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The Catholic faithful need not blindly follow traditional practices observed during Holy Week (March 26 to April 1) because they can replace them with acts of kindness, charity and love, according to a Church leader. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, a former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines,…

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ORGANIZED labor has pressed its demand for a P500 monthly cash or voucher subsidy for the estimated four million minimum wage earners around the country as the value of the minimum wage had fallen down by six percent during the first two months of implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration…

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has instituted counter-checking measures on departing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) bound for Kuwait to ensure that they are qualified and made no misrepresentation when they secured their overseas employment certificate (OEC). Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Wednesday reiterated his instruction to the…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will lift the ban on the deployment of Filipino workers if a Memorandum of Understanding on labor policies is signed by the Philippines and Kuwait and if the death of Joanna Demafelis was given justice, according to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd. “The President has set two…

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The Philippines’ standing as a major shipbuilder in Asia is expected to be highlighted at next week’s 15th Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) event, where global maritime industry leaders and experts will share insights, trends and opportunities in shipbuilding and related industries. Promoted as Southeast Asia’s biggest shipbuilding and marine, workboat…

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Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña on Monday ordered customs collectors to subject all shipments of tiles to magna scale amid reports of rampant misdeclaration. Magna scale is a system of weighing shipments like tiles, break bulk cargoes like steel, logs and cement, or non-containerized shipments whose duties and taxes are assessed…

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd has reiterated his call on Filipino migrant workers, particularly those in the Middle East, to return home for good and take advantage of thousands of locally available job opportunities amid existing political and economic difficulties in some Gulf countries. In an administrative order, Bello ordered…

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A cash windfall awaits the almost 3,000 rank-and-file employees of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) as soon as the required guidelines allowing the bureau to again use its income for operational purposes is completed. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd disclosed over the weekend that a technical working group (TWG) would…

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Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Thursday pushed the phaseout of old, smoke belching public utility vehicles (PUV) and replace these with electric jeepneys in line with the national government’s thrust to modernize the public transport system. “This is bad news for the jeepney drivers and their operators, but this is…

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SAN JUAN, La Union: The National Food Authority (NFA) here assured the public that there are enough rice stocks in the province until the next importation arrives in June. Fortunato Bulao, NFA-La Union provincial manager, said there are 692,453 bags available in the province now, adding that they are expecting production…

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