After OFW deaths, DOLE creates command center for abuse cases

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Reporting mechanisms will be strengthened after Filipino labor officials in Kuwait failed to take action when domestic helper Joanna Demafelis was first reported missing

ORDER. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered the creation of a command center that will respond to cases of abuse to OFWs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kuwait only 'partially compliant' but rules allowed deployment – POEA

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Senators question why the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait persisted even though the Gulf country was rated as only 'partially' labor-compliant. Labor officials say the rules allow this.

RULES. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said they only follow the Department of Foreign Affairs' go-signal on where to deploy OFWs, as he appeared in a Senate probe on the death of OFWs in Kuwait on February 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippine officials to visit Kuwait amid worker row

Feb 21, 2018 - 4:55 PM

A team led by Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III will also visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar to ensure that Filipino workers 'have sufficient protection'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh who met with the President at the Malacañan Palace on February 7, 2018. Also in the photo is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. Malacañang Photo

LOOK: Remains of OFW found in freezer in Kuwait arrive in PH

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) The remains of Joanna Daniella Demafelis arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down and cry upon seeing the crate containing her sister as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of the NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOLE: Kuwaiti government ready to negotiate OFW protection terms

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says the total deployment ban 'has a good effect' in fast-tracking the signing of the protection agreement

SAFE. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello defends the total deployment decision of President Rodrigo Duterte. Rappler file photo

DBM: Enough funds for OFW repatriation from Kuwait

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:52 PM

The labor department says 800 overseas Filipino workers are scheduled to be home within the week

WAITING. Following the deaths of 7 OFWs in Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment stopped the processing and issuing of overseas employment certificates to all Kuwait-bound workers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Kuwait condemns ban on Filipino workers' deployment

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Kuwaiti foreign minister: 'This escalation will not serve the relationship between Kuwait and the Philippines'

KUWAIT'S TOP DIPLOMAT. In this file photo, Kuwait Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Sabah attends a press conference at the end of the GCC summit at the Bayan palace in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

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Philippines bans workers' deployment to Kuwait

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(4th UPDATE) The total deployment ban comes after reports of abuse against Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country

As Saudi nationalizes retail jobs, NGO warns of job loss for OFWs

Feb 09, 2018 - 10:15 PM

The Ople Center urges the Philippine government to prepare for the reintegration of OFWs who may be affected by a Saudi Arabian decree declaring 12 retail job categories off-limits for non-Saudis

DOLE allots P60M for emergency employment of Mayon evacuees

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:58 PM

The assistance will be distributed to 10,000 evacuees from 3 cities and 6 municipalities, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

TURNOVER. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on February 8, 2018, hands over the salaries of Mayon evacuees who are beneficiaries of the government's emergency employment program. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Getting work permit just got harder for visit visa-holding job seekers in UAE

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:07 PM

A new law in the United Arab Emirates that took effect last February 4 requires Filipinos on visit visas to get a Certificate of Good Conduct from their home country

WORK PERMIT. Filipinos job-hunting in the UAE for the first time on visit visas will have to wait longer to get work permits. File Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Jordanian national nabbed for illegal recruitment in Dumaguete

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Women being offered domestic work in Saudi Arabia go to the labor department when they find Imad Housin Hamdan's promises too good to be true

ILLEGAL. The Department of Labor and Employment presented 3 victims of illegal recruitment in a press briefing on February 6, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Fujifilm says to slash 10,000 jobs at Fuji Xerox subsidiary

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Tokyo-based firm announces 'personnel reductions of 10,000 people domestically and overseas' at the subsidiary as part of a cost-cutting package

The Niigata Center, Fuji Xerox Manufacturing. Courtesy of Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

What's contingency plan if PH stops deploying OFWs to Kuwait? – Villanueva

Jan 27, 2018 - 12:45 PM

But International watchdog Human Rights Watch says that instead of a ban, the Philippines should demand 'stronger protections' for overseas Filipino workers

