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Bello says OFWs selling blood only do so for going out and drinking

Jul 01, 2020 - 2:57 PM

'Yung mga para sa mga lakad nila gusto nilang mag-inuman ganun, gusto nila, may lakad sila, ang ginagawa nila nagbebenta na lang sila ng dugo' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

OFWS SELLING BLOOD. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says OFWs reportedly selling blood only do so to have money for going out or drinking. File photo by Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB


Bello rejects calls to use OFWs' OWWA contributions for aid

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'Dapat gobyerno ang magbigay ng pera,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, as he reiterates the need for a supplemental budget to assist overseas Filipino workers

OWWA TRUST FUND. Around 500 OFW repatriates mostly from Middle East were given COVID-19 clearances to go home to their respective provinces by land transport on June 18, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DOLE: Remains of 301 Saudi Arabia OFWs home by July 4

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:39 PM

After delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the bodies of hundreds of OFWs who died in Saudi Arabia are finally set to be repatriated

Bello dismisses reports of OFWs scavenging for food

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The labor secretary insists the OFWs in Saudi Arabia sorted for themselves food rejected by groceries, not actual garbage

LABOR WOES. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III addresses lawmakers during a House inquiry on the government's repatriation program for OFWs on June 26, 2020. Screenshot from Zoom

Saudi Arabia asks PH to bring home bodies of deceased OFWs

Jun 21, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Of the 282 Filipino fatalities in Saudi Arabia, 50 died due to the coronavirus, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

No means of transpo? Employers required to provide shuttle for workers

May 23, 2020 - 2:48 PM

'If they can’t provide that, they can’t force you to work,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

Traffic builds up at a checkpoint along Marcos Highway, even though public transportation is still not allowed on Sunday, May 17, 2020 during the 2nd day of the start of the MECQ. Photo by Darren Langit/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

Catherine Bello, labor chief’s ‘favorite sister,’ dies of COVID-19

Apr 18, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'She was about to recover; I don't know what happened – she relapsed,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

FAVORITE SISTER. Catherine Bello, sister of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, died of COVID-19 on April 18, 2020. Photo from Catherine Bello's Facebook page

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

Gov't may wire workers their subsidy if employers remiss with requirements

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:02 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says employees of negligent businesses may submit their payroll directly to the government, to receive their P5,000 handout during the coronavirus lockdown

An empty EDSA from Estrella in Makati to Ortigas, Pasig on March 17, 2020 due to the suspension of public transportation under enhanced community quarantine. Stranded commuters have walk to head home. Photo by Inoue Jaena/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.

Bello wants travel ban lifted for OFWs returning to Taiwan

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:55 PM

In the meantime, the government will provide financial aid to overseas Filipino workers stranded in the Philippines due to the ban

TRAVEL BAN. Chinese nationals arriving from Guangzhou, China are seen wearing face mask at the arrival area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Kuwaiti employers of OFW Villavende charged with murder – Bello

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the total deployment ban will stay until terms of a 2018 labor deal with Kuwait are incorporated in standard contracts for all Filipino workers

DOLE CHIEF. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the senate budget on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

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

'Last card': Duterte sending Bello to talk to Sison

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte once again expresses openness to peace talks with communists

TRUST AND CONFIDENCE. President Rodrigo Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary Bebot Bello attend a Labor Day event. Malacañang file photo

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

Bello opposes House bill proposing 2-year probationary period for workers

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the current 6-month probationary period is enough for employers to determine workers' qualifications, and extending it would encourage contractualization

BILL REJECTED. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III rejects a House bill seeking to triple workers' probationary period from 6 months to 2 years. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOLE: No deployment ban or mandatory repatriation for OFWs in Hong Kong

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:05 PM

In response to false online posts, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III clarifies there is no order banning deployment or enforcing mandatory repatriation for Filipinos in Hong Kong

NO REPATRIATION. DOLE says there is no deployment ban or mandatory repatriation order for overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/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

