Monthly Archives: May 2009

Gov’t’s cash-for-school grants start in June

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MANILA, Philippines—Just in time for the opening of classes next week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has announced that the distribution of grants to beneficiaries in provinces included in the so-called expansion areas of the government’s conditional cash transfer program will start in June.

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Due to world crisis, ‘RP should reset antipoverty goals’

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MANILA, Philippines—The global economic downturn, which recently pulled the Philippines down to its slowest growth in a decade, will result in the country’s failure to meet its poverty-reduction goal by 2010 and is expected to increase the number of poor Filipinos.

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ASEAN Charter to reinforce link with EU

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The European Union joined other international organizations that have recognized the legal personality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is trying to build a regional economic community.

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Commission on Human Rights: Some Davao cops involved in death squad

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MANILA, Philippines – Some members of the Davao police are actually “involved” in the death squad behind the vigilante killings in the city, Commission on Human Rights chairperson Leila de Lima said yesterday, citing “confirmed information.”

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Philippine Nurses Association bats for P24,000 starting salary for nurses

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) batted yesterday for a monthly starting salary of P24,000 or Salary Grade 15 for new nurses as stipulated in the Nursing Act of 2002.

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Cabral to sign IRR to hasten adoption of abandoned children

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MANILA, Philippines – Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral will sign tomorrow the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of a law that hastens the adoption process of abandoned or neglected children, including infants.

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Providing cutting edge technical-vocational training

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The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Joel Maureal was a computer technician profiting from the high-caliber training he received from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda). The man is productive despite the fact that he lost an arm in a jeepney accident 20-years ago.

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3-day job fair marks Freedom Day rites

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THE Department of Labor and Employment will be holding a three-day job and livelihood fair in 19 cities nationwide starting on Independence Day, expecting some 1,000 employers to participate in the event, including some from the overseas recruitment industry.

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$13-m aid looms for rice sector

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THE Philippines could gain $13 million in official development assistance from Korea to put up modern rice-processing systems in Pangasinan, Iloilo, Bohol and Davao del Sur, officials said yesterday.

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Children suffer most when justice is denied

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Beth was a docile and submissive child. She lived in fear of her dominating father and he was addicted to buying the dirt cheap child pornography CDs that are widely available in the Philippines. It was perhaps inevitable that he would rape her and he did several times over two years ago in the province…

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Why is the Philippines the heart of Asia?

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A handy travel guide for seekers of health and wellness   Filipino medical and spa professionals are renowned the world over for their competence, knowledge and skill and uniquely, the level of compassionate care they extend to patients and clients.

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Medical and wellness center in Amorosa, Subic, serves patients, retirees from Northern Luzon and abroad

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The George Dewey Medical and Wellness Center is a tertiary private hospital located in Amorosa.

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St. Luke’s and the coming boom in medical tourism

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BEFORE the end of 2009, St. Luke’s Medical Center will open the P9-billion 600-bed St. Luke’s Medical Center hospital at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

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RP emerges as wellness haven

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Special Report: Medical Tourism Medical tourism is proving to be a super-bright region in our country’s darkening economic landscape. The country’s chief statistician warns that we are on the brink of a recession.

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Gov’t accepts OFW presence in risky areas

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BAGUIO CITY—The government has virtually acknowledged helplessness in stopping the flight of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to countries where deployment is banned because of conflicts or wars.

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Online discussion forum on youth enterprise and the effects of the global financial crisis

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ILO: Unemployed Asians over 112 million

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MANILA, Philippines–With the global recession deepening at an unprecedented pace, the International Labor Organization has predicted that the number of unemployed in Asia will grow between 9 million and 26 million this year.

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Summit tackles strategies to pursue gender equality

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CEBU, Philippines – Challenges for every sector to help improve the situation of women with the use of strategies in putting the Millennium Development Goals to work for gender equality, and linking it to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women, were discussed in yesterday’s Cebu City Women’s Summit 2009…

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Higher corn support price to keep national production goal on track in 2009

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MANILA, Philippines – Corn farmers welcomed yesterday the increase in the crop’s support price to P13 per kilo as they said this will encourage them to increase production and allow the sector to attain its production target for the whole year, following a two-percent decline in the first quarter.

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RP will not go into recession, says Palace

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will not go into recession despite the slow growth registered in the first quarter of the year, Malacañang said yesterday.

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Atienza, Angara propose steps to address climate change

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ENVIRONMENT and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza on Friday stressed the need to shift to low carbon economy to address the climate change.

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Private auditors may open oil firms’ books–govt

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Reyes, Recto meeting on fuel pricing ends in deadlock The government said private audit  firms could do the examination on the books of oil companies to make their pricing more transparent. Presidential spokesman for economic matters Gary Olivar said Solicitor General Agnes Devanadera already gave an explanation why she opposed an impending audit by government…

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Department of Energy, NEDA fail to reconcile figures

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MANILA, Philippines – Talks between the Department of Energy and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on the alleged overpricing of oil companies ended at a “deadlock.”

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Casino owners ordered to take back 6 workers

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CLARK FREEPORT – The National Labor Relations Commission has ordered a company owned by Hong Kong businessman Jack Lam here to reinstate the six Filipinos it dismissed in July 2007 and pay them their back wages.

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Child protection at village level

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ParaÑaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr. has ordered the reorganization of the council for the protection of children in various villages.

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SC upholds judge’s compensation claim

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The Supreme Court has ordered the Government Service Insurance System to pay the family of a judge who died in 2001 of cardiopulmonary arrest, a cardiovascular disease that the tribunal considered as compensable ailment.

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Hotel workers want ex-justice disbarred

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THE officers of a hotel workers’ union have filed a disbarment case against retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruben Reyes, claiming the controversial former justice participated in the resolution of a labor dispute more than a month after he had retired.

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ILO welcomes new regulations on ship breaking as crisis boosts the industry

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After more than five years of negotiation, delegates from 59 countries to an International Maritime Organization (IMO) conference signed the Hong Kong Agreement regulating the recycling of ships on 15 May 2009. For the ILO, the agreement is an important step to make ship breaking decent work. ILO Online spoke with manufacturing specialist David Seligson…

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Economic crisis leaves “powder keg” of social unrest- Amnesty

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LONDON (AFP)–The world is sitting on a “powder keg” of social unrest, which risks exploding as human rights are eroded by the global economic slowdown, Amnesty International warned Thursday.

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RP now has 5.5 million motor vehicles

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MANILA, Philippines – There are now 5.53 million motor vehicles operating in the country and the number is expected to grow by 4.6 percent in the coming years, according to an expert from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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