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
Inflation drops to 5.1% in December 2018 — PSA
MANILA, Philippines — Due to the decline in prices of food, drinks and transportation, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the inflation rate in December 2018 dropped to 5.1 percent from 6.0 percent in November 2018.
Nevertheless, it is still higher compared with the 2.9 percent inflation rate of December 2017.
Metro Manila recorded a 4.8 percent inflation rate last December from a 5.6 percent rate reported in November.
Meanwhile, areas outside Metro Manila also registered a slow increase in prices of goods and services having recorded a 5.3 percent inflation rate in December.
Based on PSA’s report, the Cordillera Administrative Region registered the slowest inflation rate while the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has the highest annual rate at 7.5 percent. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
DOLE issues regulation on Filipino English teachers for China
MANILA, Philippines — Recruitment and deployment of Filipino teachers for tertiary educational institutions in China is now open after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) released its guidelines on the matter.
Applicants, as stated on the regulation, should have worked in a private higher education institution in the Philippines to be qualified.
The applicant must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or in English Language from a Philippine educational institution accredited by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.
The applicant must also have a valid certificate of registration above the intermediate level and a professional license from the Philippine Board of Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers.
Aside from these, the applicant must never been charged or convicted of criminal or administrative offense or has not committed any violation of the law; must be in good health; no mental issues; and no drug and alcohol addiction.
The Philippine embassy and the Chinese Consulate will serve as the contact window to heed and resolve the concerns on their employment particularly on the recruitment and the deployment of teachers, and other issues on their workplace.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) meanwhile, will focus on recruitment, orientation, processing, and documentation of Filipino teachers-applicants. — UNTV News & Rescue
P2P bus routes reach 35
MANILA, Philippines — The number of routes traversed by premium Point-to-Point (P2P) buses has reached 35 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said there were initially only two routes in 2016, but has expanded its trips to cover Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Zambales, and Pampanga.
New five other routes are set to open soon. — UNTV News & Rescue