PH-Japan ties reaffirmed
President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide have reaffirmed their shared commitment to strengthen Philippines-Japan Strategic Partnership across various areas of cooperation as the two countries are set to mark 65 years of diplomatic ties.… (0 comment)

353K returning OFWs back in hometowns
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on December 10, 2020, 353,000 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic have been transported back to their province. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the returning workers are being assisted back to their home provinces through air, land, and sea… (0 comment)

Gov’t reminds employers to give 13th month pay
With just 16 days before Christmas Day, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on December 9, 2020, reminded anew private sector employers to give the 13th month pay to their workers. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said companies have until December 24 to give the 13th month compensation. “I would like to remind employers… (0 comment)

DSWD releases P199-M relief aid for ‘Ulysses’ victims
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to provide relief assistance to victims of Typhoon Ulysses. In an update released on December 7, 2020, the agency’s Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) reported it has so far poured a total of PHP199,436,373 to aid Filipinos who were affected by the recent… (0 comment)

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)