WAITING. Following the deaths of 7 OFWs in Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment stopped the processing and issuing of overseas employment certificates to all Kuwait-bound workers. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Jing Paras appointed labor undersecretary

Jan 25, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Paras is known for having filed complaints against government officials seen to be part of 'destabilization' efforts against President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte to Middle Eastern countries: Do something to stop OFW abuse

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:14 PM

If cases of abuse against OFWs continue, President Rodrigo Duterte says he may impose a ban on OFW deployment to the Middle East

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expresses his utmost concern for the Overseas Filipino Workers in his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Khalifa Sports City in Bahrain on April 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Service sector will be main driver of global employment growth - ILO

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:06 AM

But while the global unemployment rate is stabilizing, unemployment and decent work deficits will stay at persistently high levels

Employment growing, but poor quality of work still widespread in Asia-Pacific – ILO

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:36 AM

Vulnerable employment affects about half or more than 900 million individuals in Asia-Pacific, data from the International Labour Organization shows

POOR QUALITY. The International Labour Organization reported vulnerable forms of employment are also expected to increase worldwide in 2018 and 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

PH gov't urged to exempt skilled OFWs from Kuwait deployment ban

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Recruitment agencies express dismay over the suspension order, saying that 'some of the deaths [of OFWs] were not due to domestic violence or abuse'

Global unemployment down but working poverty rampant – UN

Jan 23, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The ILO also raised serious red flags about the health of the planet's labor market

ASSEMBLY LINE. Workers in the auto parts production line of the Bosch factory in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on January 11, 2017. Pedro Pardo/AFP

DOLE suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will stop processing and issuing overseas employment certificates (OECs) to all Kuwait-bound workers while the deaths of 7 OFWs are being investigated

Duterte mulls 'total ban' on OFW deployment to Kuwait

Jan 18, 2018 - 6:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the ban may be needed to addressed cases of sexual abuse among Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait

DUTERTE ON OFW DEPLOYMENT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, during  a speech at the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018. Photo by Simeon Celi Jr./ Presidential Photo

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

Families of call center employees who died in Davao fire to receive P5-M aid

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:48 PM

SSI also continues to pay their employees their salaries, while also looking for possible ways to provide them with new employment

TRAGIC. Aftermath of the deadly mall fire in Davao City on December 23, 2017. Photo by SAP Bong Go

NCCC management vows support to Davao mall fire victims

Jan 03, 2018 - 5:19 PM

All 660 workers have been deployed to the company’s other sites of operation

CHRISTMAS TRAGEDY. A fire guts a mall in Davao City days on December 23. Photo by SAP Bong Go

More than half of PH businesses employ agency-hired workers – PSA

Jan 03, 2018 - 4:40 PM

54% of the estimated 31,277 establishments with at least 20 workers have employees hired through manning agencies, says the Philippine Statistics Authority

MINIMUM WAGE. The additional P21 minimum wage will be given starting October 5, 2017. File photo by AFP

PH needs law on workplace safety after decade of tragedies

Jan 03, 2018 - 2:41 PM

The fire in NCCC Mall in Davao City, which killed 38 call center agents, prompts calls for a law on comprehensive workplace safety law in the Philippines

MALL FIRE. Around 2,000 workers are affected and 38 workers have died in the fire that hit the NCCC Mall in Davao City.

P30 million worth of assistance available to Davao mall fire victims

Dec 29, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III says no worker will be displaced from the 2,000 affected employees

MALL FIRE. Fire guts the NCCC Mall in Davao City. Photo by SAP Bong Go

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Gov't urged to prioritize safer workplace bill

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:38 AM

'By neglecting to comply with occupational safety and health standards, we run the risk of losing so many precious lives as proven by the recent fire tragedy in Davao,' says Senator Joel Villanueva in pushing for the passage of the measure

NCCC FIRE. Some 37 call center agents were killed in the fire that gutted the NCCC Mall in Davao City.

