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HK-based OFWs may soon be able to take civil service exams

Thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) based in Hong Kong may soon be given the chance to take the civil service exam. In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said they are coordinating with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to pilot test the civil service paper and pencil test for OFWs in Hong Kong. Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Hong Kong Labor Attaché Jalilo Dela Torre said they are now in the process of benchmarking the mechanics for the exam with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). If approved by CSC, the exam is scheduled to be held in November.

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Seamen should now register with POEA online

New seafarers will now be required to register online for free as the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) launched its latest website. Last Monday, POEA finally issued its guidelines for its new system, which takes effect today, to streamline the processing of seafarers. "This aims to maintain a registry of all qualified seafarer applicants in accordance with the requirement of their occupation and to have an essential source of valuable information on maritime labor market for policy research and development," POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said in a three-page memorandum circular. The new requirement will cover seafarers for marine and categories except those, who already have their Seafarers Registration Certificate (SRC). Registrants must have the following qualifications: At least 18 years old, except cadets; medically fit or with no legal impediments for overseas employment; and …

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Free online registration service now open for PH seafarers

New seafarers will now be required to register for free online as the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) launches its website. Last Monday, POEA finally issued its guidelines for the its new system, which will take effect on Sept. 26, 2016, to streamline the processing of seafarers. "This aims to maintain a registry of all qualified seafarer applicants in accordance with the requirement of their occupation and to have an essential source of valuable information on maritime labor market for policy research and development," POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said in a three-page memorandum circular, The new requirement will cover seafarers for marine and categories except those, who already have their Seafarers Registration Certificate (SRC).

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Voters’ registration centers in barangays

Qualified voters will have an easier time registering for forthcoming elections after the Commission on Election (Comelec) announced it will start putting up satellite registration centers in every barangay. The poll body’s latest initiative is aimed at raising the number of participants in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, which is expected to be held next year. “We will be setting up satellite registration centers in every barangay to encourage more people to participate in the elections,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in a statement. The registration centers will be placed in barangay halls, public or private schools, commercial establishments, detention centers, areas with indigenous communities, and other public places within the district, city, or municipality. It will be manned by Comelec’s city/municipal Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs). Jimenez pointed out the satellite …

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Comelec to put up barangay satellite registration centers

Voters will have an easier time registering in the next polls after the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced it will start putting up satellite registration centers in each barangay in the country. The poll body’s latest initiative aims to raise the number of participants in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls, which is expected to be held next year. “We will be setting up satellite registration centers in every barangay to encourage more people to participate in the elections,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in a statement. The registration centers will be placed in barangay halls, public or private schools, commercial establishments, detention centers, areas with indigenous communities, and other public places within the district, city, or municipality. It will be manned by Comelec’s city or municipal Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs).

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6 more Zika cases discovered – DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) announced yesterday it has detected six more new confirmed Zika virus cases in the country. Dr. Eric Tayag, DOH spokesman, disclosed that apart from the three Zika patients reported earlier in Iloilo City, there are four more cases in the same city; one new case in Cebu City; and another case in Region 4-A or Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon). “All mentioned cases had no history of travel to other countries within a month preceding onset of illness. All presented with skin rashes accompanied by joint pains or fever conjunctivitis and are expected to have recovered by this time,” Tayag said during a press conference in DOH’s main office in Manila yesterday. This brings the total number of recorded local cases of Zika virus since 2012 …

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Wage hike may displace 500,000 workers – NEDA

Nothing is final yet on the proposal in Congress for a P125 across-the board wage hike, but an initial government simulation study already revealed it will lead to the displacement of about half a million workers once it is implemented. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently estimated the a legislated pay increase will pull up the local unemployment rate from the existing 6.1 percent to 7.3 percent, which is equivalent to 510,000 job opportunities lost. Likewise, the proposed wage hike will lower the outlook for gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate from the 6.5 to 7.5 percent range, to 5.5 to 6.5 percent. "We did a study on the socio-economic impact of the proposed wage hike...this is just based on the data that we have and what we know about the …

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DTI: Contractors and subcontractors are here to stay

While contractual employees will soon be a thing of the past under the administration of President Duterte, contractors and subcontractors will still be here to stay. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Trade of Industry (DTI) revealed that under the new employment scheme they are developing, contractors and subcontractors will now be required to absorb the employees, which they deploy to their principals. The “absorbed” workers will be then given a regular status and will be able to enjoy basic labor benefits like Social Security System (SSS) membership and even vacation leaves. “Our proposed model does not differ much from the current practice. Except the provision, where service providers will be required to regularize their workers instead on their employment being dependent on the contract with their principals,” Trade …

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DOLE mulls productivity-based pay scheme for Cordilleras, Calabarzon

Four years since its implementation, the productivity-based pay scheme of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is now undergoing a review for possible expansion. In a statement, DOLE’s National Wage and Productivity Commission (NWPC) has ordered its Wage Policy and Research Division (WPRD) to study the enforcement of the two-tiered wage system in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), and Central Visayas. TTWS was a new type of wage scheme, wherein workers will get a mandatory floor wage, and additional productivity-based pay, which could be voluntarily implemented by a company. Since its launch in 2012, each Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) issued advisories for some industries in their area, to pilot test the TTWS, particularly its productivity-based component. For RTWPB CAR, the industries covered by …

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DOLE meeting labor group on nat’l wage hike, ‘endo’

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to meet with members of one of the country’s biggest labor coalitions this week to discuss its proposal for a nationalized wage hike and the bid to end workers’ contractualization – the so-called “endo” or end of contract system. Nagkaisa, a coalition of 47 labor federations, confirmed yesterday that it has been invited by DOLE’s Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) for a consultation session tomorrow and on Friday regarding the agency’s recent major shifts in its policies. BLR’s consultative meeting with Nagkaisa is happening simultaneously with the consultation being conducted by DOLE’s regional offices on the same matter. “We will attend (the meeting) to state our positions,” Nagkaisa representative and Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said in …

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