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PHL to host international law conference

THE PHILIPPINES is set to host the most prestigious international law conference in Asia this year, which is expected to be attended by 400 delegates from the region.

DoLE to sign labor deal with Japan for at least 100,000...

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it will sign an agreement with Japan on Tuesday that could result in at least 100,000 workers with specialized skills, including caregivers.

Health care, purchasing top sectors for online hiring in Q4

ONLINE HIRING activity in the Philippines rose slightly during the fourth quarter of 2018, online job recruitment site Monster.com said.

Senate gearing up to conduct investigation into water crisis

SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III has filed a resolution calling for an investigation into Metro Manila’s water crisis.

Bus operators want wage scheme to pay drivers more

BUS operators said one of the flaws of the part-fixed and part performance-based salary scheme being enforced by the labor department is the failure to recognize the need to pay bus drivers more than conductors.

ECoP: Labor has no part in voluntary regularization plan

EMPLOYERS Confederation of the Philippines (ECoP) President Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis Jr. said he does not see the need to come to an agreement with the labor sector regarding its voluntary regularization program.

DoLE seeking tripartite deal for ECoP’s regularization scheme

LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said his department is still in negotiations to get unions to sign off on the delayed voluntary regularization plan proposed by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECoP), in the hope that the plan will become a tripartite deal.

Gaps in gender pay, employment proving difficult to close — ILO

WAGE and employment inequality between men and women remains an issue globally, according to a report from the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Comelec rejects Otso Diretso’s request for debate

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed the request of the Otso Diretso slate for a debate against the Hugpong ng Pagbabago candidates.

Fight for women’s rights, welfare must go beyond laws

IMPORTANCE for women’s rights go beyond laws and should be emphasized especially under the current administration, various stakeholders said as International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8.

Employers back more workplace hours for senior high students

LONGER exposure to work conditions will ensure the employability of senior high school students, particularly those in Technical-Vocational Education (TVE), a technical school educator said.

AMA offers online short-course program to upgrade skills

AMA University Online Education (AMA OEd) said it is offering an online program featuring short courses to enhance employee skills across various industries.

Foreigners now need to obtain work visas in home countries

FOREIGNERS looking to work in the Philippines will now be required to obtain work visas in their countries of origin, with the visa to be a prerequisite for applying for a work permit, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said.

Church asks investors to shun coal-fired power

THE CATHOLIC Church and other non-government organizations are calling on financial institutions to divest from coal-fired plants and focus on investing in renewable energy.

Fixed-salary rules for bus drivers, conductors to be in force by...

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) gave bus companies until March 9 to incorporate a semi-fixed salary component in paying their drivers and conductors, a compensation structure that was sanctioned by the Supreme Court last year.

DoH calls for pet vaccination as it aims for a rabies-free...

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) is aiming for a rabies-free Philippines over the next decade and has called on all owners to have their pets vaccinated.

Comelec: Senatorial debate unlikely

A DEBATE among the senatorial candidates on the watch of the Commission on Elections is unlikely, officials of the poll body said Monday.

Voluntary regularization deal up in the air

THE VOLUNTARY regularization plan put forward by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECoP) has not been signed, with ECoP and the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) citing various reasons for the plan’s sidetracking, which include a threat by labor groups to prosecute to Secretary of Labor for dereliction of duty.

IRR for new maternity leave law could be issued by May

LABOR SECRETARY Silvestre H. Bello III said that the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the newly enacted law that extends maternity leave may be issued by May.

DoLE to require more funding to issue Special Working Permits

SECRETARY Silvestre H. Bello III said the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) lacks the funding and manpower to issue special working permits (SWPs) to foreigners, after Congress last week proposed to give DoLE that authority.

Unions urge gov’t to follow rules on foreign workers

LABOR GROUPS called President Rodrigo R. Duterte “irresponsible” for ignoring rules governing the employment of foreigners in the Philippines, particularly Chinese workers.

Employers don’t see informal sector benefiting from new maternity law

THE Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECoP) said the recently signed Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) Act will not be beneficial to most women in the work force.

DoLE in talks with Japan for entry of workers in 14...

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will sign an agreement with Japan that will expand Tokyo’s intake of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) with specialized skills.

