• 28 April 2015
MANILA, April 28 -- The government will continue to protect the rights of workers, as mandated by the Constitution, a Palace official said on Monday.Speaking at a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda cited the improvement in the Bureau of Labor Standards as among the government efforts to enhance the plight of workers in the country. Secretary Lacierda said that according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the number of strikes per year has been limited to less than 10. He also noted that of the 159 notices of strike filed last year, only two pushed through. This, he said, is the result of DOLE’s efforts to implement the Single Entry Approach, wherein filed labor cases go through a 30-day conciliation-mediation period. "We would like to be partners in progress and as much as we'd like the businesses to thrive so that we can employ more workers, we are also very consciously aware and mindful of their need to make sure that the plight of our laborers, our employees are also amply enhanced and protected. So we continue to do that. Our position is that: We would like to see labor and management as partners in progress, not as adversaries, ...Read more

APEC meeting in Bacolod to center on disaster risk finance

 CENTRAL  28 April 2015
BACOLOD CITY, April 28 -- Officials and delegates from member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will tackle disaster risk financing when they meet at the SMX Convention Center here on April 29 to 30. The discussion, which carries the theme "Disaster Risk Finance-APEC Roadmap ...Read more

Rehab efforts for past typhoons get P592-M support in 2015 GAA

 CENTRAL  28 April 2015
MANILA, April  28 --  The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the release of P592 million to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to fund the various rehabilitation projects supporting the victims of Typhoons Mario and Luis living in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, ...Read more