Monthly Archives: August 2013

Health info outsourcing offers nurses jobs

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OPPORTUNITIES for unemployed nursing and other medical graduates in the Philippines are increasing as the healthcare information management (HIM) outsourcing industry in the country continues to thrive.

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Miner killed in ComVal landslide

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TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – A miner was killed and three others were hurt in a landslide at a mining area in Compostela Valley on Thursday, police reported Friday.

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Foreign banks upgrade PH growth forecasts

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Citi, HSBC cite country’s solid economic fundamentals Two of the foreign banks with the largest operations in the Philippines upgraded their economic growth forecasts for 2013 after the country beat market expectations and outperformed the rest of its Southeast Asian peers in the second quarter.

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Young women who drink face higher breast cancer risk

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 29, 2013

WASHINGTON DC – Young women who drink alcohol every day may be raising significantly their risk of breast cancer, according to US research published Wednesday.

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HIV cases rapidly increase in the Philippines – Study

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MANILA, Philippines – The latest statistic reveals that one Filipino contracts HIV every one hour and 25 minutes as HIV cases rapidly increase across the country.“With the attributing “fast and furious” prevalence of homosexual intercourse and intravenous drug use, there were 449 new cases reported in July alone,” said Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC) Executive…

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2Q GDP shows growth on track, but businessmen remind gov’t of loose ends

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MANILA – Businessmen today lauded the economy’s performance in the second quarter, cementing their belief that the Philippines can sail through this year with flying colors.

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Statement of The Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning on the Q2 performance of the Philippine Economy for 2013

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[Delivered at the NSCB Operations Room, August 29, 2013] Good morning. As you have seen, the Philippine economy as measured by the gross domestic product or GDP grew by 7.5 percent in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same quarter last year. This is higher than the analysts’ median forecast of 7.2 percent.…

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Philippine economy posts 7.5 percent GDP growth in 2nd quarter; 7.6 percent in first half of 2013

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National Accounts, Q2 2013 The domestic economy accelerated in the second quarter of 2013 to 7.5 percent from 6.3 percent recorded the previous year boosting the 2013 first semester growth to 7.6 percent from 6.4 percent in the first half of 2012. The second quarter growth is the fourth consecutive GDP growth of more than…

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Men feel worse about themselves when female partners succeed, says new research

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Men’s subconscious self-esteem related to female partner’s successes and failures WASHINGTON — Deep down, men may not bask in the glory of their successful wives or girlfriends. While this is not true of women, men’s subconscious self-esteem may be bruised when their spouse or girlfriend excels, says a study published by the American Psychological Association.

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Filipino and English

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In the current (now old) General Education Curriculum for all college students, there are Filipino and English language subjects. In the new General Education Curriculum (GEC), there is no subject devoted only to Filipino or to English.

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How to manage someone you don’t like

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Everybody complains about incompetent bosses or dysfunctional co-workers, but what about irritating direct reports? What should you do if the person you manage drives you crazy? If the behavior is a performance issue, there’s a straightforward way to address what’s irking you — but what do you do when it’s an interpersonal issue? Is it…

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PH matches China’s 7.5% growth in Q2

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MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – The Philippines remained the fastest-growing economy in Southeast Asia with a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7.5% in the 2nd quarter, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) announced Thursday, August 29.

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Asean integration to benefit PH

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Ayala chief cites skilled labor, strong economy SINGAPORE—Ayala Corp. chair Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala said the Philippines should play an active role in pursuing the integration of Southeast Asian economies, believing the country stood to benefit on a net basis from the plan.

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‘Stunning outlook for contact center sector’

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THE outlook for the country’s contact center sector continues “to be nothing short of staggering,” industry stakeholders said yesterday at the International Contact Center Conference and Expo (ICCCE).

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DOLE calls for sugar-workers roadmap given AFTA tariff reduction

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 28, 2013

The Department of Labor and Employment is preparing for the possible negative effects the reduction of imported sugar tariff’s, as scheduled in the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA), will have on thousands of sugar workers.

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Movers and shakers on the EIU’s city liveability ranking

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The Melbourne supremacy THE best quality of life of any of the world’s urbanites is still enjoyed by Melburnians, according to the latest Liveability report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, our corporate sibling. For the third year in a row Australia’s second city has kept a hair’s breadth ahead of Vienna and Vancouver, which spent…

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One Filipino is infected with HIV every 85 minutes, Health official says in House briefing

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Every 85 minutes, one Filipino is infected with HIV and most likely, the victim is a man who got it from having sex with a fellow male.

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Manila in drive to ban abusive employers in Gulf countries

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ABU DHABI // The Philippines is vetting employers overseas to ensure they have no history of ill treatment of domestic staff.

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UN alarmed by increasing HIV-AIDS incidence in the Philippines

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THE United Nations (UN) on Wednesday expressed alarm over the increasing number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases in the country.

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‘Fast and furious’ spread of HIV alarms PNAC

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MANILA — The Philippine National Aids Council (PNAC) is seeking the proper implementation of intervention programs to prevent the “fast and furious” spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the country.

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What am I doing in a call center?

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I take customer service calls for the biggest credit card company in the world. That’s talking to an average of 80 Americans per day, helping them with card replacements, disputes, payments, and rewards redemption, and answering general questions about their accounts as well as contact information changes, among others.

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PH rated ‘most improved’ Asean nation by US firms

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MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has emerged as the “most improved” nation among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) with American firms expressing increased satisfaction over the stability of the country’s political system.

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June imports decline to 4-month low

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MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – Import bill in June declined to a four-month low of 4.8 percent on year to $4.86 billion on back of a huge drop in electronics imports, the National Statistics Office (NSO) said today.

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Aim for a simple life


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My grandson missed his flight because of typhoon Maring. That was stressful. It almost dampened his perfect holiday with us. We devoted time and energy to be with him, particularly his lolo, who accompanied him in sight-seeing, snorkeling, diving, etc., except in one extreme activity — zip lining. Looking back, our children never experienced this…

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Editorial: Opportunity calls

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MOST of us still refer to them as “call centers,” but the companies that drive the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the Philippines have long expanded their reach.

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PHL not among AmCham’s top expansion destinations in ASEAN

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Corruption in the Philippines remains a top concern among US businessmen and firms, placing it low on a list of their top destinations for expansion, a recent survey showed.

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Group wants clarity on occupational safety cost

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DAVAO CITY — The Philippine Constructors Association, Inc. (PCA) is pushing for a law on occupational safety and health in the construction industry.

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PH won’t meet 2015 goals vs poverty, hunger

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MANILA — With only two years to go before the 2015 deadline, the Philippine government’s efforts to reduce poverty and hunger might not be enough to attain the poverty and hunger targets set under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Europe’s recovery gaining momentum

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A revival in German manufacturing, driven by domestic demand and exports, is helping to put Europe’s recovery on a more sustainable footing.

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IT-BPO industry (Part II)

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I have received several phone calls drawing my attention to a serious typo in my column regarding the economic footprint of the IT-BPO industry. Allow me to repeat the second paragraph of my column: “How things have changed. Just over a decade later, we’ve seen the exponential growth of this sector, making it one of…

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