Monthly Archives: June 2012

‘Boundary’ era ends for bus drivers in NCRDOLE enforces new pay system today

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DOLE enforces new pay system today It may be considered the end of an era on Metro Manila roads, one that is partly blamed for the undisciplined behavior of drivers in the public transport sector.

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More HIV-contaminated donated blood found

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MANILA – More units of donated blood has been contaminated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during the first five months of this year, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.

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One child laborer too many

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DISTURBING and worrisome is how the government should look at the findings of the survey financed by the International Labor Organization (ILO) showing that there are 5.59 million child laborers in the Philippines, with most of them working in hazardous conditions.

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Being happy

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You and I are living in a culture of performance. Comparing ourselves with the next person has become a norm. Advertising has convinced us that we should always look better, feel better and make others eat our dust.

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College students find work in call centers

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“I need money for school expenses. Good thing there are call centers,” said Maria Christina Bactol, 22, an industrial engineering student from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

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Microinsurance: A good tool but a tough sell

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Microinsurance can play a key role in alleviating poverty and has expanded dramatically over recent years. But as a recent ILO study explains, it takes more than a good idea to sell a product.

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DTI approves removal of expiry dates on gift checks

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry has issued an administrative order removing the expiration of gift certificates, checks and cards. Trade Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said that the order was issued last June 25 and would become effective upon its publication in early July.

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2012-2015: What’s coming to contact centers

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The future of the contact center, the very near future, is all about integrated technology. We have a lot of things going on now, a lot of separate channels where consumers want to interact with companies, and a lot of separate systems trying to handle it all. The future is about tying it all together,…

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2 hurt in ship explosion

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Manila, Philippines – Two Filipino seafarers were injured in a sea vessel explosion in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) reported yesterday.

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Breakdown of law and order spreads

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“There is no crime wave in Metro Manila.” So declared the National Police last March, amid reports of brazen robberies, including inside a shopping mall where a security guard was killed. It was very wrong. Two more mall heists were pulled off since then. Not only that. Thieves also tunneled their way into banks, money…

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Jinggoy alarmed over rising number of child laborers

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Manila, Philippines – Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada has expressed alarm that children between five and 17 are already working. The Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development chairman is concerned over the National Statistics Office (NSO) 2011 survey showing working Filipino children aged 5 to 17 now number 5.59 million.

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250,000 OFWs deprived of PhilHealth benefits

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Manila, Philippines – Some 250,000 Filipino workers abroad have been deprived of their Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) benefits due to the agency’s unreliable encoding procedure, a recruitment industry leader said yesterday.

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E-trikes may give rise to P20-B industry

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MANILA, Philippines – The E-tricycles project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Department of Energy (DOE) will generate a P20-billion business in the Philippines, industry players said.

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Baldoz: DoLE to declare 80 barangays child labor-free

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has identified the initial 80 barangays in the country’s 16 regions that it plans to declare child labor-free this year with the help of other government agencies and private sector partners.

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Self-rated poverty high at 51%—SWS

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Filipinos who consider themselves poor remain in the majority despite the claims of President Aquino and his allies that the economy is taking off and is catching up with the country’s more developed neighbors, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey on self-rated poverty for the second quarter showed.

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Aquino fails on vow to uphold human rights

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NO SINGLE HR OFFENDER CHARGED — HRW The dismal performance of the two-year Aquino administration in upholding human rights became the focus of the latest report of the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) which noted that President Aquino failed to fulfill his promises to hold accountable security forces responsible for serious abuses since taking…

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DBM sets P241-billion budget deficit for 2013

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BUDGET Secretary Florencio Abad said on Wednesday that they are going to trim the government’s budget deficit to 2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013, lower than 2.6 percent ceiling for 2012.

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Jinggoy: Child labor is modern day slavery

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MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada on Thursday likened child labor to modern day slavery and urged the Department of Labor and Employment and the Philippine National Police to shut down companies who employ child workers for hazardous work.

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51% of Pinoys think they’re poor: SWS

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MANILA, Philippines – At least half of Filipino families in the country believe they are poor, according to the latest self-rated poverty survey of independent pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS).

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K+12 is pro-poor

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The objections to President Noynoy Aquino’s K+12 program continue to be aired by a few, despite the clear finding by SWS that majority of Filipinos support the reform.

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Let private schools handle additional 2 years, DepEd urged

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MANILA, Philippines – Former education secretary Mona Dumlao Valisno said that letting private higher education institutions (HEIs) and tech-voc training centers to set up the additional two-year senior high school (SHS), will spare DepEd and private high school owners the financial burden of building the additional infrastructure and procuring the necessary resources, such as hiring…

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A Cebuana for senator

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This bit of data should jolt the female sector of our society, particularly those whose focus is on equal rights, equal opportunities for those who comprise approximately 51 percent of our country’s population: in its 96 years of existence, the Senate has had only 17 women who have graced its halls as elected senators. Rather…

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6 senators get ‘pork’ after Corona conviction

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MANILA, Philippines – Six of the 23 senators have received pork barrel funds since the Senate impeachment court overwhelmingly voted on May 29 to convict and remove from office former chief justice Renato Corona. Two of the six voted to acquit Corona. They are Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

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Ford to halt production in Laguna plant

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MANILA, Philippines – Ford Philippines, a unit of US-based automaker Ford Motor Co., is halting its assembly operations in its plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna by the end of this year. The shutdown is expected to affect about 250 employees.

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Phl pushes for retention of GSP status

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is pushing for the retention of its status as Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) beneficiary as the country gave assurances it is stepping up efforts in promoting human and labor rights.

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Bank workers want to be heard on proposed bill

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Workers want a say in the proposed legislation being pursued by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) governing the takeover, liquidation and winding up operations of banks that are closed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

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DOH: 273 new HIV cases in May

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MANILA, Philippines – The number of HIV/AIDS cases in the country rose to 9,669 after 273 new cases were recorded in May, the Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry of the Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday.

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RP can be dragged into int’l court over inconsistent investment rules

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A lawyer believes the government can be sued by foreign investors before an international tribunal for espousing inconsistent investment rules. Addressing the Supreme Court on Tuesday, lawyer E.M. Lombos, a lawyer of Manuel V. Pangilinan, CEO and managing director of the First Pacific Group, said the constitutional provision capping at 40 percent the equity of…

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PhilHealth vows more benefits for OFWs

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has vowed to deliver higher benefit payments and improved services to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their dependents, in return for a contribution of less than P3.50 per day, or P1,200 yearly.

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Estrada wants Congress to fine tune Kasambahay Act with ILO Convention 189

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Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada said on Wednesday that he expects Congress to fine tune the provisions of the proposed Kasambahay Act to make it congruent to the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189.

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