Reporting mechanisms will be strengthened after Filipino labor officials in Kuwait failed to take action when domestic helper Joanna Demafelis was first reported missing
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.
A team led by Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III will also visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar to ensure that Filipino workers 'have sufficient protection'
(UPDATED) The remains of Joanna Daniella Demafelis arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says the total deployment ban 'has a good effect' in fast-tracking the signing of the protection agreement
The labor department says 800 overseas Filipino workers are scheduled to be home within the week
Kuwaiti foreign minister: 'This escalation will not serve the relationship between Kuwait and the Philippines'
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(4th UPDATE) The total deployment ban comes after reports of abuse against Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country
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
The assistance will be distributed to 10,000 evacuees from 3 cities and 6 municipalities, says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
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
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
The Tokyo-based firm announces 'personnel reductions of 10,000 people domestically and overseas' at the subsidiary as part of a cost-cutting package
But International watchdog Human Rights Watch says that instead of a ban, the Philippines should demand 'stronger protections' for overseas Filipino workers
Paras is known for having filed complaints against government officials seen to be part of 'destabilization' efforts against President Rodrigo Duterte
If cases of abuse against OFWs continue, President Rodrigo Duterte says he may impose a ban on OFW deployment to the Middle East
But while the global unemployment rate is stabilizing, unemployment and decent work deficits will stay at persistently high levels
Vulnerable employment affects about half or more than 900 million individuals in Asia-Pacific, data from the International Labour Organization shows
Recruitment agencies express dismay over the suspension order, saying that 'some of the deaths [of OFWs] were not due to domestic violence or abuse'
The ILO also raised serious red flags about the health of the planet's labor market
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
President Rodrigo Duterte says the ban may be needed to addressed cases of sexual abuse among Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait
The Philippine Statistics Authority’s 2015/2016 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment is on occupational shortages and surpluses and covers 12,926 establishments
SSI also continues to pay their employees their salaries, while also looking for possible ways to provide them with new employment
All 660 workers have been deployed to the company’s other sites of operation
54% of the estimated 31,277 establishments with at least 20 workers have employees hired through manning agencies, says the Philippine Statistics Authority
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
Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III says no worker will be displaced from the 2,000 affected employees
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'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
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(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network calls the incident a 'massacre of working people who strive hard to earn a living'
The Davao mall fire deaths stem from a failure to enforce labor laws that promote safe workplaces, a labor coalition says
The labor department will also help employees and workers of NCCC Mall find temporary employment to tide them over
Recruitment firms owned by Filipino dummies are reportedly recruiting aspiring domestic workers in Mindanao
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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says he has yet to hear complaints from overseas Filipino workers themselves, so the design stays for now
There are an estimated 1.3 million contractual employees nationwide
'You cannot flatter me with my picture, titindig ang balahibo ko niyan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte
Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte has no knowledge of the design of the much-awaited ID that will replace the overseas employment certificate
Underemployment refers to workers wanting to spend more hours at work to earn more
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
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the OFW ID will still be given for free
The proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers includes the establishment of a reintegration center that would develop livelihood programs, among others
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Overseas employment certificates will now be processed after a 15-day suspension that had been prompted by reports of irregularities
The Department of Labor and Employment says 75,430 workers have already been regularized as of November 3
A World Bank study finds that more firms have difficulty looking for workers 'with appropriate socioemotional skills'
This is to prevent labor inspectors from receiving bribes from business establishments, says the Department of Labor and Employment