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ABS-CBN shutdown a 'betrayal of 11,000 workers,' labor groups say

May 05, 2020 - 10:46 PM

'To shut down a major media outfit and render the more than 11,000 workers jobless at a time when the country is reeling from a pandemic is the height of callousness!' says labor group Sentro

OFF AIR. The staff of ABS-CBN watch as President and CEO Carlo Katigbak makes a statement on the broadcast network shutdown by the National Telecommunication Commission on May 5, 2020. Photo courtesy of Alcuin Papa

Labor group wants 'new normal' in workplace that's not abusive

May 01, 2020 - 7:47 PM

'Wala tayong balak bumalik sa dating normal. Pangit 'yon. Exploitative 'yon. Abusive 'yon,' says Sentro secretary-general Josua Mata

LABOR DAY PROTEST. Members of Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Maralita ng Lungsod (BMP-KPML) stage a Labor Day Protest in front of their houses in Caloocan City on May 1, 2020, calling on the goverment for more benefits and assistance to workers affected by the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Workers reject 'weak' anti-endo bill

May 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) Labor groups argue that some 'strong' provisions in the House version of the anti-contractualization bill should have made it to the measure's final version

ENDING ENDO. Workers from various companies stage a rally calling for the passing of SB 1826 or the Security of Tenure bill at the main gate of the Seante on August 7, 2018. Fle photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Labor group to voters: Guarantee independent Senate

May 11, 2019 - 5:15 PM

'We, in all earnestness and hope, invite you to elect candidates who shall stand with you, protect you, treat you with dignity and respect, and truly liberate you,' says labor group Sentro

INDEPENDENT. Labor group Sentro calls on the independence of the Senate, as it was during the 17th Congress. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On Labor Day, rival groups ask voters to elect senators who 'truly' represent workers

May 01, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Labor groups with varying political ideologies gather to express support for pro-worker senatorial candidates – a show of unity that they describe as 'historic'

LABOR DAY. Militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno march to Mendiola, Manila as part of their Labor Day activity on May 1, 2019. Phoyo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

P25 minimum wage hike in Metro Manila approved

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The amount is way lower than the proposed P334-increase by labor group ALU-TUCP, one of the petitioners

WAGE HIKE. An additional P25 will be given to Metro Manila minimum wage workers. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Labor groups enraged as Duterte sacks Leftist Usec Joel Maglunsod

Oct 03, 2018 - 12:47 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte fires Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod without explaining why, but mentions the rising number of workers' strikes in the country

MAY DAY. Trade union leaders along with workers from different labor groups and federations march near Malacanang to protest on Labor Day, May 1, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Posters of Philippine heroes unveiled for Filipinos abroad

May 27, 2018 - 3:25 PM

'Sharing the words of our great Filipino forebears not only to our kababayans abroad…is our way of honoring their contributions,' says Project Saysay's Stacy Danika Alcantara Garcia

PROJECT SAYSAY. Jose Rizal is one of the Filipino heroes featured in the posters received by the DFA from Project Saysay. Courtesy of Project Saysay

Concerns over State Insurance Fund's sustainability after pension benefits hike

May 12, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Labor group Sentro raises questions on the sustainability of the State Insurance Fund after President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order raising pension benefits of disabled workers

PENSION BENEFITS. A labor group raises concerns over the newly signed executive order increasing pension benefits.

IN PHOTOS: Gearing up for Labor Day

Apr 30, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Groups stage a creative protest calling for an end to ENDO on the eve of Labor Day

WARM-UP. Protesters hold a pre-Labor Day protest in Quezon City on April 30, 2018 to call for an end to ENDO.

Thin crowd of protesters mobilize as Congress tackles martial law extension

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Less than 50 protesters from Akbayan party list assemble as Congress begins deliberations on the extension of martial law in Mindanao. Later in the day, the other faction of the Philippine left gathers about a hundred members, to hold its own protest

PROTESTERS. A thin crowd of protesters assemble at the gate of the House of Representatives to extend martial law in Mindanao. Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Ahead of ASEAN Summit, Trudeau hit for Canada garbage in PH

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:34 PM

'PM Trudeau, clean as you go. Take your garbage with you!' says a critic ahead of the ASEAN Summit, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend

TRUDEAU. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is criticized by environmental groups over the export of Canada's garbage to the Philippines from 2013 to 2014. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Labor groups protest 'one failed year' under Duterte

Jun 30, 2017 - 10:32 PM

Labor groups hold a protest rally in Quezon City and raise 6 promises that President Rodrigo Duterte has made to workers but has yet to fulfill

