Silvestre Bello

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Silvestre Bello said : “So, with this approval, all those nurses and medical workers, who completed their papers for deployment as of August 31 will now be allowed to be deployed,” External link

pna Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Rosales, who was taken to the Kagoshima-ken Kenritsu Ooshima Hospital for a complete medical check-up, was already able to talk with his family in Cebu,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:57:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are updating the relatives of our unfortunate Filipino crewmen every time we receive information from the Japanese Coast Guard who is on top of the search and rescue operation,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:57:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “In fairness to the companies that have been told that what they are doing is wrong, they immediately correct it since they know that if they will not follow we can order stoppage of their operation,” External link

pna Friday, September 18, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "While we don't want our nurses to leave, they are at a disadvantage. They don't have jobs here and even if they did, the salary is low," External link

JakartaPost Thursday, September 17, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "While we don't want our nurses to leave, they are at a disadvantage. They don't have jobs here and even if they did, the salary is low," External link

wsau Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:31:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “While we don’t want our nurses to leave, they are at a disadvantage. They don’t have jobs here and even if they did, the salary is low,” External link

news18 Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) recommended the exemption will cover out to August 31, which I favorably approved and submitted to IATF. Now, IATF approved our recommendation and it has been submitted to the President for his final approval,” External link

pna Wednesday, September 16, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Groups of nurses and medical workers have appealed to us and because of this the POEA through a governing board resolution, if possible extend the cut off to August 31. (We requested that) those who with complete papers as of August 31 be allowed to leave the country. This is just the recommendation of the POEA,” External link

pna Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We’re probably deploying some 1,200. The number will not affect our medical workers here,” External link

pna Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “There are still a lot of nurses who will be in the country and the medical services will not be hampered,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, September 8, 2020 11:02:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It was just a case of an oversight by the Bureau of Immigration They have already corrected it,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 8, 2020 6:32:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Rosales, who was taken to the Kagoshima-ken Kenritsu Ooshima Hospital for a complete medical check-up, was already able to talk with his family in Cebu,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, September 5, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are updating the relatives of our unfortunate Filipino crewmen every time we receive information from the Japanese Coast Guard who is on top of the search and rescue operation,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, September 5, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We will continue to provide and sustain our social protection programs for the affected workers in anticipation of the enactment into law of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (BAYANIHAN2)," External link

manilametro Saturday, September 5, 2020 12:15:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are updating the relatives of our unfortunate Filipino crewmen every time we receive information from the Japanese Coast Guard who is on top of the search and rescue operation,” External link

pna Saturday, September 5, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “They will also get insurance benefits if they are qualified members of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, September 4, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “Employment facilitation services in different platforms online, digital, and face-to-face - with the assistance of our public employment service offices, various national government agencies, and the private sector will be provided in order to connect Filipino jobseekers with the much-needed decent jobs for the country and its economy to recover,” External link

pna Thursday, September 3, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “I call upon every Filipino worker and citizen to observe discipline in observing minimum health protocols wearing of face mask and face shields, washing of hands, and physical distancing at all times as the health of our economy lies on a healthy workforce,” External link

pna Thursday, September 3, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They will also get insurance benefits if they are qualified members of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “What (Administrator) Bernard said was right, if we will consider the cutoff as of August 31, we would like to see how many of them have complied and how big is the volume. If the number is the same from those who completed their papers as of March 8, numbering between 600 to 900. In my own personal assessment, we can send them away but if the statistics revealed that we will be sending off about 50,000 nurses, that would be dangerous,” External link

pna Wednesday, September 2, 2020 1:19:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Either they were displaced because of COVID-19 or the virus infected them,” “Of the total number, 341,161 were displaced, which means they were either terminated from their jobs and no longer employed, or they could not go to work because of the lockdown, hence no work no pay” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, September 1, 2020 9:23:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “With these positive findings, the DOLE is confident that CITIRA [now renamed CREATE] will facilitate the creation of more and better employment opportunities for our workers through a regionally competitive corporate tax rate and a level playing field for firms and industries across regions, especially for MSMEs and in lagging and underdeveloped regions,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, August 30, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are ready for their arrival,” “We will continue to bring home our heroes whatever it takes,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, August 28, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are ready for their arrival,” “We will continue to bring home our heroes whatever it takes,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, August 28, 2020 12:11:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “As the project title suggests, we intend to ease the impact of the pandemic on the lives of our dear OFWs,” External link

pna Thursday, August 27, 2020 7:00:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The same respect will be accorded to the arriving OFWs who lost their lives in the KSA in pursuit of a better future for their families and motherland,” External link

pna Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Maganda 'yung ating prospect for new markets (Our prospect for new markets is good),” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : “For these programs, we have a total funding of PHP12.4 billion. Sourced from the DOLE 2020 regular budget, PHP4.8 billion; Bayanihan Act 1, PHP2.5 billion, and recently released repatriation funds of PHP5 billion. The OFWs are very thankful, Mr. President because we didn’t ask for this fund but we were surprised when you gave us PHP5 billion for repatriation expenses,” External link

pna Tuesday, August 25, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “If the nurse has a visa, ticket, verified employment contract and OEC (overseas employment certificate), then they can travel,” “It also includes nurses from the Balik Manggagawa program, where medical workers from abroad were stranded in the country because of the lockdowns” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 21, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “That’s what we’re worried about, the skilled and experienced nurses are going abroad and, in all probability, we will be left with newbies and under-experienced nurses,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 21, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “We appeal to these hospitals to consider giving higher compensation knowing the value of the services of their nurses and medical workers. Some of them work 10 to 12 hours,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 21, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The SWS figure is not actual joblessness,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 18, 2020 12:29:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Reeling from the very serious impact of the global pandemic, it is no surprise that the crisis has its highest toll on jobs and employment,” “We understand that the global pandemic has virtually wiped out the employment gains in the last decade. This is something that seriously concerns us,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, August 17, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Reeling from the very serious impact of the global pandemic, it is no surprise that the crisis has its highest toll on jobs and employment. We understand that the global pandemic has virtually wiped out the employment gains in the last decade. This is something that seriously concerns us,” External link

pna Monday, August 17, 2020 1:45:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The COVID-19 testing must be at no cost to the employees,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, August 16, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We encourage large and medium private establishments or those with multiple tenants, to designate an isolation area of one room for every 200 employees, which shall be other than the company clinic,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, August 16, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello explained : “We can’t ban smoking because it will adversely affect the tobacco industry,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “This is untrue. The ban imposed on the deployment of nurses stays,” “The public is hereby warned that any overseas deployment of nurses unless expressly authorized by the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration), is deemed illegal,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 14, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "If we ban smoking, those figures will be severely affected," External link

pna Friday, August 14, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I hope all the mayors will be the ones to explain to the employers, to the workers, to the businessmen to please follow this protocol,” External link

pna Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are still prepping the health protocols for workplaces and it may be confirmed soon,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:58:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The first batch of 354 repatriates will be home (Wednesday). And we are thankful to the government of Qatar for allowing the chartered flights to bring home our dear modern day heroes,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Effective August 15, it is not only face mask that workers should wear but also face shields. That is the new protocol," External link

pna Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The first batch of 354 repatriates will be home tomorrow (Wednesday). And we are thankful to the government of Qatar for allowing the chartered flights to bring home our dear modern day heroes,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The first batch of 354 repatriates will be home tomorrow (Wednesday). And we are thankful to the government of Qatar for allowing the chartered flights to bring home our dear modern-day heroes,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The first batch of 354 repatriates will be home tomorrow (Wednesday). And we are thankful to the government of Qatar for allowing the chartered flights to bring home our dear modern-day heroes,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The first batch of 354 repatriates will be home tomorrow (Wednesday). And we are thankful to the government of Qatar for allowing the chartered flights to bring home our dear modern-day heroes,” External link

pna Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:14:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We shall expedite the release of the appropriate insurance and OWWA benefits for all victims of the tragedy,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, August 6, 2020 10:36:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We will not get tired of assisting our returning OFWs, and facilitate their transport to the provinces and be with their families. This is just a small way to repay their enormous contribution to our country," External link

manilametro Wednesday, August 5, 2020 3:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We will not get tired of assisting our returning OFWs, and facilitate their transport to the provinces and be with their families,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We will not get tired of assisting our returning OFWs and facilitate their transport to the provinces and be with their families. This is just a small way to repay their enormous contribution to our country,” External link

pna Tuesday, August 4, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “While such establishments were effectively placed on temporary closure by the ECQ, it is advised that such establishments report their temporary closures with the appropriate DOLE Office using the Establishment Report on COVID-19 prescribed under the COVID-19 Flexi-Work Advisory,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, July 29, 2020 10:15:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Unfortunately, some of our OFWs have been greatly impacted by the pandemic and we hope that our repatriation efforts would bring them comfort as they will soon join their families and loved ones,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 29, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : “I’m hoping this is the last batch of dead OFWs arriving not because the government is tired of receiving them but due to the fact that it’s very painful to welcome dead heroes who served their families and country well,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 29, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "I salute to these fallen migrant workers. Fallen because like soldiers, they don't choose where to be taken. All they choose is to protect the future of their loved ones and their homeland," External link

pna Wednesday, July 29, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "If they are insured, they will receive an insurance benefit of USD10,000 but if they died of Covid-19, they will be entitled to insurance benefits of USD15,000," External link

pna Wednesday, July 29, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Saudi ) : "In the case of Saudi Arabia, there was a letter from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that they wanted us to send (them) home immediately or they will bury them there. So we had to come up with this immediate action," External link

pna Wednesday, July 29, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Fidel Agcaoili ) : “Ka Fidel V. Agcaoili, my counterpart in the peace table in our efforts to try to end the decades-long armed conflict with the CPP-NPA (New People’s Army)-NDF, was a man of honor and conviction,” External link

bulatlat Friday, July 24, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Fidel Agcaoili ) : “It is just sad that Ka Fidel will no longer savor the lasting peace with justice that he was pursuing with passion. Goodbye to a dear friend, a revolutionary and a peace warrior,” External link

bulatlat Friday, July 24, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Fidel Agcaoili ) : “Ka Fidel V. Agcaoili, my counterpart in the peace table in our efforts to try to end the decades-long armed conflict with the CPP-NPA-NDF, was a man of honor and conviction. He was an instrument in making the mostly arduous tasks of talking peace smoother and a bit easier,” External link

manilatimes Friday, July 24, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello added ( about Fidel Agcaoili ) : “It is just sad that Ka Fidel will no longer savor the lasting peace with justice that he was pursuing with passion,” External link

manilatimes Friday, July 24, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We will accord our fallen modern-day heroes the same grand welcome and memorial ceremonies due them upon their arrival,” External link

pna Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:56:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Many governments went ahead of us in easing restrictions. Their industries are almost fully operational again by now. They could recall our OFWs anytime,” External link

pna Sunday, July 19, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They might ask more requirements from our OFWs like government certifications to prove they are not a threat to the health and safety of their people. We can do that,” External link

pna Sunday, July 19, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Many governments went ahead of us in easing restrictions. Their industries are almost fully operational again by now. They could recall our OFWs anytime,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, July 18, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They might ask more requirements from our OFWs like government certifications to prove they are not a threat to the health and safety of their people. We can do that,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, July 18, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “The BPO industry also informed us of a current opening for some 6,000 call center agents,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:51:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “As we grieve with the families left behind by all our OFW heroes, including those already buried overseas and those flown home ahead, we give our highest respects and gratitude for their heroic sacrifices for the country,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, July 10, 2020 6:59:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We condole with the families of our modern-day heroes as we receive them back on our soil and give them honors in an extremely extraordinary situation," External link

manilametro Friday, July 10, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "Give me 15 names of your affected constituents because DOLE will provide them with galvanized motorized bancas to be used for their livelihood in Boracay," External link

manilametro Friday, July 10, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Baka may kilala kang mga OFW, sabihan mong mag-apply para sa P10,000.00 na cash assistance sa Overseas Workers Welfare Administration," External link

manilametro Friday, July 10, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “If today, we have 32 of our beloved OFWs from Dammam and 17 from Riyadh, next to be brought back are those from Jeddah and other parts of the region. To endeavor on the repatriation of the human remains of our OFWs of this magnitude is a first for the government,” External link

pna Friday, July 10, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We condole with the families of our modern-day heroes as we receive them back on our soil and give them honors in an extremely extraordinary situation," External link

irishsun Friday, July 10, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We sincerely apologize for the much delayed homecoming owing to the lockdowns, and strenuous processes that we have to undergo for their return. The added anxiety to the families caused by the suspended homeward journey is certainly undeserved,” External link

manilatimes Friday, July 10, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “By Friday, we will be bringing in 44 kasi yun lang ang kaya ng eroplano. Pero sa Sunday, another 44. At every other day, mag-uuwi na kami ng mga labi ng ating mga nasawing OFW,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:55:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We decided to bring the bodies home by batches so as not to delay further their repatriation. We ask for understanding to the families of the OFWs. We can’t bring them home [all 274 ] together, we can’t comply with [documentary] requirements,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:52:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Saudi ) : “We regret to announce that the repatriation of the remains of our dear OFWs from Saudi Arabia is being delayed due to the pending release of documentary requirements and our common desire to strictly adhere to the health protocols in transporting them,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, July 5, 2020 3:56:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Saudi ) : "We regret to announce that the repatriation of the remains of our dear OFWs from Saudi Arabia is being delayed due to the pending release of documentary requirements, and our common desire to strictly adhere to the health protocols in transporting them," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, July 3, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “So, we are talking of (the remains of) only 274, and by July 4 we have to bring them home,” External link

arabnews Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:15:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “So, we are talking of (the remains of) only 274, and by July 4 we have to bring them home,” External link

arabnews Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:15:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Umaasa kami rito sa BPO. Maaaring tutulong yan sa pagbounce back natin dahil alam naman natin na marami sa ating kababayan ang walang trabaho," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Saudi ) : "By July 4 eh dapat maiuwi natin yung ating minamahal na mga kababayan and we have to do that dahil kung hindi ililibing na po ng Saudi government yung ating mga kababayan," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We are doing our best na ma-meet lahat yung requirements including yung health protocols, exit visa, lahat ng pahintulot ng employers at pahintulot ng next of kin (all the necessary permissions)," "We will try to bring them by July 4," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “With CAAP’s permission, we can now bring home more OFWs so they can find refuge in their own country and be reunited with their families,” External link

