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Nearly 100,000 OFWs stranded worldwide due to virus lockdowns

May 31, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Most of the stranded Filipino workers are in the Middle East, says the Department of Labor and Employment on Sunday, May 31

OFWs. In this file photo, Filipinos who availed general amnesty granted by the Kuwaiti government are pictured  at the Kuwait International Airport Terminal 4, on April 3, 2020 on their way home to Manila amid the coronavirus pandemic crisis. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

[PODCAST] Pagdurusa ng manggagawang Pilipino sa gitna ng pandemya

May 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Programa ng gobyerno para sa mawawalan ng trabaho dahil sa pandemya, sapat ba?

House panel eyes additional P5-billion aid for OFWs

May 22, 2020 - 6:01 PM

Labor officials estimate that some 500,000 overseas Filipino workers may be out of work by the end of August

LIVES INTERRUPTED. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Manila on April 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

To 'prevent' layoffs, DOLE allows employers to negotiate wage cuts

May 18, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The government also passes the burden of coronavirus testing to employers

BACK TO WORK. Malls reopen some of their stores and services to the public, provided that customers follow safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing face masks. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

DOLE sets protocols for workplaces operating in quarantine

May 02, 2020 - 7:22 PM

The protocols entail strict record-keeping by employers

WORKERS. A Pasig city health staff swabs a resident for coronavirus. Photo from Mayor Vico Sotto's Facebook page

Nurses with overseas contracts appeal to gov’t to amend deployment ban anew

May 01, 2020 - 10:25 PM

Despite earlier guidelines allowing health workers with existing contracts to leave the country, nurses say they are still unable to return to their jobs over the lack of overseas employment certificates signed as of March 8

RISKY JOB. Health workers are at the front lines do the COVID-19 pandemic as they tend to both  suspected and confirmed patients. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOLE's P25-billion coronavirus recovery plan: 1 million jobs, wage subsidy

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The wage subsidy program will cover micro and small enterprises, including those in the gig economy and members of the media

CLOSED. The streets of Quiapo, Manila which is usually full of shoppers looking for cheap electronic goods are in lockdown due to enhanced community quarantine on March 20, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Taiwan rejects deportation of OFW critical of Duterte

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:51 PM

News reports from Taiwan quote its foreign ministry as saying that foreign workers enjoy freedom of speech and 'citizen treatment'

PANDEMIC. People wearing protective face masks walk past a cat-shaped lantern during the lunar lanterns festival following the Lunar New Year in Taipei on February 8, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

MovePH Webinar: Coronavirus impact on PH employment and workers’ welfare

Apr 28, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Ahead of Labor Day, Rappler will host a webinar to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on local employment

DOLE asks Taiwan to deport OFW with Facebook posts criticizing Duterte

Apr 25, 2020 - 8:02 PM

The Philippine government wants Taiwan to deport a Filipina caregiver for her ‘nasty and malevolent’ posts about the President

TAIWAN. The Taiwan National Museum in Taipei. File photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

DOLE approves 45,000 applications for OFW cash aid

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:10 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has asked overseas labor offices to be 'flexible' when processing requirements of applicants given their urgent need

A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MovePH Webinar: Coronavirus impact on OFW welfare and employment

Apr 22, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Join us on Tuesday, April 28, at 3 pm

DOLE takes back advisory on ending OFW cash aid in some countries

Apr 22, 2020 - 4:44 PM

(UPDATED) DOLE describes as 'wrong' its earlier announcement that it has run out of money for OFWs who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic

NO MORE BUDGET. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III prior to the start of the 46th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacanan Palace. Malacanang file photo

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

Health workers with contracts as of March 8 can leave PH

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:55 AM

The government's coronavirus task force says the Department of Health will also facilitate the emergency hiring of health workers to assist in caring for the increasing number of coronavirus patients

FRONT LINES. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow frontliners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte asks health workers to stay in PH during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:25 AM

While President Rodrigo Duterte made the appeal, it is not clear if he approved an Inter-Agency Task Force resolution to allow health workers with existing contracts to leave the country

