Monthly Archives: June 2011

Real estate bulls predicting demand to exceed 2007 peak

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THE property sector could grow by 5 and up to 15 percent this year, driven by the increasing demand for office, residential and commercial space, real estate consultant CB Richard Ellis chairman Rick Santos said Wednesday The office space take-up this year might exceed the record 300,000 units posted in 2007, he said.

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‘90,000 OFWs to be affected by new Saudi hiring policy’

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MANILA, Philippines – The implementation of the new hiring policy in Saudi Arabia, also known as the “Saudization” program, may displace 90,000 low-skilled workers, the Department of Labor and Employment said yesterday.

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AFP advises college students not to join militant youth organizations

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has warned students, especially those in colleges and universities, against joining militant youth organizations, particularly the League of Filipino Students (LFS), which are believed to be breeding grounds of the communist group.

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PHL HIV/AIDS commitment highlighted at UNGA 65th session

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MANILA, June 30 (PNA) — The Philippines’ commitment in combating HIV/AIDS was highlighted during the plenary meeting on the Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS at the 65th session of the UN General Assembly.

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New WHO strategies on HIV pushed

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MANILA, Philippines – A party-list congressman has urged the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC) to quickly adopt here the new strategies being pushed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce the spread of HIV and save the lives of men who have sex with men.

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Saudi Arabia bans Filipino and Indonesian maids

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RIYADH // Saudi Arabia’s Labour Ministry said the kingdom would no longer issue work permits for domestic workers from Indonesia and the Philippines after these nations issued new hiring guidelines.

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Birthing made easy

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The fact remains that 11 Filipino mothers die of pregnancy-related complications everyday. There are several reasons for this: Lack of access to health facilities before, during and after a woman’s pregnancy and delivery; lack of money to bring the pregnant woman to a health facility; the long travel to a health facility; unavailability of transportation…

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PNoy and Pinoys Abroad: Top 10 Pinoy Abroad stories

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After President Benigno Simeon Aquino assumed office on June 30 last year, several significant events happened abroad concerning overseas Filipino workers and migrants. These are some of the most popular PINOY ABROAD stories that have appeared on our site during Aquino’s first year in office: 1. After convictions, PHL off US human trafficking watch list…

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Gays, lesbians call for passage of anti-discrimination bill

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LESBIAN, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities are pushing for the immediate passage of House Bill 1483, or the Anti-Discrimination Bill.

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P-Noy cites problems left by Arroyo

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MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III blamed again the past Arroyo administration on the desperate economic state of the country as he delivers his Ulat sa Bayan (Report to the Nation) this afternoon at the Philsport Arena in Pasig City. “Isang taon na ng tapusin natin ang pamahalaan na bulag at pipi sa pangangailangan…

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20-percent spike in HIV-AIDS cases in May highest in single month

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MANILA, Philippines – Health authorities on Thursday reported a 20-percent spike in new cases of HIV/AIDS, or from 153 to 184, the highest number of cases ever reported in a single month. The Department of Health said about a sixth of the cases were returning overseas Filipino workers.

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Saudi Arabia OFWs may still find greener pastures – DOLE

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When Saudi Arabia begins turning away migrant laborers, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can turn to Australia and Canada for employment, the Philippine labor chief said Thursday. In an interview with GMA News Online, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the government is now exploring to take advantage of the “labor shortage” in Australia and Canada.

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Amid recruitment bans, illegal maids up wage demands

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JEDDAH: Illegal housemaids in Jeddah have begun asking for huge salary increases following the decision to suspend recruitment of housemaids from Indonesia and the Philippines. Many families are reporting that the maids have threatened to walk out if their demands are not met, especially that Ramadan is one month away when demand for extra domestic…

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Tripartism and wage hikes

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WORKERS DEMAND higher wages. Companies offer rock-bottom rates. The government stands amid these conflicting interests, in the hope of mediating an acceptable outcome. This is how tripartism works: The business sector, labor groups, and the government–each represented respectively by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECoP), and…

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Rice mechanization OKd

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The Agriculture Department has approved a six-year, P16-billion rice mechanization program that will increase production of the crop by as much as 10 percent annually. The Philippine Center for Post-Harvest Development and Mechanization said it would implement the program from 2011 to 2016 to modernize the postharvest and mechanization processes on a large-scale basis.

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More madness

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Last Monday I wrote about House Bill 4853, otherwise known as the Security of Tenure Act. The proposed law was submitted for plenary discussion by the Committee on Labor and Employment of the House of the Representatives just before Congress went into recess early this month. HB 4853 has two counterpart measures in the Senate.…

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‘When less is more’ – (Part II) Enrile-Belmonte on the restrictive economic provisions of the Constitution

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The idea that a country’s political constitution could be related to its economic progress is not often in people’s minds. My own journey of awareness was a revelation even to me. I found out that some rules and designs in political constitutions often help to facilitate economic progress.

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Phl gets no sugar allocation under US new tariff quota system

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has not been given a sugar allocation by the United States under its new tariff rate quota. The omission was noted by the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) which has asked the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to rectify the oversight.

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The Philippines imports nearly all of its crude oil

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Import growth slows further in April MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Merchandise imports grew at their slowest pace in nine months last April on easing demand for electronic products, the National Statistics Office (NSO) reported Tuesday.

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Abortion in the Philippines

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Theme: The impact of unsafe abortions on MDG 5: Improve maternal health sponsored by Marie Stopes International “I heard a nurse say ‘If you die, it’s all your own fault’”. Ana, a 35-year old Filipino, looks down as she recalls the day she was brought to the hospital in a pool of her own blood.…

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MAP lists 200 recommendations for Aquino

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Urges action on corruption, criminality RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AQUINO. Days before President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address, the Management Association of the Philippines has come up with over 200 recommendations for the enhancement of the country’s competitiveness.

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Jobstreet.com Jobgantic Career Fair 2011, August 12 & 13, 2011, 10am-7pm, SM Convention Center, Pasay City

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http://www.jobstreet.com.ph/announcement/2011/j/jobstreet-jobgantic2011-edm-cl-bpo.htm

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President Aquino faces tough battle

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MANILA, Philippines—Benigno Aquino III won the presidency on a battle cry to crush corruption and ease deep poverty, but a year into his term he is seen by many to be straining under the weight of his own promises.

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Job Expo Centennial Edition, July 4-8, 2011, Yuchengco Lobby & Central Plaza

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Businessmen give Noy passing mark

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MANILA, Philippines – Businessmen disclosed yesterday that they are giving President Aquino a “barely passing mark” for his first year in office because although the new administration started on the right foot with the anti-wang-wang (siren) campaign, several administration officials got involved in controversies.

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Transport, dine-out, telco loom larger in price index

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THE National Statistics Office (NSO) on Tuesday said it has revised the base year and weights for the consumer price index (CPI) to ensure that the key measure reflects the current situation.

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Factory output falls sharply in Apr. — NSO

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After a momentary upsurge with the change in government, factory output in April again fell sharply due to the drop in production of basic metals industry mirroring the slowing economic growth, the government reported yesterday.

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Slum trap for Philippine

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MANILA — Few things scare Philippine grandmother Maria Luisa Bernardo, who has dodged fires and fought off demolition crews in a tough Manila slum for more than half her life.

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