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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

Philippine employment figures improve in April 2019

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:40 PM

More people got employed and had better job opportunities in April 2019, says the Philippine Statistics Authority

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

BPO firms called out for not evacuating employees following earthquake

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:08 PM

The BPO Industry Employees Network says a company that participates in earthquake drills did not evacuate its workers when the actual event happened, while another assured its employees that their building can withstand a stronger tremor

BPO WORKERS' WELFARE. Republic Act No. 11058, signed in August 2018, provides for stronger compliance to occupational safety and health standards, says the BPO Industry Employees Network. Image from Shutterstock.com

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

IKEA to boost jobs in the Philippines, says Swedish envoy

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:25 PM

'They will need so much support in terms of suppliers, transportation, assembly,' says Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries

[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.

TUCP warns employers vs hiring less women over maternity leave law

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:53 AM

The labor group urges the government to keep a close watch over businesses after a survey showed that a majority of employers may be inclined not to hire women due to the Expanded Maternity Leave Law

DISCRIMINATORY? The initial results of a survey among employers' group showed their hiring practices may be affected with the expanded maternity leave law. Photo from Shutterstock

Philippine labor force participation dips in January 2019

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Some 387,000 Filipinos drop out of the country's labor force, but the employment rate slightly gets better in January 2019

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

QC launches NCR’s first pre-employment financial aid program

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Press release: Grants are available for Quezon City residents from indigent families, including fresh graduates

Global unemployment down, but too many working poor – U.N.

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:51 PM

Unemployment around the world fell in 2018 to 5.0% – from 5.1% in 2017 – for the first time dropping to the level seen before the global financial crisis hit in 2008

McDonald's Philippines hiring nearly 20,000 new employees in 2019

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:51 PM

PRESS RELEASE: McDonald's invites job-seekers to be part of the company as it eyes continuous growth this year

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

Data scientists needed in every industry, experts say

Jan 30, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Press release: LinkedIn saw a 190% global increase in skills related to Data Science and artificial intelligence from 2015 to 2017

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

POEA accepting applications for nurses in Germany

Jan 04, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The central and regional offices of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration will be accepting applications until February 28

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

Businessman Donald Dee dies at 72

Dec 03, 2018 - 7:07 AM

'The business community lost a passionate champion and leader, a stalwart in the industry, and a staunch advocate of and for employers,' says the Employers Confederation of the Philippines

More Filipinos jobless in Q3 – SWS survey

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:51 PM

(UPDATED) Malacañang says it 'is seriously looking at this SWS survey,' and 'is continuously finding ways to improve the local employment situation'

JOB-HUNTERS. Hundreds try their luck at a job fair held on Mabor Day, May 1, 2018, in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Companies hiring PWDs to join Makati job fair

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Mayor Abigail Binay says even non-residents of Makati can come to the job fair on November 9

New Metro Manila minimum wage set at P500 to P537

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Wage Order No. 22 will take effect 15 days after publication in a newspaper, but labor groups say the increase won't help workers struggling with rising inflation

Hundreds of job seekers trooped to Quezon City Hall on Monday "Labor Day" to look for a vacant job at the job fair offered by the government. The Department of Labor and Employment said about 143,000 jobs available for job-seeking Filipinos, both for local and overseas employment. Photo by Darren langit/Rappler

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

Poland eyes help from OFWs as labor shortage looms

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Poland is looking for information technology, medicine, and construction sector workers

WORK PROMISED. Poland is working with Philippine authorities for a labor accord. Photo by Siripong Jirawatwarakul/Shutterstock.com; Graphic by Nico Villarete/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


Ban Kuwait celebrity from hiring Filipinos, says OFW group

Jul 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Kuwait social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan draws flak for slamming the Kuwaiti government's policy to give rest days to Filipino domestic workers

BLACKLIST. OFW group Blas F. Ople Policy Center urges the Philippine government to include Kuwaiti social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan in its list of undesirable employers. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

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