Former AFP head Villanueva acquitted in PhilPost graft case

THE Sandiganbayan acquitted former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Diomedio P. Villanueva of graft charges for prosecution’s failure to prove his role in anomalous transactions worth P53 million. He is also free of civil liabilities.

Saudi Arabia jobs top OFW listings

OVERSEAS job opportunities increased in 2018, with Middle East taking the spot as the top region of careers for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

Funding, personnel shortages will force DoH to address health care law...

THE Department of Health (DoH) said the early stages of implementing the Universal Health care (UHC) Law, faces challenges because of a shortage of funding and health workers.

FDA permanently bans Dengvaxia

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has permanently canceled the registration for anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

Truckers, brokers call for urgent action on container re-export

TRUCKERS and customs brokers called on the government to enforce the rules on re-exporting empty containers as an urgent measure to address congestion in the Port of Manila, with stakeholders claiming that port utilization is already at 100%.

PRC relaxes license renewal requirements during CPD ‘transition period’

THE Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said it will temporarily relax its requirements for continuing professional development credits for professionals seeking to renew their licenses.

NGO pushing to bring English up to Euro norms

THE Government Academe and Industry Network (GAIN) is pushing for a nationwide language plan to bring English-language skills up to European standard.

None authorized by Duterte for campaign fund

MALACAÑANG HAS warned that President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s name is being used by some “unauthorized” groups to “solicit or accept campaign contributions” for his Senate bets.

It’s official: 63 Cotabato villages joining new Bangsamoro region

SIXTY-THREE barangays in Cotabato province have been officially proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to be part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Economic team still preparing projects for Comelec waiver

BUDGET Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said the government is still preparing the list of major projects which it will submit to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) soon for exemption from the election ban on public works, apart from the foreign-backed works which are typically exempt.

Reelectionist senators band together for campaign

REELECTIONIST SENATORS belonging to different political affiliations have banded together and held a proclamation rally in Tondo, Manila City on the second day of the campaign period for the 2019 midterm elections on May 13.

Dedicated agency proposed to upgrade educational qualifications

THE Government-Academe-Industry Network (GAIN) is backing the establishment of an agency that will oversee national educational qualifications and bring them up to par with international standards.

Senatorial candidates kick off election campaign

SENATORIAL candidates under Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) kicked off their election campaign in Pampanga on Tuesday, while the opposition Liberal Party’s eight candidates under the Otso Diretso banner began their stumping in Caloocan City, a hotspot in President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s drug war.

Final tally on plebiscite for new Bangsamoro areas postponed anew

THE NATIONAL Plebiscite Board of Canvassers (NPBOC) postponed yet again its session in the final tabulation and proclamation of results on the Feb. 6...

DoH flags vaccine hesitancy as measles cases rise

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) on Monday reported an estimated threefold rise in measles cases nationwide, with the death toll now at 70.

Comelec warns candidates on election offenses as campaign period starts

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) has issued a reminder to candidates in the upcoming national and local elections that they can be penalized for prohibited campaign materials, even if these were supposedly put up by supporters without their knowledge.

Repairs on Pag-asa Island to continue — DND

THE Department of National Defense (DND) announced that the repair and improvements of facilities in the disputed Pag-asa Island, also known as Thitu, will continue and are expected to be finished within the first few months of 2019, amid reports of increased Chinese presence in the area.

Comelec delivers election source code to BSP

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced that the source code to be used in the automated elections in May was deposited in escrow at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Friday.

PRC signals reduced coursework requirement for professionals

THE Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said that it may require less refresher coursework from professionals as the agency makes adjustments to implement the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law.

Congress ratifies bill waiving fees for first-time job-seekers

A MEASURE exempting graduates and out-of-school youth from fees charged for official documents was ratified by both chambers of Congress on Wednesday.

BOL plebiscite went ‘smoothly’ despite pre-voting day blasts

THREE GRENADE explosions hit different areas in Lanao del Norte on the eve of the second round of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite on Wednesday, but the voting day itself went generally smoothly, according to election and security officials.

More areas at stake in today’s Bangsamoro vote

TWO PROVINCES in two regions in Mindanao stand to lose parts of their areas as towns and villages cast their votes on Wednesday on whether or not to be part of the new Bangsamoro region.