WILLIAM DEPASUPIL, TMT

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is encouraging Filipino migrant workers to invest in the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFB), “their” bank, and become part-owners of it. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Friday said interested OFWs may opt to use their credit line with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration…

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Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has eased the rules on mandatory x-ray examination of red-flagged shipments to avoid port congestion especially with the advent of the holiday season. In a directive, Lapena exempted all Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)-bound shipments, perishable and reefer shipments as well as importation of government agencies…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has pushed for unity in labor standards among the 10-member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) amid employment opportunities in the region’s growing economic integration. Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglungsod made the pitch on Wednesday during the opening of the two-day…

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BARELY two months after assuming office, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña’s mettle may be tested after the Bureau of Customs Employees Union (Bocea) warned it is poised to launch protest actions that could paralyze the agency’s operations. Bocea president Remedios Princesa told The Manila Times on Sunday that the union is…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has created a Technical Working Group (TWG) to study the proposed Tax Reform and Inclusion (Train) Act amid mix reactions on the tax measure’s impact on workers’ income. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd has issued Administrative Order (AO) 460 constituting the TWG to…

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Agents of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Thursday seized counterfeit electronic gadgets worth P2 billion in Binondo, Manila. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said fake iPhone and Samsung phones were found at a warehouse in Dasmarinas Street corner 371 Tomas Pinpin St. owned by Bryan Lee. Lapeña said an investigation…

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WHEN Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd assumed office last year, he issued marching orders aimed at making the agency graft-free, upholding and protecting the rights of workers at all times and generating more job opportunities for the unemployed. High on Bello’s priority list was putting…

LABOR MIGRATION

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THEY are described as the country’s modern day heroes. Estimated at 2.2 million, the OFWs, or overseas Filipino workers, are scattered in more than 200 host countries around the world in search of greener pastures. Working abroad is not a bed of roses; it comes with a number of risks.…

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Customs Deputy Commissioner Gerardo Gambala, one of the officials of the Bureau of Customs implicated in the alleged “tara” or payoff system that the Senate investigated, has resigned, according to Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña. Lapeña on Tuesday said Gambala submitted his irrevocable resignation a month ago but his replacement has…

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