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NURSE DEPLOYMENT BAN IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL – GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon questioned the rule of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), an attached agency of the Department of Labor of Employment (DOLE), in restricting the overseas deployment to just 5,000 nurses within a calendar year. “Violation ng constitution ‘yan. You have no right to stop somebody seeking employment abroad. In fact, kung gusto nila […]

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NOGRALES TO DOLE: PROBE ‘NO VAX, NO SALARY’ SCHEME

Rizal 2nd District Rep. Fidel Nograles today echoed the call to investigate employers imposing a “no vaccine, no salary” scheme, saying that it unduly penalizes workers who have no easy access to COVID-19 vaccines.“Sa panahon ngayon na napakaraming naghihirap, lalong magdurusa ang mga arawan ang sahod sa ganitong sistema. I urge the Department of Labor […]

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ANGARA TO DOLE: ENSURE NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND

Alarmed over the spike in the country’s unemployment figures, Senator Sonny Angara called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to come up with programs targeted at all the industries and individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the hearing on the 2022 budget of the DOLE, Angara commended the agency on its various […]

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HIKE 2022 AID FOR DISTRESSED OFWS – VILLANUEVA

The fund intended for helping Filipinos overseas, including over 10 million overseas Filipinos, in the 2022 national budget should be augmented to reflect how the government values the welfare of overseas Filipinos, Senator Joel Villanueva said. According to the National Expenditure Program for next year released by the DBM recently, Villanueva said the Assistance to […]

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PROTECT FREELANCERS FROM EXPLOITATION – VILLANUEVA

The Senate is rushing legislation that will put a “mantle of protection” on some 1.5 million freelancers and gig economy workers whose numbers ballooned during the pandemic. Senator Joel Villanueva, the labor committee chair who is spearheading the codification of their rights, said freelancers are the most vulnerable from abuse and exploitation. Part of the […]

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NO BOARD EXAMS ‘HARMFUL’ TO OFWS – VILLANUEVA

The country’s professional licensure system should remain, despite the struggles of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to hold these certification tests the past year due to the pandemic because such assessments boost the credibility of Filipino professionals here and around the world, Senator Joel Villanueva said. “Despite our disappointment with how the PRC has been […]

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2,000 MARGINALIZED WORKERS TO GET DOLE AID

Presidential son and Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte and the Department of Labor Employment (DOLE) in Region 11 have facilitated the payout of aid to more than 2,000 marginalized workers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic over the weekend. The Duterte’s office said the financial aid was sent to the […]

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465K DISPLACED TOURISM WORKERS TO GET CASH AID

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat announced that 465,530 tourism workers nationwide who have turned jobless because of the pandemic have been approved to receive cash assistance under the DOT-DOLE Cash Assistance Program of the Bayanihan 2 amounting to P2,327,650,000. Of this number, 39,429 are from the National Capital Region (NCR); 26,908 from Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR); […]

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PNP CLEARANCE NOT NEEDED FOR DOLE AID – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva voiced opposition to the Philippine National Police (PNP) proposal to require workers to first present police clearance when transacting with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), saying it was like a “gate pass.” Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee, said the PNP proposal was not only incredulous but ran counter […]

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WORKERS TO RECEIVE AID IN 2021 BUDGET – ANGARA

Workers affected by the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to receive assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) next year as a result of the interventions made by Congress in the 2021 national budget. Senator Sonny Angara, the Chairman of the Committee on Finance, said the members of Congress were […]