On 23 February 2022, Labor Assistant Secretary Alice V. Visperas welcomed delegates from the Embassy of Malaysia to discuss laws governing employment practices and labor relations in the Philippines at the DOLE ILAB conference room.

First Secretary Nor Ayu Zie and Second Secretary Ahmad Salman Mansor, on behalf of the Malaysian government, expressed their gratitude for the reception and their eagerness to establish a sense of regional identity, cross-cultural learning, as well as mutual understanding of labor laws between the two countries.

During the meeting, Nicanor V. Bon of the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), provided a run through of relevant Philippine labor laws, with an emphasis on provisions on holiday pay, mandatory leave benefits, and other benefits stipulated under the country’s labor code.

Assistant Secretary Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco of BWC, DOLE NCR Regional Director Sarah Buena S. Mirasol, and Rosalinda P. Pineda of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) participated in the discussion on general labor standards. The discussion primarily revolved around matters concerning contract period, internship, termination, and retirement, as well as regulation of Filipino workers in the Malaysian Embassy.

Afterwards, Jerome P. Lucas of BLE discussed the four ways Malaysian-owned companies and diplomatic communities in the Philippines may hire Filipino workers: through the Private Employment Agencies, PhilJobNet, Public Employment Service Offices, and digital job platforms. Moreover, Rosalinda P. Pineda of BLE affirmed the reliability of the platforms, as sanctioned by the government’s rules and regulations.

The conduct of a face-to-face meeting despite the threat of the pandemic signified the deep and longstanding relationship between the Philippines and Malaysia, and the Department of Labor and Employment and its Malaysian counterparts’ commitment to mutual growth and development moving forward from the health crisis. END/