WILLIAM DEPASUPIL, TMT

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HOW safe are our malls, hotels and other establishments? This was raised on Tuesday by the biggest workers’ group in the country, after a fire of unknown origin gutted the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino and left at least five people dead and scores of others injured. The Associated Labor…

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FIVE people have perished in a raging inferno that tore through the historic Waterfront Manila Pavilion hotel and casino complex in Manila, authorities said Monday, after firefighters battled more than 24 hours to douse the flames. Rescuers said billowing smoke, sometimes so dense it obscured the 22-story hotel, had hampered…

BUT BAN STAYS, SAYS BELLO

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THE Philippines and Kuwait labor panels have approved the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would provide strong guarantees on the safety and welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), particularly household service workers (HSWs). Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said on Monday that the agreement was reached Friday night after two days of deliberations…

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THE safety standards and other reforms being instituted by Philippine maritime authorities are being recognized as among the best, bolstering the country’s status as a major maritime nation and a shipbuilding leader in Asia. This is according to Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corp. (APFC) CEO Christopher Pastrana, who attributed the recognition…

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Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has sacked from their posts three district collectors for failure to meet their assigned collection targets last month. Relieved from their posts, under Customs Personnel Order (CPO) B-72-2018, were Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Collector Vincent Philip Maronilla, Surigao Collector Lilibeth Mangsal, and Zamboanga Collector Jesus…

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd has raised the alarming issue of maltreatment and abuse of migrant workers in the Gulf Region and other parts of the world during a recent gathering of world labor leaders. At the conclusion of the first round of Negotiations for the Global Compact for Safe,…

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ORGANIZED labor has abandoned its hardline stance calling for the abolition of work contracting and other forms of short-term employment in favor of a win-win formula that will benefit both labor and employers. A coalition of 49 labor centers, federations and workers’ organizations on Friday said they have recognized the…

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FORMER President Benigno Aquino 3rd maintained on Thursday that he committed no election offenses when his administration implemented a massive vaccination program to fight dengue by using Dengvaxia. Aquino showed up at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday to attend a closed-door hearing of the complaint filed by the Volunteers…

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WITHOUT a law ordering a postponement, it’s all systems go for the synchronized barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or youth council) polls, as far as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are concerned. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said on Tuesday the…

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MORE than half of the 10.7-kilometer Laguna Lake Highway, formerly known as C-6 Dike Road, has been opened to the public to help decongest traffic in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). DPWH Secretary Mark Villar opened an additional 1.5-kilometer at…

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