Monthly Archives: August 2014

300,000 new jobs from manufacturing sector – PIDS

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The automotive industry is expected to generate 300,000 jobs under a new industrial policy that would seek to revive the manufacturing sector and help achieve an inclusive growth, according to the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS). PIDS senior research fellow Rafaelita Aldaba said: “We’re looking at auto investments for broad-based industrial growth to happen…

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PH ranked 5th biggest in Asean as of end-2013

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 30, 2014

The Philippines emerged as the fifth biggest economy among the 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Nations in 2013, based on the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) at current prices which stood at $269 billion, data from the Asean showed.

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TUCP: Gov’t should provide HIV-positive OFWs with free treatment

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The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines on Saturday said 379 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) — 334 males and 45 females — tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) between January and July 2014.

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Remittances from Pinoy sailors seen hitting $5.5B this year

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 29, 2014

Filipino sailors on board foreign merchant ships are likely to send home by bank transfers a record $5.5 billion this year, mainly on account of increased deployment to Europe, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said on Friday.

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Another occasion for complaining

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Once again, the Social Security System has provided us another occasion for complaining—it did not keep its earlier promise to release this month the 5-percent pension adjustments for June, July and August. This lapse is certainly trivial and preventable, yet we are complaining. In our country, some—even if unorganized—must complain to point out malpractices otherwise…

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DOLE: New registration process for UK-bound nurses, midwives

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Starting September, Filipinos wanting to work in the United Kingdom as nurses and midwives may have to comply with a new registration process, the Department of Labor and Employment said.

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Business groups welcome unexpected results

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MANILA, Philippines–Business groups on Thursday welcomed the faster-than-expected economic growth in the second quarter amid the truck ban and port congestion in Manila, and other issues like questions about the stability of power supply and prices.

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Think tank warns of property bubble

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Artificial rise in standard of living threatens economy MANILA, Philippines–A damaging bubble in the country’s property sector may be forming due to record-low interest rates, according to a British think tank.

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SSS members’ contributions reach P58.8 B in first half

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MANILA, Philippines – Members’ contributions to the Social Security System grew to P58.8 billion in the first six months, this year, exceeding half of the total amount collected in 2013.

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Phl poised to become global leader in healthcare info mgmt

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is poised to become the global leader in healthcare information management services (HIMS) as it aims to generate $2.4 billion worth of revenues and employ 120,000 employees by 2016.

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India claws back BPO from Phl

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Rajiv Rao for New Tech of lndia wrote: “India has watched a large exodus of BPO business to the Philippines thanks to the country’s employable youth who are equipped with fluent English and perfect American accents.”….” Apparently, the Americans did a better job of colonizing them than the Brits did us, since the country’s large,…

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585 new HIV cases posted in July; 17 deaths recorded—DOH

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 28, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Health-National Epidemiology Center (DOH-NEC) released a report Thursday stating there were 585 new cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV and AIDS) recorded in July.

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Is growth really jobless?

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Tweaks to labor laws eyed ahead of ASEAN integration

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THE GOVERNMENT and a representative from a professional group have appealed to Congress to amend labor laws in order to better equip Filipino workers for the upcoming Southeast Asian regional integration.

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Statement of Sec. Balisacan on the 2014 Q2 Performance of the Philippine Economy

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Members of the media, our colleagues in the government, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I am pleased to report to you that economic growth accelerated to 6.4 percent in the second quarter of 2014. This higher growth rate, coming from a high base a year ago shows that the economy is back on the higher…

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Tesda claims it produced 6M tech-voc graduates in 4 years

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MANILA, Philippines–The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) on Wednesday boasted of having produced over 6 million technical-vocational graduates in the last four years, 65 percent of whom are now employed and fully utilizing their learned craft.

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Philippine economy picks up steam in second quarter

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Philippine growth accelerates to 6.4% from the revised 5.6% in the first quarter of the year MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Philippine economic growth accelerated to 6.4% in the second quarter of the year, the second fastest in Asia, the government announced Thursday, August 28.

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PHL is Asia’s second fastest-growing economy with 6.4-percent growth in Q2

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The economy expanded by 6.4 percent in the second quarter, matching that of Malaysia as the second fastest in Asia next to China, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Thursday.

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State’s plan for MRT 3: Takeover then complete overhaul by 2016

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First of two parts MANILA — The government plans to takeover the most-congested railway system in the country by 2016, an ambitious venture that would pave way for the complete overhaul of the train line.

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Philippines among 8 countries with most HIV cases

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 27, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Dr. Eric Tayag, chief of the Department of Health (DOH) National Epidemiology Center, said the number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases reported daily shoot up to 16 cases from only 12 cases in 2013.

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An extraordinary response to a different kind of ordinary: How the “new normal” killed “hayahay”

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In the North Eastern part of Leyte, about 360 kilometers from Manila lies Tacloban City, the gateway to adventure east of Visayas. Not only do local and foreign visitors marvel at its pristine waters, they also take a tour of the past by visiting the historical structures located around the tourist circuit.

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Costly mistakes in our nation-building

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Big mistakes in nation-building arise out of unwise decisions. Small mistakes that serially get repeated are big mistakes. I have often dealt with such mistakes in my discussions of policy reforms. Today I will be blunt and talk of them as bad decisions. They cost our nation a great deal of distress and pain. They…

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Indonesia’s new president

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Indonesia’s constitutional court has cleared the way for the country’s newly elected president to take office. Foreign and local media accounts of who Joko Widodo is will make many of us president-envy. I am writing about him today because I think we ought to know how the new leader of a regional competitor works.

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Balancing act

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More than 3,000 residents, including miners, scholars and community leaders, staged last Aug.18 simultaneous protest actions against what they called unreasonable closure of four mining sites that led to hundreds of job losses in two towns in Zambales.

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Imports drop 3.6% in June

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MANILA, Philippines – The country’s imports declined for a second month in June due to lower purchases of electronics components used to assemble the country’s biggest export, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday.

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Rape in the Philippines: Numbers reveal disturbing trend

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It was an early Saturday morning in Mandaluyong, at the corner of a street that bears the name of Noli’s tragic heroine. A 17-year-old girl, naked and crying, tumbled out of a gray sedan; she had been raped.

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Six women leaders shine light on survival and gender issues during, after Yolanda

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Who in the Philippines doesn’t know about the devastation trail Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left in many parts of the Visayas last year? But for sure, not everyone knows about the struggles the women of these disaster-hit areas faced during and after the storm.

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More suggestions on traffic from readers

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We received quite a number of letters from readers commenting on the topic of the last column. So while the iron is still hot, let’s strike with a few of them. Read on.

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PH not ready for ASEAN integration, but Filipinos are – PMAP

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MANILA – The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) on Wednesday said the Philippines may not yet be ready for ASEAN integration in 2015, but Filipino workers are.

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OFW Family Club

Published by reposted only Date posted on August 26, 2014

We stand strongly behind the House Bills we filed thus far namely: the OFW Travel Protection Act, The OFW Family Help Desks Act, The Creation Of An OFW Hospital, The Surrogate Parents of OFWs Act, The Educational Scholarship for Dependents of OFWs Act, The Hatid Saya for OFWs Act, The OFW Premium Benefits Act, The…

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