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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

Caloocan police urged to stop 'illegal' detention of 10 labor organizers

Feb 06, 2020 - 12:36 AM

Faculty members of the Ateneo de Manila University's Philosophy Department join the call for their release

DETAINED. The labor organizers are detained by Caloocan cops. Photo from Solidarity of Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reforms

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

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

Uber, Postmates sue California over gig-economy labor law

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:03 PM

(UPDATED) The companies claim that the new law treating gig-economy freelancers as employees is unconstitutional

UBER. In this file photo taken on May 8, 2018 the Uber logo is seen at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Peru McDonald's fined $250,000 after worker deaths

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Two employees, both aged 18, die while cleaning a faulty soda machine at a McDonald's branch in Pueblo Libre, Peru

FINED. A franchise owner of Mcdonald's in Peru is fined after two workers were electrocuted to death.

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

U.S. tech giants sued over cobalt mine child labor deaths

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The case is lodged on December 15 in the name of 14 unidentified victims, who are members of the families of children killed in tunnel collapses, as well as children maimed as they worked

COBALT CULPABILITY. A child and a woman break rocks extracted from a cobalt mine at a copper quarry and cobalt pit in Lubumbashi on May 23, 2016. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

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

Fired Google engineers seek U.S. federal probe

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Four employees claim they were fired in retaliation for their labor organization efforts


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

Displaced Star City workers get P4.8-M aid from DOLE

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The workers are getting help under DOLE's emergency employment program

AFTERMATH. The amusement center Star City and the Manila Broadcasting Company in Pasay City after being gutted by fire after midnight, October 2, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Labor group asks Duterte: Waive entrance fees to SEA Games

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says letting Filipinos watch the SEA Games for free can foster 'renewed patriotism' and 'national healing' amid complaints about the preparations for the regional event

REGIONAL GAMES. Workers complete last-minute repairs at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2019, in preparation for the 30th SEA Games. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Over 500,000 workers regularized as of 2019 – DOLE

Nov 26, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the Department of Labor and Employment has also forwarded its new version of the security of tenure bill for Malacañang approval

SECURE WORK. Workers from various companies call for the passage of the security of tenure bill. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Changing policies can make aging workforce a 'boon' to economy – report

Nov 18, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Adapting technologies and policies to let an aging populace stay in the workforce for longer can help countries' economies in certain situations, says a new Asian Development Bank report

Women work at a sweatshop sewing clothes under contract with local clothing manufacturers in Manila on July 12, 2013. Visiting World Bank vice president for East Asia and the Pacific Axel van Trotsenburg said the Philippine government needs to convert its recent high economic growth into more jobs for ordinary Filipinos so as to succeed in reducing widespread poverty. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO JAY DIRECTO / AFP

Foreign workers must secure 'certificate of no objection' - DOLE

Nov 17, 2019 - 3:45 PM

A 'certificate of no objection' is required for foreign nationals to secure a visa to work in the Philippines

WORKER PEMITS. The Department of Labor and Employments reminds foreign workers they must secure certificates of no objection to obtain visas to work in the Philippines. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

'They're not criminals': Vico Sotto backs arrested workers in labor strike

Nov 17, 2019 - 12:26 PM

'These people are not criminals. They are fighting for what they believe to be just,' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto in defending workers who held a strike against Regent Foods Corporation

WITH WORKERS. Vico Sotto sides with arrested workers in a labor dispute with Regent Foods Corporation. Rappler screenshot.

