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New law gives qualified Filipinos free access to technical-vocational education

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:23 PM

The 'Tulong-Trabaho Act' gives funding to select technical-vocational training programs and schools so that Filipinos who wish to expand their skill set may get free training and education

Philippine labor force participation dips in January 2019

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Some 387,000 Filipinos drop out of the country's labor force, but the employment rate slightly gets better in January 2019

Unemployment inches up in October 2018

Dec 05, 2018 - 12:35 PM

While unemployment slightly rises in October 2018, underemployment or the number of people looking for additional jobs goes down

A worker carries a bale of collected recyclable materials at a junk shop near the former dumpsite and landfill named "Smokey Mountain" in Manila on June 26, 2016. Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte pledged on May 26 to spread economic activity beyond the overpopulated capital of Manila, calling it a "dead" city overrun by shantytowns. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Senate bets on labor issues: End 'endo,' gender discrimination

Dec 02, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says the government must set an example by regularizing its own contractual hires

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

Bill wants free vocational training for teenagers

Aug 06, 2018 - 10:31 PM

The House's proposed 'Tulong Trabaho Act' seeks to address skills mismatch between the skills possessed by applicants and requirements of employers

SUBSTITUTE MEASURE. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives adopt a substitute bill addressing job-skills mismatch known as the "Tulong Trabaho Act." Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Gov't employees 'happier' at work – Jobstreet study

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:08 PM

The main drivers of happiness among workers are the reputation of the agency they work in; good relationship with immediate bosses; and the mission, vision, and values of the agency

STUDY. JobStreet reveals government employees report higher than average fulfillment at work. Photo by Jobstreet.com

PH still among world's 'worst' countries to work in – report

Jun 09, 2018 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) 'Despite the collective efforts to achieve better wages and working conditions, there was a rise in repression, intimidation, and discrimination faced by working people,' says the International Trade Union Confederation

LABOR DAY. Workers march in the streets of Manila on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to demand better conditions for the labor sector. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Philippines misses most of 2017 labor targets

May 21, 2018 - 7:56 PM

While the current unemployment rate has improved compared to previous decades, this is still behind the 5.1-5.4% target set in 2017

PH missed most of 2017 labor targetsQC Job Fair on Labor Day 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What brought workers, students to Labor Day 2018 rally

May 01, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Some of them have been contractual workers for decades; some are students who want fair labor practices when they finally work

THE MESSAGE. Ash Mercado, 20, shows off her face paint, which reads, "End Endo," at the Labor Day rally in Mendiola, Manila, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 1, 2018

May 01, 2018 - 12:52 PM

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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

8,000 protesters, 10,000 cops expected in NCR Labor Day activities

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Kilusang Mayo Uno spokesperson Sammy Malunes says 3 groups will be gathering as early as 5 am in 3 three key points in Manila, and will march toward Mendiola

CLENCHED FISTS. Labor leaders (from left)  Sammy Malunes of the Kilusang Mayo Uno, Alan Tanjusay of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, Dyul Cainglet of the Federation of Free Workers, and Sonny Matula of the Federation of Free Workers discuss their groups’ Labor Day plans with Tapatan sa Aristocrat moderator Melo Acuña (extreme left) on Monday, April 30. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

LIST: Labor Day 2018 activities around the country

Apr 30, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Several protests and activities are lined up on Tuesday, May 1, to celebrate Labor Day

Malacañang: Duterte EO won't end contractualization

Apr 02, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Ending contractualization will require amendments to the Labor Code, something beyond the powers of the executive branch, says Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra

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

Rise in jobseekers, dip in vacancies– PSA

Jan 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority’s 2015/2016 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment is on occupational shortages and surpluses and covers 12,926 establishments

PH underemployment rate drops to lowest in 10 years

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Underemployment refers to workers wanting to spend more hours at work to earn more

LABOR DAY. 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

Workers with good behavioral skills get better pay – study

Nov 23, 2017 - 8:45 PM

A World Bank study finds that more firms have difficulty looking for workers 'with appropriate socioemotional skills'

SOFT SKILLS. A World Bank report says Phiilippine employers are looking for workers with good behavioral skills.

Bicolana OFW dies after serving 'two masters' in Saudi Arabia

Nov 18, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Ana Fe Velasco-Bania went to Riyadh in 2015 to work as a domestic helper. She returns to her hometown ahead of the end of her two-year contract, in a casket.

