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DOLE says 18,000 workers to be regularized soon

Another 18,000 contractual workers are expected to be regularized soon, as the government continued with its intensified crackdown against illegal contractualization. In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) disclosed this was the remaining number of workers, whom they have identified to be victims of labor-only contracting, but have yet to be regularized by their employers. Citing the result of their nationwide audit of private companies, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said they were able to record 34,627 workers, who were being employed by 1,546 firms found practicing illegal labor-only contracting. “It is very clear that there are establishments which are violating the law,” Bello said. According to the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), only 16,000 of these affected workers were voluntarily regularized by their employers as of October this …

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DOLE issues holiday pay rules

A “no work, no pay” scheme will take effect during the long weekend for the commemoration of All Saints Day next week, which was declared as a special non-working holiday. In an advisory, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said employees could spend Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, either on vacation or by opting to report for work to receive additional pay.  “The ‘no work, no pay’ principle shall apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement granting payment on a special day,” Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.  However, employees, who will go to work on a special holiday, will get extra pay as compensation.  “For work done during the special day, the workers shall be paid an additional 30 percent of their daily rate …

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DOLE mulls assistance to workers to be hit by firecracker ban

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) revealed it is now preparing possible assistance for workers who may be displaced should the government push through with the nationwide ban on firecrackers. In an interview, Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod disclosed they are now looking at the impact of the proposal to the employment of workers in the firecrackers industry. “If it will have an effect (to their employment), we have to assess what intervention we could provide for those who will be displaced,” Maglunsod said. He noted among the possible intervention they may extend to the affected workers include retraining or providing them with alternative livelihood through their nego-kart program, wherein beneficiaries are given small grants to start their small business. “Those who will need new livelihood could be retrained as tricycle (drivers) or carpenters. …

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DOLE assessing jobs, livelihood displaced by Lawin

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is now assessing how many workers in Luzon may have been economically displaced by Super Typhoon Lawin. “I have directed all my regional directors in all affected areas to provide emergency employment to the displaced workers,” Bello said in a text message, referring to typhoon-affected people who lost their livelihood or employment after Typhoon Lawin ravaged their areas. The labor secretary said DOLE will use the remaining fund of its Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) for this year to help the typhoon victims. According to an initial report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), around 60,000 persons were affected by the super typhoon. Super Typhoon Lawin (international name: Haima) is currently the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year with a maximum strength of 225 …

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P125 wage hike is dead – DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced yesterday it has already thumbed down the P125 across-the-board wage hike proposal from the labor sector saying it already goes beyond its mandate. In a press conference, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello, III confirmed that the regional wage boards will no longer use the amount in their ongoing stakeholder consultations for a new wage adjustment. He said this is because only Congress can implement a mandatory wage increase. “It is already beyond our capacity... it has to go through a legislative act. This is no longer under our jurisdiction,” Bello said at the Labor Summit organized by DOLE in Quezon City. The regional wage boards are now free to determine the possible wage hike in their respective areas of jurisdictions. “But our consultations will continue... What …

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DOLE thumbs down P125 wage hike proposal

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has thumbed down the P125 across-the-board wage hike proposal from the labor sector, saying it already goes beyond its mandate. In a press conference, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III confirmed their regional wage boards will no longer use the amount in their ongoing stakeholder consultations for a new wage adjustment. He said only Congress can implement a mandatory wage increase. “It is already beyond our capacity... It has to go through a legislative act. This is no longer under our jurisdiction,” Bello said during the Labor Summit organized by DOLE in Quezon City Monday, October 17. Instead, the regional wage boards are now free to determine the possible wage hike in their jurisdictions. “But our consultations will continue... What will happen is that our regional wage …

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Comelec postpones COC filing for barangay, SK polls

Even if the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will push through this month, there will be no candidates who will be able to participate in both polls. This comes after Commission on Election (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said in her official Twitter account the poll body decided to forgo the filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) for the two elections, which was scheduled from October 3 to 5. [View the story "comelec" on Storify] Comelec earlier drafted a resolution to suspend the COC filing for the barangay and SK polls in anticipation of the passage of the bill set to reschedule the two elections next year. The Senate and House of Representatives have already passed the said bill. But it is yet to take effect since it is still waiting for President Rodrigo …

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Nearly 70,000 OFWs availed of one-stop center services

Around 68,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have already availed Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) first One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) since its launch last August. Located at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) main office in Mandaluyong City, OSSCO provided the services of the government agencies, necessary in working abroad. POEA's kiosk at the pilot OSSCO registered the most number of assisted clients with 19,022 OFWs. It was followed by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) with 15,072 OFWs, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) with 9,248 OFWs, Social Security System (SSS) with 8,809 OFWs, and the Pag-IBIG fund with 4,203 OFWs.

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Bello pushes through with reshuffle of DOLE execs

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has implemented a major reshuffle within its ranks last Wednesday. Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III officially administered the oath-taking to DOLE’s new set of officials during the agency’s 2016 Performance Assessment and Planning Exercise at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OHSC) Office in Quezon City. Among the newly appointed executives was Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say, who was assigned to head DOLE’s employment and policy of work cluster. Labor Undersecretary Danilo Cruz, who has already been retired back in 2014, was reappointed to his previous position, this time to manage DOLE’s regional and special concerns cluster. Both officials will join Labor Undersecretaries Ciriaco Lagunzad III and Joel Maglunsod. The latest batch of appointees also includes Hans Cacdac, who was transferred to serve as the new administrator …

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Wage hike set for Soccsksargen workers

Minimum wage earners in the Soccsksargen region will be getting additional pay starting next month after its regional wage board issued its latest wage order. Wage Order No. RBXII-18, which was approved last Sept. 9, 2016, raised the minimum wage for workers in the non-agriculture sector in Region 12 by P20, while those in the agriculture sector will get a P15 pay hike. It also integrated the existing P5 cost of living allowance (COLA) of minimum wage earners to their basic pay. Lastly, it also simplified the wage classification in Region 12 to now only include non-agriculture sector and agriculture sector. Region 12 Wage Board Secretary Jessie Dela Cruz said the latest wage adjustment will take effect 15 days after the publication of the order last Sept. 24, 2016. Once it is implemented, the minimum …

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