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Employers told to observe Proper Pay Rules on February Holidays

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has reminded employers in the private sector to strictly follow the proper pay rules on February 25, the 32nd Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.
Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

Public Sector PWRDs to receive Higher Amount of EC Carer’s Allowance upon President’s Approval of Increase

Recognizing the need to continually enhance benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) and make it more responsive to the welfare and development needs of Persons with Work-Related Disabilities (PWRDs), the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has approved an increase in the amount of Carer’s Allowance from P575 ...
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

ECC increases the Amount of Livelihood Package for PWRDs, Transportation and Meal Allowance

In an effort to provide a meaningful package of services to Persons with Work-Related Disabilities (PWRDs), the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has recently increased the amount of its livelihood starter kit to P20,000-P30,000 from its previous amount of P10,000.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

DFA seeks Labor Deal with Kuwait Amid Deployment Ban

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - While certain assurances on the protection of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) made by the Kuwaiti government were welcomed, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is considering a bilateral agreement with the Kuwaiti government to ensure the safety of OFWs in the Gulf state.
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill seeking Speedy OFW Repatriation Process gains Traction in House

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - A House of Representatives panel has formed a technical working group (TWG) to consolidate two bills seeking to expedite the process of repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Cabinet approves Pay Hike for Various Organizations and Local Administrative Care for Artifacts

BANGKOK, Feb 14 (NNT) - Among several proposals that received approval from Thailand's Cabinet during its latest meeting was a plan to increase remuneration for staff and civil servants of the Administrative, Justice and Constitution courts, independent organizations and the Office of the Attorney General.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOLE issues Pay Rules for Chinese New Year Holiday

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Private sector employees who will report to work on Friday which was declared as special non-working holiday in the celebration of Chinese New Year, are entitled to receive additional 30 percent of their daily rate, on the first eight hours of work for that day.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House aims to strengthen PDOS for OFWs

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 6649 seeking to strengthen the pre-departure orientation program for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), including financial and entrepreneurial education.
Date: 08 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DOLE Orders total Deployment Ban of OFWs to Kuwait

MANILA, Feb 12 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday officially ordered a total ban on the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Kuwait effective immediately.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOLE to issue 'Total Ban' on OFW Deployment to Kuwait on Monday

MANILA, Feb 10 (PNA) - Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to issue on Monday a total deployment ban order of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Kuwait.
Date: 10 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte needs More Time to issue EO on Endo

MANILA, Feb 8 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte is asking for more time to sign an Executive Order to abolish labor contractualization or “endo”, Malacañang said Thursday.
Date: 08 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Proclamation declaring 26 January 2018 as a Special (Non-Working) Day in the City of Cadiz

Proclamation No. 414
Date: 25 January 2018; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 414; Source: Official Gazette

Proclamation declaring 08 February 2018 as a Special (Non-working) Day in the Municipality of Godod

Proclamation No. 407
Date: 23 January 2018; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 407; Source: Official Gazette

Proclamation declaring 12 February 2018 as a Special (Non-Working) Day in the City of Kidapawan

Proclamation No. 408
Date: 23 January 2018; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 408; Source: Official Gazette

Proclamation declaring 26 February 2018 as a Special (Non-Working) Day in the City of Zamboanga

Proclamation No. 412
Date: 23 January 2018; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 412; Source: Official Gazette

Proclamation declaring 13 February 2018 as a Special (Non-Working) Day in the City of Paranaque

Proclamation No. 409
Date: 23 January 2018; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 409; Source: Official Gazette

Proclamation declaring 19 February 2018 as a Special (Non-Working) Day in the City of Bago

Proclamation No. 411
Date: 23 January 2018; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 411; Source: Official Gazette

Proclamation declaring 17 February 2018 as a Special (Non-Working) Day in the Municipality of Kabasalan

Proclamation No. 410
Date: 23 January 2018; Type: Proclamation; Citation: Proclamation No. 410; Source: Official Gazette

Bill of the Act prohibiting Government Officials/Employees in recruiting Migrant Workers

Bill of an Act seeking to amended Section 8 of the Republic Act 8042 to include a Section 8-A in order to enhance the protection for overseas Filipino workers in the custody of Government Officers/Employees.
Date: 22 January 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1659 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Act declaring Special Working Holiday in the Entire Country

An Act declaring January 23 of every year be Commemorated as the First Philippine Republic Day to remember the brave forebears and the fight for freedom.
Date: 23 January 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1664 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

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DTI updates MSMES on PH’s Free Trade Pact

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is boosting its Free Trade Arrangements (FTAs) with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEPT) ASEAN plus 6, PH-EU (27 countries) and Asia Pacific (APEC’s 21 member economies).

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PHL Embassy in Moscow issues Urgent Reminder: no Legal Status for Household Service Workers in Russia

MOSCOW, Feb 19 - In an advisory issued on February 13, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow reminded that “the category of household service worker is an occupation not open to Filipinos.” The Embassy issued the advisory after receiving queries from the public and media if Filipino household service workers could legally work in Russia.

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Swiss Institute of Federalism ink Academic Cooperation with UP

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - The University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) and the University of Fribourg’s Institute of Federalism (IFF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for academic cooperation and exchange, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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Group urges DOLE: release Rules on 'Workplace Romance'

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - A group called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to issue guidelines on workplace romance policy to prevent employers from implementing oppressive management prerogatives.

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Individuals earning above P250K also getting Bigger Take-Home Pay under TRAIN

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN) effectively increases the take-home pay not only of salaried workers earning P250,000 yearly and below but also of those with annual taxable income from P250,000 to a maximum of P2 million.

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ASEAN: Terrorism most serious Security Threat to Region

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - The ASEAN Defence Ministers today unanimously identified terrorism as the most serious security threat to the region.

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ASEAN unanimously agreed on KSCIP Initiative

SINGAPORE, Feb 6 (Bernama) - All 10 ASEAN countries have agreed with the King Salman Center for International Peace (KSCIP) initiative, said Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

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DOJ provides Legal Aid to 11,833 Persons in 2017

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - Close to 12, 000 people were given legal assistance through the Department of Justice Action Center (DOJAC) in 2017.

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UP Board of Regents names Proffessor Fides Cordero-Tan as new UP Law Dean

The UP Board of Regents announced the appointment of Atty. Fides Cordero-Tan as the new dean of the UP College of Law on Jan. 26, 2018.

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IPOPHL to heighten IPR Enforcement; seeks MOU with Anti-Crime Body

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is seeking to intensify intellectual property rights enforcement in the country, targeting to craft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with other members of the Sub-Committee on Organized Crime of the National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (NALECC-SCOC).

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Century-Old Biz Group wants Mining Law amended

MANILA, Jan 31 (PNA) - The country’s oldest business organization, the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Islands (CCPI), has sought sponsorship in Congress to amend mining laws.

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