Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Published by reposted only Date posted on September 30, 2014

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Almost half the world’s older persons lack pensions

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ILO report says 52 per cent of older persons receive a pension, but levels are inadequate and the trend has been worsened by fiscal consolidation. GENEVA (ILO News) — Nearly half – 48 per cent – of all people over pensionable age in the world do not receive a pension, and for many of the…

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PHL reaches 20,000 mark in HIV cases

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THE Philippines now has more than 20,000 people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), 30 years since the first case was reported in the country. According to the August 2014 Philippine HIV/AIDS Registry Report, there are now 20,424 HIV cases recorded in the country since 1984.

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POEA Governing Board issues new guidelines defining high risk areas and benefits due to seafarers

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From the Department of Labor and Employment Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, chairman of the Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), announced that the Board has issued a resolution adopting guidelines on the limits of high-risk areas and benefits due to seafarers that apply to the Internationally-Recognized Transit Corridor (IRTC) within…

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Philippines GDP growth forecast highest among ASEAN-6

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 29, 2014

THE Philippine economy will continue its robust expansion through next year, but its growth outlook has been slightly lowered as reduced government spending, higher inflation, and monetary tightening dampen activity, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released September 25.

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Sotto tops survey for 2016 senatorial bets

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Old names dominate the list published by Pulse Asia MANILA, Philippines – Comedian-turned-politician Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III topped a new senatorial survey released by Pulse Asia, with 51.6% of voters saying they will vote for him. He overtook by a very slight margin former frontrunner Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan who got the support of 51.5%.…

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How should we regulate the sharing economy?

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The increasing ability of people to exchange goods, services and labour directly, via online platforms, is transforming how modern economies operate. But to ensure that the rise of the “sharing economy” works efficiently and improves conditions for all parties, some regulation is needed. People can now circumvent many traditional service businesses. They can share transport,…

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JobFair 2014, September 29-30, 2014, Trinoma Activity Center, 10am-6pm

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U.N. Human Rights Council adopts LGBT resolution

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 26, 2014

The body approved the resolution by a 25-14 vote margin after more than an hour of debate. The U.S., along with Argentina, Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, South Africa, Macedonia, the U.K., Venezuela and Vietnam voted for the proposal. Algeria, Botswana,…

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FOCUS | Manila’s port gridlock puts squeeze on Philippine economy

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 25, 2014

MANILA – Philippine furniture maker Betiscrafts Inc should have delivered a shipment of custom-made chairs to Middle East customers last month.

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Philippines intensifies voluntary compliance of labor laws through the rules on labor laws compliance system

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Background The Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (“DOLE”) recently issued the long-overdue Rules on Labor Laws Compliance System (“LLCS”). The LLCS is an integrated framework of voluntary compliance and enforcement of Philippine labor laws and social legislations issued pursuant to the rule-making, visitorial and enforcement power of the DOLE. It ensures compliance through Joint…

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SSS unveils provident fund program for members

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MANILA — The Social Security System (SSS) has opened a voluntary provident fund program that offers its members an additional way of saving for their retirement.

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Philippines’ rise as call-center nation lures expats home

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Having grown up poor, Denise Sese found herself still mired in debt. It was 2009. A college dropout and one-time cashier at a Jollibee Foods Corp. fast-food outlet in Manila, she was out of a job.

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More non-BPO operations favor the Philippines

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The business process outsourcing sector will sustain the real estate momentum toward 2016, CBRE Philippines reports MANILA, Philippines – While business process outsourcing (BPO) will continue to drive the office space sector, non-BPO operations like front office, regional headquarters, and brick and mortar headquarter offices are beginning to locate in the Philippines, citing competitive costs.

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Philippines’ rise as call-center nation lures expats home

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Having grown up poor, Denise Sese found herself still mired in debt. It was 2009. A college dropout and one-time cashier at a Jollibee Foods Corp. fast-food outlet in Manila, she was out of a job.

