Age doesn’t matter when it comes to employment. Ayon sa batas, walang employer ang maaring mag publish ng documents na may pagtukoy sa batayan ng edad sa pagtatrabaho, according to DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

Napirmahan na nuong Feb 2, 2017, ang Department Order No. 170, which provides the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10911 or the Anti-Age Discrimination Act.

Ipinahayag din ni Secretary Bello na ipinatutupad na ito sa lahat ng employers, publishers, labor contractors or subcontractors and labor organizations.

Labag sa batas na mag print o publish ang mga employer in any form of media including the internet, or kahit ano mang advertisement na related sa employment suggesting preferences, limitations, specifications and discrimination based on age.

Labag din sa batas na manghingi ang employer ng requirements na nangangailangan ng declaration about sa age or date of birth sa pag process ng application. Bawal din tanggihan ang application sa trabaho dahil lamang sa edad ng aplikante.

Sakop din nito ang pagbabawal na ipagkait ang promosyon or training dahil lamang sa katandaan ng aplikante at empleyado.

Labor contractors or subcontractors are prohibited from refusing employment referrals or discriminate against any individual for the same reason.

May multang P50,000 at hindi hihigit sa P500,000 at pagkabilanggo na hindi bababa sa tatlong buwan at hindi hihigit sa dalawang taon ang maaring kaparasuhan sa mga lalabag dito.

For the complete published information about the Anti-Age Discrimination Act, please go to this link.

The Department of Labor and Employment together with the Department of Trade and Industry, announced last January 23, 2017 the Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan caravan. Ginawa ito upang para matulungan ang mga job seekers at ang mga aspiring entrepreneurs na gusto ng pag unlad sa kanilang kabuhayan.

Para saan nga ba ang Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan Caravan?

Ang DOLE at DTI ay gumawa ng isang event na tinatawag na Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan Caravan na magbibigay ng opportunity para sa mga individual na gustong paunlarin ang kanilang buhay. Ito ay ginawa upang magbigay ng trabaho para sa mga individual at bihasain ang isang entrepreneur para sa ikauunlad ng kanilang negosyo. Ito ay mabubuo sa pamamagitan ng Job fair, career and employment coaching and activities at mga gawain na may posibilidad na tulungan ang isang entrepreneur sa kanilang komunidad.

Gabay para sa darating na “Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan” Caravan

  1. Ang unang Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan Caravan ay magaganap sa Marikina. Ang dalawang araw na event na gaganapin sa darating na March 3 and 4. Magkakaroon pa muli ito sa May 1 sa araw ng labor day at June 12 Independence day. 
  1. Ang Expected na trabaho na maaaring makita sa event ay more on manufacturing, food processing, construction, tourism, Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM), transportation and logistics, and retail trade na under ng isang blueprint company.

For more information maari po nating bisitahin ang website link ng DOLE - http://dole.gov.ph/news/view/3391

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged returning overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who are licensed teachers to practice their teaching profession and become public school teachers in the country.

Under the program “Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir (SPIMS),” OFWs who passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers may apply for teaching positions and be employed with the Department of Education.

SPIMS is a reintegration program for OFWs who had returned in the last three years, and had teaching experience in the last five years. Those who have teaching experience beyond five years, or have no teaching experience at all will need to undergo an online refresher course.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the program aims to provide decent and sustainable work for returning OFWs as public school teachers.

Bello said the program has helped ease the country’s insufficient supply of public school teachers, especially in the provinces and remote areas in the country.

“The program has again benefited new set of former OFWs who are now teachers. We are glad for the beneficiaries because they are already back for good, closer to their families and loved ones and they now have regular teaching positions in their respective hometowns,” he said.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga reported that a total of 19 OFWs in Central Visayas have benefited from the program also meant to reverse out migration by enhancing their skills. The new SPIMS beneficiaries formerly work as teachers and household service workers in Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Turkey.

Sarcuaga said the beneficiaries are given Teacher 1 (Salary Grade 11) plantilla positions after having passed and complied with all the needed requirements.

Five of the former OFWs who hail from Cebu are now teaching in the public schools of Cebu City, Madridejos, Borbon, and Lilo-an in Cebu. Fourteen beneficiaries, who are residents of Bohol, are now deployed in public elementary and high schools in Dagohoy, Trinidad, Danao, Tubigon, Loay, Cortes, Lila, Carmen, President Carlos P. Garcia, Talibon, and Mabini in Bohol.

