Monthly Archives: March 2017

Temperature reaches fever pitch

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By: Jaymee T. Gamil, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mar 25, 2017 The heat is on—way before the official summer season. The Philippines once again experienced heat reaching feverish levels on Friday, with Metro Manila registering a heat index of 38.5 degrees Celsius, with a temperature of 34.2 degrees as of 2 p.m., at the weather bureau’s…

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Call centers cite growth, more jobs in PH

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By: Roy Stephen C. Canive, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mar 24, 2017 The call center sector is expected to hit about $20.4 billion in revenues in the next six years, accounting for over half of the total target of the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry.

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Electrician dies in Zamboanga ice plant accident

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By: Julie Alipala, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mar 24, 2017 ZAMBOANGA CITY –One person was killed while two others were injured when one of the compressors at an ice plant here exploded while being fixed on Friday.

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How to make employment fair in an age of contracting and temp work

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by David Weil, Mar 24, 2017 Every day, many of us eat at restaurants, stay at hotels, receive packages, and use our digital devices with the assumption that the company we pay for these services — Hilton, Amazon, Apple, etc. — also employs the people who deliver them. This assumption is increasingly incorrect: Our deliveries…

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MHC forum on immigration challenges tackles rights, options for Filipinos

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WRITTEN BY ADMINISTRATOR, Mar 23, 2017 AFAIRFAX, Virginia — The forum on “Human and Labor Trafficking and Current Immigration Challenges,” organized by the Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC), discussed immigration rights and options under U.S. laws, providing hope to undocumented Filipinos, as well as victims of human and labor trafficking and domestic abuse by U.S. citizen…

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Why the lowly dandelion is a better metaphor for leaders than the mighty banyan

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by Vivek Bapat, Mar 23, 2017 Banyans are among the world’s largest and longest-living trees — one in India is more than 200 years old and is reported to be the world’s largest tree. Bigger than the average Wal-Mart, it has a canopy of more than 19,000 square meters. Not surprisingly, this visual distinctiveness has…

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Cops bust cyber human trafficking ring in Taguig

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By: Marlene Alcaide, News5, Mar 22, 2017 At least three persons were rounded up when law enforcement elements swooped in on a suspected human trafficking ring operation in Taguig City Wednesday.

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Mar. 22, 2017 – “Driving new economic growth will require reducing income inequality, according to this IMF report.” Read more.

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Recent work by the International Monetary Fund suggests that countries which redistribute more and have lower inequality actually grow faster. Read or download the report here.

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Contractualization and the larger issue of employment and poverty reduction

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By Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star), Mar 22, 2017 The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has finally signed off on the “endo” problem with Department Order No. 174.

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GOCC subsidies up to P103 B in 2016

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By Mary Grace Padin (The Philippine Star), Mar 20, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – Subsidies to government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) went up in 2016, with the bulk of the amount going to health care services, data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) showed.

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Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth

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How ‘evidence-based’ anti-trafficking campaigns make facts and mismeasure freedom

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Industrial robots are good for the economy, study suggests

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A new study shows that robotics investments pay off and the US is in the lead. By Kelly McSweeney, Mar 20, 2017 In many automotive plants, robots have taken over the heavy lifting and repetitive tasks. Investment in robotics has a greater positive impact on the economy than information technology, construction or real estate, according…

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The science behind senior moments

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By Melissa Pandika, the Daily Dose, Oct 2, 2017 Because for the elderly, drawing a blank might stem not from a lack of information but an information overload. Let’s say you’ve met an attractive stranger at a wedding. As he starts talking about his job as a patent attorney, you overhear another guest chatting about…

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DOLE downplays layoff scenario

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By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star), Mar 19, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – An official of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shrugged off yesterday the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines’ warning that Department Order No. 174 would lead to massive displacement of workers.

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Labor: Dole order won’t stop ‘endo’

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By: Julie M. Aurelio, Tarra Quismundo, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mar 18, 2017 Workers’ groups on Friday questioned the labor department’s new order banning labor-only contracting, charging that it has failed to stop the unfair practice of contractualization.

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‘Gone too soon’ no more: Philippines on legal route to end HIV epidemic

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13 minors rescued from human traffickers in Cavite

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GMA News Online, Mar 18, 2017 Thirteen minors who fell victim to a human trafficking ring allegedly being run by two sisters have been rescued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in an operation in Dasmariñas City, Cavite.

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NBI nabs 2 sisters for child porn, sex trafficking

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Philippine Daily Inquirer Investigation has arrested two sisters involved in child pornography and sexual trafficking and rescued 13 minors in Dasmarinas, Cavite province.

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World Bank indirectly backs harmful Southeast Asian projects: report

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http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/world-bank-indirectly-backs-harmful-southeast-asian-projects-report [WASHINGTON] World Bank investments in commercial financial institutions are indirectly allowing land-grabs, evictions and pollution in Southeast Asia, a watchdog group charged in a report Friday. By investing in banks and other so-called financial intermediaries, World Bank funds can increase poverty, social strife and promote projects which hasten climate change, according to a report…

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KMU on DO 174: A rehash, pro-employers labor policy

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by MART D. SAMBALUD, Davaotoday, Mar 17, 2017 DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno on Friday scored the Department of Labor and Employment for issuing a new labor policy which they branded as a rehash version only of the existing guidelines on contracting and sub-contracting.

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Will artificial intelligence be essential to competitiveness?

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 16, 2017

A new study says AI will have a dramatic impact on business by 2020. By Bob Violino, Mar 16, 2017 Artificial intelligence will have a dramatic impact on business by 2020, according to study released this week by IT services, consulting and business solutions provider Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

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Bello signs order prohibiting labor contracting, subcontracting

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By: Tina G. Santos, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mar 16, 2017 MANILA — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III finally signed on Thursday the Department Order (DO) on contracting and subcontracting. Department Order No. 174 superseded DO 18-A, which was earlier reviewed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) following complaints from stakeholders and labor groups…

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Hontiveros slams Tesda chair over women’s role

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By: Maila Ager, INQINQUIRER.net, Mar 16, 2017 Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday slammed the head of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) for saying that women “don’t have time anymore for their spouses because they are powerful.”

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Full automation of state services targeted by 2022

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By Czeriza Valencia (The Philippine Star), Mar 16, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte wants to fully automate most government services within his term, officials of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said.

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‘DOLE’s no-endo policy unrealistic’

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By Cai Ordinario, Businessmirror, Mar 16, 2017 Ending contractualization in the Philippines will take more than the issuance of an order by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), with implementation deemed to be the bigger challenge due to the current labor-market condition, local economists said on Thursday.

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Trafficking in persons report: 15 years later

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Jobstreet 2017 report: Highest paying jobs for fresh grads

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Here are the top paying jobs for fresh graduates and which schools companies hire from the most Vernise L. Tantuco, Mar 15, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – Fresh graduates working in law, healthcare-related industries, and journalism are the highest paid, according to Jobstreet’s 2017 Fresh Graduates Report. Jobstreet Philippines country manager Philip Gioca presented the report…

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Artificial intelligence, robotics driving contact center automation

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By Bob Violino, Mar 15, 2017 The global unified communication (UC) as a service market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 25% between 2017 and 2021, according to market research firm Technavio.

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Joblessness worse, but job quality better

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Businessworld, Mar 15, 2017 THE RANKS of those employed but who were seeking more work thinned to a record low in January, according to official data released yesterday that nevertheless showed the employment rate at its lowest and unemployment at its highest in two-and-a-half years.

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