DOLE opens 1,000 job opportunities for PWDs

Marje Pelayo   •   December 3, 2018   •   4204

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will launch a job fair for persons with disability (PWDs) on Wednesday (December 5) at the Quezon City Hall grounds.

The agency will open job opportunities in the field of advertising, business process outsourcing (BPO), electronics, hotel service, health and wellness, logistics, media, manpower and security services, travel and tourism among others.

Interested applicants may visit www.philjobnet.gov.ph for pre-qualification. – UNTV News and Rescue

DOLE eyes P7k to P11k ‘wage subsidy’ for pandemic-affected workers

Marje Pelayo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is working on providing wage subsidy for workers whose jobs have been affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic.

Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay said the Department may cover from 25% to 75% of a company’s salary for workers on the condition that the company will not retrench its employees. In doing so, the agency will need around P62 billion to P88 billion budget.

“With the wage subsidy, we’re hoping that kahit papaano mabigyan ng ayuda ang ating mga establishments para makabalik na sa kanilang operation as the economy re-opens,” the official said.

“Then kung iyan ay mangyayari iyong mga trabahante nila ay magkakaroon na rin ng trabaho and at the same time income para meron silang panggastos,” she added.

The DOLE estimates that around five million workers from different sectors will benefit from the wage subsidy.

Tutay said they have submitted their request for the said additional fund as it is not included in the 2021 National budget.

“We based the budget on the average wage of the workers in different sectors kasi iba-ibang industry po ay iba-iba ang kanilang average wage — so it’s between P7,000 to P11,000 na subsidy and it will run for three months,” the official said. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

DOLE waives fee for mandatory occupational health and safety training

Marje Pelayo   •   February 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines –  Starting this year, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will be offering the mandatory occupational health and safety training in workplaces and enterprises for free.

The new policy which was announced on Sunday (January 31) is pursuant to the directive of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to enhance workplace health and safety.

It also aims to ease the burden on micro, small and medium businesses amid the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Secretary Bello emphasized the need to ensure the health and safety of the workers and employees to boost productivity as the economy reopens gradually.

“We are waiving the training fees being charged to micro and small businesses. The workers in those enterprises have to be assured of their safety and health while at the workplace. This is a big factor to their productivity,” he said.

“This is also a form of assistance to our MSMEs being hardest hit by the restrictions due to the pandemic,” he added.

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) law or Republic Act 11058 makes it mandatory to designate and train safety officers in all business establishments, the number of which corresponds to the number of employees in enterprises. 

A fee of P5,500 per trainee is fixed by Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) for the safety training.

It was a requirement ordered by DOLE In March 2019 following the issuance of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the OSH Law released in January of the same year.

Under the guidelines, all establishments “are encouraged to immediately conduct mandatory workers’ OSH seminars for all workers/employees at no cost to the workers and attendance at such seminar shall be considered compensable working time.”

The OSH Law states that all workers are required to attend an eight-hour OSH seminar which should include a joint employer-employee orientation on safety and health standards.

DOLE warns against FB pages promising cash, jobs

Marje Pelayo   •   January 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned the public against bogus Facebook pages promising cash or prizes in exchange for likes and shares as well as those purportedly hiring for employment.

“Verify the registration of such companies with appropriate government agencies before engaging with them, especially in providing information,” DOLE warned on Wednesday (January 7).

The alert came after DOLE acted on a complaint against a certain company named ‘Eternal Investment’ alleging that it is gathering people on Facebook and assigning them to job positions on a voluntary or commission basis. 

Recruits are allegedly assigned to positions such as executives, managers, and graphic artists.

The complaint also claimed that Eternal Investment is reportedly “manipulating people and not paying proper dues based on the output of the volunteers.” 

Upon coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), it was found out that ‘Eternal Investment’ is not registered with the DTI nor with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

To protect the public, the labor department’s Bureau of Local Employment brought the complaint to the SEC’s Enforcement and Investor Protection Department for further investigation.

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