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Banks paint ‘manageable’ Hanjin risk

FITCH SOLUTIONS on Tuesday added its voice to expectations that debt woes of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines, Inc. (HHIC-Phil) will not likely shake the Philippines’ financial sector, as four of the affected local banks disclosed some details of their exposure to the troubled Korean shipbuilder.

DoLE says TUCP’s national wage hike petition will violate law

LABOR SECRETARY Silvestre H. Bello III said plans to petition for a national wage hike will run counter to the law, which allows only one wage adjustment a year.

Salaries seen flat this year even as prices rise overall

FILIPINO WORKERS may find it difficult to cope with overall price increases this year, global advisory, broking and solutions firm Willis Towers Watson said in a press release on Monday, noting that it expects salaries to be flat from 2018 at a time that inflation has been forecast by the central bank to clock in at 3.2%.

Comelec: Be mindful of authorized checkpoints

COMMISSION on Elections Spokesperson James B. Jimenez said motorists need to be aware of Comelec checkpoints as distinguished from fake checkpoints.

Trillanes charged with making grave threats

EMBATTLED opposition Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV is facing yet another court case — this time he has been charged with threatening a government official.

PNP, AFP ordered to secure the BOL plebiscite, elections

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to secure the upcoming plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and the National and Local Elections (NLE).

Inflation-ravaged 2018 shakes faith in regional wage-setting

FOR NEARLY three decades, wages in the Philippines were set by region, a practice which has been questioned after inflation averaged 5.2% in 2018, thereby eroding the spending power of workers faster than the system could keep up.

Professionals growing at over 5% annually

THE growth in the number of registered professionals exceeded 5% between 2010 and 2016, led by teachers, the largest contingent of workers required to pass board examinations, the labor department said.

Duterte signs Telecommuting Act into law

A MEASURE institutionalizing telecommuting as an alternative work scheme has been signed into law by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, as confirmed on Thursday by Malacañang and also by Senator Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva, one of the measure’s principal authors.

Palace to study recommendation to abolish wage boards

Malacañang said it will study proposals on changing the current wage fixing system, days after a labor group called on the the current administration to abolish the regional wage boards.

Devotion or fanaticism?: Black Nazarene continues to draw Catholics

HUNDREDS OF thousands of Filipinos joined an annual procession in the Philippine capital to kiss or touch a centuries-old black wooden statue of Jesus Christ, believed to have miraculous healing powers, in a grand display of Catholic devotion.

Calamities driving workers away from agriculture

THE CONTRACTION in agricultural employment accelerated to more than 11% in 2018, the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) said.

DoLE: Medical technicians from PHL sought in UAE

THE United Arab Emirates is on the lookout for qualified Filipinos to take 150 vacancies for the position of medical technician.

DoLE lifts ban on Boracay work permits for foreigners

THE Department of Labor and employment (DoLE) has lifted the suspension on the issuance of work permits for foreigners in Boracay, following the reopening of the island on Oct. 26 after a six-month rehabilitation.

Election year seen boosting job creation

THE Bureau of Labor Employment (BLE) said jobs created in 2019 may exceed 1 million, with the services sector expected to come on strong in an election year.

TESDA to push for improved construction pay

THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will conduct a study seeking to rationalize the pay scale for construction workers to attract more people to the trade and increase the number of applications for its training programs.

Data science skills seen critical to future-proofing jobs — DoLE

THE labor department said equipping workers with data sciences and analytics (DSA) skills will be a good way of preparing enterprises for eventual automation, according to the findings of the JobsFit 2022 report prepared by one of its agencies.

Welcoming 2019

Fireworks spectacles sponsored by local government units and commercial establishments have become more common during New Year’s eve in different parts of the Philippines as the government campaigns to minimize fireworks-related injuries (FRIs).

Arroyo acquitted of 2007 poll sabotage charges

A PASAY regional trial court (RTC) cleared former President and current House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of charges of electoral sabotage during the 2007 senatorial elections.

Napoles appeals plunder conviction

BUSINESSWOMAN Janet L. Napoles on Friday appealed her conviction for plunder in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

Review of US-PHL defense treaty not influenced by other countries

REVIEWING the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States is not influenced by the interest of other countries, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said on Friday.

Comelec inks MoA with AFP, PNP

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (AFP) to ensure that the upcoming plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) Ratification will be peaceful.

Labor dep’t study sees IT-BPM as key jobs generator until 2022

THE labor department said the Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) will remain the Philippines’ top job generator until 2022.

TESDA to survey companies on response to greater automation

THE Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA) is preparing for greater automation in the workplace by conducting an inventory of employers next year to survey how extensively they have adopted new processes.

Online hiring rises 23% in Nov. — Monster

MONSTER.COM said online hiring activity rose 23% year-on-year in November led by the retail industry.

Reward money for Batocabe case up to P50M; Daraga under review...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has raised the reward money to P50 million for information on the killers of AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel M. Batocabe. “The reward is at this time P30 million.

OFW regulator outlines exemptions to Iraq worker deployment ban

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said it will exempt certain classes of Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from the deployment ban to Iraq.

Underinvestment seen in regions under national minimum wage

EMPLOYERS said a national minimum wage would reduce investment in less urbanized regions and accelerate the trend of workers migrating to cities.

DoLE bureau to help DSWD beneficiaries find employment

THE Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) said it will assist beneficiaries of a Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) program to find work, in accordance with a partnership signed between the DSWD and the BLE’s parent agency, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

Labor department inspections to continue for fireworks firms

LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello said the department will continue to inspect labor conditions at firecracker manufacturers and pyrotechnic businesses despite his decision to suspend such inspections for the holidays.

DoLE touts permanent status for over 400,000 ex-contractuals

THE LABOR DEPARTMENT said over 400,000 contractual workers were converted to regular employment status this year, including more than half voluntarily regularized by their employers.

Nationwide round-up

THE TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) launched on Wednesday its four-year technical-vocational program as its new director general, Isidro S. Lapeña, made his first official appearance as the agency’s head.

PHL edges up on gender gap report’s top 10 list

THE PHILIPPINES edged up in the world’s top 10 and took the helm in East Asia and the Pacific in an annual report that tracks how countries have been closing the gap between women and men in more than 70 indicators in the fields of health, education, economy and politics.

Disqualification, CONA cases delay release of May poll candidates list

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) has given assurance that the printing of official ballots will be completed in time for the May midterm poll despite a delay in releasing the final list of candidates due to pending cases.

Software for Comelec’s election management system ready

ONE software program to be used by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for next year’s midterm elections has already been completed, in time before the release of the list of candidates this month.

Faeldon vows to resign if son’s drug links are proven

BUREAU of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Nicanor E. Faeldon promised to step down from his post, if it is proven that his son is involved in illegal drug activities.

DoT abandons 2018 visitor arrival target of 7.4 million

THE Department of Tourism (DoT) backed away from its full-year target of 7.4 million visitor arrivals, saying that the six-month closure of Boracay means the department’s new stretch goal is in the low 7 million range.

Online hiring up 25% in Oct. — Monster

MONSTER.COM said online hiring grew 25% year-on-year in October, with most industries posting double-digit growth in recruitment activity.

Cayetanos say Comelec has no authority over disqualification cases

FORMER Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and his wife, exiting Taguig Mayor Maria Laarni “Lani” L. Cayetano, who are both running for congressional seats in two different districts in Taguig, have asserted that the Comission on Elections (Comelec) has no authority to evaluate their eligibility to run amid the disqualification cases filed against them.

Nationwide round-up

ABACA fiber production increased by 4.5% to 49,803 metric tons (MT) in the first nine months of 2018 from the 47,644 MT in the same period last year.

Migrant workers grow 9% to 164M in 2017 — ILO

THE International Labor Organization (ILO) said the number of migrant workers worldwide rose 9% in 2017 compared with 2013.

Labor coalition seeks dialogue with Bello on killings, harassment of labor...

A LABOR coalition has called on Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to have a dialogue with them regarding the killings of trade union leaders.

PHL employer health care cost growth rising faster than region

EMPLOYER-PROVIDED health care benefits in the Philippines are expected to grow at an higher rate relative to the Asia-Pacific average next year, Willis Towers Watson said.

MBC says security of tenure law must respect businesses’ rights

MAKATI Business Club (MBC) Chairman Edgar O. Chua called for the rights of management to be respected as the government urges legislators to pass the Security of Tenure (SoT) Bill.

English test norms eased for UK nursing applicants

THE British Council said nurses from the Philippines seeking work in the UK will be allowed in with lower scores in a language proficiency test necessary for them to get into the region.