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29 June 2018
More workers to be regularized soon Bello
More workers will soon secure regular employment status as the labor department continues its intensified efforts in abolishing unlawful contracting arrangements. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said many establishments nationwide are now submitting their own regularization plans after the labor department released its initial list of non-compliant firms. “The release of the initial list of non-compliant establishments, which we submitted to the Office of the President made a huge impact on our campaign against illegal contractualizaton. Various firms are now submitting their own regularization plans but still they are all up for inspection to ensure the rights of employees to security of tenure,” Bello said.
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27 June 2018
DOLE mulls P200 monthly subsidy for minimum wage earners
MANILA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is looking to provide subsidies amounting to PHP200 per month to 4.1 million minimum wage earners nationwide to help them cope with the rise in prices of basic commodities. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that they are planning to give the amount which is good for 12 months equivalent to PHP2,400. In order for them to feel it, we will give it to them one time, so that is PHP2,400, he said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. The DOLE chief added that the amount was reached through consultation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Finance.
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25 June 2018
PH observes World Day vs Child Labor
The labor department, along with its social partners, joins other nations in observance of the World Day against Child Labor to draw public attention to the problem that puts the children at harm. In a 2011 survey conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority, an estimated 2.1 million children aged 5 to 17 years were engaged in child labor. This prompted calls for convergence efforts from various government and non government organizations to combat child labor and its worst forms. Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod, the chair of the National Child Labor Committee, encouraged all concerned to join the annual celebration at San Andres Sports Complex, Malate, Manila on June 23 for a clear understanding of the issue, and become active partners of the government in ending child labor.
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22 June 2018
Report age discrimination in workplace -- DOLE
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) encouraged workers to report companies who violate the Anti-Age Discrimination law. Nicanor Bon, program and policy division chief of the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) said the law prohibits employers to set age limitations in advertising job vacancies in media, and in requiring declaration of age or birth date during work application process, as well as deny an employee’s promotion or opportunity for training, and impose early retirement due to their age. It is clearly stated in the law that age discrimination in workplaces is prohibited. Even labor organizations are not allowed to refuse or deny membership of any worker due to age limitations, Bon said. The law, however, exempts employers from setting age limitation in employment if age is a legitimate occupational qualification that is reasonably necessary for the normal operation of a business.
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15 June 2018
TUCP petitions for P320 basic pay increase in Metro Manila
One of the countrys largest labor centers on Thursday demanded a P320 across the board increase in the daily minimum wage for all private sector workers in Metro Manila. The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said the current basic pay of P512 was not enough for a Metro Manila household with at least five members to live decently. If approved, the petition that the TUCP filed in the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board would bring the minimum wage in the National Capital Region to P832.
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