POEA bans deployment of OFWs to selected Thailand areas

After the declaration of the state of emergency in Bangkok and other surrounding areas stemming from the series of protests calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Ying Luck Shinawatra, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s Governing Board yesterday issued a ban on the deployment of newly-hired overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) intending to work in four specific areas in Thailand.


DPWH reopens bridge in Lanao del Norte

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has restored connectivity to coastal villages of Lanao del Norte as it opens today (January 27, 2014) the constructed Larapan temporary steel bridge, two weeks after it was damaged by flashfloods caused by a low pressure area.


Baldoz and Montejo outline DOLE-DOST convergence program on sustainable livelihood

Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and Secretary of Science and Technology Mario Montejo announced the contents in the menu of technologies that poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers, including workers displaced by natural calamities, and returning OFWs and their families, could benefit from under the DOLE-DOST Convergence Program on Technology-Driven, Resources Based, and Sustainable Livelihood.


DOLE: Foreign workers with pending Alien Employment Permit application must secure Provisional Working Permit

Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday instructed all DOLE regional offices to remind foreign workers in their areas of jurisdiction who have commenced employment in a local establishment even while their applications for the Alien Employment Permit (AEP) or employment visa are still being processed to secure a Provisional Working Permit (PWP) from the Bureau of Immigration (BI).


Statement of Secretary Deles on the signing of the Annex on Normalization and Addendum on Bangsamoro Waters

Today the GPH and the MILF jointly signed the Annex on Normalization, the last of the four Annexes to the GPH-MILF Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, which was completed on October 15, 2012. This paves the way for the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. This is indeed a long-awaited moment that is a gift to our people at the start of a new year of renewed hope and commitment.


Message of President Aquino to the College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (PCOMS) on the occasion of their 37th Annual National Conference and 54th Anniversary, January 25, 2014

In gathering for this assembly, you affirm your desire to empower our fellow Filipinos and hew our people’s path to an invigorated tomorrow. Such commitment is what defines today’s professional organizations, which stand united with our government as we revitalize the nation. May this gathering deepen your stake in our resurgence and imbue your alliance with greater passion to heal and uplift the spirits of your patients, and consequently, the entire Philippines.


Aquino admin drafts blueprint for inclusive growth

The administration under President Benigno S. Aquino III, through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), has laid down its Budget Priorities Framework for 2014-2016, effectively setting the government’s course in establishing rapid, long-term, and inclusive development before the conclusion of President Aquino’s term.


DOLE: More OFWs reunited with their families in 2013 than in 2012

More distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) came home and were reunited with their families and loved ones in 2013 than in 2012 as a result of the faster processing and resolving of cases of OFWs in distress by the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs).