Monthly Archives: July 2015

Help for ‘Yolanda’ victims lacking

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The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has expressed surprise that despite the government spending so much for infrastructure projects, relocated Typhoon Yolanda victims still do not enjoy basic services, such as water and electricity.

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What does inclusive economic growth actually mean in practice?

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With the historic Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) now completed, “inclusive growth” remains a high priority on the agenda. While most stakeholders agree it’s an important and compelling part of the dialogue on development, it still remains rather ambiguous as a term. And seemingly when you ask five economists to define the…

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Technology in K to 12

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By Isagani Cruz (The Philippine Star), July 30, 2015 How important is technology in the K to 12 curriculum? Since the buzz word today is “outcomes-based,” let us look at what the College Readiness Standards (CRS) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) demand as one of several outcomes of the K to 12 curriculum.

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The long road to an LGBT anti-discrmination law

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This is a story about the Filipino people’s struggle for genuine equality and acceptance, amid a culture of hate and holiness MANILA, Philippines – “Is that something that is desirable in an environment for a child?” In 2013, President Benigno Aquino III asked this question, leaving some furrowed brows in the audience. He was not…

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Laguna town police chief sacked over sexual harassment case

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By: Maricar Cinco, July 28, 2015 SAN PEDRO CITY – The police chief of the town of Famy in Laguna was relieved from his duty following complaints of harassment from his female subordinate.

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Business cards aren’t outdated and 4 other networking tips

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Attending networking events and connecting on LinkedIn doesn’t mean anything unless you make a personal connection. The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: What’s the best way to network? is written…

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B.I. orders probe into unauthorized release of 22 Chinese migrant workers

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Immigration Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison has ordered an immediate investigation into the reported unauthorized release from custody of at least 22 Chinese, who were apprehended in an operation in Pasay City on Tuesday last week.

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Noy blames GMA gov’t for MRT mess

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MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino took up the cudgels yesterday for Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya for the mess involving the country’s light railway system.

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Would you pass the work life balance test?

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Work life balance – three little words which are often used to describe a comfortable relationship between your work and home life. Every employee wants this, and apparently every great company offers it. But do they really? I am not so sure.

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Why our laws are not working in the fight against HIV/AIDS

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My obsession with the HIV situation in the Philippines is the reason why even if I will lose the interest of my readers, I will not stop talking about it until statistics will change. It bothers me why this country with one of the highest literacy rate in the world, the highest exporters of allied…

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Published by reposted only Date posted on July 27, 2015

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Filipino consumers ‘most optimistic’ in Southeast Asia – poll

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After settling essential living expenses, Filipinos spend on holidays, home improvements, and out-of-home entertainment, the results of a Nielsen survey show

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4 tips for working from home without being hassled

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People think I’m so lucky to be a work-from-home writer and human resources consultant. Well, those people are right. Working from home is awesome. The rumors are true: I wear yoga pants and eat ice cream in the middle of the day. But working from home isn’t for everybody.

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11.2M families still considered themselves poor in Q2 2015 – SWS

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(Updated 8:50 a.m.) Some 11.2 million families or 51 percent of Filipino families considered themselves poor, according to a 2015 second quarter poll taken by the Social Weather Stations.

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Global survey: Where in the world is most and least aware of climate change?

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Analysis of a global survey finds that more than a third of the world’s adults have never heard of climate change. For some countries, such as South Africa, Bangladesh and Nigeria, this rises to more than two-thirds of the adult population. The study says that education is the “single strongest predictor” of public awareness of…

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Almost 8M Filipinos got jobs—DOLE

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 26, 2015

Job fairs, more vocational courses, career guidance and skills matching, among other services offered by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), have made it possible for close to 8 million Filipinos to find jobs over the past five years, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said.

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What is the best strategy when a recruiter asks you your current salary before making an offer?

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 25, 2015

This seems to be an anchoring move. Given that the company has and is willing to at least match your existing pay and you as the potential employee want to get the most money you can, what is the optimal strategy? Always tell the truth….but then add your total compensation expectations.

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Intimate partners now at risk from HIV

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If you think that having an intimate partner will always keep you safe from contracting HIV, better think again. More women from the Asia-Pacific region — housewives and career women — are contracting HIV from their intimate partners. These women are either married, or have long-term relationships with men who engage in high-risk sexual behavior.…

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Social Watch: Yolanda victims suffer; reconstruction poorly managed

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MANILA – With the 2016 elections looming, survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda might just have to compete with other plans and projects for funds meant for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (CRRP) for 2014 to 2016.

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Why dualized education?

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One of the issues always raised about formal education in the Philippines is its inability to supply students and graduates with the skills that employers are looking for. This is called the “mismatch” between what schools supply and what enterprises demand. Companies have to spend time and money training the fresh graduates that they hire.

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The internet makes you think you’re smarter than you are: An Interview with Matthew Fisher

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 22, 2015

The research: Yale doctoral candidate Matthew Fisher and his colleagues Mariel Goddu and Frank Keil asked people a series of questions that seemed answerable but were actually difficult. The questions concerned things people assume they know but actually don’t—such as why there are phases of the moon and how glass is made. Some people were…

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“Radical transition” of economy needed to curb climate change-study

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Harmful impacts of global warming such as heat waves and sea level rise are mounting and show a need for a “radical transition” to a greener economy, a study presented at U.N. climate talks said on Tuesday.

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PHL on track toward ASEAN economic integration – DTI

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The Philippines is now equipped for the economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

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One- to four-hour rotational brownouts hit Mindanao

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MANILA, Philippines – Mindanao is experiencing rotational brownouts from an average of 1-4 hours due to the lower water level of dams, according to the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC).

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HIV discoverer: ‘To develop a cure is almost impossible’

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Vancouver (CNN) — She’s the woman who co-discovered HIV in 1983, and won a Nobel Prize for her work. But next month, French scientist Francoise Barre-Sinoussi will retire from her lab. She spoke with CNN at this week’s International AIDS Society Conference, in Vancouver, about activism, the future of HIV and why there’s still no…

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Global high growth markets outlook 2015

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More than 300 senior executives across the world’s most mature markets give us their take on the opportunities and challenges in HGMs.

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Aquino signs law creating open high school system in PH

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The law comes as the Department of Education works on its ‘last mile’: bringing the schools to where the learners are MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III recently signed a law that creates a “learner-centered and flexible” open high school system in the Philippines.

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Tourism 7.8% of GDP in 2014

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THE PHILIPPINE Statistics Authority said it estimated tourism to have accounted for 7.8% of gross domestic Product (GDP) in 2014, quantifying the sector’s impact at P982.4 billion, up 14% year on year.

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Philippines remittances: under threat

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How bad would it be for the economy of the Philippines if remittances were to dry up? Such a scenario may be far off but an analysis of central bank data suggests both the composition and the total value of payments sent home by Filipino workers overseas are undergoing fundamental change. If recent trends continue,…

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DOLE has no mandate on mine safety – Baldoz

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In the aftermath of the Semirara mining accident, labor officials say that mine safety and sanitation are under the mandate of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the Department of Energy

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