MOTHER OF 3. The family of Ana Fe Velasco-Bania at her wake. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Metro Manila minimum wage earners to get P21 more starting October 5

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Non-agricultural workers will now receive P512 per day while agriculture and service workers will get P475 per day

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

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

4-day workweek bad for workers' health, productivity – labor group

May 18, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority show there were more than 8 million overworked Filipinos in 2015

Filipino cannery workers process sardines at the Mega Fishing Corporation in southern Zamboanga City on February 25, 2009. Sardine manufacturers are optimistic with growth both for domestic and export this year as millions of people continue to consume the cheap canned sardine amid the global economic slump. The Philippine government cut its economic growth forecast for 2009 and warned the budget deficit would soar as President Gloria Arroyo increases government spending to help shield the Philippines from the full effects of the global financial turmoil. AFP PHOTO / THERENCE KOH / AFP PHOTO / THERENCE KOH

You know labor unions, but do you know Isabelo de los Reyes?

May 01, 2017 - 6:20 PM

The writer labor activist Aglipayan church founder and politician from Vigan Ilocos Sur started the tradition of honoring the workers every May 1

Isabelo delos Reyes

Duterte’s best gift to labor

May 01, 2017 - 11:16 AM

More than any surprise package the President announces on Labor Day today it is the real end of contractualization that will make a difference to the working class

Labor groups urge Duterte to sign EO vs contractualization

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Labor groups urge President Rodrigo Duterte to keep his promise to end contractualization in time for Labor Day on May 1

OFWs, meet your new labor attachés

Apr 08, 2017 - 10:14 PM

At a seminar organized by the Blas F Ople Policy Center 8 new labor attachés present their credentials to the OFW community

Photo by Don Kevin Hapal/Rappler

Singaporean couple jailed for starving Filipino maid

Mar 27, 2017 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED The Singaporean couple were convicted last year of violating employment laws for failing to provide enough food for their maid Thelma Oyasan Gawidan over a 15 month period

Closing the gender gap in economic opportunities

Feb 02, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Filipinas are not just outnumbered by their male counterparts in the labor force; a bigger share of employed women in the country work in jobs lacking decent working conditions

Labor groups vs burial: Marcos started contractualization

Nov 22, 2016 - 4:06 PM

The plight of the labor sector started during Marcos time says labor group All Workers Unity at a rally protesting the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

NOT A HERO. Various labor groups stage a protest rally against the unannounced burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani at Mendiola in Manila on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House panels form working group to consolidate bills on OFW dep't

Nov 11, 2016 - 3:22 PM

The proposed department would promote the welfare rights and needs of OFWs in recognition of their huge contribution to the national economy

Hazards in labor contracting: What about the PH tuna industry?

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:24 PM

The Department of Labor order covering handline fishing is without teeth absent sweeping inspections across the tuna industry

TUNA. A man carries a freshly caught fish that weighs 30 to 40 kilograms. Photo by Buena Bernal

Philippines, Saudis to negotiate over stranded workers

Aug 06, 2016 - 1:26 PM

The first batch of officials would fly to Saudi Arabia on August 10 to provide immediate humanitarian legal and other consular assistance to OFWs

LONG WAIT. OFWs in Saudi Arabia. File photo by AFP/Fayez Nureldine

Duterte to companies: Stop contractualization or I will close you

Aug 01, 2016 - 8:19 PM

Magsunod kayo o ikakansela ko yung permit ninyo Mamili kayo the President warns companies

NO TO 'ENDO.' President Rodrigo Duterte threatens companies with closure if they continue unfair labor practices. File photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Will vetoed bill drive more PH nurses abroad?

Jun 18, 2016 - 3:07 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the proposed increase in the pay of entry level nurses will have dire financial consequences on public and private health institutions but a nurses group dismisses this as speculative

PH NURSES. In this file photo, new Filipino nurses during an oathtaking ceremony in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines on 20 September 2010. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Contractualization ‘backbone’ of services, OFW sectors

May 18, 2016 - 8:42 PM

Businessman Donald Dee says he cannot foresee a situation when contractualization is completely abolished in the Philippines Doing so he says would lead to unemployment

NO TO ENDO. Contractualization remains widespread in Philippine labor. File photo by AFP

Labor Day cry: 'End contractualization, raise wages'

May 01, 2016 - 2:42 PM

On Labor Day militant workers call the Aquino administration a butcher of jobs as they challenge presidential bets to abolish contractualization and raise wages

Can the next president end contractualization?