FAILURE. Various of labor groups hold a protest rally on the government's failure to address the needs of workers as President Rodrigo Duterte marks his first year in office on Friday, June 30. Photo by Darren Langit

Keeping 'endo' alive: DOLE’s Department Order No. 174

Mar 22, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The labor department s dilly dallying is in stark contrast to the President’s consistent and unequivocal stand against contractualization

NO CONTRACTUALIZATION. Labor groups want all forms of contractualization to be prohibited. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: International Women's Day 2017

Mar 08, 2017 - 10:26 PM

Women s organizations march along the streets of Manila calling for an end to violence against women and to extrajudicial killings They also seek to oppose the death penalty bill

Mask of protest in celebration of International Womens Day. March 8, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Lawmakers: NCCA's proposed 2017 budget too low

Sep 27, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Wala akong alam na departamento na binawasan ng ganitong kalaking halaga Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts proposed budget

On Labor Day, Robredo wants to plug gaps in labor laws

May 01, 2016 - 1:00 PM

At a Labor Day rally the vice presidential candidate also says voters should look at what candidates have done for the labor sector even before workers rights became a hot topic for the elections

PROTECTING WORKERS. Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo addresses labor groups at a rally organized by SENTRO on May 1, 2016. Photo courtesy of Leni Robredo's media group

Samar-based NGO finalist in Project Inspire 2015

Nov 25, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Sentro ha Pagpauswag ha Panginabuhi Center for Local Economy Development provides a sustainable social enterprise model for seaweed farmers in Northern Samar

Image courtesy of Sentro ha Pagpauswag ha Panginabuhi.

Filipino priest to Pope Francis: Help PH tuna workers

May 05, 2015 - 1:51 PM

Reverend Father Rey Carvyn Ondap seeks the aid of the pontiff in stamping out malpractices in the Philippine tuna industry

43 repatriated fishermen get emergency livelihood aid

Mar 10, 2015 - 6:09 PM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz travels to General Santos City the country s known tuna capital to personally hear the fishermen s plight

The 43 Filipino fishermen imprisoned in Indonesia now released demands compensation to the giant General Santos City based fishing firm for allegedly abandoning them in a detention facility in Ternate Island, Indonesia. The "abandonados" arrived in the country on board Cebu Pacific on Monday February 23 in NAIA from Jakarta. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

DOLE: Both Citra Mina, supplier liable for any labor offense

Mar 05, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz s order provides that principals and contractors will be held jointly liable for any violations in labor occupational health and safety standards

'Citra Mina ignored my family's cry for help'

Feb 28, 2015 - 8:15 AM

Tuna exporting giant Citra Mina is alleged to have knowingly sent an illegal fishing expedition that put fishermen in peril

The 43 Filipino fishermen imprisoned in Indonesia now released demands compensation to the giant General Santos City based fishing firm form abandoning them in a detention facility in Ternate Island, Indonesia. The "abandonados" arrived in the country on board Cebu Pacific on Monday February 23 in NAIA from Jakarta. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Citra Mina: No direct relationship with 'abandoned' fishermen

Feb 26, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Tuna exporting giant Citra Mina says it is not the employer of 43 Filipino workers who were detained in Indonesia but rather Citra Mina s supplier Felisa Abe

The 43 Filipino fishermen imprisoned in Indonesia now released demands compensation to the giant General Santos City based fishing firm form abandoning them in a detention facility in Ternate Island, Indonesia. The "abandonados" arrived in the country on board Cebu Pacific on Monday February 23 in NAIA from Jakarta. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

DFA to bill Mindanao company for workers' repatriation

Feb 23, 2015 - 8:52 PM

Government had to use part of the funds allotted for the repatriation of migrant Filipino workers in war torn Libya to fly 43 fishermen out of Indonesia

DFA: Delay in helping fishermen due to lack of documents

Feb 23, 2015 - 6:30 PM

The Citra Mina employees did not have travel documents giving the foreign affairs office a hard time verifying their citizenship and extending help

43 Filipino fishers 'abandoned' in Indonesia arrive in PH

Feb 23, 2015 - 11:31 AM

Workers identify the owner of General Santos City s tuna exporting giant Citra Mina as their employer

43 Filipino fishermen held in Indonesia to be repatriated

Feb 20, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Labor center Sentro slams tuna exporting giant Citra Mina for its alleged inaction on workers welfare and safe return

[Food Porn] Kuisinero and the first kiss

May 26, 2012 - 10:00 AM

There is nothing that will ever be as powerful as that first kiss – and yet you actually become more vulnerable because of it And so it is with this dish