4,000 Baguio tourism workers lined up for vaccination 

BAGUIO CITY, one of the most popular tourist destinations in northern Luzon, is vaccinating 4,000 of its more than 5,000 tourism sector workers from Monday to Wednesday.   “Earlier, the local tourism industry stakeholders disclosed that only 454 or 8.3% of the registered 5,458 workers in the different tourism-related establishments had been vaccinated since the roll-out of the government’s […]

Labor group bats for protection of state workers vs COVID-19

A LABOR group has urged the government to protect state workers from the coronavirus after the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said 1,600 employees have died of infection. The commission and Department of Health should monitor the compliance of agencies with health protocols, the Confederation For Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees said in a […]

Unreleased health worker benefits to be probed

A congresswoman has filed a resolution seeking to investigate the Health department’s alleged failure to release benefits and allowances to health workers under the country’s second stimulus package.  “The Department of Health (DoH) should determine the reasons for such failure and identify viable solutions to give healthcare workers the benefits due to them,” Marikina Rep. Stella Luz […]

DoLE emergency funds now with regional offices; seeking P2B more for cash-for-work

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it has distributed P13 billion to its regional offices, and is seeking P2 billion more to support a cash-for-work program, which budget officials said will be forthcoming once the original funds are spent. “The P13 billion… has been obligated and downloaded to the regional offices,” the Labor department’s […]

Amazon’s COVID dilemma: Mandate vaccinations and risk losing workers

WHILE MUCH of Corporate America scrambled to adjust COVID-19 policies this summer in response to a surge of cases, Amazon.com, Inc. was dismantling its coronavirus testing sites. Sequestered corners of warehouses and conference rooms where, just a few weeks ago employees were performing nasal swabs, are now blocked off or cleared of equipment. This may seem […]

ADB backs more subsidies to avert long-term damage to PHL labor market

The Philippines needs to support its labor market by incentivizing hiring and introducing unemployment insurance to prevent long-term damage to the work force, Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials said in a blog post. “The pandemic could create long-lasting effects on employment. Put simply, this temporary large shock to the economy might produce a persistently lower […]

Lawmaker calls for probe on condition of gig economy workers

A SENATOR on Wednesday filed a resolution calling for an investigation on the working conditions in the “gig-economy,” which covers delivery riders and other freelancers. Senator Risa N. Hontiveros-Baraquel filed Senate Resolution No. 732 to address “reports of unfair working conditions,” especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and look into their employment benefits and other forms […]

BPO industry touts expedited-vaccination deal with QC as model for other LGUs

THE Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry has signed an agreement with Quezon City to speed up the vaccination of 67,000 outsourcing workers based there. Twenty-nine companies have registered their employees for access to coronavirus vaccines under a program offered by the Quezon City government. “The local government unit (LGU) will facilitate and expedite the inoculation […]