pna Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We now have systems to locate and track OFWs so that while they signify their intention of flying home, preparations for them are already being made such as testing, hotel accommodation, and transport service to their places of origin,” External link

pna Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello told ( about Saudi ) : "Meron na kaming ini-schedule na iuuwi sila - yung may COVID at natural death. Iuuwi natin sila probably, kasi binigyan tayo ng taning ng Saudi government hanggang July 4; hopefully, pwede namin kunin sila before July 4," External link

abs-cbnnews Sunday, June 28, 2020 7:37:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “In repatriating our OFWs, we also have to consider the lockdowns imposed by countries where they are working,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:23:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “In repatriating our OFW, we also have to consider the lockdowns imposed by countries where they are working,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 27, 2020 6:01:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “The repatriation of OFW also becomes difficult to achieve when they still have loans to settle and complaints to face,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 27, 2020 6:01:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “Repatriation of OFWs also becomes difficult to achieve when they still have loans to settle and complaints to face,” External link

pna Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I do not believe that our OFW will eat food from trash,” “The truth of the matter, I was witness of things like this. Food that were below quality standards of groceries are the ones that they are getting” External link

tribuneonline Friday, June 26, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “That is really a practice, your honor. It happens. We confronted our labor attache on that and he said it really happens, now it is being dramatized,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, June 26, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Doon sa documented, may binigay si Pangulong Duterte na P2.5 billion na cash assistance. Kaya lang sa pagbibigay ng cash assistance ay priority ‘yung mga documented. Ang una, ‘yung mga documented na nawalan ng trabaho o hindi nawalan ng trabaho pero hindi makapag-trabaho dahil sa lockdown,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, June 25, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Ang ginawa namin sa IATF na nagkaroon ng usapan na ‘pag dumating ang OFWs, longest they should stay in Metro Manila is five days. Fifth day, dapat pa-uwi na sa final destination. Ganun na ang bagong protocol ngayon,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, June 25, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Wala pong work permit ang mga 'yon. We don’t issue alien work permit sa mga doctors na 'yun. Because ang dami nating doctors bakit naman natin bibigyan ng permit ang mga foreign doctors. We will only allow a foreign national an AEP (alien employment permit) if there is no Filipino who could do the work,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 24, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “In compliance with President Duterte's order to facilitate the swift return of our displaced workers from abroad to their families, we are now sending them home in just five days maximum after they reach our ports,” External link

pna Friday, June 19, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : "Pagdating dito, na RT-PCR testing na sila agad at dadalhin sila hotel upang hintayin ang results. 'Pag negative yan, pauuwiin na sila sa kanilang final destination (When they arrive here (Philippines), they are already tested through RT-PCR and they will be sent to hotels while waiting for the results. If it is negative, they will be sent home to their final destination)," External link

manilametro Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:50:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Oasis will be able to generate vital information that will help the IATF pre-position government resources and needed assistance for our repatriated OFWs,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, June 14, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We received information that some big companies have already given notice for their requirements, one of which is needing at least 4,000 seats to be filled up before September,” External link

BangkokPost Sunday, June 14, 2020 12:29:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “I have directed the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the concerned licensed manning agency (LMA) to immediately get in touch with the family of seafarer Jocson and assure them of all the support, assistance, and benefits,” External link

pna Friday, June 12, 2020 12:30:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Through this system, the government can track the whereabouts of our returning OFWs and provide them prompt assistance and relief upon their return to the country,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, June 11, 2020 9:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are grateful for the assistance given by the Qatar government that compelled their previous employer to give the affected OFWs all the salaries and benefits due them,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, June 11, 2020 8:21:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “Through this system, the government can track the whereabouts of our returning OFWs and provide them prompt assistance and relief upon their return to the country,” External link

pna Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:51:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The 7.3 million is just a survey and it is not actual or factual,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Hindi actual 'yan kasi kung tuus-tuusin at ang mga nagsabi na nagsara sila ay 2,068 companies or employers," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We agreed in the task force that they will stay only a maximum of five days,” External link

pna Monday, June 8, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They tested negative from the PCR test so by tomorrow (Tuesday) we'll send them off to their final destination,” External link

pna Monday, June 8, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “When the global pandemic hit, we feared that employment would be impacted badly. We expected these results given that the health crisis has crippled most of our economic activities,” External link

gulf-times Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:00:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The lockdown during the community quarantine from March to May, which is supposed to be the period for job hunting of our fresh graduates, has put the labor force in a standstill as two-thirds of the economy is shut down,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Rest assured that we will continue to provide employment facilitation services, in different platforms — online, digital, face-to-face with the assistance of our Public Employment Service Offices,” “We are also thankful to the private sector for continuously engaging with us in extending job opportunities to displaced Filipino worker. We encourage more companies to help connect Filipino jobseekers with the much-needed decent jobs for the country and its economy to recover,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The lockdown during the community quarantine from March to May, which is supposed to be the period for job hunting of our fresh graduates, has put the labor force in a standstill as two-thirds of the economy is shut down,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, June 5, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Rest assured that we will continue to provide employment facilitation services, in different platforms – online, digital, face-to-face with the assistance of our Public Employment Service Offices,” “We are also thankful to the private sector for continuously engaging with us in extending job opportunities to displaced Filipino worker. We encourage more companies to help connect Filipino jobseekers with the much-needed decent jobs for the country and its economy to recover,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, June 5, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "As the economy opens gradually, we are hopeful that the labor market will also recover. The Department is committed to preserve and protect employment as we await the approval and implementation of the whole-of-government Recovery Plan in the remainder of the Duterte Administration," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, June 5, 2020 1:06:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "We have proposed na magkaroon ng cash subsidy for employers, 'yung employers ang bibigyan namin ng cash subsidy. To see to it na ang mga employees nila ay hindi tatanggalin at kung maari ay dadagdagan pa nga," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:13:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "There were no exclusions. We gave financial assistance to all formal workers who could not report to office because of COVID-19. We based our assistance on the submissions of their employers," External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Not a single OFW is asking us to bring them home. They are safe there,” External link

pna Tuesday, June 2, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Manila Bay ) : “Those who have returned home includes around 8,000 seafarers who were stranded in 26 cruise ships in Manila Bay,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, June 1, 2020 9:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It is hard [to conduct job fair] because we also have to consider social distancing,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:18:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Our total deployment for the month of April is only 1,107. Before that, 200,000-plus for the months of January, February, and March. When it happened, 99 percent were not able to leave and less than 1 percent were able to leave,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:18:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We apologize for the anxiety and the discomfort that the unwarranted suffering may have caused our dear overseas Filipino workers, all 24,000 or so of them," "They do not deserve this to happen to them and I repeat I am very sorry to our overseas Filipino workers," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 29, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Our total deployment for the month of April is only 1,107. Before that, 200,000-plus for the months of January, February, and March. When it happened, 99 percent were not able to leave and less than 1 percent were able to leave,” External link

pna Friday, May 29, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “There is a deployment ban but there is an exception. And it refers to the nurses and medical workers who completed all of their papers for deployment before March 8. Those with complete papers before March 8, they were allowed,” External link

pna Friday, May 29, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We committed to safely bring home our OFW who have been locked up in various quarantine facilities over an extended period of time,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 29, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are just short by about 5,000 OFW who are still waiting to be transported back home so as to accomplish what we were tasked to do. As of last night, we were able to send home 19,010 OFW,” “It should be done before Sunday,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 29, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “With it, we will now know the exact number of stranded OFW, how many of them got infected with COVID-19, and how many were displaced,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 29, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I would really like to apologize to our OFW for the anxiety, discomfort and unwarranted sufferings that we have caused them. I wish to restate that the government did not intend to inconvenience our OFW with prolonged quarantine and delayed results,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 29, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “As of this morning, we are just short by about 5,000 still waiting to be transported for their homecoming to accomplish what we were tasked to do. As of last night, we were able to facilitate sending home 19,010 OFWs,” External link

pna Friday, May 29, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “Some 5,000 seafarers have been sent home already. They are included (in the) 24,000 (OFWs),” External link

pna Friday, May 29, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We apologize for the anxiety and discomfort that the unwarranted suffering may have caused our dear OFWs, all 24,000 or so of them. We committed to safely bring home our OFWs who were virtually locked up in various quarantine facilities over an extended period of time,” External link

pna Friday, May 29, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are doing this so as we don’t lose the jobs for our OFW, while at the same time we help facilitate the quick homecoming and be of assistance to our returning workers,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:13:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : “Kung mabibigyan niyo kami ng enhanced TUPAD program of 3-6 months, baka this may require about P10-15 billion,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Hopefully...we send off a bigger number kasi nakakuha kami ng barko who will bring OFWs to their respective destinations,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Between 25 percent to 75 percent cash subsidy sa employers para yung empleyado nila hindi tanggalin at dadagdagan pa,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Sinasabi namin sa mga leaders ng construction industry na instead of mechanizing your works, baka pwedeng gawin niyo nang manualized na lang. ‘Wag na kayong gumamit ng backhoe, gumamit na lang kayo ng additional workers,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "Medyo kinapos kami. Unang-una kinapos kami ng bus," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:01:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “If there are arrangements to ease the effect of the situation, both should decide for the benefit of all concerned,” External link

pna Saturday, May 23, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Now nabigyan na namin ang almost 660,000 formal employeers na P5,000 cash assistance. Ang nabayad namin diyan is P3 billion. Hanggang doon na lamang po ang aming pondo," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, May 23, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Pinaka-nightmare namin ngayon how to protect employment," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 22, 2020 6:27:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Yung (the) 2.6 million, that is the actual number of workers either displaced because of temporary closure or because of the flexible work arrangement. Our estimate is that we may go as high as 5 million," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Every time we pay somebody, agad binibigyan ang DSWD ng listahan para hindi na mabigyan ulit,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We know that businesses have suffered so much, but for the sake of our economy we encourage them to dig deeper into their vast reserve of charity and benevolence so that their workers and the communities can continue to further weather this crisis that we are all facing and fighting together,” External link

pna Monday, May 18, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Humingi kami ng 2.5 bilyon, 1 bilyon lang ang pinadala. We will live with that, hangga't meron pa, ibibigay natin sa mga OFWs, kasi kailangang kailangan nila yan," External link

manilametro Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "They will receive the cash assistance thru ATM or via remittance centers if they are abroad," External link

manilametro Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We found that our estimate is a little low, as of yesterday (Wednesday), 411,000 have applied for the AKAP. We approved more than 100,000, so there is still excess funds,” External link

pna Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “What we need to do is make advisories for employers to adopt different arrangements to avoid laying off workers,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Itong figure natin baka lolobo pa 'yan, kaya ang dapat natin gawin ngayon ay gumawa tayo ng mga advisory, sa mga employers at business establishments para mag adopt ng iba’t-ibang klaseng arrangements para mabawasan ang pagtatanggal o pagsasara," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, May 12, 2020 6:16:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "One million na process namin pero inabutan na ng shortage ng funds," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, May 11, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Anticipating na lahat ng nag-apply ay mag qualify ay kakapusin na naman ang pondo namin kaya we asked for additional funds from DBM and Office of the President," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, May 11, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Employees shall continue to be employed. They remain entitled to all labor standards,” “We trust that this issue will be resolved based on applicable laws, rules and regulations. In any case, paramount are the protection of the rights and the promotion of the welfare of all workers including those of ABS-CBN” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, May 6, 2020 12:22:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “Employees shall continue to be employed. They remain entitled to all labor standards,” External link

pna Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:27:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "The issuance of the cease and desist order does not have immediate impact on the employment of its employees. It does not automatically extinguish the corporate existence of any company," "Paramount is the protection of the rights and the promotion of the welfare of all workers, particularly those of ABS-CBN," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:19:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Before entering the workplace, all employers and workers must have face masks, [which] must be worn at all times and removed only when eating or drinking,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, May 3, 2020 10:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Employers may test workers for COVID-19. Testing kits used and procured shall be the responsibility of the employer,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, May 3, 2020 10:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “Sadly, at this moment we were not able to celebrate this occasion with you, and acknowledged your big contributions to our country due to the pandemic that has affected a big portion of the world,” “This is the first time in recent history that we are witnessing widespread suffering of our family, neighbor, and community. This is the first time in recent history that we witness how our social and economic lives are on a standstill,” External link

pna Friday, May 1, 2020 1:55:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Also, we are deep into the details of a recovery plan post-Covid for the generation of a fresh one million jobs in the provinces for our workers in the coming months,” External link

pna Thursday, April 30, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Ang focus namin ay employment - na ang mga manggagawa natin ay hindi mawalan ng trabaho," External link

manilametro Thursday, April 23, 2020 4:22:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Joel Villanueva ) : “We are grateful to Senators Villanueva and Go for their unwavering support in helping our workers tide over during this health crisis,” External link

pna Sunday, April 19, 2020 2:14:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Just this morning, we received the news that my sister, my favorite dear sister, Cathy, already left us,” “She was about to recover, but I don’t know what happened. There was a relapse,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Paborito ko ‘yan si Catherine, sumusunod sa akin ‘yun (Catherine was my favorite, she always obeyed me),” External link

inquirer Saturday, April 18, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “She was about to recover, I don’t know kung anong nangyari (I don’t know what happened), nag-relapse. Then just this morning, we received the news that my favorite dear sister Cathy already left us,” External link

