Republic Act 9042 (RA 8042) or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act, states that a recruitment agency can charge a worker up to one month’s salary for recruitment fees, as outlined in the employment contract. Special guidelines also exempt household service workers and seafarers, who in 2015, comprised more than half of deployed OFWs, from paying any placement fees.. read more →

2017 Sep 09
September 9, 2017

Economic ministers okay Asean priorities

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has adopted nine out of 11 priority deliverables aimed at fostering further integration of the 10-member bloc, the Trade department said on Friday. These include the Asean Seamless Trade Facilitation Indicators (ASTFI) where the bloc will set benchmarks and targets towards making the region more conducive for doing.. read more →

2017 Sep 07
September 7, 2017

EU-Asean FTA pushed

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More than 50 percent of European businesses surveyed for an annual study felt that the lack of a region-to-region free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) put “the Philippines at a disadvantage,” the 2017 EU-Asean Business Sentiment Survey reported yesterday. While other factors—such as expansion plans.. read more →

MANILA, Philippines –  Issues continue to prevent the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) from moving forward, with major “contentious” subjects remaining unresolved, a trade official said. Trade Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo said contentious issues on services, investment and trading of goods persist a few months before the Philippines’ end-2017 target of reaching a “substantial conclusion”.. read more →

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has pushed for the productive reintegration of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to reverse the country’s decades-old labor export policy. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd called on all sectors to support the government’s continuing efforts to help the OFWs, especially those who lost their jobs, through better paying.. read more →