Monthly Archives: February 2010

Broadband users seen to reach 5 million this year

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MANILA, Philippines – Globe Telecom, a premier telecommunications services provider in the Philippines, expects the total broadband market in the country to continue its robust growth, reaching four to five million users by year’s end.

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Leading presidential bets’ six topmost concerns

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How do the presidential candidates differ and agree on what concerns the president elected in the May elections must focus on?

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Part-time employee may demand 13th month pay

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Dear PAO, I am a part-time teacher in a computer school here in Negros Occidental. I am usually paid on an hourly basis for my work. For five years now, I have not received any 13th month pay. I thought this is ok until I read the Labor Code of the Philippines stating that the…

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Protected: Militants win PAL union elections

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IMF warns RP on premature exit strategy

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MANILA, Philippines – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stressed the importance for monetary authorities to maintain their accommodative policy stance and avoid premature exit to ensure sustained economic recovery.

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US growth likely slowing after big yearend spurt

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The recovery is losing steam. The US economy is now likely expanding at just half the brisk 5.9 percent pace at which the government on Friday estimated it grew last quarter. Business spending will make up for some of a slowdown in consumer spending – but not likely enough to reduce the…

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Pinoy seamen’s remittances up

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MANILA, Philippines – Filipino sailors working on foreign vessels have remitted a total of $3.4 billion in 2009, up by 12 percent from $3.043 billion in 2008, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said yesterday.

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Mixed blessing: credit card reform may shock some

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New credit card law restricts bank tactics, but sent interest rates up and credit lines down NEW YORK (AP) — Your next credit card statement is going to contain an ugly truth: how much that card really costs to use.

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Abused party-list system

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 27, 2010

Sectoral representation in Congress first started with the regime of Ferdinand Marcos, and at that period in congressional history, the sectoral representatives were appointed by Marcos.

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Mikey A lashes back at critics bucking his bid for party-list seat in Congress

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Stressing no one enjoys the monopoly of representing the marginalized sectors, presidential son and Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo yesterday lashed back at party-list representatives who have been criticizing him over reports he is seeking a party-list seat in Congress, saying they too come from the privileged sector of the society.

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Comelec: Gov’t execs nominated by party-list should resign, too

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday said government appointees who will be chosen as nominees of party-list groups participating in the May 10 polls should also resign from their posts.

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Incompetence cause of power outages — Fernando

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Bagumbayan vice presidential bet Bayani Fernando said poor engineering and the incompetence of government officials are to blame for the frequent power outages nationwide.

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Reproductive health lack curbs development

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The apparent lack of access to reproductive health services in the Philippines hampers development, according to an envoy.

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Save the sugar farming sector

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PERHAPS because the President and the First Gentleman are from sugar-farming provinces, the Arroyo administration worked successfully to defer implementation  of zero tariff on sugar trading within the Asean Free Trade Area.

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Forest area expands by 33 percent in nine years

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The country’s forest area had expanded by 33 percent in the past nine years, the top official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said on Friday.

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GMA won’t stop Cabral from distributing condoms

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MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo will not stop Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral from distributing contraceptive pills amid strong opposition from the Catholic Church and other sectors, deputy presidential spokesperson Charito Planas said yesterday.

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Mikey: Who said party-list representatives are marginalized?

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MANILA, Philippines – The height of hypocrisy and utmost arrogance. Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo scoffed yesterday at allegations of some party-list lawmakers that he is not from the marginalized sector.

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Comelec tells party-list groups: Name nominees

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MANILA, Philippines – Party-list groups joining the May 10 elections have until March 26 to submit their list of nominees, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday.

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NEDA keeps growth target

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THE National Economic and  Development Authority (NEDA)  on Friday said the Philippines’ economic growth target this year would remain despite expectations of a hard hit from the El Niño phenomenon.

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Signs of Japanese recovery lift Philippine stocks

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SIGNS of recovery at the world’s second-biggest economy led Asian stock markets higher on Friday.

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Protest actions looming against tuition increases

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Students and youth groups are gearing up for a huge protest action against tuition and other school fee increase while public and private schools gear up for protests against tuition and other fee increases.

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97 medicines to be sold at 50% off starting March 31—DoH

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MANILA, Philippines – At least 97 medicines will be sold at half their original prices starting March 31, Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral announced Friday.

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DOH to defy bishops over condom row

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Malacañang, apparently defying the country’s influential bishops, on Thursday said that it would allow the Department of Health (DOH) to continue with free distribution of condoms but that the agency could approach the Cabinet if it wanted to reconcile conflicting policies.

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Cabral to give away contraceptive pills this time

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MANILA, Philippines – It was condoms on Valentine’s Day, and now it’s contraceptive pills. Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral clarified yesterday that the government plans to give the contraceptive pills only to interested couples.

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Business sector confidence hits two-year high

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MANILA, Philippines – Businessmen are more optimistic that the domestic economy would recover from the worldwide economic slump this year on the back of moderate inflation, a steady stream of remittances from Filipinos abroad, election-related spending, and continued foreign investment inflows.

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Local wages to increase this year – survey

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MANILA, Philippines – Majority of local companies said they will be increasing the wages of their employees this year, results of a survey conducted by Grant Thornton showed.

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Imports up 18% to $3.9 billion in December

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MANILA, Philippines – The country’s imports surged by 17.9 percent to $3.89 billion in December 2009 from the same period in 2008, the National Statistics Office (NSO) reported yesterday

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What awaits the auto industry in 2010?

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MANILA, Philippines – Perhaps the end of 2009 couldn’t have come sooner as it did – putting behind a year of reeling from Ondoy and the lingering effects of the nefarious sub-prime bubble burst of 2007 – the latter truly a shot heard around the world.

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TUCP, JILAF Complete National Productivity, LMC Workshop

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DAVAO CITY (22 February) -Thirty trade union leaders from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao completed recently the National Workshop on Productivity and Labor Management Cooperation (LMC), focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Collective Bargaining.

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Wage hikes not needed for now?

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WAGE HIKES have been ruled out in the short term by the government, which cited the lack of price pressures and a still-recovering economy.

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