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No Legal HSW Status in Russia: DFA

MANILA, Feb 23 (PNA) - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued a reminder to all Filipinos that Household Service Worker (HSW) jobs in Russia are currently not available to Filipinos.

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OIC agrees to Indonesian Proposal on Migrant Workers

Jakarta, Feb 23 (ANTARA News) - The Organization of Islam Cooperation (OIC) has agreed on the Indonesian proposals related to employment issues, such as the mutual recognition of improvement of workers' skills and recommendation of bilateral agreements on labor exchange.
Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

DOLE pushing for OFWs’ Access to Passport, Phones in MOU with Kuwait

MANILA, Feb 22 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) wants Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait to be allowed to keep their passports and have regular access to their mobile devices.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ten Recruitment Firms lose License, One suspended due to Violations

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has ordered the cancellation of the licenses of 10 Philippine Recruitment Agencies (PRAs) while it suspended the license of another one after they have been found liable for recruitment violations.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Employers told to observe Proper Pay Rules on February Holidays

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has reminded employers in the private sector to strictly follow the proper pay rules on February 25, the 32nd Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.
Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

Public Sector PWRDs to receive Higher Amount of EC Carer’s Allowance upon President’s Approval of Increase

Recognizing the need to continually enhance benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) and make it more responsive to the welfare and development needs of Persons with Work-Related Disabilities (PWRDs), the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has approved an increase in the amount of Carer’s Allowance from P575 ...
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

ECC increases the Amount of Livelihood Package for PWRDs, Transportation and Meal Allowance

In an effort to provide a meaningful package of services to Persons with Work-Related Disabilities (PWRDs), the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has recently increased the amount of its livelihood starter kit to P20,000-P30,000 from its previous amount of P10,000.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

Saiful v PT Harindo

Date: 10 August 2017; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 96 PK/Pdt.Sus-PHI/2017; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

PT Shell Indonesia v Florentina Dyah Widhiastuti

Date: 20 March 2017; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 182 K/Pdt.Sus-PHI/2017; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

PT Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia (Persero) v Eko Wahyudi

Date: 04 May 2017; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 395 K/Pdt.Sus-PHI/2017; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

Government on track on Migrant Workers Regulation

BANGKOK, Feb 18 (NNT) - The government is working to solve the issue of illegal migrant workers in Thailand to have it completed within the set timeframe, focusing on joining hands with related agencies and authorities from the countries of origin.
Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Coca-Cola compensates Retrenched Workers

Coca-Cola Pinya Beverages Myanmar Ltd (CCPBM) and its sacked transportation workers have reached a settlement to resolve their dispute, one of the workers told The Myanmar Times on Sunday.
Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Striking Garment Workers return to work after Deal

Nearly 200 garment factory workers on Wednesday returned to work after the management agreed to fulfill some of their demands, worker leaders and factory executives told The Myanmar Times.
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Illegal Migrant Workers in Sukhothai urged to obtain Legal Status

SUKHOTHAI, Feb 16 (NNT) - Many business operators in Thailand's Sukhothai province have taken their migrant workers to One Stop Service centers to obtain legal documents that allow them to continue working in Thailand.
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DFA seeks Labor Deal with Kuwait Amid Deployment Ban

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - While certain assurances on the protection of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) made by the Kuwaiti government were welcomed, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is considering a bilateral agreement with the Kuwaiti government to ensure the safety of OFWs in the Gulf state.
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

OIC agrees to Indonesian Proposal on Migrant Workers

Jakarta, Feb 23 (ANTARA News) - The Organization of Islam Cooperation (OIC) has agreed on the Indonesian proposals related to employment issues, such as the mutual recognition of improvement of workers' skills and recomm ...

Saiful v PT Harindo PT Shell Indonesia v Florentina Dyah Widhiastuti PT Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia (Persero) v Eko Wahyudi more

Minimum Wage Hike still Problematic

Businesses and factories may soon be required to increase the minimum wage from the present 900,000 kip to 1.1 million kip a month in a bid to improve workers’ standard of living.

Oudomxay legalises Foreign Workers Savannakhet registers Foreign Workers Authorities spotlight Protection of Migrant Workers more

Former Utusan NUJ Chairman allowed to challenge Wrongful Dismissal

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - A former chairman of the Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd (UMMB) chapter of the National Union of Journalist (NUJ), Amran Ahmad was today allowed to challenge the decision of the Industrial C ...

