125,000 jobs available in nationwide job fairs on Independence Day — DOLE

admin   •   June 8, 2018   •   7047

Nearly 125,000 job openings await Filipinos in job fairs across the country on June 12 in celebration of the nation’s 120th Independence Day.

Over 60,000 jobs are being offered for local employment. Top job vacancies include production machine operators, construction workers, company drivers, service crews, customer service representatives, factory workers and sales agents.

There are  7,000 vacant positions for officers and enlisted personnel in the AFP, PNP, Philippine Navy and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

Over 53,000 jobs overseas are open for service workers, nurses, engineers, labor workers, sales personnel, and carpenters.

Foreign countries with job openings include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Japan, Oman and New Zealand.

DOLE assured that all participating companies in the jobs and business fair will not offer contractual jobs in line with the government’s directive to regularize all workers and end illegal contractualization in the country.

“We saw to it that nothing like that is included. All these employers are legitimate,” said DOLE Undersecretary Jing Paras.   – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

 

Labor chief Bello bucks proposed smoking ban to protect employment

Robie de Guzman   •   August 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III has rejected the plan of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to ban smoking in a bid to curb the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

In a statement on Friday, Bello said the IATF originally planned to prohibit smoking but DOLE opposed this owing to its serious repercussions on businesses and employment.

“We can’t ban smoking because it will adversely affect the tobacco industry,” Bello said.

The labor chief stressed that the tobacco business remits to the government P145 billion in excise taxes yearly while employing 2.5 million Filipino workers. It contributes heavily to the universal health fund of the government.

“If we ban smoking, those figures will be severely affected,” he said.

“My job is to protect and preserve employment. To achieve that, I help shops to stay in business,” he added.

As a result of DOLE’s position on the matter, smoking is still allowed, but doing so should be done individually in designated smoking areas.

“We can smoke in smoking areas. But the condition is one smoker at a time,” Bello explained.

Meanwhile, Bello assured that the Labor Department will continue extending financial assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the pandemic.

During the COVID-19 Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) Team Visit in General Trias, Cavite on Thursday, Bello awarded 30 certificates of the financial aid to OFW beneficiaries of Silang so it can help its troubled migrant workers.

Each certificate entitles an OFW beneficiary to a P20,000 initial capital for livelihood or business.

DOLE gave similar financial aid to 20 distressed migrant workers in Antipolo on Wednesday.

Mandatory use of face shield in workplaces starts August 15 — DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   August 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Employees commuting to work will have to get used to wearing face shields not only in public transport but even inside their workplaces.

Following the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) order of mandatory use of face shield in public transport in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered similar requirements in workplaces starting August 15, regardless of whatever community quarantine measure is in effect.

Such a measure is for added protection against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), DOLE said. 

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, employees need not worry of the expenses as employers will be the one to provide them with a face shield. 

“This face shield is intended to prevent the transmission of the virus inside the workplaces kasi may findings ang Department of Health at saka  iyong mga medical expert na iyong contamination o iyong transmission hindi lang through nose or the mouth (following DOH’s findings and experts’ advise that the contamination or transmission does not only go through nose or the mouth),” Bello said.

Kasama rin ang tenga at ang mata, kaya para matiyak natin na walang transmission, walang hawahan ay bigyan na natin ang mga workers ng protective faceshield (It could be through the ears and eyes. To ensure that no transmission will occur, let us give our workers protective shields),” he added.

Bello said employers who will go against the order could face administrative liability which incurs warning or penalty depending on circumstances.

The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) agrees with the directive.

Okay lang siguro iyon kasi mura lang naman saka reusable (I think that’s okay. It doesn’t cost that much and it’s reusable), so I think we’ll just encourage our [members] to comply, ” said ECOP President Sergio Ortiz.

Aside from mandatory face shield, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) guideline restricts dining in groups and smoking in common areas of the building.

The Department of Health (DOH) has already set the suggested retail price (SRP) for each piece of face shield at P26 to P50 only.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said there is no reason to hoard as the country has enough supply of the protective equipment.

“Kasi marami tayong local manufacturers nito. Iyong mga nagrere-purpose from other products […] nagstart na gumawa ng face mask, PPEs, face shield. So marami tayong suplay hindi tayo mauubusan (We have local manufacturers. Those who are repurposing their production lines have started making face masks, PPEs, face shields. So we have enough supply. We won’t run out of [protective equipment]),” assured DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

Over 136k OFWs sent home, DOLE says

Robie de Guzman   •   August 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More than 136,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have been transported to their respective home provinces, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.

In a statement on Wednesday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that the latest batch of 2,667 OFWs who were cleared of coronavirus disease was sent home on August 11.

This brings the total to 136,509 OFWs provided with a package of DOLE assistance since it started transporting OFWs en masse in May after undergoing tests and quarantine, Bello said.

The labor chief added that the department, with the help of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and other government agencies, have been providing OFWs with assistance including accommodation, food, transportation and coronavirus testing upon their arrival in the country.

This is aside from a one-time P10,000 or $200 aid under its Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) program to OFWs affected by the pandemic, both on-site and stranded in the country.

Bello recently welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of an additional P5 billion fund for its assistance program which will benefit more OFWs.

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