Lawmaker wants NEDA, DOLE to explain non-passage of anti-endo bill

Maris Federez   •   August 5, 2019   •   1152

FILE PHOTO: Various militant groups march toward Mendiola in Manila to join the Labor Day protest against contractualization and to demand wage hike on 01 May 2019. (Rodel Lumiares/ Photoville International)

Senator Joel Villanueva wants to invite some members of the Cabinet to the Senate hearing on the anti-endo bill.

The lawmaker said he wants to hear the position of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) on the vetoing of the said measure.

Villanueva said he is bewildered as to why the President vetoed the bill despite the series of consultations conducted by the labor department and the Chief Executive’s economic managers.

“We can’t wait to hear the officials from the administration, especially those who influence the President to veto the measure na ilahad sa atin kung ano yung reservation nila [to relay to us their reservations],” Villanueva added.

The Senate has yet to set the date of the hearing on the controversial bill. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

DOLE to hire 1,000 additional contact tracers for Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will hire up to 6,000 contact tracers to help in the government’s response against COVID-19.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that from the initial 4,000 recruits, the government is now planning to hire 1,000 additional  contact tracers for Metro Manila.

Bello said DOLE  has allotted an additional P65 million for the mass hiring, bringing the program’s total budget to P295 million.

The official explained that such augmentation is necessary as the demand for contact tracers especially in Metro Manila has been high.

“Kailangang-kailangan talaga ng ating mga contact tracer lalong lalo na dito sa NCR at saka sa apat na bubble,” Bello said.

As of Thursday (April 22), the number of applicants for the position has reached more than 10,000.

Bello said training for the contact tracers will begin on Monday (April 26). Accepted applicants will start their duty on May 1.

Each contact tracer will receive a monthly salary of P16,000 or up to P45,000 for three months. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Nearly 400,000 tourism workers receive P5,000 cash aid from DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) approved the application of close to 400,000 tourism sector workers for the one-time P5,000 aid under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).

As of April 11, the DOLE said 14,301 tourism establishments, organizations, and associations nationwide have applied for the financial aid on behalf of their employees which account for 370,434 beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, a total of 13,123 workers applied individually for the cash aid.

The awarding was led on Monday (April 12) by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat to select beneficiaries in the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal in a virtual ceremony.

The Labor Chief encouraged tourism sector workers who were displaced by the pandemic “especially those affected by the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, including the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal to apply for the financial aid” being jointly implemented by the labor and tourism departments.

Of the assistance, P1.2 billion was already remitted to payment centers, while the remaining P719.2 million is awaiting disbursement.

More gov’t offices on lockdown due to COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   March 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The central office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Intramuros, Manila and the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in Quezon City are on lockdown beginning Thursday (March 18).

Both offices are undergoing disinfection and cleaning activities as measures to curb transmission of COVID-19.

The lockdown will remain until Friday (March 19).

Meanwhile, DOLE offices in BF Condominium and its satellite branch in Antonino Building in Kalaw are also under lockdown after three employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to these circumstance, DOLE designated a skeletal workforce until Friday.

Meanwhile, all NAPOLCOM personnel opted to work from home while a receiving personnel will be assigned at the ground floor of the building to accept documents that needed immediate processing.

Normal operations in both government agencies are expected to resume on Monday (March 22).

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