inquirer Saturday, April 18, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Just this morning, we received the news that my sister, my favorite dear sister Cathy already left us,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, April 18, 2020 3:33:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Mayroon kaming welfare officer in Dubai na minumura niya 'yung OFW. I saw it on Facebook na itong aming welfare officer na sa halip bigyan ng tulong, ng pagkain itong mga OFW, abay minumura," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "I ordered a suspension and investigation and ordered his recall to the Philippines. The first available flight uuwi na siya (he will come back home)," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Just this morning, we received the news that my sister, my favorite dear sister Cathy already left us," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:32:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Welfare Officer ) : “In this regard, please be advised that Welfare Officer (Danilo) Flores is hereby suspended from the performance of his duties as Welfare Officer pending investigation of the incident,” “We assure the public of our continuing welfare and assistance program,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, April 17, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "Nararamdaman ko rin ang impatience ng ating mga kababayan. Alam din nating gutom sila kaya hindi natin masisisi sila 'pag nagrereklamo sila," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "Nararamdaman ko rin ang impatience ng ating mga kababayan. Alam din nating gutom sila kaya hindi natin masisisi sila 'pag nagrereklamo sila," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:42:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “More than 1 million of those were due to temporary closures while the balance were affected by various flexible work arrangements,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:33:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are thankful to those who responded positively to our request that the P5,000 one-time assistance under CAMP has already benefitted about 220,000 workers with close to P1.1 billion in assistance funds,” “We have not, in fact, discontinued accepting establishment reports so that we may have a better picture of the impact of the health emergency on the workplaces. And the numbers keep getting bigger by the day,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, April 14, 2020 3:32:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello explained : “More than one million of those were due to temporary closures while the balance was affected by various flexible work arrangements,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, April 14, 2020 3:32:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are thankful to those who responded positively to our request that the PHP5,000 one-time assistance under CAMP has already benefitted about 220,000 workers with close to PHP1.1 billion in assistance funds,” External link

pna Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "I once again knock in the kind hearts of our employers, especially the conglomerates and big businesses. Please extend further your generosity to your employees and workers. Your good-heartedness and compassion is a great help to the government," External link

manilametro Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:00:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Also included in the programme are those who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but have undertaken actions to regularise their contracts or status; or who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but are active OWWA members at the time of availment," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, April 11, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Included ‘yan ‘yung employment development, enhancement kasi kailangang kailangan natin ang trabaho (That is included in the employment and enhancement plan because we really need to generate jobs),” External link

pna Saturday, April 11, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Also included in the program are those who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but have undertaken actions to regularize their contracts or status; or who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but are active OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) members at the time of availment,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, April 11, 2020 12:01:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Also included in the programme are those who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but have undertaken actions to regularise their contracts or status; or who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but are active OWWA members at the time of availment," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “So far, these two programs already benefitted 440,000 workers to date. In the DOLE AKAP program, we are looking at providing assistance to about 150,000 OFWs,” External link

pna Tuesday, April 7, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I therefore appeal again to companies that, for the sake of your employees and workers, submit your reports so that we may be able to extend them their most needed assistance under the COVID 19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP),” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I therefore appeal again to companies that, for the sake of your employees and workers, submit your reports so that we may be able to extend them their most needed assistance under the COVID 19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP),” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Among these programs are DSWD’s food and non-food items, cash assistance to individuals in crisis, and livelihood assistance grants; cash assistance of Department of Agriculture to rice farmers; and other programs of the Department of Trade and Industry,” External link

pna Wednesday, April 1, 2020 4:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Our call to all employers please at the soonest possible time, submit to us your payroll, that will be our basis for us to release to their workers the PHP5,000 cash assistance,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Mismong employer nila ang magpapadala ng payroll. Tapos magpapadala kami ng pera sa employer para sa mga empleyado na hindi nakapasok dahil sa quarantine," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, March 30, 2020 7:51:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Our nurses are needed more at home," External link

dw-en Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They were also offered reintegration assistance such as livelihood projects or community-based income-generating projects, skills training, scholarship for their dependents, credit facilitation and lending, as well as social and family counseling, and stress debriefing,” External link

pna Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Lahat ng OFW na nasa ibang bansa na nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa COVID-19 bibigyan po natin sila ng financial assistance na $200. That's P10,000," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7:40:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Hindi po namin kayo pababayaan (We will not neglect you)," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7:40:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Tingnan natin muna kung ano ang capacity ng ating mga employer...the tripartite group will have to be consulted on that,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:11:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “As soon as we get a copy of that bill, we will be preparing the guidelines,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:11:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I again appeal to our employers not to resort to retrenchment amid the work stoppages, suspension of public transportation and restricted movement of people in the communities. I implore business owners to earnestly find other measures to preserve employment of workers so as not to compound their already dire condition,” External link

pna Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They do not have to report if they don’t want to report. Or since they are under enhanced community quarantine, then they can really not report and they will be excused. There will be no basis for them to be disciplined,” External link

pna Wednesday, March 18, 2020 5:12:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Pag ikaw ay isang informal worker, nagbebenta ka ng mangga, o nagbebenta ka ng gulay, o kaya nagta-tricycle ka, at mawalan ka ng trabaho dahil dito sa enhanced community quarantine, bibigyan ka namin ng trabaho. This is good for maybe between 10 to 20 days," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Madali lang po kasi sanay na 'yung mga barangay officials diyan dahil itong programang ito, every year we do it. Every, almost every three months, nag-aano kami," "Remember mo 'yung closure ng Boracay? When Boracay was closed for 6 months, the restaurant workers and the hotel workers were displaced. Wala silang trabaho kasi nawala ang operations eh. So what did we do? We gave them work for 6 months," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : "Or, since we are under enhanced community quarantine, they really cannot report. They will be excused. There will be no basis for them to be disciplined," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Effective immediately, we are rolling out a PHP180-million emergency employment program under TUPAD for some 16,000 informal sector workers and the P1.3-billion Covid Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) to benefit about 250,000 workers,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We also reiterate our appeal to all employees to cooperate with the government and their employers to implement the necessary measures to contain the spread of Covid-19,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Yung madidisplace na workers, sila na muna mag-shoulder ng 1 month salary" External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 3:44:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “But with strong cooperation among the stakeholders, I am confident that we can triumph over challenges posed by COVID-19,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, March 16, 2020 8:11:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “This is proof that there are opportunities in adversities,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, March 16, 2020 8:11:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "But with strong cooperation among the stakeholders, I am confident that we can triumph over challenges posed by Covid 19," External link

manilametro Monday, March 16, 2020 10:19:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "This is proof that there are opportunities in adversities," External link

manilametro Monday, March 16, 2020 10:19:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The same shall apply to residents in Metro Manila who work in nearby cities and/or municipalities outside the National Capital Region,” External link

pna Saturday, March 14, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Not for the moment but if becomes prolonged malaking bagay ‘yan. Baka naman temporary lang. After one week or two weeks lift na (it will have impact. I hope it will be temporary only. After one week or two weeks lifted already),” “Ang sabi kasi ng (According to) Qatar and Kuwait temporary. In fact, ang Kuwait seven days... good if after seven days they would lift pero (but) what is clear temporary banning lang ‘yun (only),” External link

pna Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "Yon ang gagamitin naming pondo kung sakaling maraming matatamaan ng closures at retrenchment. Bibigyan namin sila ng emergency employment," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It should be an arrangement between the employer and employee… although it should not be compulsory,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, March 7, 2020 7:23:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The Department recognizes the desirability and practicality of flexible work arrangements that may be considered by employers after consultation with the employees… taking into account the adverse consequences of the situation on the financial viability of the company,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, March 7, 2020 7:23:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “The incidents of some of our workers losing their jobs is because their employers are not permanent residents of HK. They are the ones who have left so they have to let go of their workers. But it’s not very hard for them to find employment. In fact, our workers in Hong Kong have become very (indispensable)," Bello said. He was referring to the Hong Kong protests last year which barely affected OFWs on the island. "So we are not alarmed of any possible employment loss to our overseas workers in Hong Kong,” External link

pna Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:25:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Well, we are talking about PHP2 billion. Initially. But that will not be granted on a one-time basis but as the need arises. We are revisiting as well our priorities in the grant and release of financial assistance through our AMP, Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program (TUPAD), and Government Internship Program (GIP) programs to affected sector especially in industries vulnerable to Covid-19,” External link

pna Wednesday, March 4, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It’s not a retaliatory order. It’s a practical order because we will be requiring so many additional requirements from our workers and that giving more burden to our workers so in order to prevent our workers from going there we might as well go to other countries where there are not so much requirement so we have to scale down on Kuwait,” External link

pna Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “That was an argument between DOLE and the Department of Foreign Affairs this morning so probably that will be signed anytime today (Wednesday) or tomorrow (Thursday),” External link

pna Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We may cancel their license. We will also look into possible criminal liability if the hostage taker’s claim that the agency did not remit to SSS, PAGIBIG and PhilHealth,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, March 3, 2020 9:36:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “We also have to consider the responsibility of the agency. It could have been the root cause of the hostage taker’s behavior. Maybe he was forced to do that because of the policy of the agency,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, March 3, 2020 9:36:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Unsuspecting victims were then asked to pay the amount of US$D440 in exchange for non-existent jobs,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “This government to government agreement shall validate the existence of guaranteed employment offers. Hence, we are warning the public to be very cautious of this scam that seemingly capitalizes on the still-to-be finalized labor agreement between the Philippines and Yukon,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Based on the report by our POLO Vancouver, the Yukon government is still studying the memorandum of understanding, and DOLE will provide an update on this undertaking,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to television network GMA 7, for extending their valuable support to the OSH advocacy," External link

manilametro Thursday, February 27, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : "Their celebrities Ms. Lexi Gonzales and Mr. Kim De Leon has consented to help us share the vital OSH information for the Filipinos," External link

manilametro Thursday, February 27, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We discovered some violations and we asked them to comply. We issued compliance orders. And in fairness, they complied," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, February 26, 2020 4:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : “We could consider extending to them our usual TUPAD which is the emergency employment program. That’s the livelihood program that we could extend to them,” External link

pna Monday, February 24, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I do not know if they will accept or allow the benefits na hinihingi ko (that I requested). Let us wait,” External link

pna Monday, February 24, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : “That was the statement of their sales manager who happens to be a lawyer and he said the issue of the closure is non-negotiable dahil hindi ‘yung Honda Philippines ang nag- decide (because it’s not the HCPI that made the decision), it was Honda Japan,” External link

pna Monday, February 24, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We are confident that the BLA with Moscow will soon be finalized in line with our commitment to provide protection and support for OFWs as we continue to see increasing demand for our workers in that part of the world," External link

pna Sunday, February 23, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We are confident that the BLA with Moscow will soon be finalized in line with our commitment to provide protection and support for OFWs as we continue to see increasing demand for our workers in that part of the world," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We are elated by their decision to register with OWWA as members, and as such will now allow them to have insurance coverage. Their membership will also enable them to access free skills and entrepreneurship training, not to mention scholarship for their children, return and reintegration preparedness and other programs," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The directive hopes to raise further awareness, prevent stigma and discrimination among Filipino workers in as far as mental health conditions are concerned and provide support to workers with mental health issues for them to gain access to medical health services,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, February 19, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “After due consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and with the filing of appropriate charges against the perpetrators (in the killing) of OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) Jeanelyn Villavende, the governing board of the POEA unanimously approved the lifting of the remaining ban in Kuwait with respect to the deployment of household workers,” External link

arabnews Saturday, February 15, 2020 5:01:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “After due consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and with the filing of appropriate charges against the perpetrators (in the killing) of (Overseas Filipino Worker) Jeanelyn P. Villavende, the Governing Board of the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) unanimously approved the lifting of the remaining ban in Kuwait with respect to the deployment of household workers,” External link

bworldcom Friday, February 14, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “After due consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and with the filing of appropriate charges against the perpetrators [in the killing] of OFW Jeanelyn Villavende, the Governing Board of the POEA unanimously approved the lifting of the remaining ban in Kuwait with respect to the deployment of household workers,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, February 14, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “All of the provisions which President Rodrigo Duterte requested were all granted. The harmonized employment contract should be retroactive and effective immediately,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, February 14, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "After due consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and with the filing of appropriate charges against the perpetrators [in the killing] of OFW Jeanelyn Villavende, the Governing Board of the POEA unanimously approved the lifting of the remaining ban in Kuwait with respect to the deployment of household workers," External link

manilametro Friday, February 14, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “After due consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and with the filing of appropriate charges against the perpetrators (in the killing) of OFW Jeanelyn Villavende, the Governing Board of the POEA unanimously approved the lifting of the remaining ban in Kuwait with respect to the deployment of household workers,” External link

pna Friday, February 14, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Minimum financial assistance namin ay ₱20,000. Hindi ‘yan pautang, bigay ‘yan. (Our minimum financial assistance is ₱20,000. That is not a loan, we will give it to them.),” External link

manilatimes Friday, February 14, 2020 12:43:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "So now pwede nang, they can deploy now lahat 'yung household service workers, yung mga semi-skilled workers, mga skilled workers and professionals," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, February 13, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are seeking understanding from our OFWs because the implementation of a temporary ban by the (Department of Health) is for your own safety as well. We hope for a possible lifting of the ban in a few days,” External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, February 13, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “For those who are affected by the travel ban in Taiwan, we ask for your patience and in a few days, there will be a review. While waiting for the lifting of the ban, we are providing financial assistance,” External link

pna Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello explained : "Workers in the audio-visual production are working on set or location and in projects sometimes without the full benefit of certain provisions in the workplace that affect safety and well being," "These guidelines will afford them adequate protection and compensation in case unfortunate incidents happen," External link

manilametro Tuesday, February 11, 2020 1:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello explained : “Workers in the audio-visual production are working on set or location and in projects sometimes without the full benefit of certain provisions in the workplace that affect safety and well being,” “These guidelines will afford them adequate protection and compensation in case unfortunate incidents happen,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, February 10, 2020 8:20:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Immediate financial assistance when they come here, no question asked, as long as you’re an OFW (overseas Filipino worker), active member of OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration), we give you financial assistance,” External link

pna Monday, February 10, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about China Hong Kong ) : “There is no basis yet to say that the employment of these returning OFWs had been affected because we got verified information from our labor attaché in Hong Kong that the employers of our overseas workers there granted extension of vacation of our OFWs,” External link

pna Monday, February 10, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “And as of Friday, we extended PHP35 million to 3,500 OFWs but that is also growing every day,” External link

pna Monday, February 10, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They will have an observation period of two weeks. Kung lalala (If it gets worse), then it stays. But if it improves, hindi naman lumalala yung coronavirus problem baka ma -recommend ang (if the coronavirus problem doesn’t worsen, we may recommend the) lifting of the travel ban,” External link

