DOLE pushes for random drug testing in the workplace

admin   •   October 24, 2016   •   4508

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Labor secretary Silvestro Bello III clarified that all private sectors are covered by Department Order 53-03 which provides that anti-drug policies to be adopted by companies shall include random drug testing for officers and employees.

It means that all employees, even contractors and concessionaires, must undergo random drug testing.

The secretary added that aside from drug abuse prevention and control, the sector should also intensify the implementation of drug testing programs, treatment, rehabilitation, monitoring and evaluation of their employees. — UNTV News and Rescue

House panel approves P1.5-T fund to create jobs amid COVID-19 pandemic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2020

The House Defeat COVID-19 Committee has approved a bill seeking to provide a P1.5-trillion fund to create sustainable jobs amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

House Bill 6709 or the proposed “COVID-19 Unemployment Reduction Economic Stimulus (CURES) Act of 2020″ is set to fund infrastructure projects in rural areas to help curb unemployment amid the pandemic.

The CURES Act of 2020 shall also be undertaken with the “Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa Program” and the immediate funding of CURES projects shall target the construction of health centers, school buildings, vocational learning centers, as well as improving fish ports and trading centers at barangay levels.

The House Bill is expected to be sponsored on Thursday (May 28) for its 2nd reading approval in the plenary on Thursday afternoon. It will have to go through a 3rd and final reading before it can hurdle the House.

Meanwhile, representatives of other government agencies such as the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also endorsed the approval of the proposed CURES Act of 2020. –AAC

DOLE extends cash assistance to over 1M workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2020

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it has extended cash assistance to over 1 million workers in the formal and informal sectors, and overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

According to the Labor Department, they have concluded the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) and the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers, Barangay Ko Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK) program.

DOLE said “its assistance programs reached 1,059,387 workers and had disbursed about P4.44 billion of its regular budget and a separate P1.05 billion in emergency fund.”

The only remaining program, according to the Labor Department, is the assistance to OFWs under the AKAP program which is already at its 74% completion.

“The department would need additional P2 billion in emergency funds to be able to service a significant portion of the 368,703 OFWs who had sought the cash aid as of May 5,” their statement reads. AAC

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DOLE now accessible worldwide through mobile app

Marje Pelayo   •   November 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) now have ways to stay updated on the services and offers of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through a mobile application.

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the DOLE mobile app will provide Filipino workers across the globe with the latest news and regulations as well as keep them informed of their rights and benefits at work.

It will also provide them immediate access to the labor departments’ hotline numbers, and contact details of labor offices in their host countries especially during emergencies.

The DOLE mobile app is free to downloaded from the Google Play Store for Android devices and the App Store for Apple devices.

“This application is intended to provide a major channel for our workers and OFWs to get in touch with DOLE and the POLO ( Philippine Overseas Labor Office),” Bello said.

“Through the use of modern technology, they can relay their labor related concerns and complaints,” he concluded.

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