Monthly Archives: January 2016

Qatar’s new job policy to affect 12,000 OFWs – DOLE

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 31, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Government representatives are going to Qatar to help some 12,000 Filipino engineers and architects who may be affected by Qatar’s new employment requirements for foreign workers, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday.

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Cement mixer truck kills 2

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 29, 2016

SAN ANTONIO, Quezon – Isang project engineer at isang construction worker ang namatay matapos na masagasaan ng isang transit cement mixer sa Barangay Callejon, this town.

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RH champions awarded for contributions to family planning

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Former Representative Edcel Lagman and Health Secretary Janette Garin’s efforts to promote family planning earn them international recognition BALI, Indonesia – Former Representative Edcel Lagman and Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janette Garin were among the winners of the 2016 Excellence in Leadership for Family Planning Awards for their role in aiding the passage of…

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Vouchers for private schools

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 28, 2016

Are Grade 10 private school completers who do not receive any kind of financial support from the government entitled to vouchers? The short answer is: it depends. Here is a really long answer:

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First GSP+ ‘report card’ notes PHL progress on rights, labor

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THE EUROPEAN Commission has adopted its first monitoring report on the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) that included an assessment of the Philippines’ implementation of 27 international conventions.

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EU: Philippines improving in implementation of int’l conventions

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MANILA, Philippines – The European Commission said on Thursday that the Philippines is making good progress on implementing 27 international conventions on human rights, labor rights, environment and governance.

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Organizing for the future

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 26, 2016

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GDP a poor measure of progress, say Davos economists

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 23, 2016

Three leading economists and academics at Davos agree: GDP is a poor way of assessing the health of our economies and we urgently need to find a new measure.

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Reforming social security

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 22, 2016

As it turns out reforming social security is a well studied topic. A Google search reveals studies and articles by PIDS, the government economic think tank. There is also a ten year old study by the World Bank.

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TUCP, allied groups seek early enactment of credit surety fund bill

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PRESS STATEMENT (for immediate release) RUBEN D. TORRES 22 January 2016 President, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines CP No. 0908.851.3320 LEONIE Q. MONTEMAYOR President, Federation of Free Farmers CP No. 0908.240.9772 TUCP, ALLIED GROUPS SEEK EARLY ENACTMENT OF CREDIT SURETY FUND BILL The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and allied farmers groups…

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Phl falls two notches in global talent index

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The Philippines ranked 56th out of 109 economies in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2015-2016 released yesterday by the Adecco Group and the Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore, which measured a country’s ability to compete for talent.

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INFOGRAPHIC | How labor conditions improved in PH, according to DOLE

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 21, 2016

                                    MANILA – Before the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) put a labor law compliance system in place in August 2013, labor inspectors would only inspect companies once every 16 years…

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Populist measures that do damage: SSS pension increase without the means

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Of what use is a measure that proposes to do good if it destroys the very institution that produces the goodie? Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg! President Benigno Aquino III did the right thing when he exercised a seldom used veto power to reject a “very popular” measure passed by Congress…

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More on the SHS vouchers

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Last week, I gave the hypothetical example of Maria, a Grade 10 student now in a public high school who wants to pursue an engineering degree in college. Which Senior High School (SHS) may she go to in June of this year?

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Pinoy maids in Singapore get $50 salary raise —report

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FIRST PAY HIKE IN THREE YEARS Filipino domestic helpers in Singapore are set to receive a SGD$50 increase in their monthly salary starting January, the Straits Times reported Thursday. Minimum wage for Filipino domestic helpers in Singapore was originally set by the Philippine government at $400.

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Man dies after touching live wire

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 20, 2016

An electrician died after he touched a live wire at a building undergoing construction in Quezon City, Monday.

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No moral authority

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If only SSS management had some moral authority, it should be easy to understand why P-Noy had to veto that proposal to increase SSS pensions. The math is pretty straightforward. But there are valid issues about SSS management, the record earnings of the trust fund notwithstanding.

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PH notches marginal gains in UN human development report, inches up to 115 of 188 rank

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MANILA – The Philippines made marginal gains in the United Nations Human Development Report (HDR) 2015 as deep structural issues prevent the country from making substantial improvements in improving access to knowledge, life expectancy, and the standard of living of Filipinos.

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Jobs Fair 2016, February 15-16, 2016, Robinsons Galleria

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 19, 2016
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Jobs Fair, January 28-29, 2016, LG/F Mall Atrium, Ever Gotesco, Commonwealth

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Social security

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LOS ANGELES – Social security is a hot topic here specially in the light of a disappearing middle class amidst growing income inequality. According to Forbes last week, 56 percent of Americans in a recent survey said they have less than $1,000 in their checking and savings accounts combined. About 25 percent have less than…

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SSS: 5 members paying for single pensioner

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MANILA, Philippines – Improving collection efficiency will not solve the Social Security System (SSS)’ problem of not having the funds to cover the proposed increase in retirees’ pension. “Collection efficiency is not the solution,” Michael Victor Alimurong, representative of the general public to the SSS commission, said yesterday.

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Vetoed SSS benefits for long-term viability of pension fund

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Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday called for a more enlightened, objective, and sober assessment of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s veto of House Bill 5842, the proposed law providing for a P2,000 across-the-board hike in Social Security System (SSS) pensioners’ benefits, saying it was a judicious move to uphold the greater welfare of…

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IMF marginally downgrades Philippine economic growth in 2016 to 6.2 percent

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Despite its optimism on the local economy’s dynamics, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised downward its Philippine growth outlook for this year, as the region’s sluggish performance and the global economy continued to drag the country’s potential growth going forward.

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SSS execs fire back at Aquino critics on pension hike veto

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 18, 2016

The Social Security System (SSS) fired back at critics of President Aquino’s unpopular decision to veto a bill seeking an across-the-board pension increase of P2,000, saying it was the “right move” that saved the fund from an early bankruptcy.

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Draghi efforts thwarted by oil as economists see more easing

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Mario Draghi may have to up the ante, and he has oil to blame. More than 60 percent of economists surveyed by Bloomberg predict the European Central Bank president will announce more stimulus this year, up from 40 percent in December, after a renewed oil-price slump depressed the outlook for euro-area inflation. Fifty-seven percent of…

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Salary Standardization Law 2015 pay hike to president, other execs 100%, rank-and-file 20%: Courage

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MANILA — President Benigno Aquino, Senate President Franklin Drilon, and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte are among the country’s top executies that would benefit from the proposed Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 2015 pushed by the administration, a public workers’ group said Monday.

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The Future of Jobs

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is interacting with other socio-economic and demographic factors to create a perfect storm of business model change in all industries, resulting in major disruptions to labour markets. New categories of jobs will emerge, partly or wholly displacing others. The skill sets required in both old and new occupations will change in…

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No applicant suited for 6.18 million vacancies posted on Phil-JobNet

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Filipinos, especially first-time workers, may be getting hard to please in terms of the jobs they apply for. At the official launch of the Human Development Report on Monday, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said that this is one of the reasons the Phil-JobNet’s job vacancies have accumulated to whopping 6.18 million openings as of the…

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CSC clarifies period to avail of paternity leave

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Republic Act No. 8187, also known as the Paternity Leave Act of 1996, grants paternity leave of seven days with full pay to all married male employees in the private and public sectors to enable the married male employee to effectively lend support and assistance to his wife in her period of recovery and in…

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