30 September 2021
Workers who contract COVID-19 may claim P10,000 cash aid from ECC
WORKERS WHO have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) while physically reporting to work may now claim P10,000 cash assistance from the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), while P15,000 is granted for death claims. Many of those who got infected by the virus are workers who are now faced with financial burdens, on top of their health problems, ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said in a news release posted on Tuesday. The agency said COVID-19 was approved to be listed under the commissions list of compensable diseases through a resolution approved in April this year.
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22 September 2021
Employers laud Pag-IBIG OK of penalty condonation
MANILA, Philippines-Employer groups yesterday lauded the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) for approving the lifting of penalties on companies unable to remit employees savings in the last two years to help businesses reeling from the impact of the pandemic. In a statement, the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) welcomed the approval of the request made by the groups for penalty condonation. We take this opportunity to extend to the Pag-IBIG management our gratitude for its unrelenting support and drive to sustain the economy by promoting the welfare of the entire business community, ECOP president Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. said.
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9 September 2021
DoLE proposes 21percent increase in 2022 budget
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has proposed a P44.3-billion budget for 2022, which, if realized, would be up 21.2 percent from its funding level this year. In a budget hearing at the House of Representatives Thursday, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the funding request was swelled by the expected expense of hosting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Senior Labor Officialsâ Working Group Meeting in May and the ASEAN Labor Ministers Meeting in October and November 2022. Mr. Bello said the DoLEs 2022 priorities will be to facilitate employment, protect workersâ rights, and provide social protections for vulnerable workers.
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2 September 2021
4,700 companies logged virus cases in workplace from January to September-DOLE
AT least 4,700 companies nationwide have registered Covid-19 cases in the workplace, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on Wednesday. In a television interview, Labor Assistant Secretary Teresita S. Cucueco disclosed most of the cases were from the following sectors: service; manufacturing; wholesale and retail; finance and insurance; and construction. The number of companies with infected personnel, however, may be higher since DOLE noted many employers have yet to submit their work accident and illness report (WAIR), where Covid-19 cases are logged.
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26 August 2021
Unemployment claims flood SSS as more Filipinos lose jobs
MANILA, Philippines-The state-run pension fund Social Security System (SSS) on Wednesday reported a surge in unemployment claims and members applying for such benefit during the first half of 2021 as tens of thousands of workers lost their jobs due to the lingering pandemic. The figures are expected to rise as the lockdowns imposed to contain the COVID-19 crisis prevented companies from operating at normal capacities. During the Aug. 6-20 enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) alone, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said more than 3,000 business establishments reported that they either retrenched or reduced the working hours of nearly 90,000 of their employees.
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