May 01, 2016 - 8:30 AM

All 5 presidential candidates have vowed to end contractualization if they win A deeper study of the issue however suggests that workers and labor unions cannot rejoice just yet

Why won't contractualization work in PH? Poor quality of life – Ople

Apr 22, 2016 - 6:34 PM

Sa ibang mga bansa maganda quality of life Dito sa Metro Manila torture every day Pumasok umuwi in between torture din says senatorial candidate Susan Ople

CONTRACTUALIZATION. Senatorial candidate Susan Ople explains why contractualization is not working in the Philippines at the Rappler debate in FEU on April 22, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ople: With current conditions in PH, 'labor migration here to stay'

Apr 22, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The senatorial candidate says 45 000 Filipinos leave the country every day She is proposing a comprehensive government review of the country’s overseas employment program

OFW ADVOCATE. Senatorial candidate Susan Ople will push for la ws that would benefit OFWs if elected senator. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NEDA: More Filipinos employed in Jan 2016

Mar 12, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Labor groups say more jobs are being generated for the 2016 elections but they expect unemployment to rise again after the polls

MORE JOBS. Government data show that employment among Filipinos improved in January 2016. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Duterte to labor unions: I meant unions that kill business

Feb 12, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The presidential bet says he would only crack down on labor unions that abuse their right to self organize and create an environment where businesses cannot flourish

DUTERTE ON LABOR UNIONS. Duterte says abusive labor unions are bad for business. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

2015: At DOLE job fairs, 45,000 applicants were hired on the spot

Dec 22, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The most number of applicants were hired at job fairs held in the Calabarzon region from January to November 2015

JOB SEEKERS. Filipino jobseekers fill-up application forms during a job fair inside SMX convention center during Labor Day in Manila. File photo by Ritchie Tingco/EPA

Minimum wage in Central Luzon up by P15

Dec 10, 2015 - 7:12 PM

Wage earners in Aurora have a slightly higher increase of P20

WAGE HIKE. The P15-increase is good news for minimum wage earners in Central Luzon. File photo by Rappler

PH unemployment rate drops to record low 5.7%

Dec 10, 2015 - 6:21 PM

The latest Labor Force Survey shows the number of unemployed Filipinos decreased from 2 482 million in 2014 to 2 345 million this year

MORE JOBS. There is a lesser number of unemployed Filipinos in October 2015, says the latest Labor Force Survey. File photo by AFP

Senate honors ex-Sen. Ernesto Herrera: 'Today's Apolinario Mabini'

Nov 04, 2015 - 3:46 PM

Contemporaries of the late senator Ernesto Herrera heap praises on the true democrat and titan of the Philippine labor movement

CHAMPION OF THE WORKING CLASS. Senate President Franklin Drilon pays tribute to former senator and labor rights advocate Ernesto Herrera on November 4. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

'Labor titan,' former senator Ernesto Herrera dies

Oct 29, 2015 - 9:12 PM

Ernesto Boy Herrera principal author of the Migrant Workers Act of 1995 was deeply involved in the labor movement even after he left government

LABOR LEADER. Former senator Ernesto "Boy" Herrera passes away at 83. File screenshot of Global News Network

Batas Kasambahay: A law exploited

Oct 10, 2015 - 9:23 PM

Even with the protection of Batas Kasambahay a lot of domestic workers are still underpaid overworked and deprived of benefits provided under the law

Rosie washes a rug. She used to work as a domestic helper for an old man who suffered from a stroke in 2008, but was hired by the old man's niece when he died.

The life of field interviewers

Oct 04, 2015 - 10:30 AM

While analysts and statisticians crunch the numbers there are little known wage earners who gather the data: field interviewers

FIELD WORK. Data gatherers on a field work. Photo from field interviewers

Nat'l labor party seeks accreditation, bets woo it for support

Sep 01, 2015 - 3:06 PM

The Labor Party of the Philippines plans to endorse and field national and local candidates for the 2016 polls once it is accredited

WORKER. A Filipino fish port worker carries a tuna before weighing it at the Fish Port in General Santos City, southern Philippines, on June 17, 2015. Photo by Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

SONA 2015: The state of Philippine labor under Aquino

Jul 27, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Were laborers among President Benigno Aquino III s bosses?

Photo by Faye Sales/ Rappler