pna Monday, February 10, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Labor ) : “The Labor department today (Friday) clarified that the death of OFW Amalia Collado Daproza in Al Zahra Hospital in the United Arab Emirates was not a case of nCoV as earlier reported,” External link

pna Friday, February 7, 2020 1:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "I had a fruitful meeting with my counterparts in Kuwait. Both sides agreed on the harmonized standard employment contract. I will talk with the POEA governing board to recommend the partial lifting of the ban," External link

manilametro Friday, February 7, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "In the case of Villavende, I wanted some validation of their claim that they [accused employers] are formally charged and they are behind bars. We have to be contented who have been charged and what are the nature of the charges," External link

manilametro Friday, February 7, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello added ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : "All of the provisions which President Rodrigo Duterte requested were all granted. The harmonized employment contract should be retroactive and effective immediately," External link

manilametro Friday, February 7, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Because finally the proposed harmonized contract of employment was agreed upon by the Kuwaiti government. This is a measure that would provide effective and efficient protection to our overseas workers,” External link

pna Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I had a fruitful meeting with my counterparts in Kuwait. Both sides agreed on the harmonized standard employment contract. I will talk with the POEA governing board to recommend the partial lifting of the ban,” External link

kuwaittimes Wednesday, February 5, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “In the case of Villavende, I wanted some validation of their claim that they [accused employers] are formally charged and are behind bars. We have to be contented who have been charged and what are the nature of the charges,” External link

kuwaittimes Wednesday, February 5, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “All of the provisions which President Rodrigo Duterte requested were all granted. The harmonized employment contract should be retroactive and effective immediately,” External link

kuwaittimes Wednesday, February 5, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Both sides agreed on the harmonized standard employment contract. I will talk with the POEA governing board to recommend the partial lifting of the ban,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “In the case of Villavende, I wanted some validation of their claim that they [accused employers] are formally charged and they are behind bars. We have to be contented who have been charged and what are the nature of the charges,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I have to be satisfied that Jeanalyn will really be given justice. I should know any time by now kung ano ang magiging charges filed. They told us it’s murder. I don’t think I’ll be contented with murder. It should be murder with rape or homicide with rape. Saka sino? Who are charged as accused? Baka naman ang chinarge lang yung female empployer?” “Kung satisfied na ako du'n sa nature ng crime or crimes charged, and the people charged, kung satisfied kami, probably it could be a good ground already (for complete lifting of the deployment ban to Kuwait)” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We have to be contended kung sino yung (who is the) accused. Who have been charged and what is the nature of the charges. Eh kung ang kaso lang ay (If the case is only) homicide, I will not be satisfied by that after seeing the autopsy of There should be sexual abuse,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 5, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are clear on our position – we will not back down. We will lift the ban only if justice is given to Villavende, and also more importantly, the long-overdue implementation of the standard or harmonized employment contract which we’ve been discussing between the technical working groups of both countries in accordance with the provision of the memorandum of agreement signed in 2018,” External link

kuwaittimes Sunday, February 2, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Workers in these workplaces are also reminded to take extra precautionary measures which include strict hygiene and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) while at work,” External link

pna Friday, January 31, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “In the event that the worker is not qualified to avail of these social security benefits due to the fault of the employer, the employer shall shoulder all the medical expenses until full recovery,” External link

pna Friday, January 31, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “To help prevent the spread of the disease, all OFWs are reminded of the following advice from the WHO for tourist and the general public: Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections; frequent hand washing or use alcohol-based hand rub, especially after direct contact with ill people, their environment and before touching the eyes, nose, and mouth; avoid close contact with live or dead farm or wild animals,” External link

pna Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Their basic wage shall be multiplied by 130 percent plus COLA (cost-of-living allowance),” External link

pna Thursday, January 23, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “All of the OFWs as well as their families can avail free medical services (at the OFW hospital),” External link

pna Monday, January 20, 2020 1:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Those who will come home for a vacation and has (sic) an existing contract are still allowed to travel to Kuwait, however, workers with new contracts will be covered by the ban. This move is nothing less than for the protection of our workers,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “That’s almost two years ago of discussing and debating but until now, we have not finalized anything,” External link

arabnews Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:18:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Those who will come home for a vacation and has an existing contract are still allowed to travel to Kuwait, however, workers with new contracts will be covered by the ban. This move is nothing less than for the protection of our workers,” External link

arabnews Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:18:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Under the deployment ban order, all newly hired skilled and professional workers are included and cannot leave the country effective immediately,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:36:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Kuwaiti government should also give proof that justice be given to Villavende’s death,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:36:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “If we don’t get these, there will be no deployment. It should be both,” External link

pna Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Three reasons: One, because of the very brutal killing of our OFW, Ms. Jeanelyn Villavende. Two, because of an attempt to cover-up. Three, because of the failure of the Kuwaiti government to come to an agreement regarding the finalization of the standard employment contract that should be agreed upon by Kuwait and the Philippines in accordance with the memorandum that was signed between the two counties in 2018,” External link

pna Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “If you see the autopsy report of the Kuwaiti government, it says that the death was caused by heart failure arising from physical injury. This is contradicted by the findings of our NBI autopsy report, which says that she was sexually abused. A closer scrutiny of the report would show that our OFW Jeanelyn was brutally killed,” External link

pna Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We will send nobody there. These Kuwaitis are worthless. Look at what they did to our fellow Filipino,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, January 13, 2020 9:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We will no longer send OFW there. What they did to our kababayan (countryman), if I tell you, you might also protest. They (Kuwaitis) oppressed our kababayan so much,” “We will not allow this injustice to our OFW. We will see to it that the culprits will answer for their crimes,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, January 12, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "I wrote to NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to conduct our own autopsy, and I found out na 'yong autopsy report ng Kuwaiti government ay palpak, sinungaling at walang kwenta," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Wala na tayong ipadadala doon. Mga walang kuwenta 'yang mga Kuwaiti na 'yan. Biro mo 'yong ginawa nila sa ating kababayan. 'Pag ikuwento ko sa inyo, baka pati [kayo] magwewelga na. Masyado nilang inapi ang ating kababayan," "We will not allow injustice done to our OFW. We will see to it that the culprits will answer for their crimes" External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Lumalabas na walang kuwenta ang ginawang autopsy ng Kuwait. Di ko pa masabi ang resulta pero talagang kasinungalingan yung autopsy report ng Kuwaiti government (It appears that the autopsy conducted in Kuwait was useless. I can’t discuss the results yet but it made the autopsy report of the Kuwaiti government a total lie),” External link

pna Saturday, January 11, 2020 7:46:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Initially, the level of alert for Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon are the same at Alert Level 4. Although it was unofficial, I was informed yesterday that the alert level in Lebanon was put down to level 2 and I understand that there’s no more alert level in Iran,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, January 9, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless," External link

manilametro Wednesday, January 8, 2020 5:55:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless," External link

irishsun Wednesday, January 8, 2020 5:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

krqe Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless," External link

voanews-sw Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless," External link

voanews Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

samoaobserver Wednesday, January 8, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

gazette Wednesday, January 8, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

news4jax Wednesday, January 8, 2020 3:08:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

washtimes Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

tribtown Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:45:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

dailyjournal Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “As of now, we have not received any request from our OFWs that they want to go home. Only their families have contacted us to check on their situation and for updates on the said countries,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 8, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Hans Leo Cacdac ) : "The Department of Foreign Affairs and OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Administrator Hans Cacdac might go to the airport for her," "I am going to General Santos City on Friday. I will visit her there," External link

pna Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:45:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "This should serve as a clear message to Kuwaiti authorities. The partial ban may ripen into total deployment ban if justice for Jeanelyn Villavende is not met," External link

manilametro Monday, January 6, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We will also ask Villavende's recruitment agency to explain their inaction. As early as September, she already complained about maltreatment and underpayment of salary. She also repeatedly requested the agency for repatriation, but they did not do anything," External link

manilametro Monday, January 6, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It is the utmost concern of this office to avoid work stoppages, particularly so when there are alternative mechanisms in place to resolve the parties’ differences,” External link

pna Monday, January 6, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello warned : “This should serve as a clear message to Kuwaiti authorities. The partial ban may ripen into total deployment ban if justice for Jeanelyn Villavende is not met,” External link

laht Saturday, January 4, 2020 5:27:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Villavende who was allegedly beaten black and blue will soon get justice after her Kuwaiti employers were detained,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, January 3, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Initially, I was inclined to exempt the [returning workers] because they are just vacationing. But in consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs they suggested that we include even the [returning workers],” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, January 3, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They will still be able to continue working once the partial deployment ban is lifted. They will still be able to work. Their employers need them,” “Their employers know that this was not the workers’ choice. This was an effect of an incident which showed that employers are not able to protect our workers. We deploy our workers to them to serve them and yet they end up getting killed,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, January 3, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello déclaré : "nous avons imposé un calendrier de neuf à douze mois" External link

lefigaro Monday, August 22, 2016 2:49:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello declarou : "impusemos um calend�rio de 9 a 12 meses" External link

em Monday, August 22, 2016 2:10:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello acrescentou : "Com este novo enfoque, esperamos respeitar nosso calend�rio" External link

em Monday, August 22, 2016 2:10:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello declarou : "impusemos um calendário de nove a 12 meses" External link

zh-clicrbs Monday, August 22, 2016 1:50:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello déclaré : "nous avons imposé un calendrier de neuf à douze mois" External link

afp-fr Monday, August 22, 2016 12:10:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello déclaré : "nous avons imposé un calendrier de neuf à douze mois" External link

lorientlejour Monday, August 22, 2016 12:01:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello déclaré : "nous avons imposé un calendrier de neuf à douze mois" External link

afp-fr Monday, August 22, 2016 11:38:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
negotiator6.79%EN10/05/201705/10/2017
secretary49.01%EN10/04/201704/10/2017
labor secretary19.21%EN10/04/201704/10/2017
labour secretary5.79%EN08/25/201725/08/2017
labor and employment secretary1.32%EN08/03/201703/08/2017
employment secretary0.99%EN08/03/201703/08/2017
labour minister2.32%EN08/01/201701/08/2017
minister1.82%EN08/01/201701/08/2017
head0.17%EN07/20/201720/07/2017
chief0.17%EN06/07/201707/06/2017
minister of labor0.17%EN01/29/201729/01/2017
chef du gouvernement philippin0.17%FR01/19/201719/01/2017
communications secretary0.17%EN11/08/201608/11/2016
employment minister0.33%EN10/30/201630/10/2016
labour and employment minister0.33%EN10/30/201630/10/2016
philippine labour minister0.50%EN10/19/201619/10/2016
philippines labour minister0.17%EN10/14/201614/10/2016
under secretary0.17%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
chef2.32%FR08/22/201622/08/2016
chefe0.66%PT08/22/201622/08/2016
philippine labor minister0.17%EN08/22/201622/08/2016
philippines secretary of labor0.33%EN08/20/201620/08/2016
secretary of labor0.33%EN08/20/201620/08/2016
philippines secretary of labour1.49%EN08/19/201619/08/2016
secretary of labour1.49%EN08/19/201619/08/2016
panel head0.17%EN08/19/201619/08/2016
philippine labour secretary0.17%EN08/18/201618/08/2016
labor minister0.50%EN07/28/201628/07/2016
consultant secretary0.17%EN06/28/201628/06/2016
panel chairman0.33%EN06/26/201626/06/2016
Names Lang Count
Silvestre BelloEN94.10%
Silvestre BelloFR4.94%
Silvestre BelloPT0.96%


 
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Ferdinand Gaite said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “Direct financial assistance would not only help the unemployed but would also pump prime the economy as it would directly increase consumer spending. We hope to work with DOLE and Secretary (Silvestre) Bello in working for more budget for these assistance programs,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Harry Roque said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : "Tinawagan ko na po si Sec. Bello, magkakaroon po siya ng one-stop-shop center para po sa NCR at para po sa ABS-CBN para makapag-apply po doon ang ma-re-retrench na mga empleyado ng ABS-CBN," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, July 16, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “This is a very difficult moment for the families whose loved ones died while working hard abroad. We support and hail the malasakit (compassionate) proposal of Sec. Bello to bring back home the remains of our kababayans,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:23:00 PM EAT

Mike Defensor said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “Thank you President Duterte and Secretary Bello for honoring OFWs who died abroad at the height of this pandemic. We hope that the return of their remains may give a little comfort to their loved ones in this very trying moment,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:23:00 PM EAT

Hans Leo Cacdac said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “With the return of our dear OFWs to their home regions/provinces, DoLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III has directed the resumption of the OWWA Balik Pilipinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Livelihood Program for returning distressed OFWs-OWWA Members,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:11:00 PM EAT

Paul Gutierrez added ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “In this regard, the NPC extends its sincerest thanks to the office of DOLE Secretary, Silvestre Bello III, for recognizing that members of the press, especially, the correspondents (those paid for every published photo or article) in the media industry, are among the most severely affected by this pandemic,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Hans Leo Cacdac said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “Patuloy pa rin ang ating fund releases. Kamakailan lang, nagbigay ng instructions si [DOLE] Secretary [Silvestre] Bello na gawing flexible ang requirements. Huwag masyadong stringent. Patuloy nating pinapabilis ang proseso,” External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, April 25, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Hans Leo Cacdac told ( about Silvestre Bello ) : "Sabi ni Sec. Bello nang dumalaw siya sa pamilya ni Villavende, na kung makikita niyo 'yung autopsy, ay dapat nang i-ban muna ang deployment sa Kuwait. Talaga kasing pinahirapan si Villavende," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, January 11, 2020 2:55:00 PM EAT

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Silvestre Bello said : “So, with this approval, all those nurses and medical workers, who completed their papers for deployment as of August 31 will now be allowed to be deployed,” External link

pna Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Rosales, who was taken to the Kagoshima-ken Kenritsu Ooshima Hospital for a complete medical check-up, was already able to talk with his family in Cebu,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:57:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are updating the relatives of our unfortunate Filipino crewmen every time we receive information from the Japanese Coast Guard who is on top of the search and rescue operation,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:57:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “In fairness to the companies that have been told that what they are doing is wrong, they immediately correct it since they know that if they will not follow we can order stoppage of their operation,” External link

pna Friday, September 18, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "While we don't want our nurses to leave, they are at a disadvantage. They don't have jobs here and even if they did, the salary is low," External link

