Monthly Archives: February 2015

Wages in 7 regions below poverty threshold

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 28, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – The salaries of workers in at least seven regions in the country are lower than the poverty threshold, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported yesterday.

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The search for a national strategic plan against hunger in PH

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MANILA, Philippines – What hinders the Philippines from ending hunger and malnutrition? According to several civil society organizations, the apparent lack of a “clear-cut government policy on the right to adequate food” is pushing Filipinos deeper into the hunger trap. “The government’s lack of rights-based national food strategies that could have helped eradicate this dire…

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Agrarian reform a must for food security in PH – UN expert

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 27, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – Distributing land to farmers is one of the important steps in attaining food security in the Philippines, Hilal Elver, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, said Friday, February 27. Elver’s preliminary report during her 7-day visit urged the government to properly implement the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Extension with…

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PH to be world’s 2nd fastest growing economy in 2015 – report

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 26, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – A Bloomberg survey of economists shows the Philippines will be the second fastest-growing economy in the world this year, second only to China.

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The 20 fastest-growing economies this year

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China tops the list, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg Emerging markets in Asia and Africa still reign supreme: They’re at the top of global growth projections over the next two years.

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What the middle class doesn’t understand about rich people

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Few people in the middle class really understand the mindset of the richest people. After all, if they did, they would be among the top earners as well. We’ve all heard the remarks: Rich people are lucky, rich people had an unfair advantage, rich people are crooks, rich people are selfish, etc. These are mostly…

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Child labor free project gains ground

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is pleased with the positive response of the different local communities in the Child-Labor Free Barangay Project.

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School can’t sack unwed mom – SC

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 25, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – The dismissal of an employee of a Catholic school on the grounds of premarital sexual relations and pregnancy out of wedlock was illegal, the Supreme Court (SC) has ruled.

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DOH warns against aggressive new HIV strain

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MANILA, Philippines–The Department of Health (DOH) is seeking to promote an increased awareness of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among Filipinos following reports of the emergence of a new and more aggressive form of the virus that leads to the faster development of AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

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DOLE to youth: Join JobStart PH, develop life skills

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MANILA, 25 Feb. (PIA)–The Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE) advised youth to join JobStart Philippines and develop life skills to be able to jumpstart their careers, be it as wage earner or as entrepreneurs.

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Girls, blood, sex: A hard look at menstruation

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 24, 2015

Sex and pregnancy, for some, will always be a mystery only meant to be solved later on in life. Or sometimes earlier, but only by accident. MANILA, Philippines — Mama, I’m bleeding.

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A remedy for inequality

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Building and bolstering labour market institutions is crucial for reducing inequality because market forces alone will not do the job. Apparently, the first step in solving a problem is admitting that one exists. If so, it is welcome that inequality trends are in the spotlight and there is concern about its potential consequences. But now,…

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US recovery, Asean linkage to boost exports

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 22, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine exports growth should remain strong this year on the back of an improving US economy and better prospects with the integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the research arm of Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. said.

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2 hurt in septic tank blast

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 21, 2015

CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines – Two construction workers were injured when a septic tank exploded in the Science City of Muñoz Thursday.

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Baldoz to unemployed youth: Develop life skills for employment, entrepreneurship

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MANILA – With school graduation season fast approaching, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) challenged the unemployed youth on Saturday to develop “life skills” that can help jump start their careers, either in wage employment or entrepreneurship.

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Oursourcing BPO services to the Philippines and India

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 19, 2015

The Philippines has overtaken India as the largest hub for call centers in the world with more than one million Filipinos working in call centers and the related Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry as of August 2014. Call centers are one segment of the BPO industry, which involves outsourcing non-primary business activities such as payroll,…

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Can cooperatives deliver more jobs and greater social inclusion in a changing world of work?

