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DoLE proposes 4Ps as source of funds for unemployment relief

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has sounded out the Senate on a plan to reduce the cash transfer budget for 2020 and shifting the funds to a program to provide relief to retrenched workers.

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has designated Gerald Quitaleg Bantag as the new director-general of the Bureau of Corrections, replacing fired former prison chief Nicanor E. Faeldon, Malacañang said yesterday.

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OPPOSITION Senator Franklin M. Drilon, a former justice secretary, expressed alarm and disappointment over the admission of Director General Aaron Aquino, chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), that recycling of illegal drugs is still rampant despite the administration’s bloody war on illegal drugs that has killed thousands.

FDA warns against use of China-made diagnostic equipment

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against the use of unregistered diagnostic tests made by a China-based biomedical company.

House approves CITIRA on final reading

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Friday approved on third and final reading the second package of the government’s tax reform program, fast-tracking the administration’s plans to lower income taxes and slash the incentives of businesses.

Bureau of Immigration arrests 277 Chinese fugitives accused of fraud

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday said that it arrested 277 illegal workers, many of whom were Chinese nationals working for illegal online gaming operations.

DOJ finalizes revisions of GCTA law, wants more control over BuCor

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday said it finalized the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Good Conduct and Time Allowance (GCTA) law and expressed its intention to exert more control over the Bureau of Customs (BuCor).

Review of wage-setting system on track for completion this year

THE National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) said it has completed the first portion of its review of the current wage determination system and is on track to meet the end-2019 deadline.

Education dep’t studying creation of more ranks for public school teachers

THE Department of Education (DepEd) said it is currently in talks to improve the career path for public school teachers to ensure a steadier progression to the senior rank of Master Teacher.

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THE Sandiganbayan Third Division rejected the pleas of former Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and his son Junjun to suspend the graft case against them in connection with the overpriced Makati City Hall parking building.

E-cigarette industry calls for ‘fair’ tax regime

THE electronic cigarette lobby said its products need to be fairly taxed and regulated, especially if the Philippines hopes to fund its Universal Health Care system in part with the proceeds of a tax on e-cigarettes.

Fewer voters in 2019 complained about cheating — SWS

FEWER Filipino voters complained about cheating in the May 2019 elections, according to a poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

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THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) released P82.5 million to the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday to fund measures relating to the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

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AS THE Senate discussed the proposed fifth round of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) on Tuesday, Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian stressed the need to make government workers’ salaries at par with rates in the private sector to retain talent.

More than 4,000 Filipino workers sent abroad from January to August...

MORE than 4,000 Filipino workers were deployed through the Philippine Overseas Workers Administration (POEA) from January to July this year, according to the agency.

DoJ studying options for arrest of Sison, others

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) is studying options for the arrest of exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison and several others over a mass killing 30 years ago.

Details of e-cigarette regulations due next month from DoH, DTI

THE Department of Health (DoH) will release next month details of its plan to jointly regulate the e-cigarette industry with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), after it issued an order in June that called for such producers to be licensed.

CoA probing P20M insurance claims from dead

STATE auditors are investigating about 2,000 claims worth more than P20 million made by supposedly dead members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) this year.

Labor deal readied with Canada’s Yukon territory

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has signed an initial agreement with Canada’s Yukon government for skilled workers to be deployed to the western Canadian territory.

DoT ties up with Emirates to market PHL to European travelers

THE Department of Tourism (DoT) signed a partnership Thursday with Dubai’s Emirates Airlines (Emirates) to promote the Philippines as a destination to the airline’s European passengers.

DoLE version of OFW dep’t bill ready this month

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is set to submit its recommendations regarding the proposed Department of Overseas Workers within the month, after submitting an initial draft in July.

McDonald’s to hire seniors, PWDs at Manila branches

GOLDEN ARCHES Development Corp. (GADC) has teamed up with the local government of Manila to provide employment opportunities to senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) at McDonald’s branches in the city.

DoLE to delay forwarding tenure bill to Congress

LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said his department will submit its draft Security of Tenure (SoT) bill later this year after legislators finalize the 2020 budget, further delaying the new version of the vetoed measure, which was originally to be forwarded to Congress in August.

PhilHealth hopes to enroll remaining 2% of population without coverage by...