DOLE to provide employment aid to victims of Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 05, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says cash assistance will also be given to families of overseas Filipino workers in affected areas

EARTHQUAKE AFTERMATH. Residents displaced by a series of strong earthquake that struck the province of Cotabato stay int temporary shelters. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

DOLE warns public against fake employment ads on Facebook

Nov 05, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Filipinos seeking work abroad should verify the validity of jobs with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, says POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia

DOLE field officer shot dead in Manila

Nov 04, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III condemns 'in the strongest terms' the killing of labor officer Ellen Dacanay, who was shot at by unidentified suspects on board a motorcycle

DOLE reminds employers to pay proper wages for November holidays

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:21 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment issues guidelines for employers to compute proper wages for All Saints' Day, All Souls Day, and Bonifacio Day

PROPER WAGES. The Department of Labor and Employment issues guidelines for proper wage implementation in November holidays. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOLE expands gov't internship program

Oct 27, 2019 - 2:01 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment's government internship program is now open to those over 30 years old, victims of armed conflict, rebel returnees, persons with disabilities, and indigenous people

Qatar to end controversial migrant worker restrictions

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Qatar has introduced a series of reforms to its 'kafala' sponsorship system since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which set in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

QATAR. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Ever since being chosen as the 2022 World Cup host, Qatar's labor laws have been internationally condemned and kafala has been at the heart of that criticism. AFP photo

TUCP fears job losses under Citira bill

Oct 13, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines urges government agencies to put in place a 'genuine transition program' for displaced workers before Citira's implementation – not after

JOB LOSS? Citing estimates by business groups, labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says some 700,000 workers may lose their jobs with the passage of the Citira bill. File photos by AFP

PH Consulate in Hong Kong reminds Filipinos to avoid protest areas

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:30 PM

With no end in sight to the protests in Hong Kong, Filipinos there are advised to stay vigilant

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Masked pro-democracy protesters marched through Hong Kong in defiance of a ban on face coverings as much of the city ground to a halt on October 5, with the subway suspended and many shops shuttered following another night of violence. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

PH bans deployment to South Sudan

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:41 PM

This follows the raising of Alert Level 4 by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which means 'evacuation/mandatory repatriation' of Filipinos

DOLE allocates P5.5-M aid for Star City workers

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The aid will be provided for two months, but the workers' displacement may last 6 months

DISPLACED. Around 500 workers, who mostly performed administrative jobs, will be displaced for as long as 6 months. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Trade union welcomes creation of anti-child labor council

Sep 28, 2019 - 6:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs EO 92, which establishes the National Council Against Child Labor

FIGHTING CHILD LABOR. Duterte's EO 92 establishes the National Council Against Child Labor. Photo from Shutterstock

2 minors illegally recruited for work in Saudi Arabia – DOLE

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:15 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says it has since suspended the licenses of LGH International Services and Side International Manpower Inc which illegally recruited the minors and faked their documents

After deadly collapse, DOLE stops demolition of Hotel Sogo in Manila

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment issues a work stoppage order after an initial inspection of the Hotel Sogo site shows violations

COLLAPSED. A Hotel Sogo in Malate, Manila after a portion of it collapsed on Monday, September 23. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

House OKs bill requiring universities to teach workers' rights

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:30 PM

If passed into law, the bill would integrate labor education into the mandatory social science subjects under the general education curriculum

ENDING ENDO. Various workers'  groups stage a protest to call for the end of labor contractualization on August 26, 2019. Fie photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

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

Google employees free to express views under settlement with U.S.

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:52 AM

Google will post digital notices on its internal employee computer network and physical copies at its headquarters reminding employees of their rights


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

South Korea's Moon offers olive branch to Japan

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:51 PM

President Moon Jae-in says Seoul is willing to work with Tokyo to secure 'fair trade and cooperation' in the region

MOON JAE-IN. In this file photo, South Korea President Moon Jae-in addresses journalists on February 17, 2018, in Pyeongchang. File photo by Florian Choblet/AFP

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

Despite Duterte veto, Makabayan bloc refiles anti-endo bill in House

Aug 05, 2019 - 5:35 PM

For the progressive lawmakers, President Rodrigo Duterte's veto 'reflected his true bias' and priority of business interests over workers' welfare

ENDING ENDO. (From L-R) Makabayan lawmakers Arlene Brosas, Eufemia Culamat, Ferdinand Gaite, Carlos Zarate, and Sarah Elago re-file the anti-endo bill on August 5, 2019. Photo from Makabayan

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