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DoLE to seek priority status for bill on security of tenure penalizing ‘endo’

Job fair launched to complement ‘Build, Build, Build’ infra program

AROUND 17,000 jobs vacancies were offered Sunday, Aug. 12, at the “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” Caravan led by government agencies under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

CA justice appointed as new member of Supreme Court

THE Palace announced on Friday that a Court of Appeals (CA) Justice has been appointed as a new justice for the Supreme Court (SC).

DoJ formally accuses Peter Lim of conspiracy to commit illegal drug...

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday reversed its earlier ruling that cleared businessman Peter Go Lim of drug-related charges, formally accusing him with “conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading.”

POEA given authority to approve recruitment agencies’ licenses

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has been authorized to approve licenses of recruitment agencies that hire overseas Filipino workers (OFW), the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said on Friday.

DoLE bans employers from profiting from wage deduction schemes

THE LABOR department has banned employers deducting wages from workers for payment plans from profiting as a result of their participation in the scheme.

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A REGIONAL court in Manila has declared former leftist Bayan Muna representative Saturnino “Satur” C. Ocampo, United Nations Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and two others as “non-parties” in a petition filed by the Justice department tagging the communist groups in the country as terrorists.

Gov’t to appeal CA injunction against PLDT labor order

MALACAÑANG and the Labor department are preparing to appeal an injunction issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) which froze an order to PLDT, Inc. to provide regular employment status to more than 7,000 workers.

Marcos wants Caguioa inhibited from poll protest, claims bias

FORMER SENATOR Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. filed on Monday an “extremely urgent motion to inhibit Supreme Court Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa, citing “his wife’s undeniably close ties with former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, Jr. and Ms. (Maria Leonor G.) Leni Robredo.”

SC denies Celdran appeal

CULTURAL ACTIVIST Carlos Celdran’s motion for reconsideration on his case for “offending religious freedom” has been denied by the Supreme Court.

Foreign agencies deploying OFWs to Kuwait directed to put up escrow...

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has issued an order directing foreign placement agencies (FPAs) hiring domestic workers for Kuwait to put up an escrow account for their possible money claims in contract disputes.

Amnesty program on for OFWs in UAE

THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) government will assist over 100,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) through a three month amnesty program.

Interviews for applicants of chief justice set Aug. 16

THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will hold public interviews for applicants of the position of chief justice on August 16, the Supreme Court announced on Friday.

More time needed for second list of labor violators — DoLE

THE LABOR department is seeking more time from President Rodrigo R. Duterte to complete its second list of companies allegedly involved in illegal contractualization.

DoLE to assist PLDT workers involved in contractualization

THE LABOR department said it will assist the 7,000 or so contractual workers of PLDT, Inc. (PLDT) through an “emergency employment program.”

Infrastructure program seen creating 1.8M new jobs each year

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said the government’s aggressive infrastructure program will create 1.8 million jobs a year, both directly and indirectly through related industries and suppliers.

Napoles, kin indicted by US grand jury

ALLEGED PORK BARREL-scandal mastermind Janet Lim Napoles and five members of her family were indicted Tuesday in the United States for money laundering and other charges, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice.

Garin, others indicted anew over Dengvaxia

A NEW case was filed before the Department of Justice (DoJ) against the companies behind Dengvaxia and former and incumbent officials of the Department of Health (DoH), in connection with the death of 11-year-old John Paul R. Rafael in 2016 soon after his inoculation with the vaccine that year.

Senate inquiry into PLDT, NutriAsia labor issues sought

THE SENATE Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development is seeking an inquiry into regularization issues of employees from PLDT Inc. (PLDT) and Nutri-Asia Inc. (NutriAsia).

Businessman entitled to bail after downgraded estafa charge

THE Supreme Court downgraded estafa charges against businessman Delfin S. Lee, thereby allowing him the recourse of bail.

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NATIONAL ANTI-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza L. Maza, who faces an arrest warrant for a double murder charge, should surrender to authorities, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

House gets lowest satisfaction rating since 2015

A SURVEY by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that net satisfaction for both chambers of Congress slipped in the second quarter of 2018.

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THE NEWLY-appointed Ombudsman has vowed to prioritize the “parking fees” flagged by one of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s former counsels.

Recruitment agencies stand up for Bello

SEVERAL GROUPS of recruitment agencies for Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs) gathered Monday to sign a joint manifesto expressing support to Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.

Group flags HIV-related discrimination in workplace even with legal penalties

DISCRIMINATION related to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is still predominant in the workplace, despite widespread awareness now on the illness, a labor organization reported.

PLDT questions DoLE order on workers’ employment status

PLDT, Inc. (PLDT) questioned a recent order by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) regarding the employment status of its workers as “irregular” and “procedurally inappropriate,” because it considers previous orders issued by the department to have been final.

Puno: PHL not ready for parliamentary system

A LEADING proponent of the draft federal charter said the Philippines is not ready for a parliamentary system, going by last Monday’s power struggle at the House of Representatives.

Ramon Magsaysay Award bares 2018 roster

THE Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF), now marking its 60th year, announced on Thursday its six new awardees for this year, 2018.

Comelec backs Robredo on 25% shading threshold

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has backed an appeal by Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo, citing that the 25% shading threshold was used in the 2016 general elections.

Labor chief fires back at detractors

LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on Wednesday said he will pursue legal charges in connection with recent controversies thrown at him.

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DepEd chief worried as higher pay in gov’t schools pulling in teachers from private institutions DEPARTMENT OF Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor M. Briones on Wednesday...

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Retiring Morales rallies media to OMBUDSMAN CONCHITA Carpio-Morales, in her farewell press conference Tuesday, advised her office and the media to collaborate in keeping watch...

Lawmakers, spouses told: No fashion show

A LABOR GROUP urged lawmakers and their spouses to dress simply and modestly when they turn up at President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

Hiring grows for fifth straight month in May; BPO declines

HIRING ACTIVITY grew for a fifth straight month in May, with job listings rising 7% year on year, though the growth rate was slower than the 12% recorded in April, and the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector continuing to post double-digit declines, online jobs website Monster.com said.

Germany hiring nurses under inter-gov’t program

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said Germany is hiring nurses under a government-to-government program for Filipino applicants with nursing licenses and work experience.

DoST expands science scholarship program

THE Science and Technology department said it is expanding its department scholarship program in 2019 by admitting more participants and upgrading benefits.

DoJ junks petition to include law dean in Castillo hazing case

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) has dismissed a petition by the parents of slain law student Horacio Castillo III to include a dean at the University of Santo Thomas (UST) in connection with Mr. Castillo’s death by hazing on September 17 last year.

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.