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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

House approves on Second Reading Bill addressing "endo"

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 6908 seeking to strengthen the security of tenure of employees in the private sector to address the problems of labor-only contracting and "endo" (end of contract).
Date: 24 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DOLE orders PLDT to regularize 8K Workers, pay P66-M Claims

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to regularize close to 8,000 contractual workers and to settle unpaid benefits amounting to PHP66 million.
Date: 17 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BI extends Work Hours following Restoration of OT Pay

MANILA, Jan 4 (PNA) - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reverted to its old work schedule as a way of showing their gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for approving the granting of overtime pay to its personnel. With this, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente has instructed the BI main office and all its satellite and field offices nati ...
Date: 04 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Binay orders extended Work Hours for Business Permits, Tax Payments

MANILA, Jan 4 (PNA) - Makati Mayor Abby Binay announced Thursday that the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) and other frontline offices will be open after office hours and on weekends to accommodate applications for renewal of business permits and tax payments in time for the Jan. 20 deadline.
Date: 04 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Proposed “Rural Employment Assistance Program Act”

The House committee on appropriations approved a substitute bill proposing a “Rural Employment Assistance Program Act” after amending the funding provision of the measure. The appropriations provision contained in Section 7 of the unnumbered bill provides: “The Secretary of Social Welfare and Development shall include in the ...
Date: 29 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Congress urged to expedite Occupational Safety, Health Law

MANILA, Jan 1 (PNA) - Amid the call center fire in a Davao mall that killed 38 lives and injuring several others, a labor group urged Congress to expedite the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Code in 2018.
Date: 01 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bulacan Pyro Firms pass Safety Standards - DOLE

MANILA, Dec 30 (PNA) - Majority of the 67 establishments engaged in manufacturing and wholesaling of pyrotechnic in Bulacan have passed the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) inspections by Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on Saturday.
Date: 30 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House pushes P2K Travel Allowance for Government Workers

MANILA, Dec 28 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution seeking to increase the travel allowance of government officials and workers from PHP800 to PHP2,000. According to a statement on Thursday, the House adopted House Resolution 243 urging President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order increasing travel allowances ...
Date: 28 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Release 13th Month Pay on or before December 24: DOLE

MANILA, Dec 18 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded anew private employers to release workers’ 13th month pay on or before Dec. 24. DOLE Undersecretary Dominador said employers must release the full 13th month pay on or before the said date as mandated by law. "To employers, you will be violating the law if you ...
Date: 18 December 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves on Final Reading Higher Base Pay for Uniformed Personnel

Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) in the government are a step closer to enjoying an increase in their base pay after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading this week House Joint Resolution 18.
Date: 13 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Senate approves Resolution increasing Military, Police Base Pay

MANILA, Dec 14 (PNA) - The Senate on Wednesday approved on third and final reading a resolution seeking to increase the base salary of Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) starting January next year.
Date: 14 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Pay Hike for Cops, Soldiers gets Final House Nod

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a joint resolution aimed at raising the salaries of police and soldiers by next year.
Date: 11 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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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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IPOPHL eyes to expand Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

MANILA, Jan 29 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) aims to further expand intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement through cooperating with members of the Sub-Committee on Organized Crime of the National Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (NALECC-SCOS).

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SC to act on Mamasapano Trial Transfer

MANILA, Jan 26 (PNA) - The Supreme Court is set to tackle the transfer of trial of the criminal case over the Mamasapano clash that killed more than 60 persons, including 44 members of the elite Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF).

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