JakartaPost Thursday, September 17, 2020 4:23:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "While we don't want our nurses to leave, they are at a disadvantage. They don't have jobs here and even if they did, the salary is low," External link

wsau Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:31:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “While we don’t want our nurses to leave, they are at a disadvantage. They don’t have jobs here and even if they did, the salary is low,” External link

news18 Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) recommended the exemption will cover out to August 31, which I favorably approved and submitted to IATF. Now, IATF approved our recommendation and it has been submitted to the President for his final approval,” External link

pna Wednesday, September 16, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Groups of nurses and medical workers have appealed to us and because of this the POEA through a governing board resolution, if possible extend the cut off to August 31. (We requested that) those who with complete papers as of August 31 be allowed to leave the country. This is just the recommendation of the POEA,” External link

pna Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We’re probably deploying some 1,200. The number will not affect our medical workers here,” External link

pna Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “There are still a lot of nurses who will be in the country and the medical services will not be hampered,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, September 8, 2020 11:02:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It was just a case of an oversight by the Bureau of Immigration They have already corrected it,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 8, 2020 6:32:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Rosales, who was taken to the Kagoshima-ken Kenritsu Ooshima Hospital for a complete medical check-up, was already able to talk with his family in Cebu,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, September 5, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are updating the relatives of our unfortunate Filipino crewmen every time we receive information from the Japanese Coast Guard who is on top of the search and rescue operation,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, September 5, 2020 7:11:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We will continue to provide and sustain our social protection programs for the affected workers in anticipation of the enactment into law of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (BAYANIHAN2)," External link

manilametro Saturday, September 5, 2020 12:15:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are updating the relatives of our unfortunate Filipino crewmen every time we receive information from the Japanese Coast Guard who is on top of the search and rescue operation,” External link

pna Saturday, September 5, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “They will also get insurance benefits if they are qualified members of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, September 4, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “Employment facilitation services in different platforms online, digital, and face-to-face - with the assistance of our public employment service offices, various national government agencies, and the private sector will be provided in order to connect Filipino jobseekers with the much-needed decent jobs for the country and its economy to recover,” External link

pna Thursday, September 3, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “I call upon every Filipino worker and citizen to observe discipline in observing minimum health protocols wearing of face mask and face shields, washing of hands, and physical distancing at all times as the health of our economy lies on a healthy workforce,” External link

pna Thursday, September 3, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They will also get insurance benefits if they are qualified members of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “What (Administrator) Bernard said was right, if we will consider the cutoff as of August 31, we would like to see how many of them have complied and how big is the volume. If the number is the same from those who completed their papers as of March 8, numbering between 600 to 900. In my own personal assessment, we can send them away but if the statistics revealed that we will be sending off about 50,000 nurses, that would be dangerous,” External link

pna Wednesday, September 2, 2020 1:19:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Either they were displaced because of COVID-19 or the virus infected them,” “Of the total number, 341,161 were displaced, which means they were either terminated from their jobs and no longer employed, or they could not go to work because of the lockdown, hence no work no pay” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, September 1, 2020 9:23:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “With these positive findings, the DOLE is confident that CITIRA [now renamed CREATE] will facilitate the creation of more and better employment opportunities for our workers through a regionally competitive corporate tax rate and a level playing field for firms and industries across regions, especially for MSMEs and in lagging and underdeveloped regions,” External link

manilastandardtoday Sunday, August 30, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are ready for their arrival,” “We will continue to bring home our heroes whatever it takes,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, August 28, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are ready for their arrival,” “We will continue to bring home our heroes whatever it takes,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, August 28, 2020 12:11:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “As the project title suggests, we intend to ease the impact of the pandemic on the lives of our dear OFWs,” External link

pna Thursday, August 27, 2020 7:00:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The same respect will be accorded to the arriving OFWs who lost their lives in the KSA in pursuit of a better future for their families and motherland,” External link

pna Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Maganda 'yung ating prospect for new markets (Our prospect for new markets is good),” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : “For these programs, we have a total funding of PHP12.4 billion. Sourced from the DOLE 2020 regular budget, PHP4.8 billion; Bayanihan Act 1, PHP2.5 billion, and recently released repatriation funds of PHP5 billion. The OFWs are very thankful, Mr. President because we didn’t ask for this fund but we were surprised when you gave us PHP5 billion for repatriation expenses,” External link

pna Tuesday, August 25, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “If the nurse has a visa, ticket, verified employment contract and OEC (overseas employment certificate), then they can travel,” “It also includes nurses from the Balik Manggagawa program, where medical workers from abroad were stranded in the country because of the lockdowns” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 21, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “That’s what we’re worried about, the skilled and experienced nurses are going abroad and, in all probability, we will be left with newbies and under-experienced nurses,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 21, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “We appeal to these hospitals to consider giving higher compensation knowing the value of the services of their nurses and medical workers. Some of them work 10 to 12 hours,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 21, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The SWS figure is not actual joblessness,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 18, 2020 12:29:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Reeling from the very serious impact of the global pandemic, it is no surprise that the crisis has its highest toll on jobs and employment,” “We understand that the global pandemic has virtually wiped out the employment gains in the last decade. This is something that seriously concerns us,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, August 17, 2020 6:52:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Reeling from the very serious impact of the global pandemic, it is no surprise that the crisis has its highest toll on jobs and employment. We understand that the global pandemic has virtually wiped out the employment gains in the last decade. This is something that seriously concerns us,” External link

pna Monday, August 17, 2020 1:45:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The COVID-19 testing must be at no cost to the employees,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, August 16, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We encourage large and medium private establishments or those with multiple tenants, to designate an isolation area of one room for every 200 employees, which shall be other than the company clinic,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, August 16, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello explained : “We can’t ban smoking because it will adversely affect the tobacco industry,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, August 15, 2020 8:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “This is untrue. The ban imposed on the deployment of nurses stays,” “The public is hereby warned that any overseas deployment of nurses unless expressly authorized by the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration), is deemed illegal,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 14, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "If we ban smoking, those figures will be severely affected," External link

pna Friday, August 14, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I hope all the mayors will be the ones to explain to the employers, to the workers, to the businessmen to please follow this protocol,” External link

pna Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are still prepping the health protocols for workplaces and it may be confirmed soon,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:58:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The first batch of 354 repatriates will be home (Wednesday). And we are thankful to the government of Qatar for allowing the chartered flights to bring home our dear modern day heroes,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Effective August 15, it is not only face mask that workers should wear but also face shields. That is the new protocol," External link

pna Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:20:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The first batch of 354 repatriates will be home tomorrow (Wednesday). And we are thankful to the government of Qatar for allowing the chartered flights to bring home our dear modern day heroes,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The first batch of 354 repatriates will be home tomorrow (Wednesday). And we are thankful to the government of Qatar for allowing the chartered flights to bring home our dear modern-day heroes,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The first batch of 354 repatriates will be home tomorrow (Wednesday). And we are thankful to the government of Qatar for allowing the chartered flights to bring home our dear modern-day heroes,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The first batch of 354 repatriates will be home tomorrow (Wednesday). And we are thankful to the government of Qatar for allowing the chartered flights to bring home our dear modern-day heroes,” External link

pna Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:14:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We shall expedite the release of the appropriate insurance and OWWA benefits for all victims of the tragedy,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, August 6, 2020 10:36:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We will not get tired of assisting our returning OFWs, and facilitate their transport to the provinces and be with their families. This is just a small way to repay their enormous contribution to our country," External link

manilametro Wednesday, August 5, 2020 3:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We will not get tired of assisting our returning OFWs, and facilitate their transport to the provinces and be with their families,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We will not get tired of assisting our returning OFWs and facilitate their transport to the provinces and be with their families. This is just a small way to repay their enormous contribution to our country,” External link

pna Tuesday, August 4, 2020 2:25:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “While such establishments were effectively placed on temporary closure by the ECQ, it is advised that such establishments report their temporary closures with the appropriate DOLE Office using the Establishment Report on COVID-19 prescribed under the COVID-19 Flexi-Work Advisory,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, July 29, 2020 10:15:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Unfortunately, some of our OFWs have been greatly impacted by the pandemic and we hope that our repatriation efforts would bring them comfort as they will soon join their families and loved ones,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 29, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : “I’m hoping this is the last batch of dead OFWs arriving not because the government is tired of receiving them but due to the fact that it’s very painful to welcome dead heroes who served their families and country well,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 29, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "I salute to these fallen migrant workers. Fallen because like soldiers, they don't choose where to be taken. All they choose is to protect the future of their loved ones and their homeland," External link

pna Wednesday, July 29, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "If they are insured, they will receive an insurance benefit of USD10,000 but if they died of Covid-19, they will be entitled to insurance benefits of USD15,000," External link

pna Wednesday, July 29, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Saudi ) : "In the case of Saudi Arabia, there was a letter from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that they wanted us to send (them) home immediately or they will bury them there. So we had to come up with this immediate action," External link

pna Wednesday, July 29, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Fidel Agcaoili ) : “Ka Fidel V. Agcaoili, my counterpart in the peace table in our efforts to try to end the decades-long armed conflict with the CPP-NPA (New People’s Army)-NDF, was a man of honor and conviction,” External link

bulatlat Friday, July 24, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Fidel Agcaoili ) : “It is just sad that Ka Fidel will no longer savor the lasting peace with justice that he was pursuing with passion. Goodbye to a dear friend, a revolutionary and a peace warrior,” External link

bulatlat Friday, July 24, 2020 9:28:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Fidel Agcaoili ) : “Ka Fidel V. Agcaoili, my counterpart in the peace table in our efforts to try to end the decades-long armed conflict with the CPP-NPA-NDF, was a man of honor and conviction. He was an instrument in making the mostly arduous tasks of talking peace smoother and a bit easier,” External link

manilatimes Friday, July 24, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello added ( about Fidel Agcaoili ) : “It is just sad that Ka Fidel will no longer savor the lasting peace with justice that he was pursuing with passion,” External link

manilatimes Friday, July 24, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We will accord our fallen modern-day heroes the same grand welcome and memorial ceremonies due them upon their arrival,” External link

pna Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:56:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Many governments went ahead of us in easing restrictions. Their industries are almost fully operational again by now. They could recall our OFWs anytime,” External link

pna Sunday, July 19, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They might ask more requirements from our OFWs like government certifications to prove they are not a threat to the health and safety of their people. We can do that,” External link

pna Sunday, July 19, 2020 10:58:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Many governments went ahead of us in easing restrictions. Their industries are almost fully operational again by now. They could recall our OFWs anytime,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, July 18, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They might ask more requirements from our OFWs like government certifications to prove they are not a threat to the health and safety of their people. We can do that,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, July 18, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “The BPO industry also informed us of a current opening for some 6,000 call center agents,” External link

pna Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:51:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “As we grieve with the families left behind by all our OFW heroes, including those already buried overseas and those flown home ahead, we give our highest respects and gratitude for their heroic sacrifices for the country,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, July 10, 2020 6:59:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We condole with the families of our modern-day heroes as we receive them back on our soil and give them honors in an extremely extraordinary situation," External link

manilametro Friday, July 10, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "Give me 15 names of your affected constituents because DOLE will provide them with galvanized motorized bancas to be used for their livelihood in Boracay," External link

manilametro Friday, July 10, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Baka may kilala kang mga OFW, sabihan mong mag-apply para sa P10,000.00 na cash assistance sa Overseas Workers Welfare Administration," External link

manilametro Friday, July 10, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “If today, we have 32 of our beloved OFWs from Dammam and 17 from Riyadh, next to be brought back are those from Jeddah and other parts of the region. To endeavor on the repatriation of the human remains of our OFWs of this magnitude is a first for the government,” External link

pna Friday, July 10, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We condole with the families of our modern-day heroes as we receive them back on our soil and give them honors in an extremely extraordinary situation," External link

irishsun Friday, July 10, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We sincerely apologize for the much delayed homecoming owing to the lockdowns, and strenuous processes that we have to undergo for their return. The added anxiety to the families caused by the suspended homeward journey is certainly undeserved,” External link

manilatimes Friday, July 10, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “By Friday, we will be bringing in 44 kasi yun lang ang kaya ng eroplano. Pero sa Sunday, another 44. At every other day, mag-uuwi na kami ng mga labi ng ating mga nasawing OFW,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:55:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We decided to bring the bodies home by batches so as not to delay further their repatriation. We ask for understanding to the families of the OFWs. We can’t bring them home [all 274 ] together, we can’t comply with [documentary] requirements,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:52:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Saudi ) : “We regret to announce that the repatriation of the remains of our dear OFWs from Saudi Arabia is being delayed due to the pending release of documentary requirements and our common desire to strictly adhere to the health protocols in transporting them,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, July 5, 2020 3:56:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Saudi ) : "We regret to announce that the repatriation of the remains of our dear OFWs from Saudi Arabia is being delayed due to the pending release of documentary requirements, and our common desire to strictly adhere to the health protocols in transporting them," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, July 3, 2020 6:13:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “So, we are talking of (the remains of) only 274, and by July 4 we have to bring them home,” External link

arabnews Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:15:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “So, we are talking of (the remains of) only 274, and by July 4 we have to bring them home,” External link

arabnews Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:15:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Umaasa kami rito sa BPO. Maaaring tutulong yan sa pagbounce back natin dahil alam naman natin na marami sa ating kababayan ang walang trabaho," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Saudi ) : "By July 4 eh dapat maiuwi natin yung ating minamahal na mga kababayan and we have to do that dahil kung hindi ililibing na po ng Saudi government yung ating mga kababayan," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We are doing our best na ma-meet lahat yung requirements including yung health protocols, exit visa, lahat ng pahintulot ng employers at pahintulot ng next of kin (all the necessary permissions)," "We will try to bring them by July 4," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:30:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “With CAAP’s permission, we can now bring home more OFWs so they can find refuge in their own country and be reunited with their families,” External link

pna Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We now have systems to locate and track OFWs so that while they signify their intention of flying home, preparations for them are already being made such as testing, hotel accommodation, and transport service to their places of origin,” External link

