Monthly Archives: December 2009

Ginkgo biloba not effective in preventing memory loss

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In a study published in the Journal of the American Association, researchers found that Ginkgo biloba was no more effective than placebo in preventing cognitive in older people.

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Accurate crime reporting adopted by PNP

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has adopted a more efficient and accurate system of crime reporting in line with its Integrated Transformation Program in developing police systems and procedures. The National Crime Reporting System (NCRS) is now being implemented in all PNP units to report crime incidents to the national headquarters for centralized recording.

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Mutiny over bounty: Filipinos stuck on bankrupt casino ship

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DOZENS of Filipino workers have remained trapped in a bankrupt casino ship in Florida since Christmas, unable to even set foot on US shore in a maritime version of The Terminal, the 2004 comedy-drama movie about a stateless, visa-less tourist unable to leave a New York airport.

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Tetangco stresses need for clear fiscal program

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MANILA, Philippines – Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. stressed the need for the next administration to lay down a clear fiscal consolidation program after the global financial crisis derailed the country’s commitment to balance the budget last year.

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DOTC to phase out aging sea vessels

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MANILA, Philippines – The sinking of M/V Baleno 9, which killed at least six passengers, has prompted an official of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to admit that all the estimated 200 roll-on and roll-off (roro) vessels plying the domestic waters are aging and have to be phased out.

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US stocks bounce back on economic optimism

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NEW YORK – Wall Street stocks edged higher Wednesday after a better than expected report on manufacturing activity, indicating that a recovery from recession was on track.

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2009 among deadliest years for media –watchdog

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BRUSSELS – 2009 was one of the worst for the targeted killing of media workers, with 113 lives lost, a leading watchdog said Thursday and called on governments to do more to protect reporters.

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Copenhagen Accord: A bad deal waiting to happen (2)

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Coming from cold and snowy Copenhagen and braving the snowstorm and delayed trains, we are sad to report that the so-called Copenhagen Accord leaves us with business as usual and no legally binding commitment to reduce emissions in the world. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez criticized the process of passing the accord as undemocratic. The Bolivarian…

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Repatriating a stranded OFW isn’t that easy

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I write this column in the hope of disabusing the public mind of recurring criticisms that the government—in particular the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)—had been “dragging its feet” in the repatriation of stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

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ADB warns of high unemployment until next year

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DESPITE the anticipated economic recovery next year, the unemployment rate may still climb higher in developing countries like the Philippines, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) warned. In a report, the Manila-based lender said there was at least a one-quarter lag from the time the crisis decreased economic output and increased unemployment.

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Burning up worn tires unhealthy, unlawful

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A NONGOVERNMENT organization on Wednesday warned the public against the burning of used tires and trash during the New Year celebration to prevent toxic pollutants from endangering the public health, climate and environment. “Burning up worn tires on New Year’s Eve and setting firecracker wrappings, used boga [PVC cannons], plastics and other discards on fire…

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Taxi operator ordered to pay ex-mechanic’s wage, bonus

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CEBU, Philippines – The Supreme Court has upheld the decisions of the National Labor Relations Commission and the Court of Appeals against a taxi operator, Hilario Ramirez, who was ordered to pay the salary differential and 13th month of his mechanic.

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61% of Pinoys dissatisfied with GMA – SWS

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MANILA, Philippines – Barely six months before President Arroyo steps down, a majority or 61 percent of Filipino adults continue to be dissatisfied with her performance, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said in its survey.

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Yearender: Agriculture growth limited by typhoons, global economic crisis

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MANILA, Philippines – Despite a higher budget of P47 billion – fourth biggest in this year’s national budget – growth in the agriculture sector almost ground to a halt as two devastating typhoons and the global economic meltdown took their toll on the sector.

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The firecracker link to climate change

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From Ondoy to Pepeng and every typhoon in between, this has been one of the worst years for the Philippines in terms of natural disasters. As a matter of fact, we are frequently ranked among the top, if not the top, most natural disaster prone country in the world. According to the latest Global Report…

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Yearender: DOH grapples with global pandemic

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MANILA, Philippines – The Influenza A(H1N1) pandemic, bacterial infection of popular peanut butter brands, strengthening of the Bureau of Food and Drugs, price cuts of common drugs, and a post-typhoon leptospirosis outbreak made 2009 a busy year for the Department of Health (DOH).

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Yearender: RP tourism thrives despite global slump

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine tourism industry thrived in 2009 despite the global tourism slump and several calamities that hit the country.

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GMA unpopular? My fault – Cerge

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MANILA, Philippines – Mea culpa. President Arroyo’s spokesman took the fall yesterday for the unpopularity of his boss, saying the Chief Executive’s ratings, which remain at record lows with only six months left in her term, reflected his performance.

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DOLE: No wage increase in 2010

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday dashed hopes of a possible increase in the take-home pay of minimum wage earners next year.

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Carry out random inspection for all enterprises, unions tell DOLE

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December 30, 2009, Quezon City — Union leaders from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to conduct random inspection of companies to strengthen compliance with core labor standards in all enterprises — micro, small, medium or large.

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Looking ahead: Rice shortage in 2010?

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MANILA, Philippines – For the world’s biggest rice importer, will 2010 be another 2008, a year plagued with skyrocketing rice prices amid squeezed supply?

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Looking ahead: Power supply not enough in 2010?

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MANILA, Philippines – As the holiday season draws to a close, Filipinos now gear up for the upcoming national elections. But as government officials raised the possibility of a power shortage next year, will the 2010 polls be done in the dark?

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China now second-largest trade partner of RP

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Despite the global economic crisis, trade between China and the Philippines would take off again and China was even expected to overtake Japan as Manila’s second-largest trading partner soon, officials said. After growing more than 30 percent annually for seven years since 2000, bilateral trade dropped by 6.7 percent in 2008 to $28.28 billion, Chinese…

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Hospitals oppose Philhealth’s suspension order

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THE Philippine Hospital Association said Tuesday it opposed a government proposal imposing a 90-day preventive suspension on hospitals and their employees with pending administrative cases on alleged fraudulent billings.

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Stock market ends 2009 with 63% gain

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THE stock market rebounded from a global financial slowdown to end the year up 63 percent, making it one of the best-performing equities markets in Asia and positioning it for further growth in 2010.

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Jobs remain a major concern despite modest growth

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DESPITE having evaded a recession, the Philippine labor market turned for the worse in 2009.

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RP pulls narrow escape from recession in 2009

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WHILE other Asian emerging economies shrank, the Philippines managed to evade a recession in 2009 amid the worst global slump in decades. But early in the year, the prospects were dim, especially after the government released the first-quarter growth results.

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An Estrada surge on eve of campaign

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At about the time when things were winding down, Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations, the two respected and widely accepted pollsters published assessments of the 2010 presidential elections, two days apart, a fortnight ago.

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Can a tenant demand reimbursement of home improvement expenses from landlord?

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Dear PAO, We have been renting a house for almost 20 years now. The owner of the house is in Canada. Rents are deposited to the owner’s account since then. The owner will be selling the house and has asked us if we can vacate the premises within the next six months. My question is,…

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Economy to get better in 2010 – NEDA

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BAGUIO CITY: Increased spending and higher remittances from Filipino workers abroad would offset a projected cut in the country’s economic output, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief said Tuesday.

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