Monthly Archives: July 2012

26 stress busters

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Stress has many causes but no matter what its source is, there are ways to reduce it. For this article, the term “stress” refers only to a stress with significant negative consequences, or “distress” in the terminology advocated by Hans Selye.

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Employers seek reconsideration of P30 wage hike in MM

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MANILA, Philippines – Employers are seeking reconsideration of the wage board order granting a P30 wage hike for workers in Metro Manila.

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Phl remains in sweet spot for investments – UBS

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines remains in a sweet spot with a lot of room for investment and economic activities, the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) said in its latest report.

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Amcham warns of investment losses over plans to remove mining perks

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MANILA, Philippines – A foreign business group is pushing for consultations to be conducted by the government with the private sector regarding a plan to remove incentives to new mining projects which may affect investments to the sector.

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Minority withdraws RH bill support as CBCP takes protest to the streets

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A week before the House of Representatives decides on the fate of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, members of the minority bloc in the lower chamber are withdrawing sponsorship from the controversial measure while the Catholic Church is calling on its followers to bring the campaign against a proposed birth control measure to the streets.

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SC favors Malacañang in suit vs P21-B CCT

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The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday affirmed the legality of the P21 billion the Aquino administration appropriated under the 2011 budget to the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program thereby also validating the controversial dole out program of President Aquino in yet another likely show of pandering to Malacañang.

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Phl seafaring makes IMO’s ‘white list’

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MANILA, Philippines – Good news to Filipino seafarers aspiring to work in foreign vessels. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has affirmed the Philippines’ compliance with global seafaring standards for the third time this decade through its “white list,” Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday.

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ARMM minimum wage raised

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 30, 2012

AN INCREASE in the basic compensation of minimum wage earners in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has been approved by the regional wage board though the amount has yet to be set, an official said.

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26 Ways to Inner Peace

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 29, 2012

The Dragon Warrior Po, the Panda, in the animated movie Kung Fu Panda, had it right…. “inner peace”…beginning with the inward gazing, deep breathing and silence of the mind. But can we all achieve what the Kung Fu Panda did in the movie… every day? Yes, we can — but only if we constantly try…

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Is SALN declaration vital to good governance?

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Manila, Philippines – Inside the blue-carpeted session hall of the Senate, on a rainy Tuesday afternoon, a man named Renato Corona was convicted for betrayal of public trust.

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Susan Estrich: From a Philippines Call Center, Baltimore’s a World Away … from Washington, D.C.

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Credit-card company’s outsourcing leaves a lot to be desired at point of (attempted) purchase Where Is Baltimore? I did something so unusual last week as to trigger the “fraud” section at my credit-card company to freeze my account. No, I didn’t walk into a Tiffany’s somewhere and try to buy a bauble for thousands of…

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Investor confidence in Phl rises: P-Noy’s good governance pays off

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has seen renewed investor confidence over the past few months largely due to the Aquino administration’s good governance thrust.

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Vegetable oil shortage looms in 4 years

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Manila, Philippines – During the launching of the Food Staple Sufficiency Program (FSSP) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City last July 5, President Aquino took pride in the accomplishments of his administration towards national rice self-sufficiency.

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Making yourself indispensable

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“No one is indispensable.” This is the chant of managers and bosses, as they wield their job-position baton and “whip” their people into submission. This is absolutely untrue. Business owners don’t share the mantra. They know their businesses rely heavily on people who run and grow it successfully, and the moment those people leave, they’d…

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Less than 50% of PWDs got help in 2010 polls – SWS survey

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Manila, Philippines – Less than 50 percent of persons with disabilities (PWDs) who cast their votes in the May 2010 elections received assistance, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

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HIV transmission through gay sex on the rise since 2008

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MALES-having-sex-with-males (MSM) causing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has outgrown heterosexual contact over the last five years in the Philippines, a report by the Department of Health (DOH) showed Sunday.

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DoLE sends child laborers back to school

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MANILA, Philippines—After years working on sugarcane farms in Iloilo, several child laborers are going back to school. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the government has provided 52 parents in San Enrique, Iloilo, with almost P400,000 in livelihood grants so they won’t have to send their children to work in sugar fields anymore.

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295 new HIV/AIDS cases in June

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 28, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Halfway through 2012 and the number of HIV/AIDS cases recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) for the year has surpassed the statistics in 2010, an official of the agency said Friday. DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag said that for June 2012, the Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry had recorded 295 new…

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Philhealth defers premium increase

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Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) has moved the implementation of the increase in premium rate for individually paying members (IPM) from July to October. Philhealth announced late last year that its IPM premium will increase from P1,200 per year to P2,400. However, to provide more opportunity for consultation with various sectors and to give members…

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‘Responsible parenthood’

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 27, 2012

Legislators sponsoring the RH bill and their foreign-backed supporters including some members of media, are now jumping up and down urging Congress to put said bill into a vote, obviously emboldened by P-Noy’s alleged endorsement of the proposed law in his latest SONA. But did P-Noy really endorse the RH bill or even mentioned it…

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Select GSIS pensioners to get at least P5,000/mo next year

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Manila, Philippines – Select pensioners of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will receive no less than P5,000 in allowance beginning next year, the state pension fund said in a statement.

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Budget deficit widens in June

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Manila, Philippines – The government incurred a budget deficit of P11.696 billion in June, wider than the P7.691 billion recorded a year ago, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima reported yesterday.

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BSP cuts interest rates to record low

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Manila, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) cut interest rates by 25 basis points to a new low yesterday, taking advantage of benign inflation to protect domestic growth amid worries over the worsening euro zone debt crisis and slowing global economic activity.

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Satisfaction rating on Noy gov’t continues slide — SWS

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The public satisfaction rating on the Aquino administration continued its downtrend based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed a net 44 rating, the lowest ever in the survey since President Aquino started his term in July 2010.

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HIV/AIDS cases surpass 2010 record

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MANILA, Philippines – The number of HIV/AIDS cases recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) for the first half of the year already surpassed the number of cases for the entire year of 2010, the health department said Friday, July 27. Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag said that as of June 2012, the Philippine HIV…

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Mozambique is 20th State to sign IMO anti-piracy Code

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The Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (Djibouti Code of Conduct) was today (6 July 2012) signed on behalf of Mozambique by His Excellency Carlos dos Santos, High Commissioner of the Republic of Mozambique in the United Kingdom.

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Domestic workers with unfit lodgings in Hong Kong may file complaints

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The Hong Kong Immigration Department said foreign domestic helpers who are not provided proper accommodation by their employers may file a complaint with the Hong Kong government.

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General education

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 26, 2012

It is not true, as some have been saying, that all the subjects in the first two years of college will be moved to the last two years of basic education. The subjects in the first two years of college belong to what is known as the General Education Curriculum (GEC). All Higher Education Institutions…

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DepEd to use ICT to enhance K to 12 basic curriculum

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will undertake a review on computer accessibility in public schools achieved by past and ongoing information communications technology (ICT) programs.

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Only 3 years left to reach UN Millennium Dev’t Goal 2015

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(Part I) What brought about the declaration of the UN Millennium Development Goals? In 1990 at Jomtien, Thailand, UNESCO launched Education for All (EFA) global program to eradicate illiteracy, the major cause of poverty in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. By 2000, the decade after, UNESCO DG Matsuura had the EFA global efforts evaluated at…

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