POEA and OWWA work with DFA, NBI to identify remains of OFWs who perished in Korean trawler sinking

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) are coordinating closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in an effort to facilitate the identification of the remains of the Filipino seafarers who perished in the sinking of the South Korean trawler, Oryong 501, in the West Bering Sea off the Russian Far East on December 1, 2014.


DOLE assures assistance to the family of volunteer who died in Tacloban during the Papal Visit

Secretary Baldoz assured the family of Kristel Padasas, a volunteer during the Papal Visit, that OWWA will provide them assistance. The mother of Padasa is an overseas Filipino worker in Hong Kong for 19 years.


DOLE lauds PhilJobnet’s 630,000 job postings

Secretary of Labor Rosalinda Dimapilis Baldoz commended the groundbreaking record of 630,000 job postings and 164,515 registered users of the Department of Labor and Employment’s PhilJobnet in its first year of new and enhanced operation, thus making its local online employment facilitation favorably vigorous, and far-reaching.


Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries trained for BPO employment

Some 200 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from the province of Batangas recently underwent a 14-day free call center training to prepare them for possible employment in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry.


Three of 13 Filipino seafarers in Korean trawler sinking come home

The three Filipino seafarers are Teddy Parangue Jr., Rowell Alejera, and Micol Sabay. They were part of the 13 Filipino crew of the ill-fated Oryong 501 which sunk after taking in water in the midst of a storm. Five Filipino sailors died in the accident and another five are still missing.


Closer coordination during maritime accidents vowed by related agencies

… [T]he Overseas Seafarers Committee of the Maritime Industry Tripartite Council had met and its members, which include representatives from government, seafarers’ unions, shipowners, and licensed manning agencies, were in agreement to coordinate more closely in times of maritime accidents, both in national and international waters.


DOLE: pay rules for special non-working days in NCR on January 15, 16, and 19

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said private business employers must observe proper pay rules and core labor standards for their workers on January 15, 16, and 19 which have been declared under Proclamation No. 936 as special non-working days in the National Capital Region on account of the visit to the Philippines of His Holiness Pope Francis, the Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church and Head of the State of the Vatican.