Monthly Archives: August 2017

PH to still dominate call center space

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Malaya, Aug 31, 2017 The Philippines will continue to lead in the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) space globally, with the contact center sector driving the growth despite the challenges of automation, according to Benedict Hernandez, president of the Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP).

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The UN has a 17-step plan to save the world

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by Simon Brandon, Aug 31, 2017 If you have too many things you need to do, it’s best to write them down. Saving the world, it seems, follows the same principle.

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New technologies not a threat to BPO jobs, says industry group

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By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Aug 31, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – Instead of massive job losses, the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry will continue to employ thousands of Filipinos annually in the coming years amid emergence of new technologies as global demand is expected to remain strong.

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UNAIDS: HIV in PH a ‘fast-growing epidemic’

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By CNN Philippines Staff, Aug 30, 2017 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 30) — With the rising number of people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the Philippines, a United Nations (UN) official said the country needs to change its approach on curbing the “epidemic.”

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Artificial intelligence takes over some call center tasks in PH

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by Othel V. Campos, Aug 30, 2017 The Philippine contact center industry expects to sustain an 8-percent annual growth over the coming years, despite the growing popularity of artificial intelligence that began to take over simple voice services.

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6 ways you can efficiently work from home

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Working from home works as long as there are clear goals, metrics, and communication schedules BY JARED CARL MILLAN, Aug 29, 2017 One of the best things about today’s work culture is that we are no longer constrained by the rigidity of traditional office structures. Thanks to the infinite power of technology, we are able…

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No decision on NCR wage hike yet as board still assessing indicators

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By Elijah Felice Rosales, Businessmirror, Aug 29, 2017 Metro Manila workers will have to wait longer before they could get their much-needed wage hike, as the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) deferred deliberations on the wage petitions filed by different labor groups in June.

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War sends workers to sweatshop

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by Carla P. Gomez, Inquirer, Aug 28, 2017 BACOLOD CITY — From the frying pan to the fire. This appeared to be what happened to a group of 41 workers, 14 of them minors, who fled economic hardship caused by the war in Marawi City only to end up in a sweatshop here.

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More Filipinos acquire HIV through paid sex

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By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star), Aug 28, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – More men in the Philippines have acquired human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) because of paid sex, a report from the Department of Health (DOH) shows.

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Japanese investors call for improvement, easing of business conditions

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By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Aug 28, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – The representative of Japanese businesses in the Philippines is asking the government to improve business conditions in the country to regain Japanese investor interest, particularly in the manufacturing sector. “We are expecting that for the next five years, business environment will be improved…

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Revised POEA rules allow deployment of more HSWs

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By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star), Aug 28, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – More Filipino household service workers (HSWs) can now work in the Middle East, an official said yesterday.

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4-day work week bad for workers, say employers

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ABS-CBN News, Aug 28, 2017 MANILA – A compressed work week will not be good for workers’ health and family life, the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) reiterated on Monday.

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DOH seeks immediate tests, treatment for HIV

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By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star), Aug 27, 2017 According to DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial, they are advocating for the “risk groups” to get themselves tested for HIV so the DOH could provide them with free anti-retroviral therapy (ART). Boy Santos, File MANILA, Philippines – As the country’s HIV/AIDS cases soar at an alarming pace,…

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OZY Poll: How Americans are preparing for the day robots threathen their jobs

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At 50, ASEAN faces unpleasant reality check

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At 50, can ASEAN step forward to be the agenda-setter, putting in place the rules and norms of a regional order governed by international law? by Johanna Son, Rappler, Aug 27, 2017 BANGKOK, Thailand – Prescriptions for ASEAN on its 50th year vary, but all of them require a tough reality check that will determine…

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4 Ways to promote gender equality in the workplace

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DOLE: Female employees not required to wear high heels to work

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By Xianne Arcangel, CNN Philippines, Aug 26, 2017 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 25) — A new law says female employees are no longer required to wear high heels to work.

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Making flexible working work for you

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PIDS survey: Filipinos moderately familiar on ASEAN

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August 25 (PIA) – – Filipinos are moderately familiar with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), survey says. In a survey conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), 50.2 percent of the 289 respondents said that they are moderately familiar with ASEAN, 32.5 percent are very familiar, 13.1 percent are somewhat…

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Automation by the numbers: Record-breaking year for sales of robots, components

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New research puts hard numbers behind the staggering growth of automation in recent months By Greg Nichols for Robotics, Aug 25, 2017 The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) just rolled out new research confirming record growth in the areas of robotics, machine vision, motion control, and motor technology for the first half of 2017.

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HIV-AIDS in Asia: guess who’s worst

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By Jarius Bondoc (The Philippine Star), Aug 25, 2017 That the Philippines has the highest HIV-AIDS infection rate in Asia-Pacific should jolt the health department from complacency. Present information drives and treatment plans may be inadequate. This is obvious when taken with the continually increasing teenage pregnancies as well. In contrast, in most of Asia-Pacific,…

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Philippine electricity rates still highest in Southeast Asia

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By Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star), Aug 25, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – Philippine power rates remain one of the highest in Southeast Asia as of end-2016 due to continued lack of government subsidies, latest Department of Energy (DOE) data showed.

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4 mega-trends that could change the world by 2030

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by Chris Weller, Aug 25, 2017 In 2012, the US government put on its futurist hat and published a report entitled “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds.” It’s full of both grim predictions and hopeful insights about the world that humans will inhabit within the next two decades.

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Korean firms leave Philippines for Vietnam

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By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Aug 24, 2017 Due To Rising Cost of Business MANILA, Philippines – Korean manufacturing companies in the Philippines are packing up and leaving the country for Vietnam where they see lower costs and an easier way of doing business.

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4 Skills you need to survive in the smart machine age

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by ANNE FISHER , MONSTER, Aug 24, 2017 Politicians may be trying to bring back U.S. jobs from overseas, but even if that were possible, Ed Hess, a professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, says that millions of those jobs would probably go to robots now, anyway.

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The automation taboo: Let’s talk about jobs

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by Iain Morris, News Editor, Aug 24, 2017 Automation is fast emerging as the new buzzword in the telecom industry. But whether it is a neat label for an array of groundbreaking technologies, or just a euphemism for job cuts, it will hold interest for company shareholders and C-suite executives for one reason alone: its…

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DENR orders Global Power, Palm Power to explain scabies, lung disease of residents near their coal plant

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The future of work in developing Asia

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https://blogs.adb.org/blog/future-work-developing-asia The nature of work in Asia and the Pacific has changed dramatically in recent decades. Labor market shifts have transformed societies, as rapid economic growth provides workers with better paying and more productive jobs.

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3 hurt in MRT-7 mishap

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By Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star), Aug 23, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – Three people were injured after the steel column they were assembling for the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) project collapsed in Quezon City on Monday.

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Chill: robots won’t take all our jobs

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