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Rappler Talk: Emerging opportunities for OFWs under Duterte administration

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Labor Undersecretary Bernard Olalia talks about new opportunities and other emerging markets for OFWs

P21 minimum wage increase granted to Metro Manila workers

Sep 14, 2017 - 5:50 PM

From P491 minimum wage earners in Metro Manila will now earn P512 starting October

P21 INCREASE. The Metro Manila wage board has granted a P21 increase in the minimum wage of workers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Are zero placement fees for OFWs scam or solution?

Sep 10, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Many migrant workers go into huge debt to pay placement fees just so they can work abroad. But some labor rights groups and companies say workers should not have to pay for a job.

BAGONG BAYANI. In this photo, a man stands outside The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City. OFWs are also referred to as the Philippines' "bagong bayani" (new heroes). Photo by LeAnne Jazul

No need to legislate 4-day workweek, says Tripartite council

Sep 08, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Tripartite Industry Peace Council submits a position paper to the Senate to stop the law but not the practice a shorter workweek

ENTRY TO PH. An additional 200 Japanese firms want to make the most of the Philippines' inclusion to EU's GSP+. File photo by Romeo Gacad / Agence France-Presse

Over 48,000 workers to be regularized – DOLE

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:22 PM

A total of 67 927 contractual employees have been regularized since the labor department began the drive against contractualization in August last year

CONTRACTUALIZATION. Thousands of Kadamay members march in Quezon City on Labor Day, May 1, calling for an end to contractualization and an increase to the daily minimum wage. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

100,000 jobs for Filipinos to be available in Japan – DOLE

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:50 PM



Among the possible jobs to be opened in Japan are for nurses engineers and architects

LOOK: Pampanga hospital designates specific wing for OFWs

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando Pampanga is the first of several government hospitals to set up an ‘OFW wing’

OFW WING. Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital is setting up an OFW wing to accommodate the medical needs of Filipino migrant workers. Photo from the Office of Representative Aniceto Bertiz

#OFWRights: Align OFWs' repatriation with PH economic plans – experts

Sep 03, 2017 - 1:00 PM

In the 2016 elections Duterte received overwhelming support from OFWs – majority of whom voted for him on his promise to make working abroad an option instead of a necessity

JOB SEARCH. OFWs search for jobs online inside POEA.Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOLE poised to back 4-day workweek bill

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:25 PM

But Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the government will still listen to the views of workers and employers in a meeting set for Thursday August 31

COMPRESSED WORKWEEK. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III says they are poised to support the measure that seeks to compress the minimum number of working days from 5 to 4. Rappler photo

PH hails benefits for 50,000 Filipino helpers in Qatar

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:05 PM

A new law in Qatar limits household staff to a maximum of 10 working hours a day and entitles them to an annual 3 week leave

DOLE: Employers can't force women to wear high heels at work

Aug 25, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Department of Labor and Employment also requires all business establishments to provide sitting breaks for both male and female workers

NO HIGH HEELS. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III signs an order preventing employers to require female workers to wear high heels at work. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Qatar limits hours, ensures pay for domestic workers

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Although Qatar has come under severe international pressure to improve its record on the treatment of construction workers in the run up to the 2022 World Cup until now domestic staff have not been protected by any legislation

Andanar on DOLE booboo: Uploader googled wrong logo

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:38 PM

The Philippine News Agency s recent mistake takes the spotlight as the Presidential Communications Office defends its proposed 2018 budget

'EMBARASSING.' PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar has had to deal with successive booboos by the PNA. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo   'EMBARASSING.' PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar has had to deal with successive booboos by the PNA. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

[Balikbayan Voices] OEC stands for Overly Excessive Crap

Aug 14, 2017 - 8:30 PM

DOLE and POEA should realize that the world does not revolve around their ludicrous and antiquated bureaucratic procedures OFW Bertrand Rodriguez says

How Duterte gov’t plans to bring OFWs back home

Aug 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The labor department banks on the millions of jobs that ‘Dutertenomics’ will generate and on the improved reintegration program for returning OFWs

TICKET TO WORK. Overseas Filipino workers applying for their overseas employment certificates through the POEA's Balik Manggagawa Online Processing System. Rappler file photo

'Puro Nalang Aberya': Netizens react to Philippine News Agency's latest blunder

Aug 12, 2017 - 12:24 AM

Dole quickly became one of the trending topics in the Philippines on Friday night

Philippine News Agency's story on labor dep't uses Dole pineapple logo

Aug 11, 2017 - 9:55 PM

UPDATED In its latest mistake the beleaguered PNA uses the wrong logo in its story about the Department of Labor and Employment s pay rules for holidays

THE WRONG DOLE. This screenshot, taken at 9:35 pm, shows the logo of the Dole Food Company in a story about the Philippines' Department of Labor and Employment.

