Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to the Republic of the Philippines as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Philippines: Expanded maternity law

The Expanded Maternity Law has now come into force …

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Philippines: Face masks, improvised face cover now required in Luzon

In the central part of Luzon, the country’s largest and most populous island, all employees must wear a face mask and employers must perform a temperature check and complete a health symptoms form each day …

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Philippines: Manila under coronavirus lockdown

President Duterte was one of the first political leaders outside China to stop all land, sea and air communications with other countries …

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Philippines: Duterte places Metro Manila under lockdown

President Duterte has taken the drastic step of stopping all land, sea and air communications with other countries …

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Philippines: Foreigners told to visit BI for ‘annual report’

All foreign nationals who have been issued with immigrant or non-immigrant visas, and have been given an alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card) must report to the nearest Bureau of Immigration (BI) before February 28th 2020, or be given fines, have their visa cancelled, or face deportation …

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Philippines: Probationary period for employees

A national MP has proposed a Bill that aims to extend the probationary period for employees from six months to two years …

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Philippines: Foreign workers must secure ‘certificate of no objection’

The Department of Labour and Employment has announced that foreigners who wish to work in the country must submit to the Department’s regional office, within three working days of their application, a “certificate of no objection” …

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Philippines: Is payroll covered by new act

It remains unclear if the National Payment Services Act enacted last November applies to payroll systems operated by individual employers or third-party payroll providers …

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Philippines: Online recruitment jumps 13% in March

The online provider of employment services ‘Monster’ has reported a rise of 13% in online hiring in the Philippines between March of 2018 and 2019 …

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Philippines: House of Representatives approves medical cannabis use

A Bill legalising the use of cannabis for medical purposes has passed the Parliament at second reading …

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Philippines: Government passes Telecommuting Act

The Telecommuting Act has been signed, allowing employees to work remotely …

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Philippines: House approves bill granting 100-day paid maternity leave

The Expanded Maternity Leave Bill (No …

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Philippines: Duterte signs law on national ID system

The first stage for introducing a new citizen identification system is now underway …

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Philippines: Duterte signs law protecting workers’ safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Law (OSHB) has now been signed by the President …

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Philippines: Labour-only contracts

The state President Rodrigo Duterte has responded to pressures concerning “labour-only contracts” (LOCs) by drawing up an executive order …

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