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 18, 2015

The cooperative enterprise model is seeing a renaissance around the world. The turnover of the largest 300 cooperatives in the world over the last 3 years has grown by 11.6 per cent to reach 2.2 trillion USD in 2012. Preliminary data from 76 countries points to more than 250 million people working in co-operatives. The…

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Why staff turnover in Philippine BPO industry is falling

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MANILA, Philippines — Staff turnover has always been a big concern for business process outsourcing (BPO) companies in the Philippines.

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Why inequality threatens the Asian miracle

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BANGKOK (ILO News) – Leaders around the world are talking about inequality. With the global economy still dragging there are growing fears that rising income disparities could hamper growth and reverse social progress. At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, inequality was highlighted as the defining challenge for 2015. Here in the Asia-Pacific region,…

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Rising child labor abuse in the Philippines

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 17, 2015

The country has much more work to do to overcome the problem of child labor. Child labor exploitation is worsening in the Philippines. In 2011, the Philippine National Statistics Office reported that there were 5.5 million working children in the country, 2.9 million of whom were working in hazardous industries such as mines and plantations.…

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Why you will never find work-life balance

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You have been lied to and so have I. Blame our parents, teachers, and the last 20 years of business gurus for their deception. We have been aiming so hard for success — under the guise of “work/life balance.” There’s just one problem: we’ve been grasping for the wrong trophy.

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20 minors rescued from Batangas sugarcane farm

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 16, 2015

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines- – Twenty teenagers working at a sugarcane plantation in Balayan, Batangas were rescued by authorities over the weekend, police reported yesterday.

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LGUs to play big role in ASEAN integration

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 15, 2015

But local officials claim they would be needing more beyond simply being briefed about the economic integration MANILA, Philippines – The national government highlights the important role that the local government units (LGUs) will play as the Philippines join neighboring countries in the ASEAN Economic Community later this year.

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Phil-Job.Net attracts partner in PH’s leading company index provider

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Partnership opens up employment opportunities with Japanese companies in PH, says Baldoz MANILA, Philippines—Hallo Hallo, Inc., a Japanese-owned online job vacancy list and company index provider in the Philippines, recently became the newest partner of the Department of Labor and Employment in providing career and employment opportunities for job seekers and in facilitating employers’ search…

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EDITORIAL – One Billion Rising

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Since 2012, Valentine’s Day has been dedicated not only to lovers but also to a global campaign to end violence against women and promote gender equality. The United Nations estimates that one in three women around the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s a staggering one billion people subjected to physical…

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Life of a modern-day maid

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 12, 2015

There are up to 100 million domestic workers worldwide Many are women who’ve left families to earn extra money in other countries. Commonly referred to as “helpers,” they help prop up economies abroad and at home Hong Kong (CNN)After too many episodes of British period drama Downton Abbey, viewers could be forgiven for thinking that modern-day…

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Philippines, “new growth engine” of Southeast Asia due to population boom

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 11, 2015

Growth in manufacturing industry, exports and the young workforce: the keys to this success. Catholic priest: “A strong and robust population is a great resource for the welfare of the country, but the government promotes population control under the guise of eliminating poverty”.

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A women’s shelter or a graveyard – how ’50 Shades of Grey’ ends in real life

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(CNA).- Valentine’s Day plans do not typically include domestic abuse. Yet thousands of couples are already pre-purchasing their movie tickets for “50 Shades of Grey,” a film which many critics are saying romanticizes and attempts to normalize violence against women.

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Fatal dynamite blast

Published by reposted only Date posted on February 10, 2015

SANTA MARIA, Ilocos Sur – A private miner died Saturday when a dynamite exploded in a tunnel of a mining site in Barangay Pidlisan, Sagada, Mountain Province.

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Bright prospects for BPO industry

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News that the Philippines has edged out India as the call center capital of the world will definitely make the future even brighter for the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector, also dubbed as the “sunshine industry” of the country. Over one million Filipinos are employed by the BPO and related IT sectors, with projections that…

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