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) hopes to enroll the remaining 2% of the population in its insurance scheme by the close of the...

Comelec junks Eusebio’s case vs Sotto

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) 2nd Division announced on Monday it dismissed former Pasig mayor Robert “Bobby” C. Eusebio’s case against incumbent Mayor Victor Ma. Regis “Vico” N. Sotto, citing no valid grounds in the election protest.

DoST touts food safety program as easing permit process

THE Department of Science and Technology (DoST) is pushing the benefits of its food safety program, which it said will help companies get on the permit and registration fast track.

UHC Law will take 3 or more years to implement, says...

PHILHEALTH President Ricardo Morales admits that nationwide implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law will take a few years to take effect, citing funding and capability issues.

Trillanes denies kidnapping charge

FORMER Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV denies kidnapping a woman back in 2016 which is alleged to have been part of efforts in bringing down the Duterte administration. Mr. Trillanes said that this is the administration’s way of putting down critics.

DoLE on track to hit business inspection target in 2019

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it inspected 34,000 establishments during the first half, ahead of the pace to meet its 2019 inspection target of 55,000.

Tech firm Salarium updates payroll software for larger firms

TECH START-UP Salarium said it launched the latest edition of its software that will ease the payroll preparation process, this time targeting larger companies.

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THE UNIVERSAL Health Care (UHC) Act, which automatically enrolls all Filipinos to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), will be rolled out only in 33 areas in 2020, the first year of implementation.

DoLE’s SoT bill draft still awaiting input from economic team

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it is still consulting economic managers and the business sector on its draft security of tenure (SoT) bill, further delaying its scheduled submission to Congress this month.

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THE GOVERNMENT is set to release P187 million for response measures, including contingency and biosecurity, on the still unidentified disease that killed hogs in parts of the country.

New push for BPO-worker ‘Magna Carta’ in 18th Congress

AN ORGANIZATION representing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) workers said it will lobby Congress again to legislate reasonable work conditions for the sector, after such efforts failed in the 17th Congress.

US union seeking joint action with PHL’s BPO workers

A US UNION called for improved workers’ rights and benefits in the Philippine Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector, saying that keeping Philippine compensation low affects work conditions of their US counterparts.

Philippines orders probe of HK labor executives

THE PHILIPPINES has ordered an investigation of labor officials in Hong Kong for allegedly choosing an online system provider for overseas placement without public bidding, the Labor department said in a statement yesterday.

PRC expanding training programs eligible for CPD license renewal

THE PROFESSIONAL Regulation Commission (PRC) is increasing the number of programs that can be accredited under the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law in order to facilitate compliance by professionals.

Asia economic losses from calamities estimated at $675B

A UNITED NATIONS (UN) agency estimated the annual economic losses in Asia and the Pacific from disasters at more than half a trillion dollars, and urged countries to invest in prevention and resiliency measures to manage the risk because disasters are getting worse.

Senator backs cadet police training as part of mandatory ROTC

A LEGISLATOR said Thursday that he supports cadet training for the police service to be offered to Senior High School (SHS) students undergoing the mandatory Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Globe says cancer fears among factors delaying cell site rollout

GLOBE Telecom Inc. said it has tapped medical experts to address fears of cancer risk from mobile phone use and proximity to cell towers, which it cited as a factor in delaying the construction of cell sites.

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THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) on Thursday reiterated its position supporting the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) revocation of the certificate of product registration (CPR) for the Dengvaxia vaccine amid calls to lift the ban.

FDA to start licensing e-cigarette industry in December

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will start accepting license applications for e-cigarette and vape businesses in December, allowing for a transition period after the July release of regulations for the industry.

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FOOD-INSPIRED flavors used in e-liquid for vaporizers (vapes) and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) will be among those excluded from a list of allowed flavors that is planned to be released in September by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Filipino youth more ready than SE Asian peers to work abroad

MORE THAN half of Filipino youth want to go abroad to land jobs, while the Philippines had the smallest percentage of this segment saying they would like to stay in the country to work, according to an online survey covering six Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members which the World Economic Forum published on Aug. 16.

DoLE expects to take less than 60 days to draft IRR...

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it will issue guidelines in less than the 60 days required on the law granting workers 100% of service charges collected by hotels, restaurants and other such establishments.