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MORE SERVICE INCENTIVE LEAVES FOR EMPLOYEES PUSHED

Senator Lito Lapid has filed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 1511 which pushes to raise the number of paid service incentive leave (SIL) credits granted to qualified employees from five to 10. The proposed measure seeks to amend a provision of the Labor Code of the Philippines, which stipulates that “every employee who has rendered at […]

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NOGRALES VOWS TO TACKLE HIGHER WAGES BILLS SOON

Rizal 4th District Rep. Fidel Nograles, chairperson of the labor and employment committee of the House of Representatives said his panel is set to tackle the issue of higher wages soon. “May mga panukalang batas tungkol sa pagtataas ng sahod na nakatakda nating isalang sa lalong madaling panahon. Once preparations are done and all stakeholders […]

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GIVE WORKERS ADDITIONAL BENEFITS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian vowed to pursue measures institutionalizing tax cuts for work-from-home employees, additional benefits to construction workers, and condoning penalties for unpaid Social Security System (SSS) contributions of household employers. Aside from the usual wage increases, additional benefits in the form of insurance packages, tax deductions, and social insurance coverage will help alleviate the […]

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BREAK THE BIAS AGAINST WORKING WOMEN — VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva said on International Women’s Day that Filipino women should be the driving force of the country’s growth as the Philippine economy is starting to open up. “We still have the lowest labor participation rate for women in the ASEAN region. Let’s break the bias against our working women,” Villanueva stressed. “We need […]

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DEPARTMENT OF MIGRANT WORKERS GETS SENATE OK

The Senate stamped its approval on the bill creating the Department of Migrant Workers, in a major advance for legislation the administration has pushed as an urgent measure. Senator Joel Villanueva, chairman of the Senate labor committee, hailed the passage on 3rd and final reading of Senate Bill No. 2234, which organizes the proposed Department […]

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RUSH VACCINATION OF OUTBOUND OFWS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian called on the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to expedite the vaccination of outbound Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), particularly those scheduled for deployment this year. “Bakunahan na natin sila habang nandito sila sa Pilipinas para maaari na silang makabalik agad sa trabaho,” Gatchalian stressed. “Kailangan nating […]

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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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P8K WAGE SUBSIDY TO AID WORKERS – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva expressed support to the proposed P8,000-wage subsidy program for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help business owners retain their workers while economic activity gradually restarts with the easing of quarantine measures nationwide. Villanueva said the proposal was a way to “diversify the government’s ayuda program” to assist MSMEs, one of […]

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PROBE HEALTH WORKERS’ DELAYED BENEFITS – LOPEZ

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives is seeking a congressional inquiry into the reported delay in the release of allowances and other benefits of medical workers at the frontlines of the country’s battle against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Manila 1st District Representative Manuel Luis Lopez filed House Resolution No. 1704 which calls for an investigation, […]