pna Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello told ( about Saudi ) : "Meron na kaming ini-schedule na iuuwi sila - yung may COVID at natural death. Iuuwi natin sila probably, kasi binigyan tayo ng taning ng Saudi government hanggang July 4; hopefully, pwede namin kunin sila before July 4," External link

abs-cbnnews Sunday, June 28, 2020 7:37:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “In repatriating our OFWs, we also have to consider the lockdowns imposed by countries where they are working,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:23:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “In repatriating our OFW, we also have to consider the lockdowns imposed by countries where they are working,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 27, 2020 6:01:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “The repatriation of OFW also becomes difficult to achieve when they still have loans to settle and complaints to face,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 27, 2020 6:01:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “Repatriation of OFWs also becomes difficult to achieve when they still have loans to settle and complaints to face,” External link

pna Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I do not believe that our OFW will eat food from trash,” “The truth of the matter, I was witness of things like this. Food that were below quality standards of groceries are the ones that they are getting” External link

tribuneonline Friday, June 26, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “That is really a practice, your honor. It happens. We confronted our labor attache on that and he said it really happens, now it is being dramatized,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, June 26, 2020 1:22:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Doon sa documented, may binigay si Pangulong Duterte na P2.5 billion na cash assistance. Kaya lang sa pagbibigay ng cash assistance ay priority ‘yung mga documented. Ang una, ‘yung mga documented na nawalan ng trabaho o hindi nawalan ng trabaho pero hindi makapag-trabaho dahil sa lockdown,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, June 25, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Ang ginawa namin sa IATF na nagkaroon ng usapan na ‘pag dumating ang OFWs, longest they should stay in Metro Manila is five days. Fifth day, dapat pa-uwi na sa final destination. Ganun na ang bagong protocol ngayon,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, June 25, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Wala pong work permit ang mga 'yon. We don’t issue alien work permit sa mga doctors na 'yun. Because ang dami nating doctors bakit naman natin bibigyan ng permit ang mga foreign doctors. We will only allow a foreign national an AEP (alien employment permit) if there is no Filipino who could do the work,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 24, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “In compliance with President Duterte's order to facilitate the swift return of our displaced workers from abroad to their families, we are now sending them home in just five days maximum after they reach our ports,” External link

pna Friday, June 19, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : "Pagdating dito, na RT-PCR testing na sila agad at dadalhin sila hotel upang hintayin ang results. 'Pag negative yan, pauuwiin na sila sa kanilang final destination (When they arrive here (Philippines), they are already tested through RT-PCR and they will be sent to hotels while waiting for the results. If it is negative, they will be sent home to their final destination)," External link

manilametro Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:50:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Oasis will be able to generate vital information that will help the IATF pre-position government resources and needed assistance for our repatriated OFWs,” External link

manilatimes Sunday, June 14, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We received information that some big companies have already given notice for their requirements, one of which is needing at least 4,000 seats to be filled up before September,” External link

BangkokPost Sunday, June 14, 2020 12:29:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “I have directed the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the concerned licensed manning agency (LMA) to immediately get in touch with the family of seafarer Jocson and assure them of all the support, assistance, and benefits,” External link

pna Friday, June 12, 2020 12:30:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Through this system, the government can track the whereabouts of our returning OFWs and provide them prompt assistance and relief upon their return to the country,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, June 11, 2020 9:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are grateful for the assistance given by the Qatar government that compelled their previous employer to give the affected OFWs all the salaries and benefits due them,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, June 11, 2020 8:21:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “Through this system, the government can track the whereabouts of our returning OFWs and provide them prompt assistance and relief upon their return to the country,” External link

pna Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:51:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The 7.3 million is just a survey and it is not actual or factual,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Hindi actual 'yan kasi kung tuus-tuusin at ang mga nagsabi na nagsara sila ay 2,068 companies or employers," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 10, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We agreed in the task force that they will stay only a maximum of five days,” External link

pna Monday, June 8, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They tested negative from the PCR test so by tomorrow (Tuesday) we'll send them off to their final destination,” External link

pna Monday, June 8, 2020 5:53:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “When the global pandemic hit, we feared that employment would be impacted badly. We expected these results given that the health crisis has crippled most of our economic activities,” External link

gulf-times Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:00:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The lockdown during the community quarantine from March to May, which is supposed to be the period for job hunting of our fresh graduates, has put the labor force in a standstill as two-thirds of the economy is shut down,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Rest assured that we will continue to provide employment facilitation services, in different platforms — online, digital, face-to-face with the assistance of our Public Employment Service Offices,” “We are also thankful to the private sector for continuously engaging with us in extending job opportunities to displaced Filipino worker. We encourage more companies to help connect Filipino jobseekers with the much-needed decent jobs for the country and its economy to recover,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The lockdown during the community quarantine from March to May, which is supposed to be the period for job hunting of our fresh graduates, has put the labor force in a standstill as two-thirds of the economy is shut down,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, June 5, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Rest assured that we will continue to provide employment facilitation services, in different platforms – online, digital, face-to-face with the assistance of our Public Employment Service Offices,” “We are also thankful to the private sector for continuously engaging with us in extending job opportunities to displaced Filipino worker. We encourage more companies to help connect Filipino jobseekers with the much-needed decent jobs for the country and its economy to recover,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, June 5, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "As the economy opens gradually, we are hopeful that the labor market will also recover. The Department is committed to preserve and protect employment as we await the approval and implementation of the whole-of-government Recovery Plan in the remainder of the Duterte Administration," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, June 5, 2020 1:06:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "We have proposed na magkaroon ng cash subsidy for employers, 'yung employers ang bibigyan namin ng cash subsidy. To see to it na ang mga employees nila ay hindi tatanggalin at kung maari ay dadagdagan pa nga," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:13:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "There were no exclusions. We gave financial assistance to all formal workers who could not report to office because of COVID-19. We based our assistance on the submissions of their employers," External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Not a single OFW is asking us to bring them home. They are safe there,” External link

pna Tuesday, June 2, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Manila Bay ) : “Those who have returned home includes around 8,000 seafarers who were stranded in 26 cruise ships in Manila Bay,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, June 1, 2020 9:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It is hard [to conduct job fair] because we also have to consider social distancing,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:18:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Our total deployment for the month of April is only 1,107. Before that, 200,000-plus for the months of January, February, and March. When it happened, 99 percent were not able to leave and less than 1 percent were able to leave,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:18:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We apologize for the anxiety and the discomfort that the unwarranted suffering may have caused our dear overseas Filipino workers, all 24,000 or so of them," "They do not deserve this to happen to them and I repeat I am very sorry to our overseas Filipino workers," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 29, 2020 8:31:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Our total deployment for the month of April is only 1,107. Before that, 200,000-plus for the months of January, February, and March. When it happened, 99 percent were not able to leave and less than 1 percent were able to leave,” External link

pna Friday, May 29, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “There is a deployment ban but there is an exception. And it refers to the nurses and medical workers who completed all of their papers for deployment before March 8. Those with complete papers before March 8, they were allowed,” External link

pna Friday, May 29, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We committed to safely bring home our OFW who have been locked up in various quarantine facilities over an extended period of time,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 29, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are just short by about 5,000 OFW who are still waiting to be transported back home so as to accomplish what we were tasked to do. As of last night, we were able to send home 19,010 OFW,” “It should be done before Sunday,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 29, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “With it, we will now know the exact number of stranded OFW, how many of them got infected with COVID-19, and how many were displaced,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 29, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I would really like to apologize to our OFW for the anxiety, discomfort and unwarranted sufferings that we have caused them. I wish to restate that the government did not intend to inconvenience our OFW with prolonged quarantine and delayed results,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 29, 2020 12:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “As of this morning, we are just short by about 5,000 still waiting to be transported for their homecoming to accomplish what we were tasked to do. As of last night, we were able to facilitate sending home 19,010 OFWs,” External link

pna Friday, May 29, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “Some 5,000 seafarers have been sent home already. They are included (in the) 24,000 (OFWs),” External link

pna Friday, May 29, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We apologize for the anxiety and discomfort that the unwarranted suffering may have caused our dear OFWs, all 24,000 or so of them. We committed to safely bring home our OFWs who were virtually locked up in various quarantine facilities over an extended period of time,” External link

pna Friday, May 29, 2020 9:58:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are doing this so as we don’t lose the jobs for our OFW, while at the same time we help facilitate the quick homecoming and be of assistance to our returning workers,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:13:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : “Kung mabibigyan niyo kami ng enhanced TUPAD program of 3-6 months, baka this may require about P10-15 billion,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Hopefully...we send off a bigger number kasi nakakuha kami ng barko who will bring OFWs to their respective destinations,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Between 25 percent to 75 percent cash subsidy sa employers para yung empleyado nila hindi tanggalin at dadagdagan pa,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Sinasabi namin sa mga leaders ng construction industry na instead of mechanizing your works, baka pwedeng gawin niyo nang manualized na lang. ‘Wag na kayong gumamit ng backhoe, gumamit na lang kayo ng additional workers,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:25:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "Medyo kinapos kami. Unang-una kinapos kami ng bus," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:01:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “If there are arrangements to ease the effect of the situation, both should decide for the benefit of all concerned,” External link

pna Saturday, May 23, 2020 12:34:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Now nabigyan na namin ang almost 660,000 formal employeers na P5,000 cash assistance. Ang nabayad namin diyan is P3 billion. Hanggang doon na lamang po ang aming pondo," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, May 23, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Pinaka-nightmare namin ngayon how to protect employment," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 22, 2020 6:27:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Yung (the) 2.6 million, that is the actual number of workers either displaced because of temporary closure or because of the flexible work arrangement. Our estimate is that we may go as high as 5 million," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Every time we pay somebody, agad binibigyan ang DSWD ng listahan para hindi na mabigyan ulit,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:01:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We know that businesses have suffered so much, but for the sake of our economy we encourage them to dig deeper into their vast reserve of charity and benevolence so that their workers and the communities can continue to further weather this crisis that we are all facing and fighting together,” External link

pna Monday, May 18, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Humingi kami ng 2.5 bilyon, 1 bilyon lang ang pinadala. We will live with that, hangga't meron pa, ibibigay natin sa mga OFWs, kasi kailangang kailangan nila yan," External link

manilametro Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "They will receive the cash assistance thru ATM or via remittance centers if they are abroad," External link

manilametro Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We found that our estimate is a little low, as of yesterday (Wednesday), 411,000 have applied for the AKAP. We approved more than 100,000, so there is still excess funds,” External link

pna Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “What we need to do is make advisories for employers to adopt different arrangements to avoid laying off workers,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:29:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Itong figure natin baka lolobo pa 'yan, kaya ang dapat natin gawin ngayon ay gumawa tayo ng mga advisory, sa mga employers at business establishments para mag adopt ng iba’t-ibang klaseng arrangements para mabawasan ang pagtatanggal o pagsasara," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, May 12, 2020 6:16:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "One million na process namin pero inabutan na ng shortage ng funds," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, May 11, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Anticipating na lahat ng nag-apply ay mag qualify ay kakapusin na naman ang pondo namin kaya we asked for additional funds from DBM and Office of the President," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, May 11, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Employees shall continue to be employed. They remain entitled to all labor standards,” “We trust that this issue will be resolved based on applicable laws, rules and regulations. In any case, paramount are the protection of the rights and the promotion of the welfare of all workers including those of ABS-CBN” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, May 6, 2020 12:22:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “Employees shall continue to be employed. They remain entitled to all labor standards,” External link

pna Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:27:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "The issuance of the cease and desist order does not have immediate impact on the employment of its employees. It does not automatically extinguish the corporate existence of any company," "Paramount is the protection of the rights and the promotion of the welfare of all workers, particularly those of ABS-CBN," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:19:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Before entering the workplace, all employers and workers must have face masks, [which] must be worn at all times and removed only when eating or drinking,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, May 3, 2020 10:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Employers may test workers for COVID-19. Testing kits used and procured shall be the responsibility of the employer,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, May 3, 2020 10:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “Sadly, at this moment we were not able to celebrate this occasion with you, and acknowledged your big contributions to our country due to the pandemic that has affected a big portion of the world,” “This is the first time in recent history that we are witnessing widespread suffering of our family, neighbor, and community. This is the first time in recent history that we witness how our social and economic lives are on a standstill,” External link

pna Friday, May 1, 2020 1:55:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Also, we are deep into the details of a recovery plan post-Covid for the generation of a fresh one million jobs in the provinces for our workers in the coming months,” External link

pna Thursday, April 30, 2020 12:27:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Ang focus namin ay employment - na ang mga manggagawa natin ay hindi mawalan ng trabaho," External link

manilametro Thursday, April 23, 2020 4:22:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Joel Villanueva ) : “We are grateful to Senators Villanueva and Go for their unwavering support in helping our workers tide over during this health crisis,” External link

pna Sunday, April 19, 2020 2:14:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Just this morning, we received the news that my sister, my favorite dear sister, Cathy, already left us,” “She was about to recover, but I don’t know what happened. There was a relapse,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Paborito ko ‘yan si Catherine, sumusunod sa akin ‘yun (Catherine was my favorite, she always obeyed me),” External link

inquirer Saturday, April 18, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “She was about to recover, I don’t know kung anong nangyari (I don’t know what happened), nag-relapse. Then just this morning, we received the news that my favorite dear sister Cathy already left us,” External link

