Monthly Archives: December 2015

Can you afford not to go to university?

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The rising cost of tuition fees in some countries has led many to question if a university education is worth the investment. Despite those increased costs, along with the student debt that often accompanies them, not obtaining some level of higher education can in fact be quite costly for millennials. Data from a Pew Research…

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Miner dies in Benguet tunnel

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ITOGON, Benguet – A miner died of suffocation after he was trapped in a tunnel in this town on Saturday. Cesar Agustin Paler of Nueva Ecija was about to get out of the tunnel along with his companion Oliver Bunoten when he decided to return to get some ore samples.

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More OFW households saving, investing remittances – survey

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 14, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – More Filipino households receiving remittances from their loved ones abroad are saving and investing amid the heightened financial literacy programs being undertaken by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

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Slave conditions in Thai Shrimp Industry prompt U.S. boycott calls

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Enslaved workers were forced to peel shrimp in Thailand for up to 16 hours a day for little or no pay 30% of U.S. Shrimp Is Misrepresented, Study Says (NEW YORK) — U.S. officials and human rights activists called on Americans to stop buying fish and shrimp tied to supply chains in Thailand, where The…

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COP21: Philippines highlights the human face of climate change

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 13, 2015

PARIS – In the past two weeks of intense global climate change negotiations, the Philippines showed in many ways the compelling portraits of victims of climate change, and it did convince the world that the fate of billions of people and the environment lies in the historic Paris Agreement approved Saturday night in the French…

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Wages now above poverty threshold – DOLE

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 12, 2015

All workers nationwide are now getting wages above poverty threshold, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.

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Protesters are in agreement as well: Pact is too weak

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PARIS — Several thousand climate activists from across Europe and many from farther afield gathered peacefully near the Arc de Triomphe on Saturday to protest the outcome of the COP 21 climate conference about 12 miles away.

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Over 2M Pinoy kids have hazardous jobs

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Over 2 million Filipino children are working under hazardous conditions nationwide, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

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October jobless rate lowest in a decade

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Broad-based improvement in employment, says PSA MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines registered slight gains in employment last October, while the jobless rate eased to its lowest level in a decade, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

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PH jobless rate continues to ease to 5.6 pct in October

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 10, 2015

MANILA – More Filipinos found jobs in the fourth quarter ahead of the busy Christmas season. The unemployment rate continued to ease in October, now at just 5.6 percent compared with last year’s 6 percent and July’s 6.5 percent.

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Minimum wage in Central Luzon up by P15

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Wage earners in Aurora have a slightly higher increase of P20 MANILA, Philippines – Minimum wage earners in Central Luzon will get a P15-increase in their daily pay, the labor department said.

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House approves higher pay for government rank and file

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MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives, voting 170-5 with one abstention, passed on third and final reading last night a bill granting the 1.5 million government personnel salary increases over four years starting Jan. 1 next year.

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Economic losses from climate change much higher – ADB

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 9, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – Economic losses from the impact of climate change in Southeast Asia could be 60 percent higher than previously estimated, reducing the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) by up to 11 percent by 2100, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) study.

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Highlights of agreements and bilateral meetings

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Highlights of agreements and bilateral meetings [Signed and conducted on the margins of the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting] As of 25 November 2015 ASIA-PACIFIC Australia AGREEMENTS SIGNED JOINT DECLARATION ON A PHILIPPINES-AUSTRALIA COMPREHENSIVE PARTNERSHIP The Joint Declaration on the Philippines-Australia Comprehensive Partnership acknowledges the increasing breadth and depth of our relations setting the tone,…

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Engaging your employees is good, but don’t stop there

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Genius, as Thomas A. Edison famously declared, may be 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. But building a company employees truly love reverses the equation: it’s almost all inspiration, and sweat has only a little to do with it. This is the unexpected conclusion of new research from Bain & Company, conducted in conjunction with the…

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Phl can become SEAsia production hub – report

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 8, 2015

Known for its vibrant services sector, the Philippines has what it takes to become Southeast Asia’s production hub once the regional integration kicks in by the end of the year, a new report said.

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6 in 10 Pinoys rate themselves poor – SWS

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About six in 10 Filipino voters rated themselves poor, according to the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

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4 ways to stay motivated when your boss has forgotten you exist

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One of the top reasons employees leave a company is lack of recognition, according to a study from Accenture. Yet employees still feel under appreciated. Whether bosses simply lack the time necessary to reward employees or they simply have no idea what combination of words their employees want, lack of recognition is a problem.

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PH eyes free-trade deal with EU

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BOOST TRADE, INVESTMENTS WITH 28-MEMBER BLOC THE PHILIPPINES is hoping to start by early next year the formal negotiations with the European Union on a free-trade agreement (FTA), a move that will dovetail with the country’s aggressive thrust toward further solidifying its ties with Europe.

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A global economic slowdown: How to be prepared

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The International Monetary Fund, the global entity otherwise known as the IMF, recently made an important comment: “There is concrete risk of a world economy persistently mired in sub-par growth, with unacceptably high levels of poverty and unemployment.”

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Jobs Career Fair 2015, December 10-11, 2015, Starmall EDSA Shaw

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Jobs Career Fair 2015, December 9-10, 2015, Robinsons Place Las Pinas

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Phl makes significant strides in pursuit of FTAs with Europe

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The Philippines is making significant strides in its pursuit of free trade agreements (FTA) with Europe as several major developments are seen happening before the current administration steps down from office next year.

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Philippines expected to remain among East Asia’s fastest-growing economies

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THE PHILIPPINES will remain among the fastest-growing economies in East Asia and the Pacific this year, the World Bank said in its latest flagship report, citing an improvement in what had weighed on the country’s output: government spending.

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Lack of witnesses, manpower hamper cybercrime probers

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 6, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – Even in the presence of advanced technology to gather evidence of cybercrime, state investigators still find it hard to quickly resolve these cases.

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Red Cross alarmed over rising HIV cases

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) yesterday expressed concern over the rising cases of HIV/AIDS in the country, saying that this threatens the blood supply.

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Pinay OFW allegedly beaten employer to death in Lebanon

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Asia-Pacific youths facing hidden HIV epidemic ­— study

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 3, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – The Asia-Pacific region is facing a “hidden epidemic” of HIV among adolescents with around 220,000 infected teens, according to a new report of the Asia-Pacific Inter-Agency Task Team on Young Key Populations.

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External review of the national health sector response to HIV and sexually transmitted infections, Republic of the Philippines

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 2, 2015

The Philippines is experiencing a fast growing HIV epidemic among key populations, particularly men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and freelance sex workers. A programme review of the health sector response to HIV reported that the current response is insufficient to convert the rising epidemic.

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