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DoLE signals NCR preparations for 4th quarter wage decision

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said the wage board for the National Capital Region (NCR) will meet later this month to consult stakeholders and determine whether there are “supervening conditions” that will allow it to conduct wage hearings as soon as legally possible.

High court unanimously recommends Martires to Ombudsman post

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) on Tuesday unanimously recommended Associate Justice Samuel R. Martires to the post of Ombudsman, according to SC spokesperson Theodore O. Te.

Pulse Asia: 2 of 3 Filipinos against charter change

TWO OUT of three Filipinos are against charter change, despite seven out of 10 Filipinos having little awareness towards the proposed shift to federalism, the latest survey by Pulse Asia showed.

Advocacy group calls for plan to connect gov’t, industries in workforce...

EDUCATION advocacy group Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) calls on the government to establish a workforce development plan that would help boost economic growth.

1st public hospital in Bocaue breaks ground

THE FIRST government-run hospital in Bocaue, Bulacan, to be built at a cost of about P250 million, broke ground Monday, July 16.

SWS: 81% against gov’t policy on Chinese intrusion

FOUR of five Filipinos or 81% of respondents polled reject the government’s policy of allowing Chinese intrusion in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), the Social Weather Stations found in its Second Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey.

Group under CBCP opposes Charter change, citing lack of transparency

AN ORGANIZATION under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has expressed its opposition to charter change, saying it is untimely and not transparent.

Comelec reminds political parties of 2019 poll deadlines

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) reiterated on Friday the deadlines for filing of petitions of registrations of political parties for next year’s National and Local elections.

TV stations, economic zones face labor compliance inspections

THE LABOR department said its priorities for compliance inspections include television networks, economic zones and security agencies.

PLDT says claim that executives own labor-contracting firms ‘baseless, fabricated’

PLDT, Inc. (PLDT) said comments attributed to the labor secretary regarding the telco’s executives owning a number of labor-only contracting companies are false and misleading.

Officials call for ‘investing in good governance’

ECONOMIC growth in the Philippines can be complemented further by companies investing in good governance, said participants at a forum on Thursday on “Investing in Integrity: Investments Protection through Anti-Corruption Initiatives.”

DoLE insists PLDT should regularize workers without conditions

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on Wednesday reiterated that telecommunications giant PLDT, Inc. should regularize the contractual workers of its service providers.

K-12 forces rethink on inexperienced candidates — JobStreet

EMPLOYERS are looking more closely at interpersonal and problem-solving skills and attitude, indicating a new willingness to hire new graduates with no work experience, JobStreet.com said.

Labor group to file rejoinder on P320 wage-hike petition in NCR

A LABOR group on Monday said it will send a rejoinder “within the week” to a business group’s motion to dismiss the wage hike petition of P320 in the National Capital Reigon.

Robredo: Not the time now for charter change

VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo in a statement on Sunday cautioned against constitutional amendments now being pursued by the government.

Senate leader asks PNP to allow De Lima to conduct hearings...

THE Senate President has requested the Philippine National Police (PNP) to allow detained Senator Leila M. De Lima to hold committee hearings within the premises of the PNP headquarters where the senator is confined on drug charges.

DILG lauds SC ruling on LGUs’ share in taxes

THE Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG) lauded a ruling this week by the Supreme Court (SC) that will increase the share of local government units (LGUs)from all national taxes.

Care services seen generating up to 475M jobs by 2030 —...

THE care services industry could produce up to 475 million jobs by 2030, a new report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) said.

DoLE issues advisory on household worker leave

THE Labor department has issued an advisory on the leave entitlements of household workers under Republic Act 10361, or the Kasambahay law.

Domestic workers to return to Kuwait after contracts are standardized

THE LABOR DEPARTMENT said that domestic workers will be deployed back to Kuwait once both countries agree on a standard employment contract.

NutriAsia to appeal DoLE ruling on company workers

NutriAsia Inc. in a statement on Thursday said it will appeal an order this week by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to regularize 80 workers under the company’s arrangement with AsiaPro Multi-Purpose Cooperative (AsiaPro).

Police probing 3 angles in Halili murder

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said there are three possible motives behind the murder of Tanuan Mayor Antonio C. Halili. “Sa...