DOLE, through the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), implements SPIMS together with DepEd, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the Philippine Normal University (PNU).

Interested applicants may visit the website at www.nrco.dole.gov.ph while online application forms can be accessed here.

END/Luchel S. Taniza/Paul Ang

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday directed all Regional Offices of the Department to launch a massive information campaign against illegitimate contractualization and ‘endo’ practices to ensure strict implementation and enforcement of workers’ right to security of tenure.

“I ordered all Regional Directors to go all out in informing the public, particularly the employers and workers, that we are serious in our target of reducing ‘endo’ practice by 50 percent by 2016 and abolishing it by 2017,” said Bello.

Bello also directed the Department’s Regional Directors to double their efforts in the conduct of consultations and dialogues with workers and employers, including priority industries, where illegitimate contractualization and ‘endo’ practice is most prevalent. The priority industries include hotel and restaurant, manufacturing, health and wellness, malls, food chains, agricultural plantation, and corporate farms.

He added that through the conduct of orientations, the Department would be able to clarify and address issues on the government’s efforts to end illegitimate contractualization which are being raised by various employers’ associations and other stakeholders.

Bello also said that the Department is developing a frequently asked question (FAQ) pamphlet which will be disseminated nationwide. The said FAQ will also be posted in the websites of DOLE offices/agencies.

“There is a need to clarify and clearly define the concept of labor only-contacting engagements, status of employment, and the instances which might lead to the circumvention of the law,” said Bello.

“Labor-only contracting is prohibited. This means that labor-only contracting, or those arrangement where the contractor or subcontractor merely recruits, supplies or places workers to perform a job, work or service for a principal, is illegal,” said Bello.

He added that the Department recognized that illegitimate contractualization or “endo” practices exist in both bilateral and trilateral employment relationships.

“Illegitimate contractualization or ‘endo’ are  practices which constitute labor-only contracting or other similar arrangements where the duration of employment is fixed for a short period for purposes of circumventing workers’ rights to security of tenure, self-organization and collective bargaining, labor standards,  and other basic workers’ rights,”  said Bello.

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Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday warned the public about bogus job opportunities spread through email by an alleged overseas-based recruitment company.

Bello made the announcement after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration cautioned licensed recruitment agencies, including job applicants, about offers of overseas employment through e-mail by foreign manpower agencies.

“We received information from POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac that a certain Omegal Manpower Services Limited, claiming to be based in Ireland, is offering commissions to interested manpower brokers or individuals that can supply workers for various job openings in Canada, Mexico and Europe. We caution the public to be wary of this offer,” Bello said.

According to POEA, Omegal, in its email, promises local recruiters an amount equivalent to one-month salary of every worker supplied as agency commission.

“The POEA has searched the online presence of this manpower company allegedly based in Ireland, but it all turned negative. There is no such agency named Omegal Manpower Services Limited,” Bello said.

POEA Administrator Cacdac also warned applicants against falling prey to unscrupulous individuals that post supposed job vacancies in fake websites and Facebook pages especially those that require immediate payment of fees.

Cacdac said job applicants must ignore unsolicited emails that offer jobs in hotels and hospitals but require applicants to pay fees for testing, interview and language seminar, or visa orientation.
He also advised applicants to validate the authenticity of job offers through POEA’s verification system at the website poea.gov.ph, mobile phone application, or by calling its telephone hotlines 7221144 and 7221155.

Bello also invited the public to alert the DOLE of any similar illegal recruitment activities by calling DOLE hotline 1349. 

“We must help one another curtail the evils of illegal recruitment and human trafficking. Please inform us of any suspicious recruitment schemes happening in your places so that we can also enlist the support of other government agencies to save our jobseekers from being victimized by illegal recruiters,” Bello said.

The DOLE hotline service is open 24/7 to attend not only to queries about labor and employment issues but also to other critical incidents affecting local and overseas-based workers.

END/POEA/GSR

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) conducted another Kapihan at Balitaan session this year featuring the banking and finance industry. The event was held in Midas Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on 14 August 2015.