Monthly Archives: February 2009

More Filipinos glued to TV as tough times bite

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MORE Filipinos are watching TV and forgoing luxuries amid the hard times, AGB Nielsen Media Research said yesterday.

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Export-dependent Asian economies sink deeper

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ASIA’S export-dependent economies have been plunged into their worst crisis in decades as the global recession saps demand for the region’s consumer electronics, cars and semiconductors.

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Asian Emergency Fund, matter of urgency

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Hua Hin,  Thailand (AFP)  – Southeast Asian foreign ministers called for a planned multi-billion-dollar emergency fund to be boosted as a “matter of urgency” to fight the global downturn, a top official said.

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ASEAN human rights body lacks power to investigate

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CHA-AM (AP) – Southeast Asian officials on Friday hailed the creation of a regional human rights body as a historic first step toward confronting abuses in the region, but the body will lack the power to investigate or punish violators of human rights like military-ruled Myanmar.

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Protect Life. Uphold the Dignity of Families.

Published by anna Date posted on February 27, 2009

We are alarmed at how the facts on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill have been twisted by the Roman Catholic hierarchy and its allied groups.

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Text hotline to help victims of child abuse

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Manila Mayor Lito Atienza and Smart Communications has set up a monitoring hotline for the protection of children who have been beaten, maltreated or forced to work in inhumane conditions.

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Engless

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“Engless” is my own word for wrong English For Those who Reed and Right

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TUCP appeals Wage Order No. NCR-14

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Petron execs rapped over worker’s death

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Balanga City – Six officials and security officers of Petron oil refinery in Limay, Bataan were charged yesterday before the provincial prosecutor’s office with alleged obstruction of justice in connection with the death of a 24-year old techniciam who was exposed to hydrogen sulfide gas at the plant’s sour water treating facility six months ago.

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DepEd to use regulatory powers vs schools with excessive tuition hike

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) warned private schools yesterday that the agency would use its regulatory powers against schools that will not practice self-restraint in imposing tuition hikes for school year 2009-10.

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US report: RP judiciary corrupt, inefficient

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MANILA, Philippines – A US State Department report said corruption and inefficiency in the judicial system have undermined human rights in the Philippines and caused “widespread skepticism” of due process.

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Businesses generally pessimistic in 1st quarter

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MANILA, Philippines – Businessmen are generally pessimistic about their prospects for the first quarter of this year due to the negative impact of the global financial turmoil on the Philippines, results of the latest Business Expectations Survey (BES) of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed.

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Palace says no rush in activating Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

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MANILA, Philippines – Despite calls from lawmakers to activate the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) to prevent severe power shortage in the future, Malacañang said it would still have to check on the safety aspect of the facility.

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US announces start of ‘stress tests’ for major banks

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WASHINGTON: US authorities launched a new phase of their bank rescue plan on Wednesday including a requirement for so-called stress tests on the “capital adequacy” of troubled major commercial banks.

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Taiwan stimulus package may cut risk of further OFW layoffs

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MANILA, Philippines – Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Taiwan may heave a sigh of relief as Taiwan’s economic stimulus package may reduce the risk of further OFW retrenchments, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) said.

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Don’t invest in these companies – SEC

Published by anna Date posted on February 26, 2009

By Zinnia B. Dela Pena, From The Philippine Star June 23, 2005 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned the public against investing in 53 companies that have yet to register their securities with the corporate watchdog.

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Wage Order No. NCR-14

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The geological hazards of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

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(Second of a series) The 1992 Torres report While he was still at Phivolcs, Dr. Ronnie Torres, a foremost expert regarding pyroclastic flows who is now at the University of Hawaii, warned of volcanism and faulting at the site in a 1992 report, “The vulnerability of PNPP site to the hazards of Natib volcano” (Phivolcs…

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World Bank meets with senators, stands firm on findings

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 25, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – World Bank officials led by country director Bert Hofman told lawmakers yesterday that it was up to authorities to prosecute contractors the bank had banned for collusion in bidding for road projects.

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Petition for Wage Increase of P80 Daily at the National Capital Region

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Civil society group asks court to open books of 3 oil firms to Commission on Audit

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 24, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Groups opposing the proposal to revive the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) formed yesterday a “human banner” to express their protest against the plan and they urged lawmakers to reject the bill that favors the opening of the nuclear plant.

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Report a pothole thru text

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The Department of Public Works and Highways, tasked with the building and maintenance of public roads and buildings, yesterday launched its 2920 text hotline in a bid to reach out to the public and become a more efficient agency.

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Radioman gunned down in Misamis Occidental

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – A radio broadcaster was shot dead on his way to his radio program in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental yesterday.

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Kentucky schools recruit Filipino teachers

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky – A recruiting trip to the Philippines turned into a success when officials from a public school system ventured there in late 2007 looking for teachers.

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11 million Filipinos in adult labor force unemployed – SWS survey

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MANILA, Philippines – About 11 million Filipino adults or 27.9 percent of the adult labor force are unemployed, a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

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‘Tuition in private schools won’t increase too much’

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MANILA, Philippines – Education Secretary Jesli Lapus is confident that private schools will not raise tuition fees too much and cause the exodus of students from private schools to already congested public schools.

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39,000 lose jobs–DOLE

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Officials allot P7B to create180,000 jobs   At least 39,000 Filipinos have lost their jobs since October, as factories and companies lay off workers amid the deepening global financial crisis, an official said Monday.

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Mercury (alert) rising

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Nay, this is not about the 1998 action thriller Mercury Rising where Bruce Willis plays an undercover agent out to protect a nine-year-old autistic boy targeted by assassins after cracking a top secret government code. And this is not about Mercury retrograde, which is said to bog us down as it creates computer screw-ups and…

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Government set to revise downward growth forecast for this year

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MANILA, Philippines – The government is set to revise downward the economic growth forecast for the year given the global economic recession, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ralph Recto said yesterday.

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Dubai guest workers stranded without jobs

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DUBAI(AP) — The world’s economic shadows caught up with Employee No. 861 at the lip of a construction site on Dubai’s desert outskirts.

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