Monthly Archives: March 2011

DoTC says proposed fare hikes in MRT, LRT remain suspended

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Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) fares still remain the same at the moment as the implementation date of the proposed fare increase is still undecided, an official of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) said.

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MTPDP omitted provisions on ecological protection

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Environmental groups assailed the recently approved Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for 2011-2016 released by the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) the other day for supposedly lacking provisions to concretize President Aquino’s social contract with the Filipino people.

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CBCP returns to negotiating table with Palace execs on RH bill

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Members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) returned to the negotiating table with Palace officials yesterday, more than a month after pulling out from the dialogs initiated by the government, to iron out the differences between the Church and the State concerning President Aquino’s five-pronged Responsible Parenthood (RP) bill.

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PAL union workers vow to bring outsourcing plan to SC

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MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) vowed to challenge before the Supreme Court Malacanang’s decision to uphold the outsourcing plan at the national flag carrier.

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TUCP supplementary statement on the P75 across-the-board wage petition

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PRESS RELEASE TRADE UNION CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES                    31 March 2011 TUCP-PGEA Compound, Maharlika cor. Masaya Street, Diliman, Quezon City For inquiries please contact: ERNESTO F. HERRERA, PhD, General Secretary Mobile: 09198621717 ROY SENERES, SR., National Spokesperson Mobile: 09287886514 RAFAEL E. MAPALO, Director for Education Mobile: (+63) 9285047052 Tel. No: (632)…

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Bishops retreated on condoms — Malacañang

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CATHOLIC bishops meeting with President Benigno Aquino III and his Cabinet officials acknowledged for the first time that condoms do not cause abortions, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Wednesday.

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Jetro says export firms taking a hit

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MORE than a fourth of Japanese firms operating in the Philippines have suffered delays in production resulting in the cancellation of orders because of the disaster in Japan, according to the Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro).

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Controlling oil prices

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IF it still has escaped your attention, the prices of oil products have already risen 10 times this year. Diesel prices have increased by P7.95 per liter in less than only three months. Kerosene and gasoline rose by an average of P7.30 and P5.30 per liter respectively within the same time period. The recent price…

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Commercial banks post 31% earnings growth

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MANILA, Philippines – Earnings of universal and commercial banks operating in the Philippines surged 31 percent despite booking foreign exchange losses amounting to P5.87 billion as 2010 emerged as a banner year for the country’s banking industry on the back of higher interest and non-interest income, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed.

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Christian churches back reproductive health bill

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MANILA, Philippines—Not all religious organizations are against the reproductive health (RH) bill in Congress.

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Practicality may hinder electric-vehicle sales

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In a country whose iconic vehicles include the Shelby Cobra and the Hummer, one might assume that electric-vehicle adoption in the U.S. would be hindered by a cultural proclivity for owning very fast or powerful cars.

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Building true ASEAN community

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The concepts of people-centered community, people-driven community and people-oriented community were recently coined to demonstrate the new face of ASEAN and the commitment to further deepening ASEAN integration.

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Character flaws

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I also don’t approve of Pinoy bashing particularly when it’s done for no other reason except to make fun of ourselves and our (many) weaknesses and peculiarities.

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Purisima tells BIR to go after ‘The Invisible 500’

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FINANCE Secretary Cesar Purisima on Tuesday asked Internal Revenue to go after “The Invisible 500,” rich people who live in the most exclusive subdivisions and are members of golf and yacht clubs.

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Shortage looms for vehicle parts

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JAPANESE carmakers, facing electricity shortages after the nation’s record earthquake crippled power plants, may consider measures including rotating production to save energy, Toyota Motor Corp. said.

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ASEAN rethinking nuclear energy use

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The nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan, has prompted ASEAN members to rethink their nuclear energy policies. Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam have said they will reassess the future construction of nuclear plants. Be that as it may, these countries, regardless of the potential nuclear risk, have very little choice because of their industrialization plans and energy…

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ITUC/Global Unions’ Response to “Building Resilience and Opportunity: The World Bank’s Social Protection and Labor Strategy 2012-2022 – Concept Note”

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ITUC/Global Unions’ Response to “Building Resilience and Opportunity: The World Bank’s Social Protection and Labor Strategy 2012-2022 – Concept Note” Introduction The World Bank’s decision to engage in external consultations for its new Social Protection and Labour Strategy, which it intends to adopt in 2012, is a positive development and differs substantially from the closed…

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‘Conservative’ and ‘sluggish’ PhilHealth misses health care target

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The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has missed the Dec 2010 target mandated by law for it to provide universal health coverage to Filipinos, as health experts say the agency is poorly managed and consequently unable to deliver quality health care to those who need it most.

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Electronics exporters’ costs up because of Japan woes, says DTI

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THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday said electronics exporters have complained of rising costs after some suppliers’ facilities shuttered because of the disaster in Japan.

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Inflation to exceed target in coming months – BSP

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THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday said inflation will likely exceed its target range in the coming months.

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Lies, damned lies – and surveys

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“There are three kinds of lies—lies, damned lies, and statistics,” wrote the 19th century American author and humorist Mark Twain, popularizing an aphorism mouthed by many in his day. The line may well apply to some modern-day surveys and how they are made to say things or make judgments they are never meant to do.

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Malacañang asks Piston to reconsider strike

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MALACAÑANG on Tuesday warned transport groups of their planned nationwide protest on Thursday, asking them to reconsider their decision to go on strike.

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DTI says minimal wage hike would not hurt

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TO lessen the burden of rising inflation on consumers, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said that it would urge employers to hike wages, albeit minimally.

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Cash-transfer beneficiaries misidentified

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BENEFICIARIES of the P21-billion Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program had been misidentified by the government, a House leader said on Tuesday.

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BSP chief sees inflation creeping up

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MANILA, Philippines –  The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) sees inflation breaching the higher end of its full-year target of three percent to five percent in the next few months due to escalating global oil and food prices.

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Japan: economic aftershocks

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Can there really be so little global impact from Japan’s disaster? Why the bullish forecasters could be wrong  Humanity’s powers of recovery are remarkable. The Japanese, who have already reconstructed some roads that were ripped apart by the Mar. 11 earthquake, are only the latest to demonstrate this. “What has so often excited wonder [is]…

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The informal economy, employment and development

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The approach of summer in the UP Diliman area where I have spent a large part of my life reminds me of the rustic life and its benefits.

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Phl keeps 7-8% growth target

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MANILA, Philippines –  The Philippines is keeping this year’s target of a seven percent to eight percent growth despite uncertainties in the Middle East and Japan, the country’s socioeconomic chief said yesterday.

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