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DOLE on 14th-month pay for private sector workers: ‘Not yet’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) welcomes the proposed 14th-month pay for workers in the private sector.

However, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the agency has no concrete position on the matter at this time because the agency still needs to clarify the provisions of the said measure from the administration.

“We are open. Wala pa kasi that’s the reason why we are going to consult both the management and Labor para we will take a position at the same time we also have to wait for the inputs of the economic advisers of the President,” Bello said.

He added it is also important to consult the employers about the proposed additional benefit.

“Malaking bagay sa kanila iyon pero iyon nga sinasabi ko kaiangan makuha natin ang panig ng mga employers at management. Kasi mamaya ibibigay natin tapos hindi makakayanan ng management at employers. Baka iyong intention to give our workers more benefits might result into less employment,” the Labor Secretary explained.

The DOLE is also awaiting a copy of the proposal before making any decision.

A proposal that seeks to allow allotment of 14th-month pay to private workers has been stalled in Senate for two years now.

The pending measure, Senate Bill No. 2 or the Act Requiring Employers in the Private Sector to pay 14th Month Pay was authored by Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

Bello agrees that the government must provide workers with additional compensation to cope up with the rising prices of commodities, the agency still has to contemplate on the impact of the matter to the economic stability of the country. – Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo

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Faster, hassle-free services now available for OFWs with OWWA e-Card

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) launched Tuesday (November 6) the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) e-Card courtesy of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The OFW e-card holders can easily access the different programs of OWWA, welfare services, scholarships, trainings, social benefits and many more, through on line.

This will also save OFWs cash through its paperless transactions.

The e-card can also be used as an exit clearance whenever leaving the Philippines.

“That the card will benefit OFW’s in many ways possible and the e-card is not just proof of OWWA membership upon payment of the required contribution but as a means for easier access to OWWA programs ang services and that a card will also function as a government issued ID card,” explained OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.

OFWs can apply through on line, and can claim their IDs to any regional OWWA offices.

As the benefits and programs developed, services of e-cards will be extended to other agencies such as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIZEA), through an open database and easy link.

OFW Gilberto Dularte has been working in Saudi Arabia as service crew over the past 10 years.

And every time he goes home, he said, he would encounter hassles in going thru long queues of document processing from the time he steps into the airport.

“Kasi dati nung una pa nung wala pang mga ganitong card talagang pagtyatyagaan mong pipila sa owwa para makabayad ka lang ng oecpara makabalik ka lang sa pupuntahan mo sa abroad,” said Mang Gil.

With the e-card, things will be easy for Mang Gil to transact and process his papers with different concerned government agencies.

Mang Gil is just one of the 250,000 OFWs who will enjoy different benefits of having the OWWA OFW e-cards, which can be obtained, free of charge.

“Basta lahat ng transaction andito na eh pwede nang gamitin ito eh kaya nga lang walang pera nga daw ito,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

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Regional workers also to get pay increase – Wage Board

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines  — Apart from Metro Manila, the Wage Board also approved the salary increase in some regions alongside the formal announcement from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) of  the P25 daily minimum wage increase for workers in the National Capital Region (NCR).

In Region 2 or Cagayan Valley, the Board approved P10 peso-per basic wage increase.

Meanwhile, workers in Region 4B or those in Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan (MIMAROPA) will have P12 to P20 pay hike.

This means that the new daily minimum wage rates will range from P320 to P360 in Cagayan valley and P283 to P320 in MIMAROPA across different sectors.

For its part, the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) said the amount of the new pay hike went through thorough deliberations by stakeholders.

“Doon po sa pagdedesisyon ng board kung ano po ang amount na pwedeng ibigay ay tinitignan po ang lahat ng anggulo,” said Ma. Criselda Sy, NWPC’s executive director.

Secretary Bello, meanwhile, added that assessment on the impact of pay hike is also being considered.

“Hindi mo lang kino-consider kung sapat sa pangangailangan ng manggagawa. You have to consider other factors like ang capacity ng management of employers,” he explained.

Nevertheless, Malacañang believes that the approved pay hike is enough for now.

“Perhaps as of presently, that’s what they found out, it’s enough, but I guess it’s always subject to change depending on the economic conditions,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo concluded.

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

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DOLE warns OFWs vs. swindlers collecting terminal fee, travel tax

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2018

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) once again warned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) not to deal with swindlers collecting terminal fee and travel tax from them.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III reiterated that OFWs are exempted from paying the terminal fee.

“I am wondering why until now they continue to collect. In fact a year ago , we already sent a letter that this shouldn’t collected. That is illegal, extortion, and they maybe criminally liable,” said Bello.

What an OFW needs to do is just present his or her working visa and Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) to avail of the exemption. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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