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CITING economic reasons, hundreds of skilled overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the total deployment ban to Kuwait have appealed to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd to exempt them from the ban and allow them to leave immediately so as not to lose their jobs. In a dialogue over the…

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THE country’s biggest labor group will strongly oppose any move by the Social Security System (SSS) to increase the monthly contribution of its 14 million members from the private sector amid inflation induced by a new tax reform law that further reduced workers’ take-home pay. Alan Tanjusay, spokesman for the…

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MORE than 5,000 overseas and local jobs are up for grabs in a job fair to be opened by the Department of Labor and Employment on Sunday to mark the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA “People Power” revolt. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Thursday said an initial of 5,000…

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THE Philippines and Kuwait are eyeing a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to ensure protection for Filipino workers in the Gulf nation, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said on Wednesday. Bello said that the MoA would send a strong signal that Kuwait was committed to providing protection to Filipino workers, and…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has ordered three Calabarzon-based technology firms to regularize 737 of their workers after they were found to be engaged in illegal labor-only contracting. In a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd, the DoLE Region 4A office identified the erring companies as Cirtek…

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A Korean couple accused employees of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in the Port of Clark in Pampanga of illegally withholding their goods and alleged that have of their personal belongings were missing. The BoC, through Clark Collector Marites Martin, on Tuesday denied the allegations, saying customs employees were just…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has called on employers to observe the proper pay rules during special non-working holidays, which include the anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said on Monday the “no work, no pay” rule applies on…

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THE governments of Taiwan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Germany have opened more than 1,000 job opportunities for Filipino workers under a government-to-government program. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) disclosed that Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health alone is looking for a total of 500 female specialist nurses for neonatal…

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PRINTING of additional 18 million ballots for the coming barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) elections has pushed through despite strong indications from a leaders of Congress that the two polls would again be postponed. Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman James Jimenez said the additional ballots were…

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THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has warned Filipinos looking for jobs in Macau to be wary of illegal recruiters who offer applicant high-paying jobs in mainland China. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia on Thursday said applicants should be extra careful even if the job offers come from fellow Filipinos. The…

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