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FDCP issues guidelines for film, TV production shoots

THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) on Friday announced its guidelines for production shoots in the entertainment industry under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). These will include conducting casting via video and limiting production staff.

BCDA told to redevelop Mile Long for army fund

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to a two-hectare land in Makati City’s central business district into a bankable project that will benefit military personnel.

Dengue cases rise amid persistent rains

DENGUE cases rose 8 percent in the week ending June 22 from a year earlier amid continued rains, the Department of Health said in a statement yesterday.

PCC to investigate corn milling, trading industries next year

THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said it is looking into the corn milling and trading industry as one of its priority sectors for competition analysis and enforcement in 2019.

TESDA seeking to rationalize pay structure for construction

THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said it is pushing for a “rationalization” of construction worker salaries to support the government’s infrastructure program.

DoLE notes over 8,000 job openings in sales, BPO

THE labor department said its jobs portal is showing the availability of about 4,000 positions each in sales and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

DFA offers P5,000 to OFWs disrupted by Ompong

THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has provided P5,000 worth of cash assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) whose flights were affected by Typhoon Ompong (International name: Mangkhut).

Adult joblessness rate drops to 19.7% in 2nd quarter — SWS

ADULT joblessness in the second quarter dropped to 19.7% from 23.9% a quarter earlier, Social Weather Stations (SWS) said Thursday, citing the results of a survey.

TESDA turns to FindWork app to help staff for ‘Build, Build,...

THE government’s job skills training agency said it has tied up with FindWork Philippines, a human resources consulting firm, to match employers participating in the government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure program with qualified candidates via a mobile application.

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Comelec mulls extension of voter registration THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) is reviewing a possible extension of the voter registration period the postponement of the...

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Candidacy filing for 2019 polls moved to Oct. 11-17 THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) announced on Wednesday that dates for the filing of certificate of...

BPOs to launch portal for workers in provinces

THE Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) said it will launch a “career portal” offering placement opportunities for candidates in the provinces.

ECoP fears ‘excessive’ wage hikes due to inflation

AN ASSOCIATION of employers said the economy is not yet in crisis due to high inflation but added that its main concern is the potential for wages to rise to an “excessive” degree.

DoLE, PBEd’s YouthWorks in training tie-up

THE Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) said it has teamed up with the labor department to create programs that will “enhance the employability” of young people.

Central Visayas firms have until Nov. 1 to apply for wage...

COMPANIES OPERATING within the Central Visayas have been given until Nov. 1 to file for an exemption from the new minimum wage rates that took effect Aug. 3.

DoJ files another arrest warrant request vs Trillanes

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) yesterday filed another application for the arrest of Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV, this time before the court that already dismissed the criminal charges for rebellion against the ex-mutineer in 2011.

DoLE sets standards for Japan caregiver interns

THE labor department has issued guidelines for recruitment of care workers for the Technical Intern Training Program In Japan, including language proficiency standards.

Qatar to eliminate exit permits for foreign workers

OVERSEAS Filipino Workers (OFWs) will no longer need exit clearance to leave Qatar after the government there amended its labor code, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said.

More jobs generated as Q3 starts, but quality erodes

LATEST labor data in July bared a mixed picture as unemployment eased, but those wanting more work increased.

Trillanes to challenge voiding of amnesty

OPPOSITION Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV said on Wednesday he will file before the Supreme Court a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the presidential proclamation voiding his 2011 amnesty.

PLDT supervisors’ union file notice of strike

THE SUPERVISORS’ union of PLDT, Inc. (PLDT) yesterday filed a notice of strike against the telecommunication firm’s alleged unfair labor practices as they held a protest outside the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) main office in Manila.

Bataan Freeport warns against removal of incentives at Senate budget hearing

THE Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) said in its budget hearing that without “superior incentives,” it will have a hard time attracting investors.

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AUSTRALIAN MISSIONARY nun Patricia Fox has filed a Petition for Review before the Justice department, seeking a reversal of the deportation order issued against her by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Rice prices could pull down number of Filipinos satisfied with the...

THE NUMBER of Filipinos satisfied with the way democracy works under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte has dropped to 78% as of March 2018 from 86% in Sept. 2016, but the average remains the highest among past leaders, a Social Weathers Survey (SWS) study reported.

CTA rejects Philip Morris refund claim

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has dismissed a claim by Phillip Morris Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. for a refund worth over P152 million, citing procedural faults like a lapsed filing deadline.

