Thousands of opportunities from over 600 companies for job seekers on Independence Day

UNTV News   •   June 13, 2017   •   9724


MANILA, Philippines — Alongside the program held Monday at the Luneta Park for the 119th Independence Day of the country, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also launched the Independence Day Job and Business Fairs at the Senior Citizen’s Garden at Rizal Park in Manila.

“For now, we have 123,000 available job vacancies and more or less 680 participating employers,” DOLE Undersecretary Bernard Olalia said.

Among the booths available at the job fair was of the Philippine Navy’s which is currently looking for new recruits.

At 9:00 a.m., more than 100 have already registered to express interest in working for the Philippine Navy.

“We are expecting more recruits now especially since our recruitment system has improved, and being properly promoted in various fields, and other parts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Army recruitment officer Major Erwin Glenn Romero said.

From 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. more than 7,000 have registered at the job fair.

More than 3,000 applicants have been considered qualified while 406 have been hired on the spot.

One of them is Raesha Ann Gomez, who was promptly hired as a cashier in UAE.

“I will use my experience here when I arrive in UAE,” she said.

Every year, 45 year-old Edilberto Jatulan Jr. tries to apply for work.  After finishing an automotive course at TESDA, he’s hoping to find a job especially since the Anti-Age Discrimination Law is already in effect.

“It’s better now than before. Before, they would choose based on age. It’s not the case anymore now,” said Jatulan.

DOLE meanwhile has reported a decline in the unemployment rate in the country.

“Based on the latest April 2017 labor survey, the country’s unemployment rate is at 5.87, this means 94.3 % is our employment rate now,” DOLE Usec. Bernard Olalia said.

The Labor Dept. also reminded companies of the proper work pay for employees who went to work during the holiday.

DOLE has taken advantage of the holiday to offer job opportunities to unemployed Filipinos. This is the labor department’s chance to provide work opportunities not just to newly graduates but also to contractual employees looking for stable jobs. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue


DOLE reminds employers to give 13th month pay to workers

Robie de Guzman   •   December 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has reminded private employers to release the 13th month pay of their workers on or before December 24.

“This is a reminder to our employers not to forget. The law is clear that you have to give your employees on or before Christmas Day their 13th month pay. It doesn’t matter if you’re earning or not, you are mandated by law,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Wednesday.

“There are other employers who released half of it middle of the year but they should give it,” added.

Under Presidential Decree 851, private sector workers are entitled to receive a 13th month pay not later than December 24. However, an employer may release to his or her employees half of the benefit before the opening of the regular school year and the other half on or before December 24 each year.

Bello also reminded employers that the law on 13th month pay also covers house helpers and workers of small businesses.

He added that the benefit should be given in cash and not in kind.

Bello urged workers who fail to receive their 13th month pay to file a complaint with DOLE regional offices. – RRD (from the report of Correspondent Dante Amento)

Maid’s salary increase expected in December

Marje Pelayo   •   November 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Household helpers may expect a P1,500 salary increase before the end of the year, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Regional Wage Board has approved the P5,000 minimum wage for household helpers in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The official added that the Department is just waiting for its formal implementation.

“Iyong regional Tripartite Wage Board here in Metro Manila submitted a wage adjustment of, I think P1,500 for Metro Manila,” Bello explained.

“So what originally was P3,500 for our Kasambahay in Metro Manila it is now P5,000,” he added.

Bello, again, reminded employers to complete all the benefit privileges accorded to the household helpers such as SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG. MNP (with details from Aiko Miguel)

DOLE, BSP back e-payment of wages for private workers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) have expressed support for the electronic payment of salaries through formal accounts for workers in the private sector.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, DOLE said the e-payment of salaries will help foster financial inclusion of private-sector workers and effectively monitor proper payment of wages.

According to Labor Undersecretary Claro Arellano, a 2017 Global Findex Report found that only 6.6 percent of the country’s private sector wage-earners received their salaries through a formal account which is a deposit or e-money account held in a supervised financial institution.

“A low financial inclusion among the wage earners may be a source of abuses against the workers and violations of labor laws as there can be difficulty in verifying and validating the payment of correct wages and other mandatory benefits,” he added.

Although there is no law or regulation yet on the use of e-payments, the department underscored its advantages for employers and workers.

“For the employers, electronic payment of salaries will not only cut the transaction, administration, and overhead costs but will also reduce the incidence of leakages during disbursements,” DOLE said.

“For the employees, meanwhile, a formal account translates to easy access to financial products, including savings, credit, insurance, and investment,” it added.

Among the groups in the workers’ sector identified by the Financial Inclusion Steering Committee which may immediately benefit from the electronic payment of wages are the construction workers, bus drivers and conductors, household workers, factory workers, and workers in the retail and service industries.

The DOLE said the value of the payment of wages and salaries through formal accounts has also been acknowledged in countries such as Thailand, Qatar, India, Finland, Singapore, and Bangladesh.


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