Monthly Archives: March 2015

HIV-Aids victims continue to face stigma

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SAN FERNANDO CITY, March 31 (PIA) – People afflicted with Human Immuno Deficiency Virus-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or HIV-AIDS continue to live with stigma, an HIV-Aids advocate said.

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Noy increases allowances for cops, soldiers

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MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino has signed a joint congressional resolution raising the daily subsistence allowance for both members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

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More Pinoys get HIV through paid sex

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 30, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – More Filipinos are being infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through paid sex. Based on the Department of Health (DOH)’s Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry’s January 2015 report, 91 individuals recently acquired HIV after engaging in “transactional sex.”

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OFW families saving less – BSP survey

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MANILA, Philippines – The number of families of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) that allocated funds for savings and investments fell in the first quarter from the previous three months, a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas survey showed.

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EU pursues FTA talks with Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines – The European Union (EU) is pursuing discussions with the Philippines within the year for a possible free trade agreement (FTA) as the country’s ongoing economic reform process shows readiness to commit to an ambitious bilateral deal.

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Japanese firms remain concerned about high trucking costs

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MANILA, Philippines – While the government has declared the port congestion resolved, Japanese businesses remain concerned about the high trucking costs and a possible recurrence of the problem amid the expanding Philippine economy.

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More Pinoys get HIV through paid sex

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MANILA, Philippines – More Filipinos are being infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through paid sex. Based on the Department of Health (DOH)’s Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry’s January 2015 report, 91 individuals recently acquired HIV after engaging in “transactional sex.”

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Japanese firms remain concerned about high trucking costs

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MANILA, Philippines – While the government has declared the port congestion resolved, Japanese businesses remain concerned about the high trucking costs and a possible recurrence of the problem amid the expanding Philippine economy.

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Barclays keeps Philippine growth target despite political risks

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MANILA, Philippines – Philippine economic growth should accelerate this year despite increasing political risks ahead of the 2016 polls, UK-based Barclays said.

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Interview tip: Don’t give answers, tell stories

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Before a big interview, most people will spend time to prepare answers for likely interview questions. This is useful and can get you prepared for the basics. The trouble is that the interviewer is not looking for answers that are already on your resume, they want to hear something that adds to it. You have…

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We really haven’t seen much yet

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I like P-Noy’s chutzpah when he told a business conference last week that, we “ain’t seen nothing yet” in terms of the country’s economy. Then again, at the risk of sounding negative, I would like to echo the sentiment of a large part of the business community: we are still waiting to see much of…

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What do recruiters really want to see on your CV? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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What do recruiters really want to see on your CV? The answers are are provided in the link below: REVEALED: What Do Recruiters Really Want to See On Your CV? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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These 4 key themes will drive growth in the PH property market this year

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 29, 2015

MANILA – KMC MAG group managing director Michael McCullough is bullish about the Philippine property market this year. “There are a lot of reasons for this optimism, chief among them low interest rates, quantitative easing from the central bank, and positive feedback from investors. These factors have helped create a favorable climate for both local…

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Call center employees seen to benefit from minimum wage hike —solon

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Even highly-skilled employees in the business process outsourcing sector are seen to benefit from the P15-increase in the daily minimum wage for private sector workers in Metro Manila as employers seek to correct the wage distortion caused by the wage hike.

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UN exec urges PH to invest vs HIV/AIDS

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BAGUIO CITY—The government will spend less if it invests heavily in an HIV/AIDS prevention program, to stave off the spread of the diseases, an official of a UN advocacy group said here recently.

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Lessons from the Life of Pao

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Though Kleiner Perkins won fair and square, Ellen Pao performed a service. When the New York Times runs the verdict in a San Francisco sex discrimination suit as its lead story—above the fact that the Germanwings pilot suspected of deliberately killing 149 passengers concealed mental illness from his employer—you know that a case has struck…

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Lawmaker asks CHEd how it will use P29B K to 12 transition fund

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MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker has asked the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to explain how it plans to use its proposed P29-billion transition fund for teachers who will be affected by the transition to the K to 12 basic education curriculum.

