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May 24, 2018 3:08 AM Labor group bats for uniform minimum wage

President Rodrigo Duterte should issue an executive order to establish a body that will standardize minimum wage rates across the country, a labor group said Thursday. In the current set-up, the minimum wage is adjusted by 17 regional boards based on geography. For non-agricultural workers, it is the highest in Metro Manila at P512 a day, and lowest 4

May 22, 2018 4:16 PM Senate ratifies reconciled version of occupational safety bill

Sen. Joel Villanueva at the ratification of the reconciled version of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Bill on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (Photo from his Facebook page) The Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) Bill moved a step closer to becoming a law after the Senate ratified on Tuesday its reconciled version. The bill – which seeks 3

May 21, 2018 4:27 PM Bicameral committee approves occupational safety bill

The bicameral committee has approved the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) Act, which would mandate strict compliance of employers to workplace safety standards. “This bill, once enacted into law, would finally give teeth to our 41-year Labor Code and would thus force establishments to comply to occupational safety and health standards 2

May 19, 2018 1:49 PM 2 female cops help woman give birth on street in Zamboanga del Sur

Two police officers and bystanders help Jocelyn Corero give birth on the street. (Photo from the Guipos Municipal Police Station) GUIPOS, Zamboanga del Sur – Two female police officers played midwives to a 42-year old mother who gave birth here early Saturday. SPO1 Maridel Balis and PO3 Rosel Maglente, who herself was six months pregnant, were part of a team of patrolling 3

May 17, 2018 7:17 AM Hanjin subcontractor ordered to stop work after fatal accident

MANILA - The Department of Labor and Employment on Thursday said it suspended the operations of a subcontractor of Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries in Subic following an accident that killed 1 worker and injured 3 others. Binictican I-Tech Corp was slapped with a work stoppage order after the company failed to "strictly implement and monitor 5

May 16, 2018 8:53 AM Taiwanese electronics firm to hire 16,000 more Filipinos

MANILA - A Taiwanese electronics manufacturing firm said Wednesday its expansion in the Philippines would generate 16,000 more jobs this year. New Kinpo Group, whose clients include Casio and Toshiba, currently employs 10,000 people in its 4 factories in the Philippines, said its CEO, Simon Shen. "Philippines encountered competition from Indonesia, Vietnam 6

May 16, 2018 3:48 AM DOLE stops work of Korean shipbuilder’s subcon firm after 1 dies, 3 hurt

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Department of Labor and Employment in Central Luzon has ordered a subcontractor of Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp. Phils. at the Subic Bay Freeport to stop work due to the death of worker and the injury of three other on May 12. DOLE Central Luzon director Zenaida Angara-Campita issued a stop order to Binictican 5

May 15, 2018 10:03 AM Cayetano: I can’t take ‘too much’ credit for PH-Kuwait deal

The Philippines and Kuwait inked last week a memorandum of agreement that outlines protection for Filipino domestic workers in the oil-rich gulf nation. But while Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano signed the deal on behalf of the Philippines, he said he could not take “too much of the credit” for the successful negotiation after it was derailed by a diplomatic 5

May 13, 2018 10:05 PM Dole sets pay guidelines for May 14 special holiday

The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) reminded employers to strictly observe the rules on the payment of wages for the May 14 special nonworking holiday. The Dole issued the pay rules as voters troop to polling precincts for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. The Dole reiterated the following rules: If an employee did not work, the “no work, no pay” principle 4

May 12, 2018 7:27 AM PH, Kuwait experience breakthrough with signing of labor pact–Koko

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III lauded on Saturday the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Philippines and Kuwait that aims to protect the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Gulf state. Pimentel described the signing of the MOA as a “job well done” for both countries, which faced several issues concerning diplomatic 4