MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned the public against fake social media pages and accounts offering local and overseas job opportunities.
In a statement, DOLE urged the public to visit its official page at www.dole.gov.ph, the PhiljobNet for local job posting, and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) at www.poea.gov.ph for overseas job orders.
It also encouraged jobseekers to visit these sites to verify licensed and accredited recruitment agencies in the country.
DOLE said it issued the warning after its Information and Publication Service (IPS) received a report from a jobseeker named ‘Mary’ who claimed to have fallen prey to a Facebook page bearing the logo of DOLE, offering various work opportunities as nurses, caregiver, managers and restaurant staff, among others in Canada, Australia, Singapore, London, Calabarzon and Mimaropa.
The page also posted pictures of training and a photo of former Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
‘Mary’ said she sent a P1,000 for a reservation fee and arranged for a meetup with a certain Arthur Villena, who introduced himself as DOLE employee, at the department’s headquarters in Intramuros, Manila.
When the alleged employee did not show up, the victim reported the incident to DOLE.
Upon verification, no Arthur Villena appeared on DOLE’s official roster and the Facebook page was found to be bogus.
DOLE said it has reported the page and coordinated with Facebook to shut down the fake account.
MANILA, Philippines – In celebration of the Elderly Filipino Week, the Social Security System (SSS) unveiled a new borrowing program for pensioners.
Under the enhanced Pension Loan Program (PLP), the SSS said more than 1.5 million retiree-pensioners may loan up to P200,000.
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora Ignacio said on Friday the enhanced guidelines on the PLP, which is pursuant to Social Security Commission (SSC) Resolution No. 429 series of 2019, is aimed to provide adequate financial assistance to qualified retiree pensioners.
“They can now borrow up to 12 times their basic monthly pension plus the additional P1,000 benefit. SSS branches are now accepting PLP applications from qualified retiree-pensioners,” Ignacio said in a statement.
Qualified under the new guidelines are retiree pensioners who are 85 years old and below at the end of the loan repayment term if they have no outstanding loan balance, or benefit overpayment payable to SSS from his monthly pension.
Pensioners must also have no existing advance pension under the SSS calamity package and must be receiving his regular monthly pension for at least one month and has an “active” pension status.
“We want our pensioners to know that we value them as one of our key stakeholders in recognition of their support to SSS during their prime, wherein their monthly contributions were the lifeline of the pension fund then,” Ignacio said.
The enhanced loan program for pensioners grants a higher loanable amount, longer payment terms and wider range for the age qualification.
It also gives borrowers a wider option to choose from their loanable amount.
From the previous minimum loanable amount of twice his basic monthly pension (BMP) plus the P1,000 additional benefit, the pensioner borrower may now loan up to three times, six times, nine times or 12 times of his BMP plus the P1,000 additional benefit.
The repayment term was also adjusted so that borrowers will have the option to pay their loan in six, 12 or 24 months with the first monthly amortization to be due on the second month after the loan is granted.
The SSS said these options were given to discourage pensioners from transacting with loan organizations which charge steep interest rates.
“We hope that more pensioners will be encouraged to avail of this loan as this only incurs an interest rate of 10 percent per annum,” Ignacio said.
The SSS implemented the PLP last September 2018 to prevent the growing incidence of pensioners falling victims to loan sharks and help them with their short-term needs.
So far, the agency has released 59,224 pension loans amounting to P1.4 billion as of September 30, 2019.
Based on SSS data on loan term, 0.8 percent of the pensioner-borrowers preferred the three-month term, 5.88 percent for six months, and 93.32 percent for 12 months as of end-September 2019.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminds Filipinos in Hong Kong anew to stay alert and cautious amid escalating protests and public disruptions in the area.
DOLE reiterated its reminder after it received fresh reports on the series of protest actions resulting to disruptions in public transport and business activities in various parts of the region.
“We are again urging all our OFWs in Hong Kong to exercise caution by staying indoors and keeping away from the locations where protest activities are taking place,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a statement released on Wednesday.
Based on the latest advisory issued by the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, below are the areas and dates when protests are reportedly to be held:
10 October: Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station 12 October: New Town Plaza Shatin 13 October: Victoria Park and Edinburgh Place 14 October: Edinburgh Place and Chater Garden 16 October: Resumption of Legislative Council 20 October: The Riverpark Tai Wai to Shatin 21 October: Yuen Long MTR Station 26 October: Tamar Park Admiralty 31 October: Prince Edward MTR Station
Bello also reminded Filipino workers in Hong Kong to refrain from wearing black or white colored upper garments while on the streets to avoid being mistaken as protesters.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier issued an advisory on fresh protests in Hong Kong, adding that these demonstrations are expected to continue throughout the month. The DFA also reminded Filipinos in Hong kong anew to not participate in, and to stay away from protest areas.
The labor chief assured it continues to monitor developments in the area.
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