Energy dep’t backs down on Euro 2 fuel order

THE Department of Energy (DoE) has promised to review a recent order directing oil companies to offer diesel fuel compliant with the Euro 2 emissions standard as an inflation-control measure, after opposition to the order surfaced at a Congressional hearing.

Senate panel approves presidential budget

THE SENATE finance committee has reported out for plenary discussions the 2019 budget of the Office of the President (OP), which is 12% higher than this year’s budget.

Former Nayong Pilipino officials defend Landing casino deal

FORMER NAYONG Pilipino Foundation (NPF) officials reiterated that its deal with Hong Kong-based gaming firm Landing International Development Ltd. complied with all legal requirements, saying that graft and corruption allegations against its officials are part of a smear campaign to derail the $1.5-billion integrated resort and casino project.

Pernia sees gov’t spending propping up GDP growth

SOCIOECONOMIC Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said he expects agriculture to weigh on third-quarter economic growth, which will nevertheless remain strong due to government spending on infrastructure.

Senate bill calls for expansion of NEDA powers, independence

A BILL that will increase the independence of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has been endorsed by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who claims that the measure will bring the agency’s powers in line with those envisioned under the 1987 Constitution

Poe says HOV scheme unsuitable for Metro Manila

SENATOR GRACE Poe-Llamanzares on Monday said the expanded High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) traffic-reduction scheme is not fit for a place like Metro Manila.

Nickel Asia unit Taganito wins P2.9-M VAT refund

A UNIT of Nickel Asia Corp. has won a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) worth about P2.9 million on more than P3 billion worth of zero-rated sales.

SC denies again De Lima’s request to attend oral arguments on...

THE High Court dismissed detained Senator Leila De Lima’s motion for reconsideration regarding her petition to attend the oral arguments of the Philippines’ exit from the International Criminal Court (ICC). This as minority solons have petitioned for the incarcerated senator to argue via audio feed.

NPC’s Sotto: ‘Not ideal’ to float names of senatorial candidates this...

SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III of the Nationalist People’s Coalition on Thursday said “We would rather come out with an official list that we will support after the filing of certificate of candidacy.”

DoLE to appeal injunction against order on PLDT workers

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it will file a motion for reconsideration with the Court of Appeals in a bid to overturn an injunction against the enforcement of a DoLE order to PLDT, Inc. calling on the telco to grant regular status to contractual workers.

Preparations under way for Bangsamoro plebiscite

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) is looking to strengthen voter registration in areas expected to take part in a plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

Environmental issues, instability may undermine labor — ILO

THE International Labor Organization (ILO) has found that 93% of the poor in the Asia-Pacific are exposed to environmental degradation and political instability, creating difficulties for the labor sector.

IBP says arrest of 3 lawyers threatens rule of law

THE INTEGRATED Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said the arrest of three lawyers in relation to a raid in a Makati bar suspected as an illegal drug trading venue “raises grave concerns for the rule of law in the Philippines.”

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A TRANSPORT group has filed a P5-million damage suit against Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list Rep. Jericho Jonas B. Nograles for his actions that supposedly led to the suspension of Grab Philippines’ (MyTaxi.PH, Inc.) P2 per minute charge.

BIR found to have illegally collected VAT from Semirara

THE tax appeals court ordered the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to pay back Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (Semirara) over P27 million worth of illegally collected Value Added Taxes (VAT).

CTA voids P49-M assessment notice issued to South Luzon Tollway

SOUTH LUZON Tollway Corp. has been granted a refund of P49 million by the tax appeals court after it was issued an invalid assessment notice.

Federalism unlikely now but still relevant — analysts

THE SHIFT to federalism is now unlikely to move ahead within President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term, but its significance as a continuing public issue remains, analysts sought for comment said.

LTFRB to launch anti-colorum TNVS drive in September

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it will launch an “anti-colorum drive” against unregistered transportation network vehicle services (TNVS) next month. “ffective...

DoLE suspends Kuwait recruitment escrow fund rule

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it has suspended an escrow fund requirement for all foreign recruitment agencies (FRAs) seeking to deploy domestic workers to Kuwait amid fears the rule might be viewed as discriminatory.

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Palace ‘happy’ Maza can now go back to NAPC work   NATIONAL ANTI-Poverty Commissioner Liza L. Maza can now come back to work after being cleared...