DOLE formally announces P25 pay hike for NCR workers

Marje Pelayo   •   November 5, 2018   •   8315

FILE PHOTO: Call center agents in their workstations.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) formally announced on Monday (November 5) the P25 daily minimum wage increase for workers in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“The NCR regional board increased a P25 basic wage increase and integration of its existing P10 COLA. Upon effectivity of wage order number NCR-22,the new minimum wage increase rates in Metro Manila shall be P500 to P537  across different sectors,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

The regional wage board approved the wage hike on October 30.

According to the executive director of the National Wages and Productivity Commission Criselda Sy, the amount of the new wage hike went through thorough deliberations by stakeholders.

The new wage order will take effect 15 days after publication or on November 21. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Foreign nationals must secure CNO first to get alien permit – DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has added a requirement for foreign nationals who wish to work in the Philippines before they can be issued the approved visa and permits from concerned government agencies.

Under Department Order No. 205, series of 2019, foreign nationals are now required to secure a Certificate of No Objection (CNO) from DOLE.

The CNO attests that there are “no individual objects or protests against the interest of the foreign nationals to work in the Philippines and perform their desired jobs.”

“The guidelines cover personnel, participants, trainees, professors, technicians, and fellows entitled to 47(a)(2) visa under certain entities and programs of the Codified Visa Rules and Regulations of 2002 of the DFA,” the DOLE said.

It also applies to “foreign nationals employed and/or seconded in a foreign enterprise that has existing agreement, understanding or document of similar nature with the Philippine government agencies.”

To get a CNO, foreign applicants are required to submit the following documents to the DOLE Regional Offices which has jurisdiction on their intended area of worksite:

  • a letter request from the foreign enterprise/ entity or project implementer;
  • photocopy of passport bio page and entry visa/ latest admission with valid authorized stay, and
  • a certified true copy of the notarized contract of employment between the foreign national and its enterprise/ entity.

The DOLE Regional Office, then, shall grant or deny the issuance of CNO to the foreign national applicant within three working days after the receipt and evaluation of the complete documentary requirements and payment of the corresponding fee.

The DOLE regional director may deny the request for a Certificate of No Objection of a foreign national on the following grounds:

  • If the labor department has received a meritorious objection or information on the employment of the applicant;
  • Any misrepresentation of facts and submission of fraudulent documents;
  • Any derogatory information from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).

Meanwhile, the following are exempted from securing the CNO:

  • Scholars, students, volunteers and personnel of International Organizations entitled to 47(a)(2) visa;
  • Foreigners exempted under Sec. 7 of the JMC No. 001, s. of 2019;
  • Foreign nationals who are required to secure an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

DOLE raises aid to P200-M for quake-hit workers in Mindanao

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday said it has raised to P200-million its initial employment assistance for workers who were hit by recent earthquakes in Mindanao.

Last month, three powerful temblors hit parts of Mindanao, killing more than 20 people and damaging thousands of infrastructures.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the livelihood assistance for workers in the informal sector is estimated to reach P500 million.

“We may need more than P500 million to cover all those needing assistance and emergency employment in the affected areas.”

In the meantime, he said DOLE can use up over P200 million of its available assistance fund.

He added that he has directed labor offices to expedite emergency employment for workers displaced by earthquakes.

“Last Sunday, I was in Davao City and met with our regional directors and (Occupational Safety and Health Center) Director Noel Binag, and we discussed the extent of the damage of the earthquake with other agencies,” Bello said.

DOLE earlier sent quick response teams to areas in Mindanao severely hit by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake to assess the situation, and provide assistance to the affected workers.

The labor chief further stated he has requested the board of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to approve the release of cash assistance to families of overseas Filipino workers, who are active OWWA members, in affected areas.

“The OWWA board has decided to give P3,000 per family of OFW in the areas hit by the earthquake, so, for those who have OFW relatives, please tell them that they are entitled to a financial assistance from OWWA,” he said.

DOLE reminds Filipinos in Hong Kong to stay alert amid fresh protests

Robie de Guzman   •   October 10, 2019

Riot police officers detain a protester in Mong Kok during an anti-government protest in Hong Kong, China, 07 October 2019. Anti-government protesters continue to take to the streets against the government’s use of emergency powers to ban face masks in public in a bid to end the city’s protests. Hong Kong has been gripped by mass demonstrations since June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill, which have since morphed into a wider anti-government movement. EPA-EFE/FAZRY ISMAIL

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminds Filipinos in Hong Kong anew to stay alert and cautious amid escalating protests and public disruptions in the area.

DOLE reiterated its reminder after it received fresh reports on the series of protest actions resulting to disruptions in public transport and business activities in various parts of the region.

“We are again urging all our OFWs in Hong Kong to exercise caution by staying indoors and keeping away from the locations where protest activities are taking place,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a statement released on Wednesday.

Based on the latest advisory issued by the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, below are the areas and dates when protests are reportedly to be held:

10 October: Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station
12 October: New Town Plaza Shatin
13 October: Victoria Park and Edinburgh Place
14 October: Edinburgh Place and Chater Garden
16 October: Resumption of Legislative Council
20 October: The Riverpark Tai Wai to Shatin
21 October: Yuen Long MTR Station
26 October: Tamar Park Admiralty
31 October: Prince Edward MTR Station

Bello also reminded Filipino workers in Hong Kong to refrain from wearing black or white colored upper garments while on the streets to avoid being mistaken as protesters.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier issued an advisory on fresh protests in Hong Kong, adding that these demonstrations are expected to continue throughout the month. The DFA also reminded Filipinos in Hong kong anew to not participate in, and to stay away from protest areas.

The labor chief assured it continues to monitor developments in the area.

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