Monthly Archives: May 2014

Internet service slowest, most expensive in Asia

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Revealing that the Philippines had the slowest and most expensive Internet service in Asia, Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino has directed the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) to submit within three months reform programmes to regulate fees for Internet connection.

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Abad, Paje have biggest number of relatives in gov’t

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MANILA, Philippines — Which member of President Benigno Aquino’s official family has the most relatives in government? Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Environment Secretary Ramon Paje top the list with nine each, based on their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth for 2013.

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Survivors of Pasay fire say employer locked them up, making escape difficult

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A worker who dodged death in a fire that razed a residential building in Pasay City complained they were locked up by their employer, making it difficult to escape, a report on GMA’s “24-Oras” said Friday evening.

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At least 8 die in predawn Pasay fire

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At least eight people believed to be stay-in workers were killed in a fire that razed a commercial-residential building used as a DVD player warehouse in Pasay City before dawn Friday.

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8 patay sa nasunog na bodega sa Pasay

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“Walo ang kumpirmadong patay matapos masunog ang isang warehouse sa Samonte Street, Barangay 47, San Isidro, Pasay, Biyernes ng umaga. ” (UPDATE) Walo ang kumpirmadong patay matapos masunog ang isang warehouse sa Samonte Street, Barangay 47, San Isidro, Pasay, Biyernes ng umaga.

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Equality means business

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There is a business case in pushing for equality as observed and practised by 670 global companies “Men are hired on potential and women are promoted for performance.” What a disturbing thought to think that in evaluating men and women, different standards apply. There seems to be an unconscious bias to rate men as leaders…

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Eight workers killed in Philippines fire

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Manila, May 30 (IANS) — Eight female workers were killed and nine injured Friday in the Philippines when a fire broke out in a warehouse, an official said.

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PH has 4th fastest Internet speed in ASEAN – study

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines ranks fourth in ASEAN in terms of fastest Internet speed, according to a study by Ookla (Netindex.com) conducted last month.

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DOLE bucks ITUC findings on worker rights

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MANILA – Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz took exception to the findings of the Brussels-based International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) that the Philippines is one of the worse countries to work in.

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Child labor monitoring system up

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While there is no available date specific to child labor in sugarcane for the entire country, ABK3 LEAP’s baseline date in Negros Occidental documented 30,760 households with children working in sugarcane farms in 60 barangays within 15 cities/municipalities, the press release also said.

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Philippines deploys 12,000 nurses every year, says labor group

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MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / May 29, 2014) – The Philippines, one of the world’s largest producers of English-speaking nurses, is now deploying overseas an average of 12,000 of them every year, according to the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines. Citing statistics from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the TUCP said around 85% of those…

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DepEd: “No collection policy” in public schools still in effect

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PASIG CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) reminded all school authorities that collection of any fees during enrolment and the first days of class is strictly prohibited.

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SRA rechannels world market sugar for local use

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MANILA, Philippines – The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) is allowing the reclassification of unshipped world market sugar to the domestic market to stabilize local supply and bring down prices.

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DepEd to hire 33K teachers to address shortage

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) will hire more than 33,000 teachers this school year to address teacher shortage in public schools.

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PHL goal: Improved competitiveness

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THE Philippines’s competitiveness council expects to considerably improve its rankings in next year’s World Bank and International Finance Corp.’s (IFC) Doing Business Report, which is currently at 108th, and advocates policy changes to improve the country’s competitiveness.

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GUESS | Which 4 areas could the PH improve on to join the top 30 business-friendly destinations?

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MANILA – The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) today said the Philippines could join the top 30 business-friendly locations in this year’s edition of the World Bank’s annual Ease of Doing Business survey should the country implement reforms in four key areas.

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More seminars, stricter guidelines sought to reduce cases of abused OFWs

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Recruiters of Filipino domestic helpers have appealed for additional pre-departure seminars and stricter guidelines for employment agencies to prevent the abuse of overseas Filipino workers.

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MGB revises IRR of Small-Scale Mining Act

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MANILA, Philippines – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has completed the proposed revisions to the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991, which would pave the way for the establishment of more sites where small- scale mining activities would be allowed.

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ALI to offer P5B worth of bonds

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Property giant Ayala Land Inc. this year will roll out about P5 billion worth of “Homestarter” bonds—an innovative instrument that will allow holders to build up funds to buy an Ayala-developed residential unit.

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Worst places to for workers? Yes, Philippines is among them

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MANILA – You think you had it bad, think again. Yes, the Philippines is among the worst places to work in the world but there are far worse places to be in right now, according to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

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EU ‘too big, too bossy’, says Cameron at vote postmortem

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BRUSSELS – EU leaders wrestled Tuesday for a joint response to a dismal European vote that saw dramatic gains by radical anti-establishment parties, with Britain, Germany and France calling for EU reforms.

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Lagarde warns on slow pace of financial sector reform

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Project Syndicate — Christine Lagarde: “Women and the world economy” “The good news is that the international community has made progress on the reform agenda,” Lagarde said at a conference in central London.

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LGBT activists: ‘Recognize transgender rights in the Philippines now’

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Transgender people want the public and the lawmakers to know they have their own rights too MANILA, Philippines – “While transgender people are culturally celebrated, they are not politically recognized,” model and transgender rights activist Geena Rocero said at a forum held at the UP Center for Women’s Studies (UP CWS), moderated by Rappler’s #BalikBayan…

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DOLE urges ASEAN labor ministers to link labor administration with decent work for all

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From the Department of Labor and Employment Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has urged her fellow labor ministers attending the 23rd ASEAN Labour Ministers Meeting (ALMM) in Myanmar to give high importance to the results of the review of the 2010-2015 ASEAN Labor Ministers’ Work Program, saying there is a need for ALMM…

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PH far from hitting dev’t target, but RH law may help, say execs

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 27, 2014

As of 2011, the Philippines has registered 221 maternal deaths per 100,000 births, Rose Marcelino, Popcom deputy executive director, told a news briefing here in Baguio City.

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Closer look at factors needed to measure risk of asbestos at sites, experts say

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Whether asbestos found in soil poses a threat to humans depends on a variety of factors, including what type of asbestos it is and how much was found, according to experts and government officials.

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Business groups buck EPIRA changes

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BUSINESS GROUPS yesterday rejected calls to amend the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) to resolve the country’s energy woes, saying the government should instead focus on applying the law.

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DOH urged to declare ‘national emergency’ over HIV spread

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MANILA, Philippines—The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) called on the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday to declare a national emergency over the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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ILO urges SEA nations to improve workers’ lives

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 26, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The International Labor Organization (ILO) has urged governments in Southeast Asia to intensify efforts to improve the lives of informal workers in the region.

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