OFWs 'stable' after Saudi oil attacks – Bello

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gives assurances the Philippine government is ready to repatriate overseas Filipino workers should conditions worsen in the Gulf state

SAFE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gave assurances Filipinos in Saudi Arabia were safe after attacks on oil plants as the situation for Filipinos in the Gulf state remained 'normal.' File photo by LeAnne Jazul/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

Philippines eyes employment agreement with Saudi Arabia

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the Philippine government wants an agreement with Saudi Arabia to protect Filipino workers in the Gulf state

REGULARIZATION. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III orders the regularization of around 10,000 PLDT employees following findings that they are performing core functions of the company. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Labor groups eye complaint vs Bello over deal with employers

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Nagkaisa and Kilusang Mayo Uno say it was 'wrong' for Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to grant the Employers' Confederation of the Philippines a 3-year labor inspection moratorium

SECURITY OF TENURE. Labor groups reiterate that the memorandum of agreement with employers' groups will not solve contractualization, but a law will. Photo from Nagkaisa Labor Coalition

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.

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

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

Bello to 'unfair' JBC: 'I was not given due process'

Jul 25, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Bello says he was disqualified by the Judicial Bar Council on the grounds that he apparently had a pending case with the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the time of deliberations. He says he was not aware of it then.

'SMEAR' CAMPAIGN. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III holds a press briefing on July 25, 2018, on the alleged 'smear drive' against him. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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Jul 20, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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Martires, Sandoval short-listed; Bello disqualified for Ombudsman

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) Also short-listed is San Beda and Lex Taleonis alumnus Felito Ramirez

SHORTLISTED. (L-R) Lawyer Felito Ramirez, Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires, Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval are shortlisted to become the next Ombudsman.

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

Duterte still trusts Bello, says Malacañang

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III denies allegations of a corruption complaint filed with President Rodrigo Duterte's Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission

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

PLDT says Bello claim on contractor ownership 'fabricated'

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III alleges that many of PLDT's service contractors are owned by its own executives

PICKET. Members of PLDT Organization of Workers and Employees for Rights (POWER), Defend Job Philippines and Kilos Na! Manggagawa hold a picket-protest in front of the DOLE main office in Manila on July 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Defend Job Philippines

The many times Duterte and his Cabinet contradicted each other

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Rice supply, salary increases for teachers and soldiers, briefings on Chinese harassment in Ayungin Shoal, ban on Rappler – these are just some of the issues over which the President didn't seem to consult his alter egos before speaking

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte makes a short pause during the 26th Cabinet Meeting to accommodate his daughter Veronica who dropped by at the Malacañan Palace to visit her father on June 11, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bello obtains Ombudsman clearance just in time for JBC interview

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:33 AM

(UPDATED) Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III's clearance states that he no longer has pending cases as of June 18, 2018, or two days before the public interviews

CLEARED. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III presents a recently-obtained Ombudsman clearance that states he no longer has pending cases before the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bello has a pending criminal case at Ombudsman

Jun 15, 2018 - 8:52 AM

Ombudsman candidate Silvestre Bello III has pending cases before the office he's vying a top post for

Sec. Silvestre Bello. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang on Calida, Land Management Bureau fire, Sung Kim on U.S.-North Korea summit | Evening wRap

May 28, 2018 - 10:06 PM

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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

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May 17, 2018 - 10:41 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LIST: Get to know the applicants for Ombudsman

May 16, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Informed sources from the judiciary tell Rappler that the list of applicants for the highly coveted Ombudsman spot includes 10 individuals – from private practitioners to long-time judges

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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May 15, 2018 - 6:13 PM

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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

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May 14, 2018 - 12:30 PM

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DOLE seeks partial lifting of Kuwait deployment ban

May 13, 2018 - 12:55 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says relations between the Philippines and Kuwait are now 'normal'

BELLO AND DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during the 84th anniversary celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment in Malolos City, Bulacan. 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