Monthly Archives: May 2012

D2-13 legislative team helps win protections against offshoring

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CWA District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney and members of CWA Locals 2106, 2107, 2108 and 2100 watch Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley sign the bill. CWA District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney and members of CWA Locals 2106, 2107, 2108 and 2100 were on hand as Governor Martin O’Malley (D) signed the law that requires…

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GNH and workplace wellness

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GNH stands for Gross National Happiness. The Philippines is no. 103 out of 150 countries on the Cantril scale of life evaluation of happiness, just below Kyrgyzstan, and just above Bangladesh. Denmark is No. 1, USA is 11th, Saudi Arabia is 26th, and Singapore is 33rd. You can check out the World Happiness Report at…

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Country slips in competitiveness list

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THE PHILIPPINES fell two places this year in an annual competitiveness ranking as its economic performance score dragged down gains in other indicators.

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Growth tops expectations

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THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY grew by 6.4% in the first quarter — way above market expectations as well as the official forecast — amid a “revitalized” service sector, higher exports and a jump in state spending. Growth in real gross domestic product (GDP) was the fastest since the 7.3% seen in the third quarter of 2010.…

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233 new HIV/AIDS cases recorded in April – DOH

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MANILA, Philippines – Records of the Department of Health (DOH) showed that a total of 233 new cases of HIV/AIDS were recorded in April, surpassing the 1,000-mark for this year alone. The DOH said there are now 1,032 HIV/AIDS cases in the country.

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Treaty on domestic workers ratified

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PRESIDENT Benigno S. C. Aquino III has ratified an International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention protecting rights of domestic workers. “I have the honor to submit, for the Senate’s consideration and concurrence, ILO Convention 189 (Convention concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers),” Mr. Aquino said in a letter to the Senate dated May 18.

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Gov’t vows to reduce worst forms of child labor by 2015

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MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – The government underscored today its commitment to lower by 75 percent the worst forms of child labor in the country by 2015.

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‘Philippines needs to do more to stop rights abuse’

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The Philippine government may have taken steps to protect human rights in the country, but it needs to step up its game. This was the emerging view among local and international groups, including the European Union (EU), on the human rights situation in the Philippines, as the country undergoes a second round of a universal…

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Economist: Philippines is number one

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is the most attractive global provider of IT-BPO services in Asia, followed by China and India – in that order – according to the results of a survey by the Economist Corporate Network (Economist). Forty-five percent of respondents said the Philippines was an attractive services provider, while 35% said the…

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EU support for PHL’s rights project to continue–envoy

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DESPITE the euro-zone crisis, the head of the European Union in the Philippines said it will not reduce grants on human rights in the Philippines, currently at P128 million, as the situation has not improved in terms of prosecuting those behind the extra-judicial killings, torture and disappearances.

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Between loneliness and high wages

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Filipino Workers Face Sacrifices In Korea, New Land Of Opportunity MANILA, Philippines — To many Filipinos, South Korea beckons as the new land of opportunity. And the key to the gate of that land is the Employment Permit System (EPS).

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DOLE to hire new labor compliance officers

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CEBU, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is fast-tracking to hire new labor compliance officers in order to increase its roster of labor inspectors for the effective and efficient enforcement of all labor laws, including Department Order No. 18-A which addresses the issue of contractualization.

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US report: Corruption remains a problem for PNP

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MANILA, Philippines – The 138,825-member Philippine National Police (PNP) has deep-rooted institutional deficiencies and continues to suffer from a widely held and accurate public perception that corruption remains a problem, according to the latest annual US State Department human rights report on the Philippines. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 released yesterday…

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Aquino: Investors to bring ‘more jobs’

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Employment will rise in the Philippines as a result of investors being drawn to his administration’s adherence to good government, President Aquino said on Thursday.

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Health-care standard in the Philippines rises; four hospitals in Metro Manila get international accreditation

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THE health-care system in the Philippines is considered generally to meet global standards, with hospitals and other medical centers in the country able to pass accreditation tests given by international organizations.

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TUCP faction seeks review of P30 pay hike

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A faction of Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has asked the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) to review a recent decision granting Metro Manila workers a P30 cost-of-living allowance (Cola), saying the measly increase is not enough to meet a family’s daily needs.

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HIV crisis worsening in PH

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MANILA, Philippines – “There has been a 587% increase in the number of new cases of HIV in the Philippines from 2007 to 2011. This is simply unacceptable. The DOH (Department of Health) has not seen an epidemic rise this quickly,” Dr Genesis Samonte, chief of the HIV Surveillance Unit of the National Epidemiology Center…

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Govt increases tuition subsidy to 7th graders

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THE subsidy to incoming Grade 7 students enrolling in private high schools outside Metro Manila has been increased to P6,500 from P5,500, the Education Department said Wednesday.

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Sugar leaders lobby to retain US quota

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LEADERS of the Philippine sugar industry met with the American government officials at Washington, DC, USA on Tuesday to lobby for the retention of the country’s sugar quota with the favored US sugar market.

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ILO sounds alarm on global youth unemployment

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THE International Labor Organization (ILO) on Wednesday said  lingering jobs crisis have increased the vulnerability of youth in the Philippines alongside poorer states of Bangladesh and Ghana where many households have to resort to selling possessions and borrowing from friends due to erratic wages.

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U.N. warns agrofuel growth may breach human rights

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(Reuters) – Large-scale crop plantations are expanding at a rapid pace across southeast Asia, with multinational firms often benefiting the most at the expense of local communities and the environment, two U.N. rights experts warned on Wednesday.

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Philippine GDP to grow 4.2 pct in 2012: World Bank

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MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – The Philippine economy is seen to grow 4.2 percent this year on back of strong domestic demand, investment, and increased government spending amid a global slowdown, the World Bank said Wednesday.

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Philippines told to invest

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THE WORLD BANK has urged the Philippines to take advantage of its resilience to global economic uncertainty to make much-needed investments for long-term growth. “The external environment looks bleak and uncertain, but the Philippines is in quite a strong position to absorb these shocks,” World Bank Lead Economist Rogier J. E. van den Brink said…

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Local bus drivers, conductors now earn minimum wage pay – DOLE SoLeyte

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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, May 23 (PIA) — As soon as the Technical Assistance Visit (TAV) orientation is conducted in the province, the local bus drivers and conductors will finally be subjected to minimum wage pay.

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Youth joblessness near crisis peak: ILO

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Youth joblessness is almost back at its peak following the outbreak of the global economic crisis and is unlikely to ease until at least 2016, the International Labour Organization warned Tuesday. The ILO said nearly 75 million youths or 12.7 percent of people aged 15 to 24 will be out of work this year, up…

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Joblessness, poverty and hunger

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When it rains it pours. After record-high poverty and hunger rates, here comes record-breaking adult unemployment rate. The Promised Land is fading fast, or at least, looming more distant than ever before. And unless the government of the day gets its act together and move much faster and bolder, this sad state of affairs is…

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