2018. Photo by Jane Bautista/Rappler

DOLE: Over 125,000 jobs in Independence Day fairs

Jun 06, 2018 - 5:10 PM

A total of 63,426 local jobs, 53,636 overseas vacancies, and 7,770 posts in the military service are open for jobseekers

JOB FAIR. Hundreds of job seekers trooped to Quezon City Hall on May 1, 2018 to look for a vacant job at the job fair offered by the government. File Photo by Darren langit/Rappler

Densing appointed DILG usec, Ebarle named DOLE usec

May 29, 2018 - 5:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also reappoints Ding Borja and William Lima as his special envoys to China, and Dante Ang as his special envoy for international public relations

DOLE to study minimum wage hike, cash subsidy for Filipino workers

May 28, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Labor officials say a minimum wage increase could be implemented across the country this year, if prices continue to rise

Makabayan bloc files national minimum wage bill. Photo by House Makabayan bloc

Jollibee, Dole, PLDT among top companies 'engaged' in illegal contracting

May 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says 767 companies were engaging in the labor-only contracting, while 2,610 companies were suspected.

BRIEFING. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on May 28, 2018 says he submitted the list of companies engaged in illegal contracting to Malacanang. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Filipino household workers can fly to Kuwait next week – Bello

May 23, 2018 - 3:58 PM

'Skilled workers can fly to Kuwait anytime but the household service workers can fly next week, pending their visa application approval,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

WORKERS' PLIGHT. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gives updates on the welfare of overseas Filipino workers at a Senate hearing on May 23, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Labor Secretary Bello applies for Ombudsman post

May 15, 2018 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) He joins a list of other prominent lawyers aspiring for the post

OMBUDSMAN? Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III shares a light moment with the Philippine media delegation after answering queries during a press briefing at the Orchard Hotel in Singapore on April 27, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte open to lifting OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

May 11, 2018 - 10:51 PM

As long as the conditions required by President Rodrigo Duterte is met, he is open to lifting the ban

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to lift deployment ban to Kuwait. Malacanang photo

Philippines and Kuwait sign agreement protecting OFWs

May 11, 2018 - 8:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The protection agreement covers all Filipino household services workers and skilled workers in Kuwait

SIGNING. Philippines and Kuwait sign an agreement protecting OFWs in the Gulf country. Photo courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs

Cayetano: Kuwait assures PH of 'firm commitment' to protect OFWs

May 11, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The Philippine is expecting the agreement on additional protection for OFWs in Kuwait will be signed on Friday, May 11

TALKS. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano arrives in Kuwait on May 10, 2018 and was met by Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh (L) and Philippine Consul General Noordin Lomondot (R). DFA Photo

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 30-May 6, 2018

May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FACT CHECK: Labor groups not shamed by signed EO on contractualization

May 04, 2018 - 6:53 PM

While Duterte signed an EO on contractualization on Labor Day, labor groups who rallied at Mendiola say the order backed employers, not Filipino workers

LOOK: Duterte's executive order on contractualization

May 02, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Executive Order 51, released in full on May 2, does not declare direct hiring as the norm in labor arrangements, which groups said would have made it a 'landmark' measure

Labor day 2018 marked by workers historic and outrage vs the facist Duterte regime. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Thousands looking for work pack Labor Day job fairs

May 01, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Despite the difficulties in the venue, there was still a big turnout of job applicants

QC Job Fair on Labor Day 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: On Labor Day, thousands of workers protest vs endo EO

May 01, 2018 - 10:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs an executive order supposedly ending contractualization, but labor groups think otherwise

LABOR DAY. On May 1, 2018, thousands of workers march to Mendiola to protest against the executive order signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in Cebu. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Walang silbi': Labor groups reject Duterte's EO vs endo

May 01, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Metro Manila roads turn red on Labor Day, as thousands of protesters brought to Mendiola their crushed hopes of ending contractualization under the Duterte administration

Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte to certify security of tenure bill as urgent

May 01, 2018 - 2:48 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledges the limitations of his new executive order and calls on Congress to amend the 'outdated' Labor Code

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary discuss some of the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) prohibiting illegal contractualization during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. The President signed the EO during the event signifying his firm commitment to put an end to illegal contractualization. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Labor groups dismayed by signed 'employer-backed' EO vs endo

May 01, 2018 - 2:09 PM

The executive order against contractualization signed by President Rodrigo Duterte does not include a key provision from the labor draft that mandates direct hiring of employees

