Monthly Archives: April 2011

Luistro hurls challenge at student trainees

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MANILA, Philippines — Education Secretary Armin Luistro has challenged the student trainees of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) to convince the out-of-school youths (OSYs) in their communities to also invest in education through the Open High School Program (OHSP) and the Alternative Learning System (ALS).

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TUCP: Workers will not abandon demand

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The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), the country’s largest labor group, said workers would not abandon their demand for financial relief on Labor Day.

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For small miners, life’s a gamble

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PANTUKAN, COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines—For Jay Celade, the chance to strike big and earn thousands of pesos in just several hours of working underground means more than the constant risk of death.

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Women suffer most from economic crises

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At the onset of the global financial crisis, 42-year-old Rosita Vergara lost her job along with some 300 workers in an export-processing zone in Calamba, Laguna.

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Sleepy Leyte town wakes up, thanks to newly-skilled workers

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MANILA, Philippines — The Kananga-EDC Institute of Technology (KEITECH) in Kananga town in Leyte has become a benchmark for alternative education and training program that has transformed unskilled youth into highly-skilled workers. It was jointly founded in June 2009 by geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC), the municipal government of Kananga, and TESDA.

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Limestone kills worker

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CEBU, Philippines – Meanwhile, a 62-year-old man was killed when limestone, locally known as “anapog,” fell on him in Sitio Pasamanos, Barangay Dawesur, Carmen, Cebu Wednesday afternoon.

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Toyota Phils to cut production by 50%

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Manila, Philippines – After shutting down its manufacturing plant for three days, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), the country’s largest auto manufacturer, announced it will cut its production by 50 percent and will reduce its work week to only three days as it grapple with the aftermath of the twin disasters in Japan.

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Faulty exercise of freedom

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Malacanang’s call for a halt to the heated debate on the RH bill is rather too late. This call should have been PNoy’s stance in his UP commencement speech. He would have really looked more like a Statesman and the President of all the Filipinos if he just initially declined to make a stand on…

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OFWs call for lifting of OFW deployment ban in Bahrain

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MANILA, Philippines – A group of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) yesterday demanded the full lifting of the government’s deployment ban in Bahrain to enable more Filipinos to work there.

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BPO industry grew 30% on 1st year of global crisis

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THE information technology-business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) services had provided support to the economy, despite the challenges posed by the nascent stages of global recovery in 2009, the Philippine central bank said.

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1 million expected in public kindergarten this June

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MANILA, Philippines – At least one million preschool children are expected to troop to public kindergartens when the school year opens in June, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said yesterday.

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RP growth seen retarding to 5% a year, says IMF

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Growth in the Philippines is expected to slow down and level off to five per cent a year until next year after last year’s record 7.3 percent growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its latest Regional Economic Outlook.

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Noy’s dare to oil firms to open books ‘silly’ — Serge

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An administration ally in the Senate yesterday twitted President Aquino’s call on oil companies to open their financial records to public scrutiny as well as planned moves to “freeze” fuel price increases, saying there is no existing law to hold these com-panies liable for “overpricing” pet-roleum products.

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Feature: ‘Little teacher” solves child labor issue

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DAVAO CITY, April 28 (PIA) – A 16-year old senior high school student Cherish Nymph Maniquez or “Chin-Chin” to her family knew how hard is it to work when she’s supposed to start first grade.

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Phl addresses child labor in mining

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MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – President Benigno Aquino III ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to address child labor in the mining industry, a senior government official said today.

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Gov’t prepares non-cash labor benefits

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MANILA, Philippines – The government plans to offer workers a package of non-cash benefits, including expanded social and health insurance, to head off a large wage rise as it tries to manage inflation pressures and public anger at rising costs.

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Loophole enabled oil firms to avoid P10.5b in taxes

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THE three oil companies avoided paying P10.5 billion in excise taxes in 2010 by offsetting their tax liabilities using the tax credits of the garment industry, which they had bought at a discount of as much as 50 percent, the hearings of the Senate and House oversight committee on tax reform program have revealed.

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May Day aid to extend to vulnerable sectors

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A LABOR DAY benefits package is still being finalized by Malacañang but will likely include assistance not just for workers but other vulnerable sectors of society, officials yesterday said.

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No supervening condition for new wage hike: wage board

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DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (Dole) Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom said there is no “supervening condition” for a new wage hike in the region.

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‘Catholic Church isolated on RH bill row’

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MANILA, Philippines—The support of non-Catholic religious groups like the Iglesia ni Cristo for the reproductive health (RH) bill has marginalized the Catholic hierarchy as the only institutional oppositor of the measure, according to analysts and key proponents of the measure.

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Philippine unions calls government to revive dying policies on asbestos

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ALU/TUCP/BWI News Release Philippine unions calls government to revive dying policies on asbestos 28 April 2011, Quezon City –Trade unions called on Philippine government in today’s International Commemoration Day for the Dead and Injured Workers to revive its ineffective policies on asbestos by calling them to inspect public buildings and reduce hundreds of thousands of…

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DTI, eco groups back plastic ban

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CEBU, Philippines – The proposed plastic ban ordinance of Cebu City Councilor Edgardo Labella has gained support from the Department of Trade and Industry and environmental groups during yesterday’s public hearing.

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Belmonte opposes repeal of Oil Deregulation Law

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MANILA, Philippines –  Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. yesterday expressed opposition to proposals for the repeal of the Oil Deregulation Law. “I think we went through a long process of finally deregulating the industry, and that was the right move. Scrapping it or changing it from deregulation to regulation is something that requires a lot of…

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Government halts OFW deployment to Syria

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MANILA, Philippines – Filipino workers were stopped from going to Syria yesterday.

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Former DSWD chief hit for statement on RH bill

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Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez yesterday lambasted former Social Welfare and Development secretary Esperanza Cabral for her misleading statements on the health risks posed by contraceptive pills on women.

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PH to ask Saudis to take domestic workers back

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MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines will formally ask Saudi Arabia to lift its suspension of the deployment of Filipino domestic workers to the kingdom in talks that begin Wednesday in Manila, a ranking labor official said Tuesday.

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Govt effort to arrest ‘brain drain’ gets support from senator

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MANILA — A Labor department initiative to arrest “brain drain” could usher in a renaissance in science and technology, a senator said on Wednesday.

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Stay away from asbestos

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MANILA, Philippines – Thousands of Filipino workers and their families are at risk of inhaling asbestos, with as much as 6,000 metric tons of the substance imported to the country each year.

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Message of TUCP President Atty. Democrito T. Mendoza at the 1st National Summit on Labor and Employment 27 April 2011, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City

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Message  of TUCP President Atty. Democrito T. Mendoza at the 1st National Summit on Labor and Employment 27 April 2011, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City

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