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Pag-unlad ng ekonomiya ng Pilipinas, makatutulong sa pagresolba sa unemployment sa bansa

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Kasabay ng pag-unlad ng bansa ay ang pagpasok ng mga foreign investors sa bansa na makakapaglikha ng mga trabaho tulad ng sa mga construction workers na ito para sa isang itinatayong bagong gusali. FILE PHOTO (RITCHIE TONGO / Photoville International)

Kasabay ng pagganda ng ekonomiya ng bansa ay ang paglaki ng kumpyansa sa mga foreign investors na magnegosyo sa bansa na makakapaglikha ng mga trabaho tulad ng sa mga construction workers na ito para sa isang itinatayong bagong gusali. FILE PHOTO (RITCHIE TONGO / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Inaasahan ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) na mararamdaman  na ngayon ng sektor ng paggawa ang pag-unlad ng ekonomiya ng bansa.

Ayon kay Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, ang 7.8% GDP growth sa 1st quarter ng taon ay posibleng makatulong sa pagpapababa ng unemployment rate sa bansa at sa problema ng mga mangagawa sa informal sectors.

Ang informal sector workers ay mula sa hanay ng mga vendors, jeepney drivers, construction workers at agricultural sector workers na tinatayang nasa 15-milyon.

“Kung lalaki yung wage and salary, sa manufacturing then yan talaga yung may regularity ng income pati security ng job.”

Napagkasunduan kanina ng mga labor group at 23 ahensya ng gobyerno na tulungan ang mga mangagawa sa informal sectors.

Ayon kay Baldoz, bukod sa tulong na pangkabuhayan ay sisikapin din ng gobyerno na maging miyembro ang mga ito ng SSS, PAGIBIG at Philhealth.

“So yung kanilang need for medical insurance, yung kanilang need for employers compensation pag nagtatrabaho sila tapos nagkaroon ng aksidente, nasugatan o nagkaroon ng injury and worst minsan namamatay papaano yung naiiwan nila so ito yung benepisyo na magbibigay sa kanila ng ganitong protection.”

Target ng DOLE na matulungan ang 2.5 million na nasa informal sector sa loob ng tatlong taon. (Rey Pelayo & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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SONA2018: On OFW Welfare

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Overseas Filipino Workers

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) boasts of its accomplishments in support of the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers.

Among these accomplishments are the following:

• The administration’s One-Stop Shop Service Centers have served a total of 1.22 million OFWs to date.

• The OFW Bank has been created to respond to the financial needs of Filipino migrants and their families.

• The iDOLE OFW ID Card has been implemented which also serves as OFWs Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)

• Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) set up programs, under which, OFWs could apply for loans to start business in food production and livelihood and entrepreneurship training courses and seminars for returning OFWs

• Department of Education (DepEd) implements DOLE-initiated program called “Sa Pinas Ma’am at Sir Ka” where teachers working abroad are encouraged to come back

• The Duterte has signed Republic Act No. 11035 or the Balik Scientists Law that seeks to provide incentives to Filipino scientists to encourage them to return home.

 

PH-Kuwait sign the “Agreement on the Employment of Domestic Workers between the Philippines and Kuwait”

Foreigns Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano met with Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah on May 11, 2018 for the signing of a milestone agreement between the Philippine and Kuwait.

Among the highlights of the memorandum of understanding include specific provisions to ensure the protection of rights, welfare, and well-being of Filipino household workers in Kuwait.

The agreement ensures that the recruitment and employment of an OFW is bound by standard contract.

The contract shall allow them to possess his/her passport and other pertinent documents; the employer’s obligation to open a bank account of the worker; the provision that provides the worker food, housing, clothing and health insurance; the worker’s free use of cellphones; and the employer’s enforcement of the agreed wage in the contract, among others.

The agreement also prompted the creation of a special police hotline, where workers can immediately contact or ask assistance from in case of abuse and emergencies.

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125,000 jobs available in nationwide job fairs on Independence Day — DOLE

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

Nearly 125,000 job openings await Filipinos in job fairs across the country on June 12 in celebration of the nation’s 120th Independence Day.

Over 60,000 jobs are being offered for local employment. Top job vacancies include production machine operators, construction workers, company drivers, service crews, customer service representatives, factory workers and sales agents.

There are  7,000 vacant positions for officers and enlisted personnel in the AFP, PNP, Philippine Navy and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

Over 53,000 jobs overseas are open for service workers, nurses, engineers, labor workers, sales personnel, and carpenters.

Foreign countries with job openings include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Japan, Oman and New Zealand.

DOLE assured that all participating companies in the jobs and business fair will not offer contractual jobs in line with the government’s directive to regularize all workers and end illegal contractualization in the country.

“We saw to it that nothing like that is included. All these employers are legitimate,” said DOLE Undersecretary Jing Paras.   – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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200 private hospitals to withdraw accreditation from PhilHealth if claims remain unpaid

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. (PHAPI) said around 200 private hospitals are on the verge of closure and are likely to withdraw accreditation from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) if the insurance company will not pay all their claims by the end of this month.

“This is a voluntary thing. Kung mag-discredit na kami, wala kami bina-violate na batas kasi voluntary (If we decide to withdraw our accreditation, we wouldn’t be violating any law because it’s voluntary)” according to PHAPI President Dr. Rusty Jimenez.

For its part, PhilHealth admitted that the agency owes private hospitals but they want to make sure that all applications are legitimate.

“We are warning some hospitals and doctors na for years ginawang gatasan ang PhilHealth (who for years have been milking Philhealth) by claiming fraudulent claims. In this administration, we will make sure na mahuhuli namin kayo at mapaparusahan (that you will be arrested and penalized),” said Roberto Salvador, PhilHealth board member for Formal Economy Sector.

Payment of claims is the obligation of PhilHealth’s regional vice presidents.

Recently, PhilHealth Interim President and CEO Dr. Celestina De La Serna reshuffled all of the agency’s vice presidents who had been in their position for decades. But after the reassignment, issues of corruption surfaced against Dela Serna.

From the more than 2,000 hospitals, the country only has about 70,000 bed capacity. This is far short from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) standard bed capacity of 100,000 to accommodate 100 million of the country’s population.

Should the concerned hospitals close, one repercussion is that the country’s hospital bed capacity will dwindle even more. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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