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'Heads must roll over Davao mall fire deaths' – labor groups

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network calls the incident a 'massacre of working people who strive hard to earn a living'

MALL FIRE. At least 36 call center employees were killed inside Davao City's NCCC Mall on December 23, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Labor unions slam DOLE over Davao mall fire deaths

Dec 26, 2017 - 1:35 PM

The Davao mall fire deaths stem from a failure to enforce labor laws that promote safe workplaces, a labor coalition says

GRIEF. A woman breaks into tears as she hears the news that one of her family members is feared dead in a Davao City mall fire on Saturday, December 23. File photo by Barry Ohaylan

DOLE launches own probe into Davao City mall fire

Dec 25, 2017 - 6:27 PM

The labor department will also help employees and workers of NCCC Mall find temporary employment to tide them over

Photo by SAP Bong Go

DOLE urged to probe foreign-backed recruitment firms using 'illegal agents'

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Recruitment firms owned by Filipino dummies are reportedly recruiting aspiring domestic workers in Mindanao

PROBE. The Department of Labor and Employment is urged to look into recruitment agencies owned by Filipino dummies. File photo

INFOGRAPHICS: Labor orders in 2017 meant to ease workers’ burden

Dec 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Women can no longer be required to wear high-heeled shoes, and those in sedentary environment are required to take standing breaks. Here's a list of government directives that might be useful to you.

No plans to redesign OFW ID despite criticism – DOLE

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says he has yet to hear complaints from overseas Filipino workers themselves, so the design stays for now

NO CHANGES. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello holds a sample of the OFW ID with an image of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

62% of 2017 endo targets completed – DOLE

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:21 PM

There are an estimated 1.3 million contractual employees nationwide

ANTI-ENDO. There is an estimated 1.3 million contractual employees in the Philippines. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Amid OFW ID issue, Duterte reminds gov't offices not to use his photo

Dec 13, 2017 - 3:30 PM

'You cannot flatter me with my picture, titindig ang balahibo ko niyan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 84th Anniversary Celebration at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in Malolos City on December 8, 2017, reiterates that he is bent on fulfilling his campaign promise of eliminating corruption in government. Malacañan Photo

DOLE open to redesigning OFW ID after getting flak for Duterte photo

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte has no knowledge of the design of the much-awaited ID that will replace the overseas employment certificate

ANNIVERSARY. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and DOLE  Secretary Silvestre Bello III during the 84th anniversary celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Malolos City, Bulacan. Malacañang photo

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

Bill on job-skills mismatch hurdles final reading in Senate

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Senate Bill 1456 or the proposed Philippine Qualifications Framework Act aims to bring together labor market and education stakeholders to craft an integrated system that prevents job-skills mismatch

JOB FAIR. 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

First phase of OFW ID implementation starts

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:49 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the OFW ID will still be given for free

Senate bill seeks to help Filipino seafarers returning from abroad

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers includes the establishment of a reintegration center that would develop livelihood programs, among others

HOMECOMING. The proposed Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers eyes the establishment of a reintegration center for returning seamen.

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POEA resumes OEC processing for Filipino workers

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Overseas employment certificates will now be processed after a 15-day suspension that had been prompted by reports of irregularities

OEC. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III has lifted the suspension of the processing of overseas employment certificate. AFP file photo

DOLE hits over 30% of regularization target as yearend nears

Nov 26, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says 75,430 workers have already been regularized as of November 3

TARGET. Labor undersecretary Joel Maglungsod says DOLE Regional Offices estimates that there are nearly 200,000 workers that needs to be regularized. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/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.

Labor inspections suspended during Christmas season – DOLE

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:16 PM

This is to prevent labor inspectors from receiving bribes from business establishments, says the Department of Labor and Employment

SUSPENSION. DOLE Undersecretary Joel Maglungsod announces the suspension of labor inspection for the Christmas season. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler