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By Mayen Jaymalin
The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – Here’s good news for jobseekers.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday assured that employment opportunities are brighter for jobseekers with the coming holiday season.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said various industries are expected to hire more workers in the last three months of the year as commercial establishments nationwide prepare for Christmas.
Even poor but deserving students who are on Christmas vacation can work temporarily in various business firms and government offices nationwide as provided under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES).
Employers will pay 60 percent of the students’ minimum wage while the government would shoulder the remaining 40 percent. The working students are also entitled to other benefits and privileges under the Labor Code.
Republic Act 9547 or the SPES Amendatory Law was passed last year to encourage employers engaged in small and medium enterprises to hire poor but deserving students so they will have the opportunity to earn more during vacation.
The labor chief said the government is also working to strengthen the agriculture sector as part of efforts to generate more local employment for Filipinos.
According to Baldoz, the government’s job promotion program is now starting to yield positive results as the country posted a lower unemployment rate in July.
Baldoz said they expect the unemployment rate to drop further in the coming months.
She added that the DOLE is closely coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the implementation of various construction projects that could also generate employment for Filipinos next year.
DSWD: Don’t exploit kids for poll campaign
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has dissuaded political candidates from bringing along children in their sorties.
The DSWD said that aside from the dangers involved in bring along children to campaign sorties, there is also the issue of exploitation.
“Please spare the kids sa campaign… napaka-delikado ang kanilang sitwasyon kung sakaling magkaroon ng stampede,” said Acting DSWD Secretary Celia Capadocia-Yangco.
She also sought a probe into some candidates’ infomercials which used children.
Based on Republic Act 9231 or the Anti-Child Labor Law, children should have permits before they can be used in TV advertisements, including political ads.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), however, said the candidates who used children for their ads have allegedly secured permits.
“Ayon sa director ng Child Labor Section, merong permit itong mga candidate,” said director Chit Cilindro of DOLE.
The labor department also reminded the candidates to follow the regulations concerning children in campaigns, especially when honorarium or talent fees are involved.
Those who are 18 and below are prohibited to work for more than 8 hours. It is also unlawful to force minors to work beyond 6 p.m.
The DSWD urged parents to immediately report to their office cases of exploitation. — With a report from Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News