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Duterte ends appointment of Bello, 3 others as gov’t peace negotiators

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has terminated the appointment of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III as the government’s chief peace negotiator following the collapse of peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, “by order of the President,” signed the termination letter dated March 18.

Aside from Bello, Duterte also ordered the termination of the role of Antonio Arellano, Angela Librado-Trinidad and Rene Sarmiento as members of the government peace negotiating panel.

The letters say the termination of their designation is effective immediately.

The four were also directed to return all the documents about the government peace process.

“To ensure uninterrupted delivery of public service, you are hereby directed to turn over all official documents, papers and properties in your possession to the office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity,” the letter read.

READ: Malacañang to CPP-NPA-NDF: Move on and don’t blame the gov’t for termination of talks

Duterte terminated the peace talks with the Reds in November 2017 following a string of attacks staged by the NPA rebels against government troops. – Robie de Guzman/Rosalie Coz

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DOLE announces total deployment ban to Libya

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has announced the implementation of a total deployment ban on Filipino workers to Libya.

In an interview, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said that the department has declared the total ban of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to Libya after receiving a copy of the formal advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday (April 10) afternoon that they elevated the alert level in Tripoli and other parts of Libya.

This, after violence has escalated in Tripoli, Libya’s capital.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Libya has earlier appealed “to the Filipino community in Tripoli and in areas near where armed clashes have been reported to relocate to safer locations before the fighting intensifies further,” in its Twitter post.

Bello further said that the deployment ban which is seen to affect more than 2,600 people will take effect immediately.

This includes even those who are just in the Philippines for a vacation and are just going back to work. – Maris Federez

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Thailand to open opportunities for Filipino English teachers – Bello

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has announced that a labor agreement is soon to be signed with the government of Thailand to hire hundreds of Filipino English teachers.

Bello said he is set to meet with the Thai Ministry of Employment officials to discuss the provisions of the agreement under the Thai government’s ‘English for All’ Project in the area of Eastern Economic Corridor.

Bello said, “Filipino teachers are the preferred nationals needed by the government of Thailand because of the excellent English proficiency and competence of our teachers.”

Under the proposed agreement, the Thailand Ministry of Education will hire teachers to teach English to students in primary and secondary levels in government schools.

Successful applicants will receive 25,000 baht per month or P45,000 salary, inclusive of housing allowance, according to Bello.

Likewise, they will be provided with personal accident insurance, round trip airfare, and work permit fees to be shouldered by the Thai government.

Meanwhile, Secretary Bello said Thailand is also opening job opportunities to other foreign professionals in in the field of accounting, architecture, engineering, medicine and dental medicine.

According to government record, there are 16,704 overseas Filipino workers in Thailand.

A total of 11,848 of them are professionals, mostly composed of teachers, musicians and other professionals. – Marje Pelayo

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Drive vs. illegal foreign workers delayed by shortage of labor inspectors

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2019

Chinese workers in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) admits that the drive against illegal foreign workers is a huge challenge, having only 800 labor inspectors in its roster.

“Dapat kami ang maniguro na walang mga dayuhan ang mabigyan ng permit na magtrabaho kung ang trabaho na iyan ay kaya ng Pilipino,” noted Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in a radio interview on Monday (April 8).

(We [DOLE] must make sure that no foreign worker will be granted a work permit for a job that can be carried out by a Filipino.)

“Ang problema lang kasi namin diyan ay sa dami ng mga establishment na ini-inspection namin, mayroon lang kaming 800 na inspectors, and you’re talking of almost one million business establishments all throughout the country,” he lamented.

(Our problem, however, is the number of establishments that we need to inspect. We only have 800 inspectors and you’re talking of almost one million business establishments all throughout the country.)

Bello thanked the Department of Finance (DOF) through Secretary Carlos Dominguez for assisting the DOLE to have at least an additional 1,000 labor law compliance officers, although that number is still not enough as the agency needs at least 5,000 labor inspectors.

The Labor Secretary said the additional labor law compliance officers will focus on foreign workers who were given special working permits in economic zones in the country. – Marje Pelayo

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