Toots Ople lays out plans for new migrant workers department

MANILA, Philippines – In her first months as secretary of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), Susan “Toots” Ople aims to conduct a “systems review” to improve how the governments cater to overseas Filipino workers, and hold virtual town hall meetings with overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Ople explained her plan in a Rappler Talk interview … Read more

[OPINION] Why standing with workers is a must in this election

‘In the end, billionaires and workers have conflicting interests that negotiations cannot reconcile’ We may have the most exciting elections on May 9. A week before this election, we had the most exciting commemorations of International Labor Day. The novelty lies not so much in the context of the pandemic. What makes this election and … Read more

91% of PH workers believe internet infrastructure needs to improve faster – survey

In Southeast Asia, the percentage of respondents wanting accelerated improvements is 78% in Singapore, 81% in Malaysia, 83% in Vietnam, 86% in Indonesia, and 87% in Thailand MANILA, Philippines – A recent survey by multinational IT firm Cisco found that 91% of the Filipino workers they surveyed believed that faster or more dramatic improvements to … Read more

Bishops seek probe into red-tagged church worker’s arrest in Cagayan de Oro

The Ecumenical Bishops Forum decries the arrest of church worker and activist Aldeem Yañez even as it calls for thorough and impartial investigations into what religious leaders see as a glaring violation of civil liberties CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – A group of bishops from different Christian churches on Monday, April 18, called on … Read more

Russian workers face new reality as Ukraine war sanctions sap job prospects

LONDON, United Kingdom – The phone call telling Oleksandr Kyryliuk he was losing his job came just hours after Russian troops stormed into Ukraine. His employer, beermaker Samuel Smith, had decided to pull out of the Russian market. “On February 24, we all woke up to a new reality,” said 33-year-old Kyryliuk, who had worked … Read more

Mamao gives orders as secretary, but migrant workers’ agency yet to be set up

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says Migrant Workers Secretary Abdullah Mamao can be held liable for usurpation of authority if he continues to issue orders and exercise functions of the DMW even if the agency has yet to be constituted He took his oath as secretary of Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) on March 9, … Read more

US paralegal admits role in smuggling Quiboloy’s church workers – US justice department

Paralegal Maria de Leon agrees to plead guilty for her role in facilitating sham marriages to allow church workers to immigrate to the US to solicit ‘donations’ for pastor Apollo Quiboloy’s ‘bogus charity’ MANILA, Philippines – Los Angeles-based paralegal Maria de Leon admitted to conspiring with embattled preacher Apollo Quiboloy’s subordinates to smuggle church workers … Read more

Rappler answers a dozen cyber libel complaints from Quiboloy workers

In counter-affidavits, Rappler and its assertion that their stories were based on interviews and first person accounts. ‘That is essentially what a journalist does…there is nothing defamatory there,’ asserts lawyer Ted Te. MANILA, Philippines – Rappler has submitted counter-affidavits to the Office of the City Prosecutor in Davao City denying accusations of cyber libel against … Read more

Costs of going unvaccinated in America are mounting for workers and companies

Nearly a year after COVID-19 vaccines became freely available in the US, one-fourth of American adults remain unvaccinated, and a picture of the economic cost of vaccine hesitancy is emerging. It points to financial risk for individuals, companies, and publicly funded programs. Vaccine hesitancy likely already accounts for tens of billions of dollars in preventable … Read more

Robredo to push for anti-endo bill ‘acceptable’ to both workers, employers

MANILA, Philippines – In her bid to stop the end-of-contract scheme or endo in the country if she becomes president, Vice President Leni Robredo said she would push for a version of the security of tenure (SOT) bill that is “acceptable” ” to both employees and employers, especially for the sake of micro, small, and … Read more