Awesome News: When the DOLE and DTI Listen to Feedback and Issue a Quick Clarification on COVID-19 Testing

Quick Feedback After the Backlash (Yay!) After issuing the DOLE and DTI  Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04, Series of 2020 last August 15 afternoon, the two were quick to listen to the constructive feedback of everybody else (Thank you, you guys!) and immediately issued a clarificatory statement regarding two questionable issues I had with the original […]

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HR Talk: 16 Common Questions Answered about Probationary Employment in the Philippines

Let’s Talk about Probationary Employment I have been receiving a lot of questions from probationary employees who found their employment allegedly prematurely ended after the ECQ was lifted. Many have started less than 180 days ago, mostly from January 2020. After the lockdown, probationary employees found themselves unceremoniously unemployed by “heartless” employers who don’t seem […]

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12 Things Employees Need to Know about the Post-ECQ Working Environment

A lot of businesses AND employees have been lambasting the national government for not offering enough support. Given how harshly they complain, I wonder if they actually know what rights do businesses have as an Employer. Likewise, I don’t think many employees understand the precarious situation is everyone is in, and the “New Normal” is […]

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Slides: SBWS + CAMP + DSWD SAP — Clearing out Confusing Questions Re: the SBWS Application

Thanks to the HR Shouts and Whispers and the wonderful HR Guru, Ms. Cristana Estacio Reclamado, we have finished the Webinar regarding DOLE CAMP, DoF/SSS/BIR’s SBWS and DSWD’s SAP. This is a followup to my post, HR HACKS: 12 CONFUSING QUESTIONS ABOUT BIR/SSS SBWS + DOLE CAMP and DSWD SAP ISSUES. Here were my slides […]

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HR Hacks: 12 Confusing Common Questions Answered About DSWD SAP, DOLE CAMP, and SSS SBWS

After receiving (or not receiving) government aid, many people are still confused as to what they are, and what they’re supposed to get. Hence, I consolidated the answers in one post just to clear things up. 1. What is CAMP, SAP and SBWS, and how do they fit together? They are three programs of many […]

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Should We Panic Now that the Coronavirus is HERE?!

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is already here in the Philippines. As of today, the current count is 24 confirmed cases, and this number will further increase as the days go by. As of March 10, here are the current statistics: As of 114,422 cases, there had been 4027 deaths (3.52%), and 64,088 recovered (56%). While Mainland […]

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Only in the Philippines: When a Hostage Taker Becomes the Good Guy

Yesterday, March 2, an armed man named Archie Paray y Pedraza, 40 years old, went into the mall admin office of V-Mall in Greenhills, San Juan, fired three gunshots, shot one person and took hostage up to 70 people, mostly rank and file employees working at the admin office in the mall’s second floor. He […]

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The Chinese has invaded Ortigas CBD

I remember St. Francis Square at Ortigas Center with fondness. The building used to house the Christ’s Christian Fellowship (CCF) weekly services, and it was there that the church grew to one of Philippine’s megachurches of today. St. Francis was also a place where you can get the cheapest clothes, shoes, and bags in the […]

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How Poor are Filipino Students in Studying?

There is a running joke that’s going around recently that the Philippines is deserving of the award of being lowest in terms of reading comprehension: “HM po” means “How much po?” which means that the typical Filipino do not even bother to read even when the question has already been answered. The heartbreaking truth is — […]

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5 Important yet Unconventional Questions to Ask BEFORE You Marry

Husband and I have joined more pre-marital counseling sessions more than average. We’ve gone through at least 15 separate sessions both one on one and as a group, but after we got married, there was still some adjustment. Apparently, most pre-marital counseling sessions are merely formality, and despite their good intentions, do not really dive […]

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