Monthly Archives: October 2013

Saudi issues new regulations on HSWs

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MANILA, Philippines — Saudi Arabia has issued regulations listing the rights and obligations of migrant household service workers and their employers, the Department of Labor and Employment said Thursday.

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Phl up 30 notches in WB ‘Doing Business’ report

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 30, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines was among 10 economies which made the biggest improvement in business regulation in the past year, according to the World Bank (WB) and International Finance Corp. (IFC).

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DOH: 427 new cases of HIV recorded in September

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MANILA, Philippines – A total 427 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) had been reported in September, according to the Department of Health Tuesday.

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Countries at climate risk, including PHL, to account for most of global GDP

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PARIS – Nearly a third of the world’s economic output, some $44 trillion (32 trillion euros), will by 2025 be in countries at the highest risk of climate change effects, said research published Wednesday.

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Report finds domestic workers in Asia still lack basic protections

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When it comes to recognising the rights of domestic workers, Asia is lagging behind. About 40% of domestic workers globally are employed in Asia, but most of the region lacks legislation to protect them.

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Frustrated NPA guerrillas turn fury against hundreds of pigs in Bukidnon

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MANILA, Philippines—Communist insurgents who have battled government forces for decades turned their fury on hundreds of pigs at a farm in the southern Philippines, a military spokesman said.

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Int’l labor group counts 1m househelps in PH underage

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 29, 2013

THERE are at least one million under-aged domestic workers in Filipino households although the Philippines is the second country to ratify the International Convention on Domestic Workers, which went into effect a year ago in September.

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ILO reviews situation of domestic workers worldwide

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has reviewed the progress made on the situation of domestic workers worldwide.

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Appeal letter for Farai Katsande

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TUCP appeal letter for Farai Katsande

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Philippines improves ranking in WB’s Doing Business report

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THE Philippines has advanced in an annual ease of doing business list by the World Bank. According to the just-released joint World Bank and International Finance Corp. Doing Business 2014 report, the Philippines jumped 30 places to 108 out of 189 economies from last year’s 138.

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The ‘gender gap’ and some questions

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 28, 2013

It’s a piece of good news, certainly, but also puzzling, if not at times contradicting reality. I’m talking about recent news that the Philippines has just emerged as “Asia’s best performing country” in closing gender disparity this year, at least according to the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report.

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Strong manufacturing needed for Asean integration

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Fiscal, nonfiscal perks eyed to make sector more competitive Reviving the country’s manufacturing industry through new fiscal and nonfiscal policies may be crucial for the Philippines to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the establishment of the Asean Economic Community by 2015.

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Schools, industries seek ways to reduce unemployment of college graduates

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REFORM PARTNERS As members of the National Industry-Academe Council, university presidents and industry and government representatives map out a three- to five-year higher education reform agenda that aims to curb youth unemployment and produce a globally competitive work force.

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HIV rates stable in Pacific nations but rising in Asia

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New statistics reveal the number of people who have HIV has stabilised in Pacific nations while the rate is rising in Asia.

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Middle East failing to protect domestic workers

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The Middle East depends heavily on domestic workers but trails other regions in adopting critical reforms to protect their rights, the International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Human Rights Watch said today. The groups released a report assessing progress since the 2011 adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, a…

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Published by reposted only Date posted on October 27, 2013

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Domestic workers unite behind international convention

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MONTEVIDEO — Unions representing domestic workers met here Saturday to urge countries to ratify a year-old international convention that sets minimal labor standards for domestic workers.

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Philippines takes a positive step to stop AIDS

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Newly launched TV drama cast, crew discuss HIV and LGBT issues with stakeholders Its first home-grown TV series directly dealing with HIV/AIDS has debuted in the Philippines, raising stakeholders’ hopes that it would generate public awareness as well as sensitivity.

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ILO Governing Body reviews progress on the situation of domestic workers worldwide

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 25, 2013

The organization’s executive body discusses the measures that countries have adopted since the adoption of the ILO’s Domestic Workers Convention, as well as the steps that are needed to achieve decent working conditions for the world’s 53 million domestic workers.

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Land of power women: PHL rises to 5th in global gender survey, highest in Asia

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(Updated 8:05 p.m.) All the alpha Filipinas currently holding powerful positions in government – including chief justice and justice secretary – are just the tip of a larger truth: women are more empowered in the Philippines than in most countries in the world.

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Global gender gaps narrowed slightly in 2013; Iceland world’s most equal: Report

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The world’s gender gaps narrowed slightly this year, when compared to the previous year, according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2013, published by the World Economic Forum on Friday.

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Male-female inequalities in PH decrease – world report

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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippines was better able to address inequalities between men and women in 2013 than the year before.

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Rich man, poor man: Are ‘the 1%’ worth it?

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 24, 2013

In the last of three postings on wealth distribution, we ask who benefits from the relentless rise of the rich. Even in the world of high-flying soccer salaries, the deal announced late this summer between Real Madrid and Welsh player Gareth Bale was eye-popping – £85 million (about $120 million). The 24-year-old will now earn…

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Suspected NPA rebels raid oil palm plantation in Cotabato, execute chief guard

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 23, 2013

ARAKAN, Cotabato —Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on Monday morning raided an oil palm plantation and seized high-powered firearms in Bgy. Gambudes in Arakan, Cotabato.

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Beyond call centers: Philippines ready to move up the value chain

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Officials of the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) explains the industry roadmap through 2016 during the International Outsourcing Summit held in Manila.

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BART workers, striking an unfamiliar note

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 22, 2013

Once again, hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters face a perilous commute stemming from a paralyzed transportation system. The culprit? Another bargaining impasse between workers and management at the region’s commuter rail system, BART. The Bay Area’s congestion is a daily headache for many even when the BART trains are all operating, and thus…

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CCT dole-outs not enough to curb child labor–study

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The Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) dole-outs extended to poor Filipino families nationwide are not enough to reduce child labor in the Philippines, according to a study authored by Senior Research Fellows at the state-owned think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

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Emerging economies: has growth translated into more and better jobs?

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 21, 2013

A new ILO book analyses labour market trends and regulations in various emerging markets and presents a number of policies that can lead to a synergy between economic growth and decent job creation.

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Why gender equality at work must be top development priority

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WASHINGTON—“The future is grim for us women smallholder farmers,” a group from Togo told a UN global consultation on future development goals. In keeping with local custom, they said, “Only men inherit land, although women do most of the work in fields. This keeps us dependent on men and shackles us in poverty.”

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UN exec hails Phl CCT program

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MANILA, Philippines – A ranking United Nations official and former vice president of Costa Rica has hailed the Philippine government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for its conditional cash transfer program (CCT).

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