Posts by Lani Almario

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aaaMANILA---Government officials have signed the implementing guidelines of the planned deployment of Filipino English teachers to mainland China, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said. The Joint Implementing Guidelines on the Employment of Filipino Teachers of English Language in China were signed on Nov. 8 and they include a provision barring public school teachers from applying to avoid a shortage in the Philippines. According to the guidelines, Filipino teachers who want to apply for English teaching jobs in the mainland sho...

November 21, 2018
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aaa  MANILA---The guidelines on the deployment of Filipino English teachers to China have already been finalized, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said. Bello said the deployment will start once guidelines for the government-to-government hiring scheme are signed. "We already came up with the guidelines on the deployment of English teachers...we just need to sign it," he said in an interview. Bello said he expected the signing to take place anytime this month. "Once signed, we can already deploy...we are just waiting for tha...

November 14, 2018
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aaaTo better serve overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it will soon set up five new Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs), including the very first one in mainland China. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said they are set to open five POLOs in Shanghai (China), Osaka (Japan), Berlin (Germany), Florida (USA), and Wellington (New Zealand). “The numbers (of OFWs in these countries) are growing so we have to immediately consider putting up one (POLO) so they could help our people there,...

October 26, 2018
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aaaMANILA---The Senate has approved a bill that making membership in Social Security Systems (SSS) compulsory for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). The Senate on October 8 approved on third and final reading Senate Bill No. 1753, or the proposed "Social Security Act of 2018" which effectively repeals the 21-year old Social Security Law, or Republic Act 1161, as amended by Republic Act 8282 and expands the power of the SSS to ensure the long-term viability of the said system. "The bill is an enhancement of the previous laws; it ensures hope t...

October 12, 2018
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aaa  Even retired Filipino teachers may apply as English teaching jobs in China, according to Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. Bello said those interested may apply even if they had already reached the retirement age of 60 “for as long as one is good in teaching.” “There is none (or no age requirement). If they are good in teaching and they also know Chinese, much better,” Bello said in an interview. According to the labor chief, the plan to deploy Filipino English teachers to China was still “a go” and ...

September 21, 2018
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aaaMANILA---The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is planning to require all foreign recruitment agencies (FRAs), including Hong Kong employment agencies, to make a US$10,000 (HK$78,500) deposit in escrow before they can recruit Filipino domestic workers. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday (August 21) that the requirement would ensure that Filipino domestic workers can go after their employer or employment agency if they are abused or overcharged. This means domestic workers who have gone back to the Philippines would...

August 22, 2018
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