Monthly Archives: January 2011

Labor dep’t stops compulsory retirement of PAL pursers

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THE LABOR department has issued an order suspending Lucio C. Tan-led Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) move to retire senior flight attendants aged 55 years old.

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Tougher competition from Asian neighbors?

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THE PHILIPPINES will have to contend with growing competition posed by other Asian investment sites given the trend of more liberal policies in the region.

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Perks for GOCC execs to be based on size, revenues

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SIZE AND PROFITABILITY will be used to determine compensation at state-owned firms and board members can shortly expect to see their perks slashed, officials yesterday said.

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Philippine economy grew 7.3 percent last year

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The Philippine economy grew by a robust 7.3 percent last year, its strongest performance since the Marcos administration, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) said Monday.

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Sugar prices rising; controls ruled out

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Retail prices of sugar are on the upswing but authorities will not impose controls just yet, according to the Sugar Regulatory Administration.

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Private economists see inflation steady at 4.1%

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MANILA, Philippines –  Private economists and analysts see inflation steady at 4.1 percent this year and next year amid the recent rally in global commodity prices, a survey conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed.

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Bustling and bursting Metro Manila roads

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Certainly, the MMDA scheme of strictly limiting vehicles plying EDSA on weekdays to only four days, and of introducing those ubiquitous U-turn slots, have had a positive effect on easing the traffic flow on this major transport artery. But these have not been enough.

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DSWD to take over rice subsidy for poor

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MANILA, Philippines – The National Food Authority (NFA), the state-owned grains agency, will no longer provide subsidized rice to the poor as this role would now be transferred to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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Belmonte, 45 others post perfect House attendance

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MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. led 46 lawmakers in attending all 46 sessions of the House of Representatives during the five-month period that Congress was in session last year.

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Free Trade Agreement with India pushed

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MANILA, Philippines – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) needs to ratify the comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) that the member countries signed with India to implement the deals expected to remove tariffs on close to 98 per cent of products being traded with the dialogue partners.

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Reproductive health bill backed

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MANILA, Philippines – Enlightened pro-reproductive health Catholics who are leading the campaign for the use of both modern and natural family planning methods are happy over President Benigno C. Aquino’s firm stand on the issue of providing reproductive health services, particularly to the most vulnerable groups in Philippine society.

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Labor group wants union leaders deputized as labor inspectors

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 30, 2011

MANILA, Philippines –  After the death of 10 workers in a construction site in Makati City, labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) yesterday asked the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to deputize union presidents and officers as labor inspectors to strengthen the enforcement of workplace policies.

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Tragedy at Eton construction site wake-up call to end subcontracting deals — NGO

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The recent death of 10 workers at the Eton Residences construction site in Makati City should prompt the Labor department to review and terminate existing subcontracting chains, particularly in the construction sector, a labor non-government organization (NGO) said yesterday.

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BSP sees inflation rising to 4.2% this year

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MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) sees average inflation rising to as high as 4.2 percent this year if the upside risks to consumer prices materialize.

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POEA projects 6% drop in OFW deployment

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MANILA, Philippines – Fewer Filipino workers are expected to get employed abroad this year, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reported on Jan. 28.

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Social work & human rights

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MANILA, Philippines – The links between social work and human rights are explicit. Social workers are human rights workers. A human approach to social work education provides the students a framework for their advocacy, direct service and community development efforts. A human rights perspective gives social work practitioners the ability to transform knowledge into empathy,…

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Understanding minimum wage

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How we can fix our wage system reflects how well we understand our economics. To begin with, wage is conditional to employment, and often is calculated to balance the term “living wage” from the profit to assure the capitalists of their investment.

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Grants keep employment and literacy rates highest in Cavite

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Philippines – Scholarship grants and job opportunities tied to government’s technical vocation program have helped keep the literacy and employment percentage in Cavite on the highest level, provincial officials said.

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Aquino’s hands-off style suited for growth

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THE hands-off leadership style of President Beningo “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd was appropriate for the economic situation today, and his bachelor lifestyle was irrelevant to rapid growth, one of the country’s leading economists said.

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Passage of ‘Women’s Act’ pressed

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MANILA, Philippines – Iloilo Rep. Augusto Syjuco pushed yesterday for the immediate passage of the “Women’s Right to Know Act” which seeks massive public campaign to educate the Filipino women on the importance of reproductive health care.

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City Job Fair, February 24-25, 2011, Trade Hall, 2nd Level, Starmall Edsa, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City

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Filipino accountants seek greener pastures

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THE Philippines is losing its accountants to other countries amid a boom in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, according to an accounting group. Cindy Ortiz, president of the Association of Certified Public Accountants, said that the country is currently experiencing a shortage of accountants even as the demand for accountants is increasing since multinational…

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Make money or lose jobs, Aquino tells GOCC heads

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Friday required the directors of government-owned and -controlled corporations to sign a performance contract so they can be removed if they fail to deliver.

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7% yearly growth forecast

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Investments yardstick of ‘Prophet of Boom’ MOST forecasters see the Philippine economy slowing down this year relative to 2010 when the country held national elections—but not Dr. Bernardo Villegas, a co-founder and trustee of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P).

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Shylock’s contract

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“The pound of flesh that I demand, is dearly bought, ‘tis mine and I will have it!” screamed the vengeful moneylender, Shylock in Merchant of Venice, one of the most illuminating and lasting Shakespearean characters. Even today, there are many Shylocks that walk among us, initiating and enforcing contracts that are obviously one-sided and patently…

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SSS amnesty for delinquent employers

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At least 270,000 employers with delinquent accounts with the Social Security System will gain a six-month reprieve from penalties through the amnesty program being carried out by the pension fund.

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10 workers dead as lift snaps from high-rise

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A PLATFORM lift at a building construction site on Legaspi and Paseo de Roxas in Makati plunged 25 floors Thursday, killing 10 workers, officials said.

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Belmonte pushes Charter’s economic amendments

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THE House of Representatives will push to convene Congress as a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution, and even though the Palace has said Charter change is not a priority, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Thursday.

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Condo tragedy probed; owner vows cooperation

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is investigating allegations that the real estate company that owns a condominium building, where 10 construction workers died in a tragic accident last Thursday in Makati City, violated some provisions of the Labor Code.

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Philippines behind on commitment to combat HIV/AIDs

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A UNAIDS official noted Friday that the Philippines is lagging in its commitment to combat HIV/AIDs — one of seven nations in the world, and only of two in the Asia-Pacific region, where the incidence rate of HIV infections increased by over 25%. However, the political will to implement a comprehensive, cooperative and inclusive health…

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