Monthly Archives: February 2012

Kasambahay bill a gift to domestic workers in PHL, abroad — govt execs

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Legislators exerted extra efforts in 2012 for the ratification of the Household ‘Kasambahay’ Bill, especially after several cases of violence have prevailed at home and abroad. In July this year, Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada wanted Congress to alter the provisions of the proposed ‘Kasambahay’ Act to make it congruent to the standards of the…

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Cap urged on hike in credit card limit

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 28, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – One of the world’s most respected personal finance advisers is urging Philippine banks to put a cap on increasing the credit limit of their card holders.

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SSS, GSIS urged to apply ‘Swiss challenge’ on deals

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To get the best prices, the Social Security System and Government Service Insurance System should submit to a Swiss challenge all unsolicited offers to purchase their marketable securities, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines said in a press release.

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Subject SSS, GSIS holdings to challenge—labor group

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Dismayed by audit reports showing the Social Security System (SSS) and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) may not have gotten the best deal for their members when they sold their Meralco holdings for only P90 per share, the country’s biggest labor union proposed that the two state pension funds submit their marketable securities to a…

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Millions of children in cities face poverty and exclusion – UN report

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Hundreds of millions of children in cities across the world are growing up in poverty and enduring deprivation, according to a report unveiled today by the United Nations, spotlighting social exclusion and calling for measures to give the youngsters access to basic services and opportunities for a better future.

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Tesda sees 5.3-M contribution to skilled labor force by 2016

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 27, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — By 2016, a total of 5.3 million certified graduates are expected to join the labor sector as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) continues to pursue its goal of becoming the country’s prime provider of quality technical-vocational education.

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Tainted Metro Manila air threatens residents

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 26, 2012

The Department of Health on Friday warned the public of health risk of air pollution as the cases of respiratory diseases are steadily increasing in Metro Manila, frittering away some P52 million in 2006 and eating up as much as P910 million in health costs.

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Shoddy mining tainted Palawan

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NICKEL mining operations in Palawan have already contaminated a river system with unsafe levels of carcinogenic or cancer-causing chemicals, Filipino and Japanese environment groups today revealed. In a press conference in Quezon City, environment activists from Friends of the Earth Japan (FoE-Japan) and the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) presented findings from…

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13th month pay given to rank-and-file employees

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Dear PAO, I am a manager in a company and I just want to clarify if it is true that any managerial positions are not entitled to a 13th month pay under PD 851? What are the legal bases on this? However, in my previous job which I was also a manager for 4 years…

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DOLE promoting farming and other agri-courses

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in a bid to resolve the country’s high unemployment rate, is now encouraging graduating students to get into farming and other agriculture-related courses.

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BSP sees robust spending despite slower remittances

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MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said consumption spending would likely remain robust and fuel higher economic growth this year amid the expected slowdown in the amount of money sent home by Filipinos abroad.

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PH slips in world mining survey

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines further slipped this year as the sixth most unattractive to explorers of industrial and precious metals from being the world’s 14th least attractive place for global mining investments last year, according to an annual survey from a Canadian think tank.

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OFWs demand policy change on Owwa membership fees

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MANILA, Philippines—Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong on Friday urged Manila to make it its official policy to issue to OFWs their overseas employment certificates (OEC) without requiring from them proof that they had paid their Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) membership fees.

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Comelec to thoroughly screen party-list nominees

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MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday it will thoroughly screen the nominees of party-list organizations that will run in the 2013 midterm polls to flush out dubious groups.

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Labor chief bucks more holidays

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INCREASING the number of holidays in the Philippines would make the country less competitive than its Southeast Asian neighbors and may turn away much-needed foreign investment, a labor official said Thursday.

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Underspending, fuel prices push down 2011 growth

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ALTHOUGH external factors like high fuel prices, slow economic recovery in the United States and the European debt crisis contributed to the 3.7 percent Philippine gross domestic product growth (GDP) in 2011, it is the export sector, government underspending and higher food and fuel food prices that became a major drag to the decline in…

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Filipino children fare badly in academic performance

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SENSING hesitation from the Department of Education (DepEd) on using the child’s first language or the child’s mother tongue in teaching, a lawmaker championing the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE) system has called on Sec. Armin Luistro to get rid of the old language of instruction and implement mother tongue-based teaching in the first 6…

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Number of unemployed Filipinos rises to 9.7M – SWS

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THE number of unemployed Filipinos has increased, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said on Thursday. The survey results, which were first published in BusinessWorld, showed that unemployment has jumped to 24 percent—or 9.7 million Filipinos—from the 20.2 percent recorded three months earlier, when another survey was conducted.

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Brighter economic prospects seen in first half of 2012

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Expansion of the domestic economy is expected to rise in the first half of the year, a central bank official said citing results of the first quarter 2012 Business Expectations Survey (BES).

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Palace junks SWS, says survey data inaccurate

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Whenever results of private surveys would come up with favorable statistics, Malacaang considers the data as reflective of the Aquino administrations commitment to help alleviate poverty in the country but not this time, not the Social Weather Station (SWS).

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Senate junks new SALN form

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Members of the upper chamber have expressed their opposition to the new statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) format the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has required of them.

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Violations of trade union rights at RUPP “Granite” Company

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 23, 2012

TUCP to Belarus President Lukashenko

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Outlier

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 22, 2012

In the 1950s, the Philippines was way ahead of its original ASEAN-5 counterparts — Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. The Philippines then had the second highest per capita GDP in Asia. Today, all its ASEAN-5 neighbors have surpassed the Philippines; Singapore has assumed first-world status. The latter has been replaced by emerging Vietnam in the…

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Expiry of the Industrial Relations Ordinance 2011, Islamic Republic of Pakistan

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TUCP to Pakistani PM Gillani

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Baldoz welcomes S.Korea law on foreign workers

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 21, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Tuesday welcomed South Korea’s new law, which makes it easier for companies to re-hire foreign workers, saying this would benefit Filipino workers.

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Tornado kills worker in Rizal

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MANILA, Philippines – A worker was killed while four others were injured when a tornado struck a construction site at the sanitary landfill in Rodriguez, Rizal last Sunday.

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