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More jobs under ‘Build, Build, Build’ set to open for skilled workers — TESDA

by admin   |   Posted on Saturday, 24 February 2018 02:28 AM

TESDA Director General Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government is set to open jobs under the “Build, Build, Build” program for skilled workers in the country.

Five hundred thousand trainees under the skills development training of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority  (TESDA) are expected to be employed by 2018; a hundred thousand of which are construction workers.

Business process outsourcing (BPO), tourism, agriculture & fisheries are the sectors eyed for employment.

Earlier, TESDA launched its national integration scholarship program to help indigenous people, rebel returnees, and Muslims.

Around 800 individuals initially benefitted from the said program.

“Because we have about 122 training centers managed by TESDA and we have also 2,000 private training centers. Dapat po bukas ito at sasabayan po itong job fair. Inimbitahan natin ang private sector na nangangailangan ng skilled workers,” said TESDA Director General Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong. — UNTV News & Rescue

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P25 daily wage hike for NCR workers to take effect November 22

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines — The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) has announced that the P500 to P537 new minimum wage rates for Metro Manila workers will take effect on November 22.

The announcement comes after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) officially confirmed the P25 wage increase for private sector minimum wage earners.

The wage board said that objecting parties may file their appeal within 10 days of the wage order’s release.

Meanwhile, the Labor Department questioned the third quarter survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on the country’s unemployment rate.

The SWS poll conducted from September 15 to 23, 2018 showed that 22 percent or 9.8 million Filipinos are unemployed. This is higher than the 2.3 million figure reported in the labor force survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in July.

DOLE clarified that the SWS used different criteria of unemployment, age and sample population and dates when it conducted the interview.

The department said the employment rate in the country exhibited a generally increasing trend since 2010.

“Over the last decade, the recent employment outrun is recorded as the highest among previous July rounds, with similar results in July 2016. With an estimated 488,000 net generated employment, total employment reached 40.7 million,” said Labor Undersecretary Renato Ebarle. — UNTV News & Rescue


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Ex-Customs chief faces graft raps over release of 105 container vans

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:00 AM

Former Customs chief and now Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Isidro Lapeña is facing graft raps over the alleged illegal release of 105 container vans from the port of Manila last March.

In a complaint filed with the Department of Justice, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) recommended that Lapeña “be charged and prosecuted for violation of section 3, paragraph (e) of Republic Act no. 3019, otherwise known as the ‘Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act’.”

The NBI pointed out that Lapeña issued manual alert orders for the subject container vans even though the electronic to mobile (e2m) system “was accessible and fully operational.”

NBI alleged that Lapeña’s action “led to the release of the shipments, escaping the revenues that the Republic of the Philippines is entitled to” which signifies [his] intention to cause injury to the government and took advantage of his office.”

Apart from this, the NBI also recommended Lapeña “be administratively charged with gross neglect of duty and grave misconduct.”

The former Customs chief has yet to comment on the complaint. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte transfers Lapeña to TESDA; orders Customs officials ‘out’ of BOC

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:21 PM


FILE PHOTO: Bureau of Customs Chief Isidro Lapeña (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has removed Isidro Lapeña from the Bureau of Customs and appointed him as the new director general of the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) amid the controversial P6.8 billion shabu shipment that was smuggled into the country concealed in magnetic lifters.

“General Lapeña will move to TESDA. I will promote you to a Cabinet member position,” the President announced during his speech at the 117th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard in Port Area, Manila on Thursday, October 25.

Lapeña will fill the post vacated by former TESDA Director-General Guiling Mamondiong who resigned to run for governor of Lanao del Sur in the 2019 mid-term elections.

“Of course any government employee should expect na anytime pwede naman tayo na magkaroon ng movement and for me this is a movement upward,” said the former BOC chief.

Replacing Lapeña in the BOC is Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) administrator and former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Rey Leonardo Borja Guerrero.

“I know that you are reluctant to… I know that you are happy there and you are contented, so I’ve heard, but the demands of public service and the need for honest men requires you presence there,” Duterte said to Guerrero.

The President has also ordered all commissioners and section chiefs to step down and be placed in floating status.

“Out lahat, to the last man. The commissioners are out, the department heads are out,” he said.

This is to give Guerrero the chance to select his own personnel.

Duterte also announced that a minor revamp in the Cabinet is to be expected in the coming days.

It will be recalled that a number of Cabinet positions were left vacant after several members filed their candidacy for the 2019 midterm elections. — Rosalie Coz

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