Contractuals will be worst hit by dissolution of Negros Island Region

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:53 PM

While non permanent hires worry regulars may need to relocate to Dumaguete – at least 200 kilometers away from their present office in Bacolod City

DIVIDE. The dissolution of the region may lead to loss of jobs and uprooting for its employees.

Stop requiring women to wear high heels at work – labor union

Aug 07, 2017 - 4:57 PM

Unions urge the labor department to impose this on employers citing studies that have linked wearing high heels to postural problems injury and bunion formation

NO HIGH HEELS. A labor union is urging the Philippine labor department to ban employers from requiring their female workers to wear high heels at work. Photo from Wikipedia

De Lima seeks Senate probe into OFW ID

Aug 02, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Senator Leila de Lima criticizes the Department of Labor and Employment for launching the OFW ID without clear guidelines

OFW ID. Sample OFW ID card launched Wednesday, July 12. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Time to rethink our perspective on jobs and technology

Jul 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Is it only the export of jobs that has led to unemployment or are we entering a brave new world of technology steadily eroding once secure foundations of employment?

Trump hails $10B investment from Apple supplier Foxconn

Jul 27, 2017 - 11:24 AM

The businessman turned president made the announcement side by side with the Taiwanese tech giant s CEO Terry Gou as he tried to show his America First economic rhetoric is making a difference

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Terry Gou (C), Chairman of Foxconn, an electronics supplier, during an announcement that the company will open a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin, during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 26, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

PLDT opposes DOLE order on contractual workers' regularization

Jul 25, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The Manuel Pangilinan led telco says there is no evidence proving that it violated the rules of the Department of Labor and Employment

NO EVIDENCE. Manuel Pangilinan-led PLDT questions the absence of evidence and the use of 'template' findings by the DOLE on its regularization order. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Duterte's silence on workers' issues in SONA 2017 disappointing – labor unions

Jul 25, 2017 - 12:40 PM

His silence is a great disappointment for workers as we were expecting him to announce the release of an executive order prohibiting all forms of contractualization says labor coalition Nagkaisa

POST-SONA. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks before the protesters after his State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 24. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOLE's help sought to solve Silliman University labor dispute

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The dispute between Silliman University and its teachers leads to a strike on July 19 and the suspension of classes for elementary and high school levels on the following day

BBC under fire for gender pay gap as top salaries revealed

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:14 AM

For the first time in its 94 year existence the BBC this year is forced to release a list of its employees paid more than £150 000 195 000 170 000 euros between 2016 2017

A BBC logo is pictured on a television screen inside the BBC's New Broadcasting House office in central London, on November 12, 2012. Carl Court/AFP

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Jul 19, 2017 - 8:16 PM

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DOLE clarifies: website for OFW ID registration not yet ready

Jul 19, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III clarifies the website www idole ph intended to receive the applications for the ID is still not active contrary to word going around online

Over 60,000 workers regularized ahead of Duterte’s SONA 2017

Jul 19, 2017 - 7:01 PM

Around 20 000 workers are also pending for regularization the labor department says

P30 million allocated for emergency jobs for Marawi victims

Jul 19, 2017 - 4:16 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment provides work for those displaced by the Marawi conflict For 30 days they will receive a daily minimum wage of P300

DISPLACED. Internally displaced persons in an evacuation center in Lanao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Online jobs eyed as perfect opportunities for PWDs

Jul 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The National Council on Disability Affairs trains persons with disabilities to make them qualified for job opportunities online

PWD RIGHTS. Persons with disabilities are entitled to the same rights regularly-abled persons enjoy. Rappler file photo

Anti-poverty agencies launch info caravan for poor communities

Jul 16, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster of the Cabinet will conduct 4 information and assistance forum that will focus on key areas of human development

ANTI-POVERTY. Agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster of the Cabinet conducts an information and assistance drive in Tondo, Manila, July 16 2017. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Free OFW ID launched; DOLE yet to issue guidelines

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration clarifies that no IDs will be distributed until after guidelines are issued

OFW ID. Sample OFW ID card launched Wednesday, July 12. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Labor union to wage board, employers: Try living on P357 a day

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The P491 minimum wage in Metro Manila has a real value of only P357 based on National Wages and Productivity Commission data

JOBS. Unemployed Filipinos in a job fair. Rappler file photo

DOLE’s OFW ID to replace employment certificate, passport

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The ID for OFWs is set to be launched this July 12

TICKET TO WORK. Overseas Filipino workers applying for their overseas employment certificates through the POEA's Balik Manggagawa Online Processing System. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ending contractualization needs 2 urgent actions from Duterte