ConCom completes draft federal charter

THE CONSULTATIVE Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution unanimously approved on Tuesday, July 3, a draft Federal Constitution, almost five months after the body appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte first convened on Feb. 19.

DoLE issues ruling against Nutri-Asia labor contractor

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it ordered AMPC, a contractor allegedly engaged in illegal contractualization practices with Nutri-Asia, Inc. (NAI), to cease its contracting activities.

DoLE chief: Eight wage boards have submitted recommendations

“EIGHT REGIONS” have already submitted their recommendations for an increase in their minimum wage rates, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello told reporters on Monday.

SWS: 64% support closure of Boracay for one year

A MAJORITY of 64% of Filipino adults agreed, and 20% disagreed, with the government’s recommendation to close the entire island of Boracay to tourists for one year for full rehabilitation, according to a noncommissioned poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Labor dep’t expects more workers to be given regular status soon

THE Labor department said it expects more workers to be given regular status soon after it inspects companies it earlier warned about employment practices that amount to illegal contractualization.

PCCI seeking incentives for investing in training

A BUSINESS CHAMBER urged the government agencies to provide incentives for private sector investment in training students to work in certain industries.

PCCI warns subsidies to low-wage earners hard to track

A BUSINESS group said subsidies that the government intends to provide to low-wage workers will be difficult to track, suggesting that many payouts could go to undeserving recipients.

Alien work permits suspended for Boracay employment

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has suspended the issuance of alien employment permits (AEP) for those intending to work on Boracay in the wake of the resort island’s six-month rehabilitation.

Bello: Regional boards to submit recommendations on wages June 30-July 15

LABOR SECRETARY Silvestre H. Bello III on Tuesday said all regional wage boards will submit their recommendations for wage hikes by July 15 at the latest.

Labor chief says TV networks, hospitals on next ‘endo’ list

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) plans to submit by next month a new list of companies engaging in illegal contractualization, including television “networks” and “hospitals.”

Cordillera autonomy and ancestral domain top agenda in ConCom’s Baguio stop

THE REGIONAL consultations on the draft of a new Constitution and federalism will hold its second session Tuesday, June 26, in Baguio City, with autonomy and ancestral domain among the main topics to be tackled.

Bello wants wage adjustments by July

LABOR SECRETARY Silvestre H. Bello III has urged regions deliberating on wage adjustments to fast-track this process by the “end of June” until July 15.

Online hiring boosted by positive fundamentals — Monster.com

ONLINE hiring activity in the Philippines increased during the first quarter with the outlook improving due to the country’s strong fundamentals, Monster.com said.

DoLE to offer no objections to telecommuting bill

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it has no objections to the work-from-home bill that recently made it past second reading in Congress.

Coalition to produce manuals for managing sexual harassment

SEVEN companies committed to promoting gender equality have tied up with a womens’ organization to put together manuals and tool kits that will help prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

ConCom ready to submit new constitution draft by July 9 as...

THE CONSULTATIVE Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution (ConCom) is confident of meeting the August 19 deadline for the proposal on the Federal Constitution as stipulated under Executive Order 10 issued in 2016.

Urbanized Metro Manila to have direct vote for leaders under draft...

PHILIPPINE CAPITAL Metro Manila will have a different type of regional government under the proposed federal system given that it is composed of mainly urbanized areas.

TUCP files P320 wage hike petition for Metro Manila

THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) filed a petition with the National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Wages and Productivity Board for a P320 across-the-board wage increase for workers in the private sector.

ConCom introduces election-campaign fund where companies, citizens can contribute

THE Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution (ConCom) said that they have new proposal for the Federal constitution wherein a “democracy fund” in the federal constitution to ensure equality in campaign funding and discourage corruption.

Nationwide Round-Up

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte’s recent remarks against the Catholic church has put the religious institution on a “defensive mode,” according to Father Jerome R. Secillano of the Catholic Bishops’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

PBEd flags need to strengthen link between education and job readiness

EDUCATION advocacy group Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) flagged the need for improved quality of learning to empower Filipinos joining the work force.

Nationwide Round-Up

LTFRB to study drug​-​test process for long-haul drivers THE LAND Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it needs to study how it would conduct...

Wage boards briefed on impact of TRAIN law

THE National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) said regional wage boards have been briefed about the impact of tax reform by key government agencies, which provided data that the boards are expected to consider when they rule on wage petitions.