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Business makes last-ditch plea on ‘endo’

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.

Labor dep’t signs partnership with ILO to design OFW country briefings

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.

Accenture launches innovation lab for PWD workers

ACCENTURE said it launched an innovation lab that hopes to promote inclusive initiatives for people with disabilities (PWDs).

Unions seek more pro-labor reforms, ‘living wage’

LABOR groups have asked President Rodrigo R. Duterte to introduce reforms that improve working conditions and impose a “living wage” ahead of his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Smartmatic presents paperless voting

ELECTION solutions company Smartmatic is offering a new technology that foregoes paper ballots to prevent voting errors.

E-cigarette industry given until October to register with FDA

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.

Health officials issue national dengue alert

HEALTH OFFICIALS issued a national dengue alert after cases of the viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes peaked to more than 100,000 as of June, a record since 2016.

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MALACAÑANG ON Monday said the suggestion of critics to invoke the Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States as a response to China’s militarization in the West Philippine Sea is “absurd.”

Travel industry sees job growth outperformance

THE TOURISM and hospitality sector expects to outperform in terms of job growth in the next few years, outstripping the global average, industry officials said.

DoLE taps UP to study regional wage-setting system

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.

Departments, agencies consolidate rules governing foreign workers

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.

Free gov’t documents for first-time job seekers to cost P3B in...

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.

Nation must regain islets from China — SWS poll

MAJORITY of Filipinos think that the Philippines should regain control of disputed islands occupied by China, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.

Health dep’t to require FDA licensing for e-cigarette industry

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.

TESDA, DepEd to harmonize policy for Senior High School technical-vocational program

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.

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THE ALLEGED manager of “Manga-Mura,” an illegal viewing Web site of Japanese cartoons or Manga, a fugitive wanted in Japan for copyright law infringement, was arrested last July 7 by the Bureau of Immigration.

Visitor arrivals in 5 months to May at nearly 3.5M, up...

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.

DTI tells small firms to seize opportunities in Halal market

TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez encouraged Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) achieve Halal certification in order to broaden their markets.

Lopez says businesses’ interests protected under Security of Tenure bill

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.

BI drafting rules for pre-arranged employment visa

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.

Gov’t ready to face UN inquiry into drug war — Justice...

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.

Bill filed raising teachers’ salaries

SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian filed a bill that aims to raise the salary of public school teachers to be at par with the ASEAN average.

Kapa officials snub DoJ probe

OFFICIALS from Kapa-Community International Ministry, Inc. (Kapa) failed to show up on Friday in the Department of Justice’s(DoJ) first preliminary probe on the alleged Ponzi scam spearheaded by the organization on its members.

DoLE says not all firms can afford 14th-month pay

LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello said the proposal to implement 14th-month pay requires further study in Congress since it could affect employers adversely.

Bello rejects ITUC claims of trade union deaths

LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III disputed the International Trade Union Confederation’s (ITUC) finding that the Philippines oppresses labor organizations.

Trade training center to offer 20 free seminars

THE PHILIPPINE Trade Training Center (PTTC) will be offering 20 free training programs to prospective entrepreneurs next week, as part of its observance of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSME) Week.

DoLE hoping security of tenure bill signed by SONA

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.

ILO expecting trillions of dollars in lost productivity as planet warms

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.

BI restricts special work permits to foreigners in 14 occupations

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.

Businesses urged to improve quality of graduates via teacher training

EMPLOYERS said all industries need to get involved in improving teacher training to better prepare educators to turn out employable workers.

TV, Facebook are top news sources for Filipinos

OVER 13 million Filipinos turn to Facebook, more than newspapers and radio combined, as their news source, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) report released Sunday.

Employers sound alarm on automation for skills upgrading

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.

DTI, TESDA planning training program for Halal butchers

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).

Majority of Filipinos plan to pay for medical expenses with savings,...

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).

DoLE to check GMA Network’s compliance with occupational safety standards

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.

May online hiring grows across all industries — Monster

ONLINE job recruiting site Monster.com said job posting activity grew across all industries in May, led by the Consumer Goods segment.

SEA Games seen as opportunity for developing halal services

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.

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THE PHILIPPINE Trade Training Center (PTTC) announced on Monday that it will hold a series of workshops for local entrepreneurs during the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Week in July and ink agreements to further strengthen some local markets.

23 firms recognized in ‘Best Company to Work For’ awards

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.

ILO adopts new convention on workplace violence, harassment

THE International Labor Organization (ILO) said it has created a new labor standard that aims to address violence and harassment in the workplace.

Non-technical K-to-12 students still want college degrees for hireability

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.

Online hiring rises 11% in Q1 led by HR — Monster

JOB RECRUITMENT site Monster.com said online hiring activity in the Philippines increased 11% year-on-year, with each of the first three months posting successive month-on-month gains.

Self-rated poverty drops to record-low 38% in March — SWS

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 urges worker skill upgrades to head off inequality

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.

Most Philippine freelancers looking to be ‘solopreneurs’ — PayPal

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.