Jul 01, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Labor representatives urge the President to sign an executive order and then certify as urgent the bills pending with the Senate and the House

ENDO. Workers group under the Nagkaisa coalition march to Mendiola on Labor Day, May 1, to call for an end to contractualization. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Labor groups protest 'one failed year' under Duterte

Jun 30, 2017 - 10:32 PM

Labor groups hold a protest rally in Quezon City and raise 6 promises that President Rodrigo Duterte has made to workers but has yet to fulfill

FAILURE. Various of labor groups hold a protest rally on the government's failure to address the needs of workers as President Rodrigo Duterte marks his first year in office on Friday, June 30. Photo by Darren Langit

Over 5,000 OFWs in Saudi repatriated as amnesty program ends

Jun 28, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Some 2 241 OFWs granted amnesty are still in Saudi Arabia waiting for their tickets

REPATRIATED. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte mingles with the 160 repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were granted amnesty after they were found working illegally in the Kingdom Saudi Arabia. File photo by Ace Morandante / Malacañang

Nearly 50,000 workers regularized during Duterte’s first year

Jun 27, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Data from the Bureau of Working Conditions show 48 116 of the regularizations were results of efforts done in 2016; the 1 277 were from the 2017 assessments

NO ENDO. Thousands of Kadamay members march in Quezon City on Labor Day, May 1, calling for an end to contractualization and an increase to the daily minimum wage. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOLE gets P15M to hire more labor inspectors, boost anti-endo drive

Jun 24, 2017 - 5:23 PM

The additional fund will allow DOLE to hire 36 labor law compliance officers

ENDO. Workers group under the Nagkaisa coalition march to Mendiola on Labor Day, May 1, to call for an End of Contractualization (ENDO). Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Gov't ready to help OFWs affected by Qatar diplomatic row

Jun 19, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment reminds OFWs that the transfer from one employer to another should undergo a formal hiring process for easier documentation

FOREIGN WORKERS. This file photo taken on October 03, 2013 shows migrant laborers working on a construction site on October 3, 2013 in Doha in Qatar.  Karim Jaafar/AFP

Philippines lifts moratorium on OFW deployment to Qatar

Jun 15, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Philippine labor attaché David Dicang says the situation in Qatar has normalized

SITUATION NORMALIZED. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III lifts the moratorium on OFW deployment to Qatar. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Malacañang

LIST: Nationwide job fairs set on Independence Day

Jun 10, 2017 - 9:55 AM

The Department of Labor and Employment has organized job fairs in 21 venues across the country

INDEPENDENCE DAY. The Department of Labor and Employment will conduct nationwide job fairs on June 12, the 119th anniversary of the Philippine independence.  File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Senators urge DOLE to prepare for 'worst' amid Middle East crisis

Jun 09, 2017 - 10:13 AM

They also call on the government to create livelihood opportunities for affected Filipino workers as provided under the Overseas Workers Welfare Act of 2016

Only OFWs with contracts, OECs can go to Qatar, says labor dep't

Jun 07, 2017 - 5:40 PM

UPDATED The DOLE partially lifts the deployment ban on Qatar The suspension stays for those whose papers have yet to be processed

NO MORE BAN. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III lifts the suspension of the deployment of migrant Filipino workers to Qatar. Rappler file photo

DOLE urged to lift suspension of OFW deployment to Qatar

Jun 07, 2017 - 12:44 PM

The suspension order is premature as the government has not completed a formal assessment of the situation in Qatar says ACTS OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz III

MIGRANTS. Thousands of OFWs based in Qatar gather as President Rodrigo Duterte arrives for his state visit. Photo by Simeon Celi/Presidential Photo

Philippines suspends deployment of workers to Qatar

Jun 06, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III augments the manpower of Philippine overseas labor offices in Qatar and other countries in the Middle East to address the concerns of Filipino workers

DOLE contradicts PEZA: Company in Cavite fire violated standards

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says House Technology Industries violated labor and safety standards contrary to the findings of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority

HTI. Portion of the burned building of the House Technology Industries in the Cavite Export Processing Zone. Rappler file photo

Are relatives worse employers to Filipino domestic helpers?

Jun 04, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Domestic helpers in the country continue to face abuse despite the implementation of Batas Kasambahay or the Domestic Workers Act of 2013

KASAMBAHAY. Domestic workers int he Philippines continue to experience different levels of abuse despite the implementation of Kasambahay Law. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Duterte admin's tax reform package a 'big mistake' – labor coalition

Jun 01, 2017 - 9:15 PM

ALU TUCP says the tax reform package just passed by the House is not uplifting because those who are already poor workers would become even poorer

UNEMPLOYMENT. 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