Monthly Archives: October 2014

Noy finally approves P167.9-B Yolanda rehab plan

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MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino approved on Wednesday the P167.9-billion Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP), solidifying the government’s commitment to rebuild areas in Eastern Visayas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda last year. In a statement, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said yesterday the CRRP was recommended by former senator Panfilo Lacson,…

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TMAP urges tax exemption for individuals earning not more than P300,000/yr

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MANILA, Philippines – The Tax Management Association of the Philippines (TMAP) has proposed the exemption of individuals earning not more than P300,000 a year from paying income tax as part of a package of reforms it plans to submit to Congress to sort out the country’s outdated and inequitable taxation system.

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Mental ill-health at the workplace: Don’t let stigma be our guide

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Providing support rather than excluding them from the workplace and keeping them forever on benefits is the best way to help workers experiencing mental disorders. Les and Dave Jacobs / Image Source GENEVA (ILO News) – Mental ill-health has always been a difficult topic to address in the world of work due to the stigma…

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New methodology in WB ‘Doing Business’ report draws flak

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 30, 2014

The National Competitiveness Council says it will put in writing its complaint against the new methodology applied in the 2014 report, which made it appear that the Philippines has slid in its ranking MANILA, Philippines – The decision of the World Bank to change the methodology in the annual World Bank-IFC Ease of Doing Business…

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ASEAN job agreements shun newbie architects, engineers

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More than 5 years of experience would be required before an architect or engineer can work in other Southeast Asian countries MANILA, Philippines – Newly licensed Filipino engineers and architects need years of experience first before they could find a job in other Southeast Asian countries once the regional economic bloc integrates next year.

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Philippines is 95th ‘best place’ to do business – WB report

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The country shows significant decline in 4 of 11 areas in the life cycle of a business, a World Bank report shows MANILA, Philippines – Setting up business in the Philippines seems not improving, as it slid down from 86th to 95th place, the latest “Doing Business” report of the World Bank showed.

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20,570 Yolanda survivors still live in bunk houses, says archbishop

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 28, 2014

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — Palo Archbishop John Du has expressed disappointment that there are still families living in bunk houses, almost a year after the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

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When home is where the hurt is: Options for migrant victims of domestic violence

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 27, 2014

Migrants are vulnerable to domestic abuse. Roughly 80 percent of immigrants in the United States are sponsored by US citizen or permanent resident relatives, or by employers. In a situation where one’s immigration status depends almost entirely on the sponsor, the potential for abuse, domestic or otherwise, lies in wait.

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Philippines signs agreement with US for labor rights

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United States (US) National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to educate members of the Filipino-American community about labor rights.

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Why the U.S. is losing the global fight for gender equality

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America ranks high globally in economic opportunities for women, according to a new index. But the country lags behind in other key areas like political leadership. The gap in economic opportunity between American men and women is narrowing, but the U.S. still can’t seem to get ahead in the global race for equality.

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DOLE’s Phil-JobNet available as free app on Google Play

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From the Department of Labor and Employment Search jobs with ease, 24/7 “The enhanced Phil-JobNet has evolved even more. It is now more user-friendly. And it is available in Google Play Store, for free!” This was the statement of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday as she prepared to travel to General Santos City…

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After Uber, LTFRB eyes other taxi service operators

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 26, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – After apprehending a partner driver of Uber, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is training its sights on other taxi service providers, LTFRB chair Winston Ginez said yesterday.

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PH, US sign MOU on labor rights

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MANILA, Oct. 26 — The Philippine Government has taken another step in fulfilling its mandate to look after the interest and welfare of Filipinos abroad by partnering with the United States in reaching out and educating members of the Filipino-American community about their rights and responsibilities as employees and employers.

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To improve a memory, consider chocolate

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Science edged closer on Sunday to showing that an antioxidant in chocolate appears to improve some memory skills that people lose with age. In a small study in the journal Nature Neuroscience, healthy people, ages 50 to 69, who drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols for three months performed better on a…

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Businessmen submit 8-pt plan to P-Noy

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 25, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s leading businessmen presented to President Aquino yesterday an eight-point recommendation on reforms that need to be implemented immediately in several economic sectors.

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Phl among most vulnerable to cybercrime attacks

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines ranks among the most vulnerable to cybercrime attacks in the Asia Pacific region as roughly half of computers sold in the country have been invaded by malware, a study by global tech giant Microsoft said.

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DSWD: CCT funds for 2015 only P429 M, not P4.2 B

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) yesterday clarified their proposed monitoring and evaluation of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program for next year was only P429.2 million, and not P4.2 billion.

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HIV/AIDS cases to exceed 30,000 in late 2014

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MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – The number of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines is expected to exceed 30,000 by the end of 2014 with 16 new cases being documented daily, a official said today.

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Foreign maids endure abuse in UAE –int’l human rights group

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Foreign maids from impoverished countries endure physical, sexual and emotional abuse in the United Arab Emirates, trapped by a system that denies them protection, an international rights group said Thursday.

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‘BNPP not an option to deal with 2015 power crisis’

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MANILA, Philippines – The government will not utilize the mothballed $2.2-billion Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) that dates back to the Marcos regime to avert the power crisis in the summer of 2015, President Aquino said yesterday.

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Noy wants judiciary powers clipped before term ends

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MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino declared yesterday that the only thing that motivates him to push for amendments to the Constitution is to have the powers of the judiciary clipped, at least before he steps down in June 2016.

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MRT-3 breakdown seen to continue until next year

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MANILA, Philippines – Transportation officials admitted yesterday that there would be no relief from possible breakdowns for the more than 500,000 daily riders of Metro Rail Transit 3 until late 2015.

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Abot Alam scores 1.2M sign-ups

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MANILA, Philippines – Out-of-school Filipinos numbering 1.258 million aged 15 to 30 are giving their future a second chance by joining Abot Alam, a nationwide back-to-school campaign of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Youth Commission (NYC), supported by Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) through its value brand, Talk ‘N Text (TNT).

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POEA rules on placement fees

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Union critique of WB labour safeguard

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Our incompetent political class

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WITH POLITICIANS at the helm, is the MRT providing bad service, risky trips, and crowded trains to a suffering public? Check. How about the airports? Stinking toilets? Poor security? Scene of crimes, from assassination to petty theft? Long lines everywhere? Check. Check. Check. http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Opinion&title=our-incompetent-political-class&id=94812

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Phl inclusion in EU GSP seen by yearend

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 22, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is confident that the Philippines would be included before the end of the year in a trade scheme that would allow more goods to enter the European Union (EU) at zero duty.

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Mistakes and their correction

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It is wise to consider error as a friend, Let us reflect on the four interesting aspects of error: First, note its value in exact science. The “margin of error” is important to scientists in perfecting their experiments. They resort to repeating their trials to lessen the “margin of error.” Next, is the principle of…

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8 Koreans nabbed for cybercrimes

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MANILA, Philippines – Eight Koreans were arrested during a raid on a house in Quezon City Monday night for their alleged involvement in cybercrimes against their countrymen.

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