DMW puts on hold contracts of first-time Filipino domestic workers to Kuwait

THE PHILIPPINE government is putting on hold all contract applications of first-time Filipino domestic workers bound for Kuwait until significant reforms are reached from bilateral talks.   “Newcomers, who have never worked as domestic helpers abroad or those who have worked as domestic helpers but not in Kuwait, must wait first because the department seeks to […]

Gov’t assures continued health workers’ allowance after end of state of calamity 

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter  THE GOVERNMENT on Wednesday assured that the payout of COVID-19 allowance to health workers will not be affected by the expiration of a 2020 state of calamity that was declared due to the health crisis.  “That will continue,” President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. said after meeting with health officials […]

Tulfo calls for Senate probe on PHL-Kuwait agreement, worker contract 

A SENATOR has filed a resolution seeking to investigate, in aid of legislation, the existing Philippine-Kuwait bilateral labor agreement and standard employment contract, citing the deaths of close to 200 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle Eastern country since 2016.   Senator Rafael “Raffy” T. Tulfo, under Senate Resolution 448, noted the need to establish […]

Remains of Filipino worker murdered in Kuwait to be repatriated on Friday

THE REMAINS of a Filipino worker who was allegedly murdered by the 17-year-old son of her employer will be repatriated from Kuwait on Friday, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).  The Filipino domestic helper, Jullebee Cabilis Ranara, was reportedly abused and killed brutally, then left in a desert by the perpetrator.   “The remains […]

Labor groups report PHL govt’s rights violations vs workers to ILO mission

By John Victor D. Ordoñez, Reporter  PHILIPPINE TRADE unions submitted a joint report on Monday to the International Labor Organization (ILO) on recent human rights violations and cases of harassment against workers and union organizers.   In the 155-page report, the groups highlighted what they called the consistent failure of the Philippine government to comply with […]

DMW plans to repatriate 300 Filipinos living in Kuwait temporary shelters 

THE DEPARTMENT of Migrant Workers (DMW) is planning to repatriate at least 300 Filipino workers currently staying in temporary Philippine government-run shelters in Kuwait, according to a department official.   At an online press briefing on Monday, Migrant Workers Undersecretary Hans Leo J. Cacdac said he is in Kuwait with labor officials to arrange a speedy […]

DMW, DoJ tightening watch on human trafficking within ASEAN neighbors 

THE DEPARTMENT of Migrant Workers (DMW) on Tuesday said it is working closely with the Department of Justice (DoJ) to strengthen the monitoring and action against human trafficking activities within the southeast Asian region that target Filipino workers.   “We continue to maintain a tight watch on the online illegal recruitment and trafficking of our workers […]

DMW assists stranded overseas Filipino workers in rebooking, contacting employers

THE DEPARTMENT of Migrant Workers (DMW) on Wednesday said it will continue to provide assistance to stranded Filipino workers, including travel arrangements and contacting employers, after their flights were canceled on Jan. 1 due to a glitch in the country’s air control system.   “We will continue to man our airports and support our OFWs (overseas […]

DMW to provide training, aid for human trafficking victims

By John Victor D. Ordoñez, Reporter THE DEPARTMENT of Migrant Workers (DMW) plans to provide livelihood and retraining programs for jobseekers who fell victim to human trafficking schemes, an official said. “We are working closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the office of Senator Ana Theresia N. Hontiveros-Baraquel for possible retooling programs […]

Aboitiz unit sponsors 50 in Cebu to train for scaffolding work

ABOITIZ Construction, Inc. will be sponsoring the training of 50 candidates in Cebu seeking to be certified as scaffolders in partnership with the School of Knowledge for Industrial Labor, Leadership, and Service (SKILLS). SKILLS is a foundation set up by Cebu’s Primary Group of Builders that provides technical vocational education to marginalized and unemployed youth […]

Tell it to SunStar: Party-list lawmaker to craft Magna Carta bills for daycare workers, barangay nutrition scholars

Following up on successfully sending to the Senate the proposed Magna Carta for Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Health and Wellness (BHW) Party-list Rep. Angelica Natasha Co said she is now focused on having the House of Representatives approve two more magna cartas. “Next in line are the proposed Magna Carta for Day Care Workers and […]