inquirer Saturday, April 18, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Just this morning, we received the news that my sister, my favorite dear sister Cathy already left us,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, April 18, 2020 3:33:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Mayroon kaming welfare officer in Dubai na minumura niya 'yung OFW. I saw it on Facebook na itong aming welfare officer na sa halip bigyan ng tulong, ng pagkain itong mga OFW, abay minumura," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "I ordered a suspension and investigation and ordered his recall to the Philippines. The first available flight uuwi na siya (he will come back home)," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:09:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Just this morning, we received the news that my sister, my favorite dear sister Cathy already left us," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:32:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Welfare Officer ) : “In this regard, please be advised that Welfare Officer (Danilo) Flores is hereby suspended from the performance of his duties as Welfare Officer pending investigation of the incident,” “We assure the public of our continuing welfare and assistance program,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, April 17, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "Nararamdaman ko rin ang impatience ng ating mga kababayan. Alam din nating gutom sila kaya hindi natin masisisi sila 'pag nagrereklamo sila," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "Nararamdaman ko rin ang impatience ng ating mga kababayan. Alam din nating gutom sila kaya hindi natin masisisi sila 'pag nagrereklamo sila," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:42:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “More than 1 million of those were due to temporary closures while the balance were affected by various flexible work arrangements,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, April 14, 2020 10:33:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are thankful to those who responded positively to our request that the P5,000 one-time assistance under CAMP has already benefitted about 220,000 workers with close to P1.1 billion in assistance funds,” “We have not, in fact, discontinued accepting establishment reports so that we may have a better picture of the impact of the health emergency on the workplaces. And the numbers keep getting bigger by the day,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, April 14, 2020 3:32:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello explained : “More than one million of those were due to temporary closures while the balance was affected by various flexible work arrangements,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, April 14, 2020 3:32:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are thankful to those who responded positively to our request that the PHP5,000 one-time assistance under CAMP has already benefitted about 220,000 workers with close to PHP1.1 billion in assistance funds,” External link

pna Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:18:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "I once again knock in the kind hearts of our employers, especially the conglomerates and big businesses. Please extend further your generosity to your employees and workers. Your good-heartedness and compassion is a great help to the government," External link

manilametro Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:00:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Also included in the programme are those who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but have undertaken actions to regularise their contracts or status; or who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but are active OWWA members at the time of availment," External link

khaleejtimes Saturday, April 11, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Included ‘yan ‘yung employment development, enhancement kasi kailangang kailangan natin ang trabaho (That is included in the employment and enhancement plan because we really need to generate jobs),” External link

pna Saturday, April 11, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Also included in the program are those who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but have undertaken actions to regularize their contracts or status; or who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but are active OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) members at the time of availment,” External link

manilatimes Saturday, April 11, 2020 12:01:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Also included in the programme are those who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but have undertaken actions to regularise their contracts or status; or who are not registered with the POEA or whose contracts were not processed by POEA or the POLO, but are active OWWA members at the time of availment," External link

khaleejtimes Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “So far, these two programs already benefitted 440,000 workers to date. In the DOLE AKAP program, we are looking at providing assistance to about 150,000 OFWs,” External link

pna Tuesday, April 7, 2020 4:00:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I therefore appeal again to companies that, for the sake of your employees and workers, submit your reports so that we may be able to extend them their most needed assistance under the COVID 19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP),” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:05:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I therefore appeal again to companies that, for the sake of your employees and workers, submit your reports so that we may be able to extend them their most needed assistance under the COVID 19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP),” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Among these programs are DSWD’s food and non-food items, cash assistance to individuals in crisis, and livelihood assistance grants; cash assistance of Department of Agriculture to rice farmers; and other programs of the Department of Trade and Industry,” External link

pna Wednesday, April 1, 2020 4:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Our call to all employers please at the soonest possible time, submit to us your payroll, that will be our basis for us to release to their workers the PHP5,000 cash assistance,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Mismong employer nila ang magpapadala ng payroll. Tapos magpapadala kami ng pera sa employer para sa mga empleyado na hindi nakapasok dahil sa quarantine," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, March 30, 2020 7:51:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Our nurses are needed more at home," External link

dw-en Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:32:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They were also offered reintegration assistance such as livelihood projects or community-based income-generating projects, skills training, scholarship for their dependents, credit facilitation and lending, as well as social and family counseling, and stress debriefing,” External link

pna Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Lahat ng OFW na nasa ibang bansa na nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa COVID-19 bibigyan po natin sila ng financial assistance na $200. That's P10,000," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7:40:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Hindi po namin kayo pababayaan (We will not neglect you)," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7:40:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Tingnan natin muna kung ano ang capacity ng ating mga employer...the tripartite group will have to be consulted on that,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:11:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “As soon as we get a copy of that bill, we will be preparing the guidelines,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:11:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I again appeal to our employers not to resort to retrenchment amid the work stoppages, suspension of public transportation and restricted movement of people in the communities. I implore business owners to earnestly find other measures to preserve employment of workers so as not to compound their already dire condition,” External link

pna Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They do not have to report if they don’t want to report. Or since they are under enhanced community quarantine, then they can really not report and they will be excused. There will be no basis for them to be disciplined,” External link

pna Wednesday, March 18, 2020 5:12:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Pag ikaw ay isang informal worker, nagbebenta ka ng mangga, o nagbebenta ka ng gulay, o kaya nagta-tricycle ka, at mawalan ka ng trabaho dahil dito sa enhanced community quarantine, bibigyan ka namin ng trabaho. This is good for maybe between 10 to 20 days," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Madali lang po kasi sanay na 'yung mga barangay officials diyan dahil itong programang ito, every year we do it. Every, almost every three months, nag-aano kami," "Remember mo 'yung closure ng Boracay? When Boracay was closed for 6 months, the restaurant workers and the hotel workers were displaced. Wala silang trabaho kasi nawala ang operations eh. So what did we do? We gave them work for 6 months," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : "Or, since we are under enhanced community quarantine, they really cannot report. They will be excused. There will be no basis for them to be disciplined," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Effective immediately, we are rolling out a PHP180-million emergency employment program under TUPAD for some 16,000 informal sector workers and the P1.3-billion Covid Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) to benefit about 250,000 workers,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We also reiterate our appeal to all employees to cooperate with the government and their employers to implement the necessary measures to contain the spread of Covid-19,” External link

pna Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Yung madidisplace na workers, sila na muna mag-shoulder ng 1 month salary" External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 17, 2020 3:44:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “But with strong cooperation among the stakeholders, I am confident that we can triumph over challenges posed by COVID-19,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, March 16, 2020 8:11:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “This is proof that there are opportunities in adversities,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, March 16, 2020 8:11:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "But with strong cooperation among the stakeholders, I am confident that we can triumph over challenges posed by Covid 19," External link

manilametro Monday, March 16, 2020 10:19:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "This is proof that there are opportunities in adversities," External link

manilametro Monday, March 16, 2020 10:19:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The same shall apply to residents in Metro Manila who work in nearby cities and/or municipalities outside the National Capital Region,” External link

pna Saturday, March 14, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Not for the moment but if becomes prolonged malaking bagay ‘yan. Baka naman temporary lang. After one week or two weeks lift na (it will have impact. I hope it will be temporary only. After one week or two weeks lifted already),” “Ang sabi kasi ng (According to) Qatar and Kuwait temporary. In fact, ang Kuwait seven days... good if after seven days they would lift pero (but) what is clear temporary banning lang ‘yun (only),” External link

pna Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "Yon ang gagamitin naming pondo kung sakaling maraming matatamaan ng closures at retrenchment. Bibigyan namin sila ng emergency employment," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It should be an arrangement between the employer and employee… although it should not be compulsory,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, March 7, 2020 7:23:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The Department recognizes the desirability and practicality of flexible work arrangements that may be considered by employers after consultation with the employees… taking into account the adverse consequences of the situation on the financial viability of the company,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, March 7, 2020 7:23:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “The incidents of some of our workers losing their jobs is because their employers are not permanent residents of HK. They are the ones who have left so they have to let go of their workers. But it’s not very hard for them to find employment. In fact, our workers in Hong Kong have become very (indispensable)," Bello said. He was referring to the Hong Kong protests last year which barely affected OFWs on the island. "So we are not alarmed of any possible employment loss to our overseas workers in Hong Kong,” External link

pna Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:25:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Well, we are talking about PHP2 billion. Initially. But that will not be granted on a one-time basis but as the need arises. We are revisiting as well our priorities in the grant and release of financial assistance through our AMP, Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program (TUPAD), and Government Internship Program (GIP) programs to affected sector especially in industries vulnerable to Covid-19,” External link

pna Wednesday, March 4, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It’s not a retaliatory order. It’s a practical order because we will be requiring so many additional requirements from our workers and that giving more burden to our workers so in order to prevent our workers from going there we might as well go to other countries where there are not so much requirement so we have to scale down on Kuwait,” External link

pna Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “That was an argument between DOLE and the Department of Foreign Affairs this morning so probably that will be signed anytime today (Wednesday) or tomorrow (Thursday),” External link

pna Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We may cancel their license. We will also look into possible criminal liability if the hostage taker’s claim that the agency did not remit to SSS, PAGIBIG and PhilHealth,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, March 3, 2020 9:36:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “We also have to consider the responsibility of the agency. It could have been the root cause of the hostage taker’s behavior. Maybe he was forced to do that because of the policy of the agency,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, March 3, 2020 9:36:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Unsuspecting victims were then asked to pay the amount of US$D440 in exchange for non-existent jobs,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “This government to government agreement shall validate the existence of guaranteed employment offers. Hence, we are warning the public to be very cautious of this scam that seemingly capitalizes on the still-to-be finalized labor agreement between the Philippines and Yukon,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Based on the report by our POLO Vancouver, the Yukon government is still studying the memorandum of understanding, and DOLE will provide an update on this undertaking,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:08:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to television network GMA 7, for extending their valuable support to the OSH advocacy," External link

manilametro Thursday, February 27, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : "Their celebrities Ms. Lexi Gonzales and Mr. Kim De Leon has consented to help us share the vital OSH information for the Filipinos," External link

manilametro Thursday, February 27, 2020 10:45:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We discovered some violations and we asked them to comply. We issued compliance orders. And in fairness, they complied," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, February 26, 2020 4:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : “We could consider extending to them our usual TUPAD which is the emergency employment program. That’s the livelihood program that we could extend to them,” External link

pna Monday, February 24, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I do not know if they will accept or allow the benefits na hinihingi ko (that I requested). Let us wait,” External link

pna Monday, February 24, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : “That was the statement of their sales manager who happens to be a lawyer and he said the issue of the closure is non-negotiable dahil hindi ‘yung Honda Philippines ang nag- decide (because it’s not the HCPI that made the decision), it was Honda Japan,” External link

pna Monday, February 24, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We are confident that the BLA with Moscow will soon be finalized in line with our commitment to provide protection and support for OFWs as we continue to see increasing demand for our workers in that part of the world," External link

pna Sunday, February 23, 2020 8:29:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We are confident that the BLA with Moscow will soon be finalized in line with our commitment to provide protection and support for OFWs as we continue to see increasing demand for our workers in that part of the world," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We are elated by their decision to register with OWWA as members, and as such will now allow them to have insurance coverage. Their membership will also enable them to access free skills and entrepreneurship training, not to mention scholarship for their children, return and reintegration preparedness and other programs," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “The directive hopes to raise further awareness, prevent stigma and discrimination among Filipino workers in as far as mental health conditions are concerned and provide support to workers with mental health issues for them to gain access to medical health services,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, February 19, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “After due consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and with the filing of appropriate charges against the perpetrators (in the killing) of OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) Jeanelyn Villavende, the governing board of the POEA unanimously approved the lifting of the remaining ban in Kuwait with respect to the deployment of household workers,” External link

arabnews Saturday, February 15, 2020 5:01:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “After due consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and with the filing of appropriate charges against the perpetrators (in the killing) of (Overseas Filipino Worker) Jeanelyn P. Villavende, the Governing Board of the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) unanimously approved the lifting of the remaining ban in Kuwait with respect to the deployment of household workers,” External link

bworldcom Friday, February 14, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “After due consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and with the filing of appropriate charges against the perpetrators [in the killing] of OFW Jeanelyn Villavende, the Governing Board of the POEA unanimously approved the lifting of the remaining ban in Kuwait with respect to the deployment of household workers,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, February 14, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “All of the provisions which President Rodrigo Duterte requested were all granted. The harmonized employment contract should be retroactive and effective immediately,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, February 14, 2020 7:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "After due consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and with the filing of appropriate charges against the perpetrators [in the killing] of OFW Jeanelyn Villavende, the Governing Board of the POEA unanimously approved the lifting of the remaining ban in Kuwait with respect to the deployment of household workers," External link

manilametro Friday, February 14, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “After due consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and with the filing of appropriate charges against the perpetrators (in the killing) of OFW Jeanelyn Villavende, the Governing Board of the POEA unanimously approved the lifting of the remaining ban in Kuwait with respect to the deployment of household workers,” External link

pna Friday, February 14, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Minimum financial assistance namin ay ₱20,000. Hindi ‘yan pautang, bigay ‘yan. (Our minimum financial assistance is ₱20,000. That is not a loan, we will give it to them.),” External link

manilatimes Friday, February 14, 2020 12:43:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello told : "So now pwede nang, they can deploy now lahat 'yung household service workers, yung mga semi-skilled workers, mga skilled workers and professionals," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, February 13, 2020 5:31:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are seeking understanding from our OFWs because the implementation of a temporary ban by the (Department of Health) is for your own safety as well. We hope for a possible lifting of the ban in a few days,” External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, February 13, 2020 2:21:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “For those who are affected by the travel ban in Taiwan, we ask for your patience and in a few days, there will be a review. While waiting for the lifting of the ban, we are providing financial assistance,” External link

pna Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:48:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello explained : "Workers in the audio-visual production are working on set or location and in projects sometimes without the full benefit of certain provisions in the workplace that affect safety and well being," "These guidelines will afford them adequate protection and compensation in case unfortunate incidents happen," External link

manilametro Tuesday, February 11, 2020 1:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello explained : “Workers in the audio-visual production are working on set or location and in projects sometimes without the full benefit of certain provisions in the workplace that affect safety and well being,” “These guidelines will afford them adequate protection and compensation in case unfortunate incidents happen,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, February 10, 2020 8:20:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Immediate financial assistance when they come here, no question asked, as long as you’re an OFW (overseas Filipino worker), active member of OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration), we give you financial assistance,” External link

pna Monday, February 10, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about China Hong Kong ) : “There is no basis yet to say that the employment of these returning OFWs had been affected because we got verified information from our labor attaché in Hong Kong that the employers of our overseas workers there granted extension of vacation of our OFWs,” External link

pna Monday, February 10, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “And as of Friday, we extended PHP35 million to 3,500 OFWs but that is also growing every day,” External link

pna Monday, February 10, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They will have an observation period of two weeks. Kung lalala (If it gets worse), then it stays. But if it improves, hindi naman lumalala yung coronavirus problem baka ma -recommend ang (if the coronavirus problem doesn’t worsen, we may recommend the) lifting of the travel ban,” External link