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Jury decisively says Ellen Pao lost sexual-discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 27, 2015

After a second round of deliberations, the jury gives a decisive victory to prominent venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, which was being sued for gender discrimination by former junior partner Ellen Pao. SAN FRANCISCO — Did Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers retaliate against Ellen Pao when it fired her? Ultimately, a jury said “no.”

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Countries big and small are connecting economic growth to renewable energy, and it’s working

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The United Kingdom saw the steepest single-year drop in greenhouse gas pollution in more than two decades in 2014, according to government data released on Thursday. The country’s carbon emissions fell 8.4 percent, even as its economy grew by 2.6 percent.

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Social insurance in Asia and the Pacific: 12 things to know

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1. Social insurance is a form of social protection. It refers to contributory schemes that cushion the risks associated with unemployment, ill health, disability, work-related injury, and old age. Source: ADB Social Protection Strategy

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Job Fair, April 7 (Bacolor Pampanga) and April 13-14, 2015 (Trinoma Activity Center)

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The place where China began its one-child policy is dying

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Can China Afford to Continue Its One Child Policy? Sitting in her neighbor’s, house playing cards, 58-year-old farmer Si Jinxin asks a question that is troubling millions of China’s workers: “What are we going to do when we’re old?”

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Experts say HIV/AIDS is about risky behavior, not sexuality

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 24, 2015

BAGUIO CITY, March 24 (PIA) – – More than half of reported modes of human immunodeficiency virus or HIV transmission in 2014 is through homosexual contact, latest data from the Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry National Epidemiology Center of the Department of Health show. Health authorities, however, are emphasizing that this data is indicative of…

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Why we need new ideas in the fight against cybercrime

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Cybercrime is estimated to cost the global economy upwards of US$400 billion a year, and these costs are expected to continue to rise. At greatest risk is the financial industry as its assets are the easiest to monetise. These globally connected financial institutions have committed huge resources to hardening their information infrastructures that includes personnel,…

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The highest-paying jobs for fresh grads in the Philippines 2015

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The IT industry has the highest paying first salaries for fresh grads, according to Annual Salary Report of Jobstreet Philippines MANILA, Philippines – It’s graduation season, and after the caps fly and the diplomas are filed, it’s time to plunge into the working world with one’s first job. (READ: Fresh grads: Do employers care about…

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6 of 10 want divorce legalized

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Filipinos are in favor of legalizing divorce in the country, a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed. The SWS poll, taken from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, found that 60 percent of adult Filipinos agreed and only 29 disagreed that “married couples who have already separated and cannot reconcile anymore should be…

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3 Pinoy teens die in Sabah raid

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MANILA, Philippines – Three Filipino teenagers died during a Malaysian immigration operation in Lahad Datu in Sabah on Saturday.

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ADB sees strong growth for developing Asia in 2015 and 2016

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HONG KONG, CHINA – Developing Asia will maintain its strong economic growth in 2015 and 2016 supported by soft commodity prices and recovery in the major industrial economies, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. ADB’s flagship annual economic publication, Asian Development Outlook 2015 (ADO), released today, forecasts developing Asia will achieve gross domestic…

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Cayetano bill to give moms longer leave

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 23, 2015

MANILA, Philippines–A bill has been filed in the Senate that would give working mothers more time to take care of their newborns—longer than the current 60-day maternity leave with full pay with an option for a 30-day “extension”.

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The politics of food security

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The Official Gazette In the free-trade world, small countries like ours have little economic or geopolitical power. However, the fast-approaching regional economic integration of ASEAN finds the Philippines’ battle against national inequality stalemated by food-price inflation (http://www.philstar.com:8080/opinion/2015/03/16/1433983/inflation-eating-our-lunch). Despite our best efforts, poverty continues to makegains. The inflationary price pressures of food staples that are widely…

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