NCR, Davao del Norte, 6 other areas under GCQ until yearend
President Rodrigo Duterte announced on November 30, 2020, that Metro Manila, Davao del Norte, and 6 other areas will be under general community quarantine (GCQ) classification until December 31, 2020. The provinces of Batangas and Lanao del Sur, and cities of Iloilo, Tacloban, Iligan, and Davao will remain under GCQ until yearend. The rest of… (0 comment)

DOLE orders release of deferred holiday pay for private workers
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on November 26, 2020, ordered private companies to release the deferred holiday pay of their workers before the end of the year. “This advisory shall apply to all employers in the private sector which deferred of holiday pay on account of the existence of a national emergency arising… (0 comment)

Duterte hails Saudi removal of restrictions on foreign laborers
President Rodrigo Duterte on November 23, 2020, welcomed the decision of Saudi Arabia to remove key restrictions tying migrant workers to their employers. Saudi Arabia earlier launched the Labor Reform Initiative (LRI) to benefit around a third of Saudi Arabia’s total population or approximately 10 million foreign workers in the kingdom. In a statement from… (0 comment)

DOH reports 90.1% Covid-19 recovery rate
The Department of Health (DOH) announced on November 21, 2020, a 90.1-percent recovery rate from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). According to the DOH Covid-19 case bulletin, the total number of recoveries in the country is now at 375,548 after recording 328 newly reported recoveries. The DOH said there were also 1,791 new Covid-19 cases, bringing… (0 comment)

Government program assists 1,919 returning OFWs in Pampanga
A total of 1,919 returning overseas Kapampangans have so far benefited from the “Balik Pinas, Balik Pampanga” program since it was launched by the provincial government last June 30. Program chief implementer Angelina Blanco met on Tuesday with the 37 returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) during a send-off ceremony here. They are now part of the… (0 comment)

#NasaPusoKoAngPangulo trends on social media
Filipinos turn to social media to express their support for President Rodrigo Duterte and to debunk misconstrued narratives of his absence from public eye throughout government responses for victims of successive typhoons that visited the country. In a statement, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar thanked the public for continued support to the administration… (0 comment)

20K OFWs to get AKAP cash aid next week — OWWA
Some 20,000 displaced and stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have applied for the Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are set to get their cash aid next week, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said on November 13, 2020. In a Laging Handa briefing, Administrator Hans… (0 comment)

DOLE receives over 600K applications for displaced OFWs’ cash aid
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on November 6, 2020, it has received over 600,000 applications from displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for its Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) program. DOLE-International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) Director Alice Visperas reported that over half of the number have received their one-time cash aid amounting to… (0 comment)

Duterte renews call for passage of OFW department bill
President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his call to Congress to pass a measure establishing a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), saying the welfare of OFWs should be handled by a separate department than the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). “I’d like to hurry up Congress in this. One of my proposals during the campaign… (0 comment)

GSIS opens P20-B educational loan program for members’ kin
In response to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte for credit support to education in light of the economic effects of the pandemic, state pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) opened on October 26, 2020, a PHP20-billion study-now, pay-later loan program for the college education of its members’ kin. “We will allow GSIS members… (0 comment)