P6.5B needed for proposed subsidy on informal workers’ social insurance contribution  

AROUND P6.5 billion in public funds will be needed annually to cover a proposed subsidy for the social insurance contribution of informal sector workers, according to the lawmaker who recommended the provision.    Rep. Arlene D. Brosas of women’s rights party-list Gabriela said the latest estimate is based on about 17 million Filipinos considered to be […]

Senator seeks mandatory insurance coverage for construction workers

A SENATOR has filed a bill requiring the provision of insurance coverage to all construction workers, with adequate indemnification for any accident that causes disability or death.  “I believe that providing our construction workers with insurance coverage will compel their employers to adopt better safety mechanisms that will ensure the safety and security of their […]

IRR of Creative Industry Devt. law signed by trade dept. secretary

TRADE Secretary Fred Pascual has signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 11904, otherwise known as the Philippine Creative Industries Development Act (PCIDA). The PCIDA, which lapsed into law on July 28, 2022, mandates the development of a vibrant Philippine creative industries by protecting and strengthening the rights and capacities of […]

On Bonifacio Day: Workers rally for wage hike as Marcos hails them as ‘modern-day heroes’ 

A SENATOR on Wednesday urged the government to develop a comprehensive labor and compensation plan, backing workers and activists who held a rally on Wednesday to push for better wages as the Philippines commemorated the birth anniversary of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio.   President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., meanwhile, hailed workers as the country’s “modern-day heroes” […]

Health workforce ‘not in sync’ with advances in tech, say educators

By Brontë H. Lacsamana, Reporter   PUBLIC-PRIVATE partnerships and a modernized curriculum can address the lack of expertise that prevents Filipino healthcare workers from taking advantage of innovations in their field, educators said.  “We have all spent a lot of time onboarding nursing and clinical graduates but they’re unfortunately not in sync with what’s needed out […]

Bill granting gig-economy workers employee status filed in Senate

A BILL establishing an employer-employee relationship between online platforms and gig-economy workers has been filed in the Senate, which will bar workers, including freelancers, from being treated as an independent contractor. Senate Bill 1373 is known as the proposed Protektadong Online Workers, Entrepreneurs, Riders at Raketera Act, filed on Oct. 6. It also requires that […]

Amendments sought on bills protecting freelancers, workers in the informal sector

LABOR and employers groups as well as government agencies have sought amendments to bills seeking to protect freelancers and workers in the informal sector.   Among the provisions that were cited for clarification include the definition of freelancers with regards the more general informal sector workers, compensation rates provided under contracts, and social security benefits.    “We […]

4,000 workers retrenched; Lapu asks DSWD for help

THE Lapu-Lapu City Government will request the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD) to provide assistance to around 4,000 workers who were reportedly retrenched from their companies in Lapu-Lapu City.The City Council approved on mass motion during its fifth special session Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, Resolution 16-0496-2022 authored by Councilor Annabeth Cuizon.Kim Francisco, head […]

DMW to streamline hiring process for seafarers, OFWs

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) will trim the requirements for the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and address the shortcomings on seafarer education and training, said DMW Secretary Susan “Toots” V. Ople.   “DMW’s mission is to be OFW-centric, putting the worker in the center of the universe of all our operations, services, and […]

House body approves freelance bill

THE HOUSE of Representatives labor committee on Monday approved a measure that seeks to protect the rights of freelance workers and ensure they work under humane conditions.   Consolidated House Bill 615 directs the employer and freelance worker to sign a hiring contract.  Pangasinan Rep. Christopher V.P. De Venecia, who filed the bill, said freelancers are […]