Foreign nationals must secure CNO first to get alien permit – DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2019   •   798

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has added a requirement for foreign nationals who wish to work in the Philippines before they can be issued the approved visa and permits from concerned government agencies.

Under Department Order No. 205, series of 2019, foreign nationals are now required to secure a Certificate of No Objection (CNO) from DOLE.

The CNO attests that there are “no individual objects or protests against the interest of the foreign nationals to work in the Philippines and perform their desired jobs.”

“The guidelines cover personnel, participants, trainees, professors, technicians, and fellows entitled to 47(a)(2) visa under certain entities and programs of the Codified Visa Rules and Regulations of 2002 of the DFA,” the DOLE said.

It also applies to “foreign nationals employed and/or seconded in a foreign enterprise that has existing agreement, understanding or document of similar nature with the Philippine government agencies.”

To get a CNO, foreign applicants are required to submit the following documents to the DOLE Regional Offices which has jurisdiction on their intended area of worksite:

  • a letter request from the foreign enterprise/ entity or project implementer;
  • photocopy of passport bio page and entry visa/ latest admission with valid authorized stay, and
  • a certified true copy of the notarized contract of employment between the foreign national and its enterprise/ entity.

The DOLE Regional Office, then, shall grant or deny the issuance of CNO to the foreign national applicant within three working days after the receipt and evaluation of the complete documentary requirements and payment of the corresponding fee.

The DOLE regional director may deny the request for a Certificate of No Objection of a foreign national on the following grounds:

  • If the labor department has received a meritorious objection or information on the employment of the applicant;
  • Any misrepresentation of facts and submission of fraudulent documents;
  • Any derogatory information from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).

Meanwhile, the following are exempted from securing the CNO:

  • Scholars, students, volunteers and personnel of International Organizations entitled to 47(a)(2) visa;
  • Foreigners exempted under Sec. 7 of the JMC No. 001, s. of 2019;
  • Foreign nationals who are required to secure an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

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)

BI reminds registered aliens: 2021 annual report only until March 1

Marje Pelayo   •   February 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reminds all foreign nationals in the country that they have only until March 1 to appear in person to the agency for their 2021 annual report.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente stressed that this year’s annual report of aliens will not be extended.

Under the Alien Registration Act of 1950, all aliens with immigrant and non-immigrant visas are required to report in person to the BI within the first 60 days of every calendar year.

Morente warned that any failure to comply with the report may result in fines, visa cancelation, deportation, or imprisonment.”

Morente also advised foreigners who have not yet made the report to immediately register with the BI’s online appointment system at http://e-services.immigration.gov.ph to obtain their slots. 

Only 800 slots are reserved per day, Morente said, while Saturdays are reserved to accredited entities and remote reporting for bulk applicants.

Meanwhile, BI alien registration division chief Atty. Jose Carlitos Licas reminded that foreigners who are out of the country during the 60-day period can still make the report within 30 days upon their return to the country, provided their re-entry permits are still valid.

Aside from the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila, aliens may also report to the nearest participating BI field, satellite or extension office.

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.

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