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DOLE to allow OFWs return only after Kuwait signs bilateral agreement

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) returning to Kuwait will only be allowed to depart after the Kuwaiti government has signed the bilateral agreement with the Philippines.

Bello said that the agreement will provide for a just and sufficient protection for Filipino workers in Kuwait.

“An example is the passport of our OFWs. They or the labor attache should have possession of their passports while they are deployed there. It should not be in the possession of their employers because once their employers got hold of it, they could easily exploit our workers,” said the official. — UNTV News & Rescue

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DOLE issues regulation on Filipino English teachers for China

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Recruitment and deployment of Filipino teachers for tertiary educational institutions in China is now open after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) released its guidelines on the matter.

Applicants, as stated on the regulation, should have worked in a private higher education institution in the Philippines to be qualified.

The applicant must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or in English Language from a Philippine educational institution accredited by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

The applicant must also have a valid certificate of registration above the intermediate level and a professional license from the Philippine Board of Licensure Examination for Professional  Teachers.

Aside from these, the applicant must never been charged or convicted of criminal or administrative offense or has not committed any violation of the law; must be in good health; no mental issues; and no drug and alcohol addiction.

The Philippine embassy and the Chinese Consulate will serve as the contact window to heed and resolve the concerns on their employment particularly on the recruitment and the deployment of teachers, and other issues on their workplace.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) meanwhile, will focus on recruitment, orientation, processing, and documentation of Filipino teachers-applicants. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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P25 daily wage hike for NCR workers to take effect November 22

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) has announced that the P500 to P537 new minimum wage rates for Metro Manila workers will take effect on November 22.

The announcement comes after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) officially confirmed the P25 wage increase for private sector minimum wage earners.

The wage board said that objecting parties may file their appeal within 10 days of the wage order’s release.

Meanwhile, the Labor Department questioned the third quarter survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on the country’s unemployment rate.

The SWS poll conducted from September 15 to 23, 2018 showed that 22 percent or 9.8 million Filipinos are unemployed. This is higher than the 2.3 million figure reported in the labor force survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in July.

DOLE clarified that the SWS used different criteria of unemployment, age and sample population and dates when it conducted the interview.

The department said the employment rate in the country exhibited a generally increasing trend since 2010.

“Over the last decade, the recent employment outrun is recorded as the highest among previous July rounds, with similar results in July 2016. With an estimated 488,000 net generated employment, total employment reached 40.7 million,” said Labor Undersecretary Renato Ebarle. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Acquitted Pinay in UAE arrives home

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Overseas Filipino worker Jennifer Dalquez with her parents

MANILA, Philippines – Jennifer Dalquez, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was sentenced to death in 2015 in the United Arab Emirates but later acquitted of the murder of her employer, finally arrived home in the Philippines on Friday (November 2).

Dalquez was acquitted after the Philippine Embassy appealed her case.

On Thursday (November 1), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement commended the efforts of the Philippine Embassy for saving her from death row.

Dalquez is a native of General Santos City. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

 

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