FRONTLINES. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow front-liners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH to lift deployment ban on health workers with existing contracts

Apr 13, 2020 - 7:51 PM

The President still needs to approve the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases' resolution allowing nurses and other health workers with existing contracts to leave

FRONTLINERS. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow front-liners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Over 1 million Filipino workers displaced due to coronavirus

Apr 12, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment again urges businesses to continue paying their workers during the outbreak

TEMPERATURE CHECK. Employees and visitors of the Manila City Hall wait for their turn to go through a handheld thermal scanner before entering the building as part of the city's precautionary measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘Forced servitude’? PH prevents health workers from leaving

Apr 10, 2020 - 8:03 PM

POEA says the deployment suspension of medical workers is of 'paramount national interest,' but nurses say it promotes 'involuntary servitude'

GUIDELINES: OFWs eligible for DOLE's coronavirus assistance

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Here are the Department of Labor and Employment's guidelines for its cash assistance program for OFWs affected by the coronavirus outbreak

HELP FOR OFWs. A quarantine team from DOH assist repatriated OFWs from different countries into a hotel-turned isolation facility in Malate. Manila on April 2, 2020, for the start of their 14-day quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Coronavirus threatens nearly 20 million African jobs – study

Apr 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

An African Union study notes that countries relying heavily on tourism and oil production stand to be hit especially hard

An elderly man at a SASSA (South African Social Security Agency) pay-point in Soweto covers his mouth on March 30, 2020 while queuing. - South Africa came under a nationwide lockdown on March 27, 2020, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the continent. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

U.S. employment plunges in March amid worsening coronavirus damage

Apr 04, 2020 - 8:50 AM

The United States economy loses 701,000 jobs and registers an unemployment rate of 4.4% in March 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 22, 2020, a deserted shopping center is seen in Key Largo, Florida, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. - Another 6.65 million US workers filed for unemployment benefits last week, the most ever recorded, as the coronavirus forces businesses to shut down nationwide, the Labor Department reported on April 2, 2020. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)

DOLE to distribute P45.7-million aid to 9,000 displaced workers in Bicol

Apr 03, 2020 - 5:37 PM

About 9,144 applicants of cash aid from the Bicol region will get P5,000 each from the Department of Labor and Employment

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello leads department responsible for aiding workers affected by Luzon Lockdown. file photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOLE allows firms to defer giving holiday pay for Holy Week

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Payment of holiday pay for April 9, 10, and 11 can be deferred until 'the normal operations of the establishment [are] in place'

HOLIDAY PAY. A supermarket in Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on March 17, 2020, taped lines on the pavement to ensure that social distancing norms are followed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Task force pushes for P1.5-B financial aid to OFWs, workers hit by lockdown

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Filipino workers unable to get to their jobs abroad could receive P10,000, while employees of local companies affected by the coronavirus lockdown may get P5,000 from the government

RUSHING OUT. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LIST: Guidelines for workers, employed or self-employed, in the Metro lockdown

Mar 14, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Work from home, workday reductions, rotation of workers are 'highly encouraged' by the labor department

CORONAVIRUS. The Marikina City local government set-up its mobile decomtamination tent on March 13, 2020, which sprays disinfectant solutions to be used in community disinfection drive while it continues its disinfection of the City Hall to keep safe its staff during government's community lockdown on March 15. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

House OKs bill creating Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment

Mar 11, 2020 - 5:50 PM

But Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the measure will encourage and promote the 'export of Filipino manpower'

OFW WELFARE. Filipino domestic helpers line up to send money at a remittance center in the central district of Hong kong on November 30, 2008. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

More women working with longer maternal leave, work-from-home option – NEDA

Mar 08, 2020 - 2:48 PM

Figures from the Philippine Statistics Authority show a drop in unemployment for women who leave the workforce due to family duties

WORKING GIRLS. More women keep working in 2019. File photo by AFP

Engineering company rolls out visual employment contracts in PH

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:13 PM

PRESS RELEASE: New employees joining engineering company Aurecon will not receive a Letter of Appointment or the lengthy Conditions of Employment document written in legal terms and small font

Philippine employment, unemployment rates steady in January 2020

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:25 AM

There are 42.65 million employed persons and 2.39 million people with no jobs as of January 2020

DOLE issues guidelines for employers amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:52 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says employers can implement flexible working hours to avoid terminating employees or closing establishments

FLEXIBLE WORK. Metro Manila commuters wear face mask as protection from the coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/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.

