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Self-rated poverty worsens in Q3 amid inflation pressures

SOCIAL WEATHER STATIONS (SWS), a polling organization, said Tuesday that more than 12.2 million families self-rated themselves as poor, equivalent to 52% of respondents in a study conducted at the end of September, up from 48% a quarter earlier.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Budget Secretary Ben E. Diokno led a Philippine delegation that met with representatives of the European Union in Manila on Tuesday for “better” understanding on various issues and expand trade relations.

Kasai nominated as WHO Western Pacific head

HEALTH MINISTERS and other senior officials from 30 countries voted on Tuesday in Manila for the next head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO), with Japanese Dr. Takeshi Kasai as the nominee.

Employers, unions stake out negotiating positions ahead of NCR minimum wage...

THE Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) warned that a minimum wage increase will only benefit about 7-8% of the work force and subject them to a greater risk of layoffs from small firms that cannot afford to pay higher salaries.

Labor dep’t sees infrastructure as a hurdle to telecommuting law

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said weak IT and electronic infrastructure in some areas could pose a barrier to telecommuting work arrangements.

Court gives deadline for Trillanes’ evidence

THE Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 148 has issued an order for Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV to present his witnesses and evidence on or before Tuesday, after a court hearing was held regarding the validity of his amnesty for his involvement in two coup d’etat attempts.

DoLE to enforce SC ruling vs ‘boundary’ pay at bus companies

THE Department of Labor and Employment will monitor bus companies to enforce its Department Order calling for public utility bus (PUB) drivers and conductors to be salaried workers at least in part.

ECoP backs legislation focused on productivity, not 14th month pay

THE Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECoP) said it hopes legislators will consider skills training and other productivity-focused measures instead of a proposal to grant 14th month pay to workers.

Chambers flag risk from contracting ban

LOCAL AND FOREIGN business groups voiced their opposition to a legislative measure backed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte that bans project and seasonal employment schemes, arguing that it would hit micro-, small- and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) hard and could reverse recent employment gains.

Senate passes on 3rd reading fee exemption bill for first-time job...

THE Senate approved on third reading a bill that will exempt new graduates from paying fees in the process of obtaining government documents for their first jobs.

Four regions to issue wage orders in October

FOUR REGIONS are expected to issue new wage adjustment orders covering the daily minimum wage for private sector workers next month.

DFA backs partial lifting of OFWs ban to Micronesia

THE LABOR department said the foreign affairs department has recommended the partial lifting of a deployment ban on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the Federated States of Micronesia.

DoLE may lift Micronesia OFW deployment ban

THE Secretary of Labor said that he is looking into the possible lifting of a deployment ban of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the Federated States of Micronesia, imposed earlier this month by the Philippine Overseas Employment Authority (POEA) earlier this month.

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Smartmatic among bidders for voter verification project By Gillian M. Cortez THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) announced yesterday that SMMT-TIM 2016, Inc./Smartmatic International Holding BV (Smartmatic)...

Labor chief estimates NCR floor wage hike at no less than...

BUSINESSES in Metro Manila may have to pay their minimum wage workers at least P20 more per day -- roughly the same increment under the prevailing wage order -- once the National Capital Region (NCR) gets new rates next month, the Labor chief said on Tuesday.

Palace certifies as urgent Senate’s anti-‘endo’ bill

MALACAÑANG has asked that Senate Bill 1826 or the Security of Tenure (SoT) Bill be certified as urgent, following President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s commitment to abolish “endo,” an employment practice that denies workers a path to permanent status.

Senate to help Comelec on budget for Bangsamoro plebiscite

THE Senate will assist the Commission on Elections (Comelec) regarding funding for the Bangsomoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite next year.

Youthworks training programs to launch in key southern cities next month

THE Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) said its youth employment training project, which seeks to align job training more closely with industry demand, will be launched in a number of key southern cities starting next month.

Top universities come out against revision of history, honor victims of...

THE top three universities in the Philippines marked the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by emphasizing the role of the academe in keeping guard over historical truth.

PCC to improve merger reviews, enforcement

THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) wants better merger review guidelines and enforcement in 2019.

DoLE flags investment scam targeting OFWs

THE labor department has warned Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) against participating in investment schemes offered by entities without Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval.

Labor dep’t backs prompt approval of pending telecommuting measures

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is pushing for the immediate approval of legislation allowing more flexible work arrangements to take advantage of improving technology.