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16 January 2022
P1B payout for workers could come by end of January: DOLE
Around 200,000 formal sector workers affected by the imposition and extension of Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila and other regions in the Philippines are set to receive P5,000 in cash aid from the government as early as before the end of January, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Saturday. Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay of the DOLEs Employment and General Administration Cluster told ABS-CBN News that guidelines for the distribution of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) are already being finalized for publication in the next 2 weeks. Over P1 billion in funds were allotted for this 3rd tranche of the CAMP from the DOLEs TUPAD fund for displaced or disadvantaged workers under its 2022 budget.
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11 January 2022
Lawmaker says DOLE to require paid isolation, quarantine leave for workers
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 11)-The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will soon issue a policy mandating employers to give their workers paid time off if they have to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19, according to Rep. Raymond Mendoza of Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Party-list. Mendoza, who's also TUCP president, said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III made the commitment in a virtual meeting on Tuesday. In a statement, the TUCP said it requested a dialogue with the department to push for the leave benefits amid mounting coronavirus cases among workers nationwide. It added that the policy is expected to be issued this week.
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3 January 2022
Duterte signs law creating Department of Migrant Workers
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday signed Republic Act 11641 or the law establishing the Department of Migrant Workers. The establishment of the Department of Migrant Workers happens on the celebration of Rizal Day, when we honor, not only the exceptional love of country of Dr. Jose Rizal, but also the patriotism, excellence and courage of our modern day heroes, including our overseas Filipino [workers], Duterte said in a speech after the signing ceremony. There is no better way to serve the Filipino people but by giving them the honest, efficient and responsive government that they deserve, he added.
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3 January 2022
OFW gov't agencies have one-year transition to operate under new DMWOF
Government agencies involved in the care of overseas Filipino workers will have a year to transfer their mandate and operations under the newly enacted Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos. These agencies include the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Philippine Overseas Labor Offices, International Labor Affairs Bureau, and National Reintegration Center for OFWs.
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31 December 2021
All things OFW: Duterte signs law creating new department for labor-exporting nation
According to a briefing paper from the office of TUCP Party list Rep. Raymond Mendoza, one of the lawâs principal authors, the new department will have four undersecretaries in charge of internal management and administration, foreign employment and welfare services, licensing and adjudication, and policy and international cooperation. There will be two separate offices for land-based and sea-based OFWs, each headed by an assistant secretary. A Migrant Workers Office will absorb all the powers, existing functions and personnel of the Polos, Oswa, and the powers and functions of existing ATN units with regard to OFWs in all Philippine embassies and consulates.
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