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21 March 2019
SSS to raise contribution rates by the 2nd quarter
THE SOCIAL SECURITY System (SSS) is set to raise contribution rates starting next quarter after its amended charter was signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Members of the state pension fund will have to pay more for their monthly contributions starting next quarter as it adjusts the contribution rate to 12\% from the current 11\%. The minimum and maximum monthly salary credits will also be increased to P2,000 and P20,000, respectively.
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20 March 2019
Construction workers urged to take local jobs
The labor department has urged skilled workers to consider local employment in the construction industry and support the government in the full blast implementation of the Build Build Build Program rather than applying for jobs abroad. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III explained that slowing down the deployment of construction workers as much as 90 percent is not a way of preventing them to choose high-paying jobs overseas but to inform them of the need for manpower in the local construction sector. Construction workers are badly needed here in our country that’s why we are slowing down the deployment to address the manpower shortage in the local construction industry and support implementation of the infrastructure program of the President, Bello said.
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19 March 2019
ILO considers AI to be complementary to human work force
THE International Labor Organization (ILO) said Artificial Intelligence (AI) is likely to complement the labor force to boost workplace productivity rather than replace workers altogether. In the ILO blog, Ekkehard Ernst, an expert on the future of work and AI, said technology will not be the job killer that most have feared. AI based digital technologies may allow larger segments of the labor market to improve their productivity and access better-paying occupations, which in turn may help promote inclusive growth, he said.
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11 March 2019
DOLE fast tracks IRR for Expanded Maternity Leave Law
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has assured the speedy crafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Expanded Maternity Leave Law, which provides additional maternity leave benefits to female workers in the private and public sectors. We have 90 days to craft the IRR but we dont intend to maximize it, instead we hope to come up with it in 45 to 60 days. This is one of our priority legislations that is why we are geared up in crafting the IRR to facilitate its implementation, Bello said. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Expanded Maternity Leave Act into law on February 20, 2019, granting 105 days or three months of paid maternity leave for female workers in the government and private sector regardless of the civil status or the legitimacy of her child.
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4 March 2019
Bello cancels signing of agreement with ECOP amid threats of charges from labor groups
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that the signing of MOU did not push through. The signing did not push through. ECOP s commitment for the regularization program is no more, said Bello. Bello attributed the cancellation of the MOU signing to threats of some labor groups to charge the labor chief for partnering with ECOP.
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