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MAJOR BUSINESS GROUPS in the country have made a last-ditch call for President Rodrigo R. Duterte to veto a measure now awaiting his signature that imposes tighter controls on labor contracting and which would lapse into law sans any Executive action by the end of next week.
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it has entered into a partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to create post-arrival briefing system for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), starting with those deployed to Hong Kong.
E-CIGARETTE and vaporizer (vape) businesses will have until October to register their establishments and products before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or face possible seizure of their goods.
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will partner with the University of the Philippines to study the current wage-setting system after receiving calls to abolish the wage boards.
FIVE DEPARTMENTS and four agencies have moved “to harmonize the regulations and policy guidelines governing the issuance of... documents to foreign nationals intending to work in the Philippines” that are currently provided under various laws.
THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said the government stands to lose P3 billion in revenue due to a new law that waives fees for official documents needed by first-time jobseekers, but added that it views such lost revenue as an “investment” in ensuring that talented people have equal access to the workforce.
THE Department of Health (DoH) said it will require licensing for all makers, sellers and distributors of e-cigarettes and vaporizers (vapes) under the new guidelines covering the sector.
THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said it has signed an agreement with the Department of Education (DepEd) to harmonize programs and standards for the technical-vocational education and training program of K-to-12 basic education system.
THE Department of Tourism (DoT) said international visitor arrivals in the five months to May totaled nearly 3.5 million, up 9.76%, with arrivals in May and showing the highest year-on-year growth to date.
TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez encouraged Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) achieve Halal certification in order to broaden their markets.
TRADE Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said the Security of Tenure (SoT) Bill, which is currently awaiting the signature of the President, has sufficient protections for businesses while strengthening workers’ rights.
THE BUREAU of Immigration (BI) has started drafting guidelines for the issuance of Pre-arranged Employment Visa, also called a 9g visa, to foreigners coming to the Philippines for work.
JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Friday that the Philippine government is ready should the United Nations start a probe into the administration’s war on drugs, this after Reuters reported that Iceland has submitted a draft resolution calling for an investigation into the alleged killings related to the drug war.
LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said he expressed to Malacañang his support for the Security of Tenure (SoT) Bill, which he expects to be signed before President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) later this month.
THE International Labor Organization (ILO) said heat-related stress resulting from global warming will result in productivity losses equal to more than $2 trillion by 2030 worldwide.
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) said its new guidelines on granting temporary work permits to foreign nationals prioritizes 14 categories for the issue of Special Working Permits (SWPs), including athletes, performers, and persons with special abilities.
EMPLOYERS said all industries need to get involved in improving teacher training to better prepare educators to turn out employable workers.
EMPLOYERS said it is an urgent matter for companies to invest in upskilling employees, noting that low-skill and medium-skill professions are at risk from automation.
THE PHILIPPINE Trade Training Center-Global MSME Academy (PTTC-GMEA) is looking into offering training in Halal-compliant animal slaughter in partnership with the Technological Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
A MAJORITY of Filipinos said they intend to finance their medical expenses from savings or debt, according to the findings of a health and wellness study by PhilCare, a health maintenance organization (HMO).
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is looking into GMA Network, Inc.’s compliance with occupational safety and health (OSH) standards, after veteran actor Eddie Garcia suffered a fatal injury on the set of a new TV series.
ONLINE job recruiting site Monster.com said job posting activity grew across all industries in May, led by the Consumer Goods segment.
THE Philippine Trade Training Center Global MSME Academy (PTTC-GMEA) said it hopes to step up its halal training activities for the hospitality industry next month, starting with the venue for the Southeast Asian Games.
TWENTY-THREE companies in the Philippines demonstrated high levels of employee engagement and have been named among the best establishments to work by Human resource publication HR Asia.
THE International Labor Organization (ILO) said it has created a new labor standard that aims to address violence and harassment in the workplace.
THE Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), a government think tank, said the K-to-12 Program boosts students’ skills and knowledge in their chosen fields, but students outside the technical track expressed a need for further education to make them more hireable.
THE Social Weather Stations (SWS) polling organization reported that 38% of Filipinos rated themselves as poor in a March survey, the lowest in the history of the survey and down from 50% in December 2018.
LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said Filipino workers must upgrade their skills in the face of technological disruption, warning that mismanaging the technology transition will widen inequality.
PAYPAL HOLDINGS, Inc. said a study it conducted has found that nearly 70% of freelancers in the Philippines have business plans, signalling their intention to make occasional work assignments become more sustainable over the long term.