Nurses up in arms vs DOLE’s suggestion to scrap licensure exams

Inquirer.net 07/08/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) on Thursday opposed the suggestion to abolish the licensure examinations for nurses as a means of assessing their competencies before they become full-fledged health professionals. Speaking over Teleradyo, PNA…

‘No vaccine, no work?’ Gov’t won’t force public to get COVID-19 vaccine

03/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines— While it encourages the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the government will not force anyone to get it amid a “no vaccination, no work” policy to be enforced by…

2-3 million MSME workers to benefit from proposed wage subsidy program — DOLE

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 02/15/2021

  MANILA, Philippines — Two to three million workers of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) may benefit from the P52-billion wage subsidy program being proposed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Labor Secretary Silvestre…

Minimum wage hike needs careful study; might force businesses to close — DOLE

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 01/28/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The petition to increase the minimum wage must be studied carefully as employers might not be able to afford it and be forced to shut down operations, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Thursday.…

Owner of Gulf Livestock 1 has stopped paying salary of missing Filipino seafarers — DOLE

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 12/17/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III claimed Thursday that the owner of the capsized Gulf Livestock 1 has stopped paying the salaries of the 36 missing Filipino seafarers, a matter opposed by the Philippine government.…

Duterte ends overseas travel ban on healthcare workers — Bello

Reuters 11/21/2020

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved ending a ban on deploying the nation’s healthcare workers, his labor minister said on Saturday, clearing the way for thousands of nurses to take up jobs overseas. “The president…

‘13th month pay must be given’

Dona Z. Pazzibungan 10/16/2020

Confronted by vehement opposition from workers’ groups, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III stepped back from his own suggestion to exempt or allow “distressed” companies to defer the payment of 13th month pay and said the required bonus…

DOLE: Employers must release 13th month pay on or before Dec. 24

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 10/15/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Thursday made it clear that all employers are required to release their workers’ 13th month pay on or before December 24. “We will not postpone, we will not…

Search, rescue ops for missing seafarers off Japan still on — DOLE

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 09/10/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Search and rescue operations for the missing crew members of a cattle ship that sank off Japan last week are still ongoing, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III clarified Thursday. In an interview on ABS-CBN’s…

CCCI urges businesses to follow DOLE’s face shield mandate

Delta Dyrecka C. Letigio 08/12/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) has urged the business in the city to follow the requirement of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to equip workers with face shields…

Duterte OKs additional P5B for OFWs’ repatriation, aid package – DOLE chief

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 08/09/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the release of an additional P5 billion for the repatriation and assistance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the impact of the coronavirus  disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Labor…

DOLE eyes creation of one million jobs in the provinces

Irene R. Sino Cruz 04/30/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Labor and Employement (DOLE) plans to create one million jobs in the provinces as part of the government’s recovery plan for post-coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak. “Tomorrow, we will observe Labor Day as…

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