pna Monday, February 10, 2020 1:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Labor ) : “The Labor department today (Friday) clarified that the death of OFW Amalia Collado Daproza in Al Zahra Hospital in the United Arab Emirates was not a case of nCoV as earlier reported,” External link

pna Friday, February 7, 2020 1:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "I had a fruitful meeting with my counterparts in Kuwait. Both sides agreed on the harmonized standard employment contract. I will talk with the POEA governing board to recommend the partial lifting of the ban," External link

manilametro Friday, February 7, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "In the case of Villavende, I wanted some validation of their claim that they [accused employers] are formally charged and they are behind bars. We have to be contented who have been charged and what are the nature of the charges," External link

manilametro Friday, February 7, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello added ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : "All of the provisions which President Rodrigo Duterte requested were all granted. The harmonized employment contract should be retroactive and effective immediately," External link

manilametro Friday, February 7, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Because finally the proposed harmonized contract of employment was agreed upon by the Kuwaiti government. This is a measure that would provide effective and efficient protection to our overseas workers,” External link

pna Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:58:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I had a fruitful meeting with my counterparts in Kuwait. Both sides agreed on the harmonized standard employment contract. I will talk with the POEA governing board to recommend the partial lifting of the ban,” External link

kuwaittimes Wednesday, February 5, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “In the case of Villavende, I wanted some validation of their claim that they [accused employers] are formally charged and are behind bars. We have to be contented who have been charged and what are the nature of the charges,” External link

kuwaittimes Wednesday, February 5, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “All of the provisions which President Rodrigo Duterte requested were all granted. The harmonized employment contract should be retroactive and effective immediately,” External link

kuwaittimes Wednesday, February 5, 2020 10:44:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Both sides agreed on the harmonized standard employment contract. I will talk with the POEA governing board to recommend the partial lifting of the ban,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “In the case of Villavende, I wanted some validation of their claim that they [accused employers] are formally charged and they are behind bars. We have to be contented who have been charged and what are the nature of the charges,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “I have to be satisfied that Jeanalyn will really be given justice. I should know any time by now kung ano ang magiging charges filed. They told us it’s murder. I don’t think I’ll be contented with murder. It should be murder with rape or homicide with rape. Saka sino? Who are charged as accused? Baka naman ang chinarge lang yung female empployer?” “Kung satisfied na ako du'n sa nature ng crime or crimes charged, and the people charged, kung satisfied kami, probably it could be a good ground already (for complete lifting of the deployment ban to Kuwait)” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We have to be contended kung sino yung (who is the) accused. Who have been charged and what is the nature of the charges. Eh kung ang kaso lang ay (If the case is only) homicide, I will not be satisfied by that after seeing the autopsy of There should be sexual abuse,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 5, 2020 4:33:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We are clear on our position – we will not back down. We will lift the ban only if justice is given to Villavende, and also more importantly, the long-overdue implementation of the standard or harmonized employment contract which we’ve been discussing between the technical working groups of both countries in accordance with the provision of the memorandum of agreement signed in 2018,” External link

kuwaittimes Sunday, February 2, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Workers in these workplaces are also reminded to take extra precautionary measures which include strict hygiene and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) while at work,” External link

pna Friday, January 31, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “In the event that the worker is not qualified to avail of these social security benefits due to the fault of the employer, the employer shall shoulder all the medical expenses until full recovery,” External link

pna Friday, January 31, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “To help prevent the spread of the disease, all OFWs are reminded of the following advice from the WHO for tourist and the general public: Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections; frequent hand washing or use alcohol-based hand rub, especially after direct contact with ill people, their environment and before touching the eyes, nose, and mouth; avoid close contact with live or dead farm or wild animals,” External link

pna Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Their basic wage shall be multiplied by 130 percent plus COLA (cost-of-living allowance),” External link

pna Thursday, January 23, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “All of the OFWs as well as their families can avail free medical services (at the OFW hospital),” External link

pna Monday, January 20, 2020 1:54:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Those who will come home for a vacation and has (sic) an existing contract are still allowed to travel to Kuwait, however, workers with new contracts will be covered by the ban. This move is nothing less than for the protection of our workers,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:49:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “That’s almost two years ago of discussing and debating but until now, we have not finalized anything,” External link

arabnews Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:18:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Those who will come home for a vacation and has an existing contract are still allowed to travel to Kuwait, however, workers with new contracts will be covered by the ban. This move is nothing less than for the protection of our workers,” External link

arabnews Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:18:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Under the deployment ban order, all newly hired skilled and professional workers are included and cannot leave the country effective immediately,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:36:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Kuwaiti government should also give proof that justice be given to Villavende’s death,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:36:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “If we don’t get these, there will be no deployment. It should be both,” External link

pna Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Three reasons: One, because of the very brutal killing of our OFW, Ms. Jeanelyn Villavende. Two, because of an attempt to cover-up. Three, because of the failure of the Kuwaiti government to come to an agreement regarding the finalization of the standard employment contract that should be agreed upon by Kuwait and the Philippines in accordance with the memorandum that was signed between the two counties in 2018,” External link

pna Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “If you see the autopsy report of the Kuwaiti government, it says that the death was caused by heart failure arising from physical injury. This is contradicted by the findings of our NBI autopsy report, which says that she was sexually abused. A closer scrutiny of the report would show that our OFW Jeanelyn was brutally killed,” External link

pna Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We will send nobody there. These Kuwaitis are worthless. Look at what they did to our fellow Filipino,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, January 13, 2020 9:38:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “We will no longer send OFW there. What they did to our kababayan (countryman), if I tell you, you might also protest. They (Kuwaitis) oppressed our kababayan so much,” “We will not allow this injustice to our OFW. We will see to it that the culprits will answer for their crimes,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, January 12, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "I wrote to NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to conduct our own autopsy, and I found out na 'yong autopsy report ng Kuwaiti government ay palpak, sinungaling at walang kwenta," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "Wala na tayong ipadadala doon. Mga walang kuwenta 'yang mga Kuwaiti na 'yan. Biro mo 'yong ginawa nila sa ating kababayan. 'Pag ikuwento ko sa inyo, baka pati [kayo] magwewelga na. Masyado nilang inapi ang ating kababayan," "We will not allow injustice done to our OFW. We will see to it that the culprits will answer for their crimes" External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:03:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Lumalabas na walang kuwenta ang ginawang autopsy ng Kuwait. Di ko pa masabi ang resulta pero talagang kasinungalingan yung autopsy report ng Kuwaiti government (It appears that the autopsy conducted in Kuwait was useless. I can’t discuss the results yet but it made the autopsy report of the Kuwaiti government a total lie),” External link

pna Saturday, January 11, 2020 7:46:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Initially, the level of alert for Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon are the same at Alert Level 4. Although it was unofficial, I was informed yesterday that the alert level in Lebanon was put down to level 2 and I understand that there’s no more alert level in Iran,” External link

thestandard-ph Thursday, January 9, 2020 11:55:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:20:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless," External link

manilametro Wednesday, January 8, 2020 5:55:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless," External link

irishsun Wednesday, January 8, 2020 5:12:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

krqe Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:42:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless," External link

voanews-sw Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:41:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless," External link

voanews Wednesday, January 8, 2020 4:22:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

samoaobserver Wednesday, January 8, 2020 3:37:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

gazette Wednesday, January 8, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

news4jax Wednesday, January 8, 2020 3:08:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

washtimes Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

tribtown Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:45:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

click2houston Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It will be a nightmare, but we are not helpless,” External link

dailyjournal Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:09:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello added : “As of now, we have not received any request from our OFWs that they want to go home. Only their families have contacted us to check on their situation and for updates on the said countries,” External link

pna Wednesday, January 8, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said ( about Hans Leo Cacdac ) : "The Department of Foreign Affairs and OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Administrator Hans Cacdac might go to the airport for her," "I am going to General Santos City on Friday. I will visit her there," External link

pna Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:45:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "This should serve as a clear message to Kuwaiti authorities. The partial ban may ripen into total deployment ban if justice for Jeanelyn Villavende is not met," External link

manilametro Monday, January 6, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : "We will also ask Villavende's recruitment agency to explain their inaction. As early as September, she already complained about maltreatment and underpayment of salary. She also repeatedly requested the agency for repatriation, but they did not do anything," External link

manilametro Monday, January 6, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “It is the utmost concern of this office to avoid work stoppages, particularly so when there are alternative mechanisms in place to resolve the parties’ differences,” External link

pna Monday, January 6, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello warned : “This should serve as a clear message to Kuwaiti authorities. The partial ban may ripen into total deployment ban if justice for Jeanelyn Villavende is not met,” External link

laht Saturday, January 4, 2020 5:27:00 AM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Villavende who was allegedly beaten black and blue will soon get justice after her Kuwaiti employers were detained,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, January 3, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “Initially, I was inclined to exempt the [returning workers] because they are just vacationing. But in consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs they suggested that we include even the [returning workers],” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, January 3, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello said : “They will still be able to continue working once the partial deployment ban is lifted. They will still be able to work. Their employers need them,” “Their employers know that this was not the workers’ choice. This was an effect of an incident which showed that employers are not able to protect our workers. We deploy our workers to them to serve them and yet they end up getting killed,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, January 3, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello déclaré : "nous avons imposé un calendrier de neuf à douze mois" External link

lefigaro Monday, August 22, 2016 2:49:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello declarou : "impusemos um calend�rio de 9 a 12 meses" External link

em Monday, August 22, 2016 2:10:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello acrescentou : "Com este novo enfoque, esperamos respeitar nosso calend�rio" External link

em Monday, August 22, 2016 2:10:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello declarou : "impusemos um calendário de nove a 12 meses" External link

zh-clicrbs Monday, August 22, 2016 1:50:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello déclaré : "nous avons imposé un calendrier de neuf à douze mois" External link

afp-fr Monday, August 22, 2016 12:10:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello déclaré : "nous avons imposé un calendrier de neuf à douze mois" External link

lorientlejour Monday, August 22, 2016 12:01:00 PM EAT

Silvestre Bello déclaré : "nous avons imposé un calendrier de neuf à douze mois" External link

afp-fr Monday, August 22, 2016 11:38:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
negotiator6.79%EN10/05/201705/10/2017
secretary49.01%EN10/04/201704/10/2017
labor secretary19.21%EN10/04/201704/10/2017
labour secretary5.79%EN08/25/201725/08/2017
labor and employment secretary1.32%EN08/03/201703/08/2017
employment secretary0.99%EN08/03/201703/08/2017
labour minister2.32%EN08/01/201701/08/2017
minister1.82%EN08/01/201701/08/2017
head0.17%EN07/20/201720/07/2017
chief0.17%EN06/07/201707/06/2017
minister of labor0.17%EN01/29/201729/01/2017
chef du gouvernement philippin0.17%FR01/19/201719/01/2017
communications secretary0.17%EN11/08/201608/11/2016
employment minister0.33%EN10/30/201630/10/2016
labour and employment minister0.33%EN10/30/201630/10/2016
philippine labour minister0.50%EN10/19/201619/10/2016
philippines labour minister0.17%EN10/14/201614/10/2016
under secretary0.17%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
chef2.32%FR08/22/201622/08/2016
chefe0.66%PT08/22/201622/08/2016
philippine labor minister0.17%EN08/22/201622/08/2016
philippines secretary of labor0.33%EN08/20/201620/08/2016
secretary of labor0.33%EN08/20/201620/08/2016
philippines secretary of labour1.49%EN08/19/201619/08/2016
secretary of labour1.49%EN08/19/201619/08/2016
panel head0.17%EN08/19/201619/08/2016
philippine labour secretary0.17%EN08/18/201618/08/2016
labor minister0.50%EN07/28/201628/07/2016
consultant secretary0.17%EN06/28/201628/06/2016
panel chairman0.33%EN06/26/201626/06/2016
Names Lang Count
Silvestre BelloEN94.10%
Silvestre BelloFR4.94%
Silvestre BelloPT0.96%


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Ferdinand Gaite said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “Direct financial assistance would not only help the unemployed but would also pump prime the economy as it would directly increase consumer spending. We hope to work with DOLE and Secretary (Silvestre) Bello in working for more budget for these assistance programs,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Harry Roque said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : "Tinawagan ko na po si Sec. Bello, magkakaroon po siya ng one-stop-shop center para po sa NCR at para po sa ABS-CBN para makapag-apply po doon ang ma-re-retrench na mga empleyado ng ABS-CBN," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, July 16, 2020 9:56:00 AM EAT

Martin Romualdez said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “This is a very difficult moment for the families whose loved ones died while working hard abroad. We support and hail the malasakit (compassionate) proposal of Sec. Bello to bring back home the remains of our kababayans,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:23:00 PM EAT

Mike Defensor said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “Thank you President Duterte and Secretary Bello for honoring OFWs who died abroad at the height of this pandemic. We hope that the return of their remains may give a little comfort to their loved ones in this very trying moment,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:23:00 PM EAT

Hans Leo Cacdac said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “With the return of our dear OFWs to their home regions/provinces, DoLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III has directed the resumption of the OWWA Balik Pilipinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Livelihood Program for returning distressed OFWs-OWWA Members,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:11:00 PM EAT

Paul Gutierrez added ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “In this regard, the NPC extends its sincerest thanks to the office of DOLE Secretary, Silvestre Bello III, for recognizing that members of the press, especially, the correspondents (those paid for every published photo or article) in the media industry, are among the most severely affected by this pandemic,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Hans Leo Cacdac said ( about Silvestre Bello ) : “Patuloy pa rin ang ating fund releases. Kamakailan lang, nagbigay ng instructions si [DOLE] Secretary [Silvestre] Bello na gawing flexible ang requirements. Huwag masyadong stringent. Patuloy nating pinapabilis ang proseso,” External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, April 25, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Hans Leo Cacdac told ( about Silvestre Bello ) : "Sabi ni Sec. Bello nang dumalaw siya sa pamilya ni Villavende, na kung makikita niyo 'yung autopsy, ay dapat nang i-ban muna ang deployment sa Kuwait. Talaga kasing pinahirapan si Villavende," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, January 11, 2020 2:55:00 PM EAT