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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

Supreme Court orders fixed salaries for bus drivers, conductors

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:04 PM

The court upholds the DOLE order and LTFRB memorandum circular that seek to 'enhance the economic status of bus drivers and conductors, and to promote the general welfare of the riding public'

COMPENSATION. The Supreme Court greenlights having fixed salaries and additional pay for properly performing drivers and conductors. Buses image by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Instead of more jobs, DOLE sees layoffs under Trabaho bill

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment warns that the industry and services sector would take a hit should the Trabaho bill push through

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