Rappler story on out-of-school youth in Bicol wins DOLE media award

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:43 PM

Written by Bicol-based journalist Mavic Conde, the story tells of opportunities for full-time work that out-of-school youth and undergraduates got through DOLE's Jobstart program

DOLE to assist OFWs repatriated due to novel coronavirus crisis

Feb 10, 2020 - 1:42 PM

(UPDATED) Repatriated overseas Filipino workers will receive at least P20,000 from the labor department. Those who choose to remain in the Philippines will also get livelihood assistance.

REPATRIATES. Filipino repatriates at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, China, with a team from the Department of Foreign Affairs, awaiting the arrival of the chartered plane from Clark, Pampanga, that will fly them home to the Philippines. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

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

Albay job seekers get tips on money management, workers' rights, and business startups

Feb 01, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Provided as part of a job fair held in Albay on January 28, the learning events let participants listen and ask questions about money management, employees' rights, and business starter ideas

FINANCIAL LITERACY. The first batch of the financial literacy orientation held at Ayala Malls-Legazpi. Photo courtesy of DOLE Bicol.

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

Philippines orders total deployment ban to Kuwait

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The total deployment ban covers all newly hired workers – domestic workers, skilled workers, and professionals

Labor Code allows private sector to suspend work during calamity – DOLE

Jan 13, 2020 - 2:20 PM

The Labor Code also says that employees who choose not to work in times of disaster should not be sanctioned

SUSPEND WORK. Residents in Talisay, Batangas wait to be evacuated on January 13, 2020, following the eruption of Taal Volcano. Photo by Lisa Marie David/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

Murdered OFW in Kuwait wanted to go home months before death

Jan 02, 2020 - 4:35 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says Jeanelyn Villavende repeatedly asked her recruitment agency to bring her home 3 months before she was beaten to death

Philippines sets 'partial' deployment ban to Kuwait

Jan 02, 2020 - 12:41 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration issues a resolution implementing the ban on Friday, January 3

DOLE orders GMA, other parties to pay P890,000 over Eddie Garcia on-set accident

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:34 PM

Garcia died in June after suffering an injury while filming the GMA teleserye 'Rosang Agimat'

EDDIE GARCIA. The actor receives an award at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2018. File photo by Rob Reyes

Household workers in Metro Manila to receive P5,000 pay

Dec 20, 2019 - 3:28 PM

The regional wage board says there are no exceptions to the salary increase order, which will be effective January 2020

HIGHER PAY. Household domestic workers in Metro Manila are set to receive a wage increase. File photo from AFP

[ANALYSIS] Making sense of the surprisingly good jobs, poverty stats

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Moving forward, government must make sure growth lifts all boats, and no region is left behind. Inclusivity is key.

Bicol workers get due payment, employment benefits through DOLE's SEnA

Dec 07, 2019 - 9:47 AM

The Single Entry Approach program gives workers access to a speedy, impartial, and inexpensive settlement procedure for all issues or complaints arising from employer-employee relations

CLAIMED. Workers and the employer during the payment of separation pay witnessed by Ching Banania, SEADO and Raymund Avengoza of DOLE PFO Albay. Photo courtesy of DOLE Albay

Unemployment, underemployment dip to 14-year low in October 2019

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Unemployment in October 2019 falls to 4.5% or some 2.05 million people, the lowest since 2005

DOLE suspends labor inspections in December 2019

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says this is to make way for the proper implementation of the department's inspection programs in 2020

LABOR INSPECTION. The Department of Labor and Employment suspends labor inspections in December 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler