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When cash aid is not enough: Helping displaced farmers, informal workers

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:04 PM

It is crucial for disaster victims and vulnerable sectors to be aware of the kinds of adaptation support available to them and how they can access them

FARMERS. The impact of Typhoon Usman made farmer Nephtale Cillian and his wife  anxious since farming is their only source of livelihood. Photo by Mavic Conde

OFW remittances hit record high of $33.5 billion in 2019

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Filipinos based abroad send more cash and prop up the Philippine economy in 2019, but the novel coronavirus may affect their jobs and trigger a domino effect in 2020

Gov’t to give cash aid to OFWs affected by China travel ban

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:04 PM

The government will give P10,000 to each overseas Filipino worker stranded in the country due to the temporary travel ban on mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau

FLIGHT BAN. Passengers not affected by the flight ban continue to arrive at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Depression among OFWs: 'The struggle is real'

Feb 01, 2020 - 4:55 PM

OFWs are vulnerable to depression as they live away from their families and have to overcome language and cultural barriers, say experts

GMA to Supreme Court: Talents not regular but independent contractors

Jan 29, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Taking its case to the High Court, broadcast giant GMA Network also argues that the broadcast industry is peculiar and not covered by basic labor rules

HIGH COURT. GMA Network takes its battle against 101 workers it calls 'talents' to the Supreme Court. Rappler file photo

Kuwaiti employers of OFW Villavende charged with murder – Bello

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the total deployment ban will stay until terms of a 2018 labor deal with Kuwait are incorporated in standard contracts for all Filipino workers

DOLE CHIEF. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the senate budget on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 17, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Malacañang: Kuwait OFW deployment ban stays until labor agreement implemented

Jan 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The Philippine government says terms in a 2018 labor agreement with Kuwait must be incorporated in every contract with overseas Filipino workers in the Gulf State

Duterte grants gratuity pay for job order, contractual government workers

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Workers with at least 4 months of 'satisfactory performance' and whose contracts remain in effect may receive as much as P3,000

SECURITY PREPS. The Philippine Coast Guard closes off parts of the Pasig River near Malacañang Palace ahead of a religious procession that's expected to attract millions of devotees. Photo courtesy of the Official Gazette of the Philippines

Robredo fact-checks Uson: Why let a fake news peddler get taxpayers' money?

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Known online propagandist and OWWA official Mocha Uson falsely claims the food packs donated by the Vice President's office to the Taal victims contained only 5 pieces of pan de sal and a bottle of water

NOT FAKE NEWS. Vice President Leni Robredo gives a relief pack to a Taal Volcano evacuee in the town of San Jose, Batangas on January 14, 2020. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

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

Makati gov’t shutters KTV bar used as prostitution den

Jan 11, 2020 - 6:16 PM

This follows a raid on Friday in which the bar’s Taiwanese owners and Chinese customers were arrested, and 13 Filipina workers rescued

SHUTDOWN. Makati closes down a KTV bar for doubling as a prostitution den. Photo from the Makati Office of the City Information and Community Relations Department

Iloilo sets up 24/7 help desk for OFWs, families amid tension in Middle East

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:28 AM

The Operation Bulig Ilonggo help desk will attend to queries and emergency needs of distressed Ilonggo OFWs and their families in crisis areas in the Middle East

3 airlines to help in repatriation of OFWs in Middle East

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia have committed to help in government repatriation efforts in the Middle East, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

DSWD to assist repatriated OFWs from Middle East

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:48 PM

Repatriation desks will be set up in airports around the country to receive and assist overseas Filipino workers who will go home

Filipina workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. After a horrific murder of a Philippine maid in Kuwait, hundreds of such women are now streaming back home, recounting their abuse and hardship-- but also saying they are ready to work abroad again. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Police arrest 16 foreigners in raid of hotel penthouse used for prostitution

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:19 PM

The Makati police roundup two Taiwanese, who own the KTV bar, and 14 Chinese nationals, who were customers

Photo from Makati Police

Duterte signs law increasing government workers' pay

Jan 09, 2020 - 1:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Salary Standardization Law will see salary schedules of government workers increased in 4 tranches starting 2020 until 2023

SALARY INCREASE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Salary Standardization Law of 2019 at the Malacañang Palace on January 8, 2020. Malacañang photo

Japan to develop app detecting forged residence cards for foreigners

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:37 AM

Forged residence cards are often used to get jobs other than those permitted by the type of visa held or to remain in the country beyond the permitted period

This picture taken on October 9, 2019 shows a man walking through the streets of the Tokyo suburb of Shinjuku. - The Japan Rugby World Cup is being held in the country from September 20 to November 2. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Cambodia's garment workers fret over deadly daily commutes

Jan 08, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Cambodia makes clothes and shoes for top western brands. Garment workers face dismal conditions, including potentially deadly commutes.

This picture taken on December 12, 2019 shows garment factory workers standing in a truck, which they use to commute to and from work, in Kampong Speu province. - Cambodia's garment workers -- the majority of whom are women -- make dicey daily commutes in a country where road accidents are a leading cause of death. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP) / TO GO WITH Cambodia-labour-textile-workers-commute,SCENE by Suy SE and Joe FREEMAN

DBM: Philippines has P1.82 billion for OFW evacuation from Middle East

Jan 08, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The Philippine government can also tap the P13-billion contingent fund for the evacuation of Filipinos from the Middle East, should the budget be insufficient

Is the salary increase for teachers, gov't workers enough?

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:24 PM

(UPDATED) With nearly a million teachers nationwide, a salary increase for them would already entail big sums of money, according to some government officials

TUCP pushes for 'early escape plan' for 1.2M OFWs in Middle East

Jan 04, 2020 - 2:23 PM

'There is no harm in being prepared, identifying contingency measures, and taking due diligence in anticipation of a worst-case scenario in the Middle East,' says the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines

EVACUATION PLAN. TUCP Representative Raymond Mendoza urges the Duterte adminisration to craft an evacuation plan for the 1.2 million OFWs in the Middle East to prepare for any eventuality. Photo from TUCP Facebook page

Body of OFW killed in Singapore car crash arrives in La Union

Jan 02, 2020 - 6:04 PM

Her family in San Carlos, Caba, La Union, will hold a wake for Arlyn Nucos for two weeks

Photo from Arlyn Nucos' Facebook

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

Search for 2020 Outstanding Government Workers opens

Jan 02, 2020 - 11:47 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The deadline of nomination is on March 31, 2020

PH condemns killing of yet another Filipina domestic worker in Kuwait

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Foreign Affairs summons the Kuwaiti ambassador in Manila 'to express the government’s outrage over the seeming lack of protection' of Filipino domestic workers in the Middle Eastern country

2 Singapore car crash victims are sisters from La Union

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The victims' brother, Reynaldo Nucos, says their relatives in Caba, La Union, knew something was wrong when the two did not ring them for their weekly video call

SISTERS. Arlyn and Arcely Nucos were victims of the car crash at Lucky Plaza mall entrance in Singapore. Photos from their Facebook accounts

Saving child sex workers

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:00 PM

An estimated 60,000 children are currently trapped in sexual exploitation in the Philippines. From Manila, a group of foreign and local operatives are working to save them.

Rescued victims are led back to police headquarters in Quezon City after being rescued from a condominium complex in Marakina City on December 5. 2019.

North Korea's Kim holds top party meeting ahead of U.S. deadline

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:33 AM

State media says Kim Jong-un presided over the meeting which discussed a new 'transparent, anti-imperialist independent stand'

MEETING. This picture taken on December 28, 2019 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on December 29 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (top, L) attending the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

China bans 'custody and education' punishment for sex workers

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:28 PM

'Sex workers are subjected to police violence – forced labour, compulsory testing for sexually transmitted disease... [and] humiliation and physical violence at these centers,' says Shen Tingting of non-government organization Asia Catalyst

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] 2019: A turbulent year for OFWs

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

In the coming year, the government will have to engage migrant worker groups across the globe and their host countries to ensure that OFWs are adequately insulated from the tectonic shifts that are affecting labor markets

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.

Number of environmental defenders killed increases to 49 in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Farmers and agricultural workers remain the most targeted, representing 63% of deaths

LOOK: Christmas comes to distressed OFWs in Saudi Arabia

Dec 25, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Over 300 distressed overseas Filipino workers receive Christmas packages and financial assistance during the holiday season

AWAY FROM HOME. Over 300 distressed Overseas Filipino workers living in shelters receive assistance for Christmas. All photos from Malacañang

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

Bill increasing pay for gov't workers starting 2020 now up for Duterte's signature

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) If passed into law, the House bill would also require government offices to grant employees a mid-year bonus equivalent to a month's basic salary as of May 15 of the given year

PAY HIKE. Elementary students listean to their teacher inside a pubic school in Marikina City on September 27, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte certifies as urgent pay hike for teachers, other gov't workers

Dec 16, 2019 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to fast-track a measure that would raise the salary of public school teachers by 20% to 30%

School year 2018-2019 begins at the Corazon Aquino Elemtary School on June 4, 2018. Students and teachers started off the day wth the flag ceremony, morning exercises before the students entered into their designated classrooms. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

OFW remittances hit all-time high, but families still run out of cash – study

Dec 16, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Poor financial planning strains the relationship of overseas Filipino workers and their families

Filipino domestic helpers line up to send money at a remittance center in the central district of Hong kong on November 30, 2008, Remittances sent home by overseas Filipino workers grew 16.9 percent year on year in September despite earlier fears the global financial crisis could see a decline, the central bank said. They sent back 1.3 billion USD during the month, while the total for the first nine months of the year reached 12.3 billion USD, up 17.1 percent from a year ago, the central bank said. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

Filipina journalist files sexual harassment complaint vs Cambodia news publisher

Dec 13, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The Khmer Times publisher, Mohan Tirvgmanasam Banddam or T. Mohan, has denied the accusations

ACCUSATION. The publisher of Khmer Times, T. Mohan (middle), is accused of sexually harassing a 26-year-old Filina reporter. Mohan denies the allegation. Photo from L'Hebdo du Cambodge's Facebook

Senate panels push for salary hike for gov't workers

Dec 10, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Under Senate Bill 1219, the highest increases ranging from 20% to 30% will be given to government employees, usually teachers, under Salary Grade 10 to 15

NEW SALARY HIKE. Government workers would receive a new round of salary hike in 2020, if the proposed measure is passed into law. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Chinese abducting POGO workers ‘fairly common’ – Makati investigator

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:10 PM

There is an average of one incident a month, says Makati Police Investigation Unit chief Major Gideon Ines Jr

ABDUCTION. A screengrab of the kidnapping on December 9, along Paseo de Roxas in Makati. Screengrab from Riders Fact/Facebook

Senate approves bill granting night pay to gov't workers

Dec 09, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Senate Bill No. 643, which proposes to grant additional pay to all government employees who work beyond regular hours, is approved on final reading

IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. An Immigration Officer processes a queue of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera/Rappler

Malacañang claims SWS slanted survey on foreign Chinese workers

Dec 06, 2019 - 2:13 PM

The Palace also denies any tension caused by the influx of workers from China even if lawmakers and President Duterte's own advisers have expressed concern about it

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference at the Sunset Business Hotel in Busan, South Korea on November 24, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

70% of Filipinos ‘worried’ about influx of Chinese workers in PH

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The Social Weather Stations poll also shows 52% of Filipinos agree that the rising number of Chinese working in the Philippines is a 'threat' to the country's security

CHINESE WORKERS. Thousands of Chinese workers are said to be employed by Philippine offhsore gaming operations. Photo by 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

CA upholds ruling vs GMA: Talents are regular employees

Nov 28, 2019 - 11:21 AM

The Court of Appeals junks the appeal of GMA and its CEO Felipe L. Gozon to reverse the ruling that declared 101 media workers as regular employees

VICTORY FOR NOW. The Talents Association of GMA-7 (TAG) welcomes the Court of Appeals' latest decision affirming they are regular employees. File photo by Faye Sales

Hong Kong gov't drops case vs OFW arrested near protest site

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the Hong Kong government dropped its case of unlawful assembly against a Filipino national who was arrested by police after passing a protest site in August

UNREST. Hong Kong has been gripped by continuing protests now in its 5th month. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Año on Vico Sotto backing arrested workers: 'Don't take sides'

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:14 PM

'Hanggang hindi pa tapos ‘yung case, dapat we stay neutral on the ground,' said Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

STAY NEUTRAL. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that while local chief executives are responsible for maintaining peace and order, they must remain neutral on the ground. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Arrested laborers freed after Vico Sotto helped them post bail

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:59 AM

(UPDATED) With a cut in pay for a 16-hour shift that barely gives them time to eat or pee, the striking workers tell Rappler how it is to live with dangerous packing machines

FREE AGAIN. Detained Regent Food Corporation workers walk out of the Pasig City Police headquarters with their supporters after Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto helped raise money to bail them out on November 18, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

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