Monthly Archives: December 2014

RAMDAM NIYO BA? | 10 new wage orders took effect in 2014 – DOLE

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MANILA, Philippines — Ten new wage orders, granting increases of from P1 to P20 in either basic pay or cost of living allowance, took effect this year, Labor Secretary Rosalindo Baldoz said Wednesday.

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$1-M US grant to bolster PH workers’ rights

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 30, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The United States government’s $1-million technical assistance grant to the International Labor Organization (ILO) will bolster the Philippines’ labor inspection capacity and workers’ rights.

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4 electrocuted while digging hole

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DANAO CITY, Cebu – Four men were electrocuted while working in an alleged illegal mine in Barangay Maslog, this city, last Friday.

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Is this Asia’s new manufacturing hub?

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The greater Mekong subregion (GMS) could become Asia’s new low-cost production hub as the region becomes more integrated, experts say. The GMS comprises Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand as well two regions in China: the Yunnan province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

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Tuna fishermen hit illegal fishing

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MANILA, Philippines – Tuna fishermen from General Santos City denounced yesterday the government’s continued failure to curb illegal fishing, which continues to threaten the sustainability of the local tuna fishing industry.

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PH new labor laws inspection system wins $1-M US grant

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MANILA – The United States’ Department of Labor gave the International Labor Organization (ILO) a $1-million grant for the Philippines’ new labor laws compliance system (LLCS), Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said in a news release over the weekend.

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Philippines obtains $1-million ILO grant for labor law compliance

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MALACAÑANG announced on Sunday that the International Labor Organization (ILO) has approved a $1-million grant to support a labor laws compliance system (LLCS) initiative.

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Philippines among ‘most worsened’ states

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 26, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — The Fragile States Index sounded off the Philippines with a “very high warning” as it ranked 52nd most fragile country and 5th “most worsened.”

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WB on how to lick poverty

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The visit of Pope Francis had us talking and hearing a lot about poverty. He has denounced our economic system as exploitative of the poor that also violates the teachings of the Gospel.

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Reds torch construction equipment in Camarines

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MANILA, Philippines – Communist insurgents took advantage of the government-declared Christmas and New Year’s unilateral truce by attacking and burning down the heavy equipment of a private construction firm in Paracale, Camarines Norte on Tuesday.

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YEARENDER: 3 education reform laws passed in 2014

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MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino signed this year three laws seeking to reinforce education reforms in the country. The President in the latter part of the year simultaneously approved the Ladderized Education Act, Iskolar ng Bayan Act of 2014 and the Open Distance Learning Act or Republic Act 10650.

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DSWD bucks lowering of age of discernment

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is against the move to lower the age of discernment from the current 16 years to 12 years.

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Palace gives positive summing up of 2014

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COMPARATIVE RECAP: Ringing a positive Christmas note, Malacañang trotted out comparative figures this week in the Official Gazette showing a statistical selfie of sorts of its accomplishments toward the end of year 2014.

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Phl among Top 10 worsened states

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2014 saw the breakdown of the nation. Criminality reigned. Street murders and holdups rose, as cops only watched. Motorcycle gunmen assassinated even minor targets for a liter of liquor. Cabbies leveled up from shortchanging to robbing passengers at gunpoint. Bizarre new rules discouraged gun licensees from renewing, swelling the volume of loose firearms. Witnesses against…

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PH 15th largest exporter of dirty money in developing world

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 18, 2014

Over $9.16 billion in dirty money streamed out of the Philippines in 2012, depriving the economy of funds that could have been used to combat poverty and boost growth, says a Global Financial Integrity study

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U.S.-China economic role reversal roils emerging markets

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 17, 2014

The world economy’s two biggest tectonic plates are shifting, setting off the frictions increasingly evident in financial markets and global capitals. The U.S. is accelerating and China is cooling, marking a reversal of trends that followed the financial crisis. As a result, oil is slumping as American supply rises and Chinese demand falls; capital is…

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Mesothelioma risk from aging asbestos water pipes

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Could asbestos from aging water pipes put you and your family at risk for deadly malignant mesothelioma? As pipes containing asbestos break down over time and need repair, there is concern that improper handling could release the toxic fibers into the environment, posing a mesothelioma risk for workers and residents. It is even possible for…

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Statement: Secretary Balisacan during the 2014 Year-end Media Briefing

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Statement of Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan during the 2014 Year-end Media Briefing [Delivered at the NEDA Executive Lounge, Pasig City, on December 17, 2014] To our friends from the media, colleagues in government, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.

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Launch of pioneering new report “Migration and youth: Challenges and opportunities”

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Media advisory GENEVA / NEW YORK / PARIS ‒ The Global Migration Group will release a bold new publication “Migration and Youth: Challenges and Opportunities” on Thursday, December 18 (International Migrants Day). The book will be released online on globalmigrationgroup.org .

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More OFW households investing remittances

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MORE HOUSEHOLDS that receive remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) allocated portions of the inflows into savings and investments this quarter, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Consumer Expectations Survey (CES) released on Friday.

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Bayanko partners with TUCP

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 13, 2014

Last Wednesday, Dec.10, Bayanko, the crowdsourcing movement for constitutional reform of the Philippines partnered with TUCP, the largest labor union movement in the Philippines.

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DOLE reports on status of Kasambahay Law implementation

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From the Department of Labor and Employment SSS-registered kasambahay now 105,000; DOLE-led convergence drafts protocol on rescue and rehabilitation of abused kasambahay

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More Pinoys getting better quality jobs – NEDA

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 12, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the latest employment figures translated to better quality jobs with around 1.03 million of the total employment generated in October 2014.

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Baldoz in UAE to address domestic workers issues

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The Philippine labor chief says the nature of the job of household service workers (HSWs) in the UAE give them ‘a very high exposure to exploitation’ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – High-level talks are underway between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to conclusively address issues affecting approximately 100,000 Filipino household service workers…

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Philippine typhoon exposes need for maternal care in evacuation centres

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 11, 2014

More than 30,000 pregnant women in seven regions need help Manila: The experience with typhoon Hagupit has underscored the lack of access to reproductive health services in the Philippines during emergencies such as natural disasters, experts have said.

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CHR chair says torture ‘prevails up to now’ in PHL

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Just like in the United States, torture allegedly committed by authorities on suspects or prisoners “prevails up to now” in the Philippines, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Etta Rosales said Thursday.

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Child labor seen in 13 PH goods – US report

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 10, 2014

‘Who picked the cotton for the shirt on your back? Who cut the cane for the sugar in your coffee? Who fired the kiln to make the bricks in your fireplace?’ MANILA, Philippines – The United States (US) Department of Labor (DOL) listed 13 Filipino goods believed to be produced through child labor including bananas,…

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Extremely Urgent

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THERE is a global pandemic and no nation is safe. From 16 early in the year, 18 Filipinos now test positive for HIV every day. The Philippines is one of the only nine countries in the world where the rate of infection is more than 25 percent.

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‘Gawking chasm’ in PH human rights

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MANILA, Philippines–The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Tuesday called on all sectors of the bureaucracy to draw up policies that would promote a culture of human rights, from the national government down to the barangays (villages).

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