Foreign Workers may be deported for repeated Traffic Offences No Special Leave for Government Doctors, Nurses to serve Abroad - Hilmi Rengan A/L Pachanada v Megah Murni Technology & Construction Sdn Bhd more

Coca-Cola compensates Retrenched Workers

Coca-Cola Pinya Beverages Myanmar Ltd (CCPBM) and its sacked transportation workers have reached a settlement to resolve their dispute, one of the workers told The Myanmar Times on Sunday.

Striking Garment Workers return to work after Deal Handbook for employing PWD inviting Comments National Wage Panel approves K4800 Minimum Wage more

No Legal HSW Status in Russia: DFA

MANILA, Feb 23 (PNA) - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued a reminder to all Filipinos that Household Service Worker (HSW) jobs in Russia are currently not available to Filipinos.

DOLE pushing for OFWs’ Access to Passport, Phones in MOU with Kuwait Ten Recruitment Firms lose License, One suspended due to Violations Employers told to observe Proper Pay Rules on February Holidays more

Government on track on Migrant Workers Regulation

BANGKOK, Feb 18 (NNT) - The government is working to solve the issue of illegal migrant workers in Thailand to have it completed within the set timeframe, focusing on joining hands with related agencies and authorities f ...

Illegal Migrant Workers in Sukhothai urged to obtain Legal Status Government provides Update on Illegal Fishing and Foreign Labor Policies Labor Minister urged Employers to bring their Migrant Workers into the Labor System by March 31 more

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DDG Pascua represents IPOPHL at HIPOC and WIPO High-Level Forum

Tokyo, Japan. Deputy Director General Teodoro C. Pascua presented the developments in the intellectual property system and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in response to global trends. DDG Pascua represented Director General Josephine R. Santiago and the IPOPHL at the Heads of Intellectual Property Office Conference (HIPOC) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) High-Level Forum 2018 held on February 19-23 in Tokyo, Japan. The HIPOC and the High Level Forum were co-organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO).

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NLA approves 14 Administrative Court judges

BANGKOK, 23 February 2018 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the proposed nominees for 14 Administrative Court judges.

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IBP creates Task Force to probe Attacks Vs Lawyers

MANILA, Feb 24 (PNA) - After the attack on the lawyer of a self-confessed drug lord and the recent ambush of lawyer in Quezon City, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has created a task force to investigate and prosecute those behind the killings of lawyers.

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President nominates Warjiyo as Central Bank Governor

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has proposed Perry Warjiyo as the sole candidate of Bank Indonesia (BI/the central bank) governor for 2018-2023 period, a legislator said.

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Cabinet reorganizes funding for Economic and Public Service Enhancement

BANGKOK, Feb 21 (NNT) - Thailand's Cabinet has resolved to increase the efficiency of public services by taking out a loan of 800 million baht while also approving over 5 billion baht to strengthen the domestic economy.

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DTI updates MSMES on PH’s Free Trade Pact

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is boosting its Free Trade Arrangements (FTAs) with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEPT) ASEAN plus 6, PH-EU (27 countries) and Asia Pacific (APEC’s 21 member economies).

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Start-ups, SMEs Call for Greater Access to Loans by Foreign Banks

Start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now calling for equal treatment of foreign and local banks as this will give them more options to borrow money for growth.

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More Support for Firms to innovate and go International Companies

The government will provide more support to firms that buy solutions and for those that develop their own innovations or team up with partners, in the form of tax reliefs.

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Ministry of Justice launches Mobile Campaign to promote Knowledge of Laws

AYUTTHAYA, Feb 20 (NNT) - The Ministry of Justice has launched a mobile campaign to educate people about laws and provide legal advice.

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DCA is now known as CAAM

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has been transformed into the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) effective today in line with the government's commitment to spur the nation's aviation industry to greater heights.

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PHL Embassy in Moscow issues Urgent Reminder: no Legal Status for Household Service Workers in Russia

MOSCOW, Feb 19 - In an advisory issued on February 13, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow reminded that “the category of household service worker is an occupation not open to Filipinos.” The Embassy issued the advisory after receiving queries from the public and media if Filipino household service workers could legally work in Russia.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Egypt Bolster FinTech Cooperation

Singapore, 14 February 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) signed an agreement to strengthen FinTech cooperation between the two countries on 6 February 2018. The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Seamless North Africa 2018 (under the patronage of the CBE), a conference focused on Payments, FinTech and eCommerce.

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