Posts by Lani Almario

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aaa  Filipino and Japanese officials will sign a labor agreement tomorrow (March 19) in Tokyo for the smooth deployment of Filipino workers to Japan. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Japan will open 350,000 jobs to foreign nationals next month and a big chunk of it may be cornered by overseas Filipino workers. “Our workers may get at least 30 percent of available jobs to foreign nationals,” Bello said in a statement. He said a Memorandum of Cooperation will be signed tomorrow between the Department of Labor and Employm...

March 18, 2019
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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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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  MANILA---There is still no need to impose a temporary deployment ban for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) going to Hong Kong because doing so would only harm Philippine relations with the HK government, a recruitment industry consultant said yesterday (August 7). Emmanuel Geslani said the estimated 250,000 overseas Filipono workers in the special administrative region know how to take care of themselves and generally live in residential areas away from protest sites. "Our OFWs in Hong Kong have survived massive rallies and civil...

August 8, 2019
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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has advised overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong not to join mass protests saying they might risk being deported.

“Don’t join rallies because if you join there is that possibility of you being deported,” Bello said in an interview.

“We have to inform them about that. But if they insist on doing it, we cannot do anything about it,” he said.

“We just give them the advice it’s still up to them if they will join or not,” h...

June 30, 2019
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aaa  Manila---The Philippines and China will hold “exploratory talks” next week on the possible deployment of Filipino health workers to the mainland, according to Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. Bello said he will visit China from April 24 to 27 to meet with his Chinese counterpart to discuss the possible deployment of Filipino medical workers, like caregivers and nurses. “I’ll go to China for a possible meeting with the Minister of Labor to discuss possible labor relations,” the labor chief said in an inte...

April 17, 2019
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aaa  MANILA-The Philippines is set to sign a bilateral agreement with Russia early this year for the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said. In an interview, Bello said the bilateral labor agreement will most likely be for the deployment of Filipino skilled workers. “Most probably by March or April so that the weather won’t be too cold. We already have some (skilled workers) there,” Bello said. The labor chief said the bilateral discussion was actually initiated by Russian la...

January 14, 2019
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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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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