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Duterte wants to meet with PM Shinzo Abe anew

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 05:19 PM

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed willingness to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The statement was made following Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kano’s state visit to the Philippines from February 9 to 11 wherein he stated Japan’s plan of opening its labor market to qualified Filipinos.

Meanwhile, there are no reports yet as to when the president plans to visit Japan again.

“We will be waiting for the response of the Japanese prime minister,” Panelo said. — Rosalie Coz

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Duterte signs Philippine Occupational Therapy Law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11241 or Philippine Occupational Therapy Law which will regulate the practice of occupational therapy in the country.

Duterte signed it on March 11 and was released to the media on Tuesday.

Under the said law, there will be a Board of Occupational Therapy under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

This board will supervise and regulate the registration, license and practice of occupational therapy in the country.

“It shall develop and nurture competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded occupational therapists whose standards of practice shall be excellent, world class and globally competitive through inviolable, honest, effective and credible licensure examinations and through regulatory measures, programs and activities that foster their continuing professional growth,” the law states.

There will also be a license examination which will be open to Filipino and foreign occupational therapists. Passers will have to meet the requirement of 75% general average with no grade lower than 60% in any subject.

Occupational therapists treat patients patients that have physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. They help develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.—Aileen Cerrudo

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100,000 jobs in Japan open to Pinoys — Bello

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 18 March 2019 12:42 AM

A Japanese flag (Image courtesy to Reuters)

Out of the 350,000 job opportunities that Japan will open to foreign nationals next month, 100,000 may likely be allotted to Filipino workers, the Department of Labor said on Sunday (March 17).

“Our workers may get at least 30 percent of available jobs for foreign nationals,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said.

A memorandum of cooperation that will provide a framework for the deployment of “specified skill workers” is set to be signed in Tokyo on Tuesday between the labor department of the Philippines and Japan’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Health, Labor and Welfare and the National Police Agency.

“This agreement, aside from providing better opportunities, is geared toward ensuring their protection by means of implementing a basic framework that will promote smooth and proper mechanisms in sending, accepting, and residence management of incoming specified skilled workers in Japan,” Bello said.

Industries in need of skilled workers include health care, building maintenance, food services, industrial machinery, electronics, food manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, construction, shipbuilding, fisheries and aquaculture, parts and tooling and aviation.

The agreement defines specified skilled workers as those who have a degree of skill or expertise in the field they applied for and have been granted a residence status of “specified skilled worker” by the Japanese government.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will process their accreditation while the Philippine Labor Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – Japan will verify the documents of workers.

The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) will manage the reintegration of specified skilled workers returning to the Philippines. —Aileen Cerrudo

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Duterte to distribute land ownership certificates in Davao City this week

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 March 2019 07:50 PM


MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to distribute Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) in Davao City on Friday, March 15.

Malacañang said in a statement that the President will also lead the turnover of common service facilities to agrarian reform beneficiaries on the same day.

Last Friday (March 8), Duterte also distributed 3,423 CLOA to 2,495 land beneficiaries in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

During a speech, Duterte vowed to give away all state-owned lands to the beneficiaries of the Agrarian Reform program in the remaining three years of his term.

The distributed CLOA covered a total of 1,609 hectares of acquired land located in eight cities and 11 municipalities in Negros Occidental.

“They are of no use to the government anyway. The mountains are very vast, except for the military reservation. Their area is very large. But there’s nothing like that in the mountains. So I instructed [Agrarian Reform Secretary John R.] Castriciones to give the lands away to the people because that is one of our most pressing problems,” he said.

Duterte believes that the war being waged by local insurgents will only end if their needs and issues are addressed, including the equal distribution of agricultural land.

“This war will never end if we don’t give them land. These people dream of a better life for their children, better than their life and the life of their forefathers,” he added.

As for the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), the President reiterated his call for them to voluntarily return to the government’s fold. – Robie de Guzman

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