MARCH. Thousands of workers marched to Mendiola on Labor Day, May 1, 2018. Photo by Jaen Manegdeg/Rappler

Duterte signs executive order on endo

May 01, 2018 - 10:48 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The executive order, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Labor Day, includes a 'prohibition against illegal contracting and subcontracting'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte may still sign EO vs contractualization – Malacañang

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III are set to meet on a possible executive order the night before Labor Day

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go while on board Philippine Airlines Charter Flight PR001 bound for Hong Kong on April 10, 2018. The President and his delegation are coming off a successful participation to the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 as well as a fruitful bilateral meeting with People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping and other Chinese government officials. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Labor groups light candles to call for better working conditions ahead of May 1

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:43 PM

ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay urges Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to work harder to ensure safer and healthier workplaces for Filipino laborers

REMEMBERING. Union workers light candles to remember their colleagues who died or got injured due to work accidents. Photo from Alan Tanjusay's Facebook page

Better than none: Boracay workers settle for P323/day wage

Apr 27, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Boracay residents say the meager daily pay is better than having none at all

WORKERS. Government-hired sweepers clean up Bulabog beach on April 27, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Kuwait 'OFW rescue' government's duty, says DOLE's Paras

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:07 PM

Labor undersecretary Jacinto Paras says it was unfortunate that 'someone irresponsible' shared the rescue videos on social media

IT WAS RIGHT. Labor undersecretary Jerome Paras

Displaced Boracay workers settle for P323/day for 30 days: 'Puwede na'

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:58 PM

'We don't have jobs anymore that's why I'm applying here at DOLE. We were told that we will be street sweepers but I guess that's better than earning nothing,' says a former masseuse along Boracay's beachfront

LONG LINE. Boracay residents who have not been part of the profiling DOLE conducted earlier this year answer forms so they can apply for jobs. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Over 140,000 vacancies in job fairs on May 1 – DOLE

Apr 27, 2018 - 3:32 PM

A total of 37 job fairs will be held in different parts of the country on Labor Day, mostly in Metro Manila and Region 3, says the Department of Labor and Employment

JOB-HUNTING. Thousands of job seekers packed the Quezon City Hall on May 1, 2017, to seek job opportunities at the Department of Labor and Employment Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOLE eyes OFW deployment to Russia

Apr 26, 2018 - 6:31 PM

'There is a demand for construction and household service workers in Russia,' says Labor Secretary Sylvestre Bello III in a statement

ALTERNATIVE MARKET. The Philippines is considering Russia as an alternative market for OFWs. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Labor dispute resolved at Cavite electronics firm

Apr 25, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Lakepower Converter Incorporated agrees to reinstate 64 employees, after the Department of Labor and Employment intervened to settle their dispute

Businesses brace for Boracay closure

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'Inuubos na lang namin ang nasa stock kasi sayang. Sinusulit na lang namin ang puwedeng kitain habang 'di pa nagsasara sa turista,' a restaurant owner says on the eve of Boracay's 6-month shutdown

INFORMAL ECONOMY. A kid builds a sand castle with "Boracay" on its facade, earning a few pesos from his handwork. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Nearly 80,000 jobs available in Labor Day fairs – DOLE

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) More than 800 employers will participate in job fairs to be held across the Philippines on May 1

Thousands of job seekers troop the Quezon City Hall on Labor Day, May 1, to seek for job opportunities at the DOLE's Job Fair. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Only bad investors are scared of regular workforce

Apr 21, 2018 - 4:03 PM

It'’s about time that on this class issue, the Chief Executive exercises his political judgement in favor of the workers rather than preserve the status quo being enjoyed to the max by the capitalists

'Senate must pick up fight vs contractualization' – Hontiveros

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:41 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo meanwhile calls on workers and employers to find a middle ground on the issue of contractualization

NO EO. Labor groups stage a rally in Welcome Rotonda, Quezon City to protest President Rodrigo Duterte's non-issuance of Executive order on contractualization. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Apr 19, 2018 - 7:49 PM

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Palace sides with Bello: No EO vs contractrualization, up to Congress to pass law

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Amid talks of an executive order against contractualization, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III changes his tune and passes the buck to Congress to pass a law instead

NO EO. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says there will no longer be an executive order against contractualization. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOLE's Dominador Say would've been fired if he didn't resign – Roque

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:55 PM

'I was told already that he was the next on the chopping block,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, adding that this was due to alleged corruption