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NWPC to issue rules on maids’ wages

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 23, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Compensation for kasambahays or househelp nationwide will be reviewed and adjusted by regional wage boards. Ciriaco Lagunzad III, National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) board chairman designate, said the different Regional Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) have been authorized under new rules to review and adjust the minimum wage of househelp within…

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How to get more followers on twitter

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Twitter – when used correctly – is a fantastic way to broadcast your messages. However, 99.9% of Twitter users aren’t making the most of their account. There’s no two ways about it – you need to offer people something interesting and informative to not only gain new followers, but keep them too. Here’s an infographic…

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TESDA Circular No. 31, S.2012, Guidelines in the Implementation of DTS Programs and Dualized Training Programs

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Daily cost of traffic to every Metro Manila resident: P120

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MANILA – The Philippines has to speed up the implementation of a multi-billion dollar transportation infrastructure roadmap amid the rapid urbanization of Metro Manila, a Japanese expert said last week.

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UN report: Only 37% of Filipinos have Internet access

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The Philippines ranks 106th out of 191 countries evaluated in the report MANILA, Philippines – Though dubbed as the “social networking capital of the world,” only a third of Filipinos have access to the Internet, a United Nations (UN) report showed.

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Neda: PH ready for Asean integration in 2015

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THE Philippines, especially Mindanao, is ready for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) integration next year, a government policy-making body said.

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Extended work hours cited in death in Hanjin

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 21, 2014

SUBIC, Zambales—The latest worker to die in the Hanjin shipyard here had been working for 20 straight hours on the day he was pinned by a mobile elevated platform, according to a labor group.

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Extended work hours cited in death in Hanjin

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By: Allan Macatuno – Correspondent, INQInquirer Central Luzon, Sep 21, 2014 SUBIC, Zambales—The latest worker to die in the Hanjin shipyard here had been working for 20 straight hours on the day he was pinned by a mobile elevated platform, according to a labor group.

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ERC lays groundwork for permanent price cap at WESM

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 20, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is laying the groundwork to put in place a permanent mitigating measure at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM), the country’s trading floor for electricity.

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More state-run firms removed from GSIS list of suspended member agencies

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 19, 2014

REMITTING AGENCIES that remain suspended from availing programs from state-run Government Services Insurance System (GSIS) dropped by more than half in the first semester of 2014 from 2010 as more offices utilized a reconciliation package with the pension fund.

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Pulmonary fibrosis asbestos link found

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 18, 2014

Many cases of a common lung disease that were assumed to be of no known cause are in fact the result of exposure to asbestos, UK scientists believe. Researchers from Imperial College London found a correlation between death rates in England and Wales from the known asbestos-related conditions asbestosis and mesothelioma and from “idiopathic pulmonary…

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Asean integration does not bode well for PH agriculture, says exec

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 17, 2014

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Asean economic integration might have dire consequences for Philippine agriculture, which remains largely underdeveloped and “un-mechanized” and is, therefore, ill-equipped to compete in the free market, an undersecretary in the Department of Labor and Employment said here Tuesday.

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To ride Philippine outsourcing wave, a contest of brains and beauty for young jobseekers

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Business is good for call centers hiring young talent, but most millennials are finding they’re not qualified for the available jobs. MANILA, Philippines — In the shadows of rising wealth, beneath the towering bronze statues of presidents, is the pavement where 18-year-old Ricky Nieco sleeps every night.

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The economics of violence

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COPENHAGEN – What is the biggest source of violence in our world? With the brutal conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere constantly in the news, many people would probably say war. But that turns out to be spectacularly wrong.

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Filipino investors optimistic on pensions, but based on some risky assumptions – Manulife Survey

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 16, 2014

2014 News Releases For Immediate Release September 16, 2014 Filipino investors optimistic on pensions, but based on some risky assumptions – Manulife Survey The majority of Filipino investors are satisfied with their government pension – but that sentiment is based on specific assumptions and a cash-dominant approach to retirement working out, according to the latest…

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