Monthly Archives: October 2017

Pulse Asia: More Filipinos concerned about commodity prices, workers’ wages

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by Jhoanna Ballaran, Inquirer, Oct 20, 2017 Controlling prices of commodities, increasing workers’ wages, and fighting criminality are the top three urgent concerns of Filipinos, according to the latest result of Pulse Asia’s September 2017 Ulat ng Bayan survey released on Friday.

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DOLE requires ‘standing breaks’ for sedentary workers

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By Gaea Katreena Cabico (philstar.com), Oct 20, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment has issued an order requiring offices to give employees standing breaks for employees to the health risks related to sedentary work.

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PEZA perks keep Philippines slightly ahead of Vietnam

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By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Oct 20, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has now tied Vietnam in terms of labor cost attractiveness for manufacturing companies, according to Japanese investors, but the country still has a slight competitive advantage over its regional peers due to the set of incentives provided by the Philippine Economic…

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Trafficked Filipino maid wins case vs Saudi diplomat

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 19, 2017

Kieran Guilbert, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Oct 19, 2017 LONDON – A landmark ruling by Britain’s highest court in favor of a Filipino domestic worker who alleges she was trafficked and treated like a slave by a Saudi diplomat could pave the way for other victims to seek justice, activists said on Wednesday.

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The Way Forward: Workers Need the Rule of Law

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The Way Forward: Workers Need the Rule of Law By RIBEN D. TORRES President TRADE UNION CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES-ITUC Delivered during the National Tripartite Conference on Trade and Labor Standards Makati Diamond Residences, 11-12 October 2017

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OPINION: Return of the Marcos clan… it’s more funny in the Philippines

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BY REECE FERGUSON, Oct 17, 2017 Picture the scene: It’s 1976 and Adolph “Dolph-Dolph” Hitler has just been made vice-chancellor of Germany, in what many see as one of the biggest and most unlikely political comebacks in history.

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3 tricks to living well while spending less

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Sexual harassment beyond the workplace

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 16, 2017

By TOOTS OPLE, Manila Times, Oct 16, 2017 THE first time I heard her speak, I knew she was telling the truth. The domestic worker from Leyte told me about the sexual harassment she experienced while working in the household of a Philippine ambassador. He was a seasoned diplomat who was highly regarded in his…

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2 workers killed in Northern Samar landslide

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By Miriam Desacada (The Philippine Star), Oct 13, 2017 TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — Two workers were buried alive in a landslide in Northern Samar on Wednesday.

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Foreign investors grow wary of committing to Philippines Poor infrastructure and disruption to order turning off investors

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by MIKHAIL FLORES, Nikkei staff writer, Oct 12, 2017 A Philippine soldier stands guard in front of damaged buildings in Marawi City on Sept. 4. © Reuters MANILA — Foreign investors are increasingly watchful over the investment climate in the Philippines, as the latest foreign direct investment figures announced this week showed inflows had reached…

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U.S. cites ‘significant advancement’ in PH anti-child labor drive

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by Patty Pasion, Rappler, Oct 12, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – The United States Department of Labor (DOL) lauded the Philippine government’s efforts to eliminate child labor. In the findings of the DOL’s Worst Forms of Child Labor report for 2016, the US agency said the Philippines has “made a significant advancement” in its drive.

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School teacher pimped out his niece, aged 10, for week of hell

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BY M G MARTIN, Oct 12, 2017 http://philippineslifestyle.com/uncle-pimped-girl-10/ The arrest followed a tip-off by Australian police who tracked the man’s activity on the dark web A junior school teacher has been arrested on suspicion for pimping out his 10-year-old niece to a foreign child abuser.

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Jobs-skills problem

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By BusinessMirror, Oct 12, 2017 Sometimes it is difficult to truly understand what is going on when you are reading what seems like conflicting stories. A British newspaper runs a story headlined, “Robots will destroy our jobs—and we’re not ready for it”. One solution seems easy enough. Learn to repair the robots that take away…

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DOLE: 4 M Pinoy youths unemployed, out of school

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 10, 2017

By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star), Oct 10, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — Over four million Filipino youths are not studying, are unemployed and face bleak job opportunities, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported yesterday.

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VAT, uncertainties blamed for investment slowdown

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by Malaya, Oct 10, 2017 Eight large industry associations and members of the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC) in the Philippines are echoing calls for Congress to retain the zero value-added tax (VAT) provisions of export-oriented companies registered with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).

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Zone pledges double but IT projects falter

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by Malaya, Oct 10, 2017 Investments registered with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) rose 94 percent in the first nine months of the year pushed largely by investments in ecozone development and manufacturing.

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ECOP bucks further wage hike, higher SSS contribution

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By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Oct 9, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — Employers are against any further increase in the minimum wage as well as to the proposed hike in the monthly contribution of Social Security System (SSS) members.

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Employers ‘sick and tired’ of gov’t bickering, want reforms

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By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Oct 9, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — Employers want more concrete developments and reforms to make the country a more attractive investment destination and are fed up with the bickering in government.

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Access to health services, info for 1.3 M call center agents

Published by reposted only Date posted on October 8, 2017

By Charina Clarisse Echaluce, Manila Bulletin, Oct 8, 2017 Access to basic health services and information would soon be provided to over a million call center agents, as they are at risk of many serious health problems.

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OWWA: Philippine recruitment agencies need to step up game to protect overseas workers

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By Coconuts Manila, Oct. 7, 2017 Recruitment agencies must do their share in ensuring the welfare and protection of Filipino workers they deploy abroad given their steadily increasing numbers.

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Only 1 out of 3 graduates employable, study shows

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By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Oct 6, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — Only one out of three Filipino college graduates is “employable,” which means about 65 percent of graduates in the country do not have the right skills and training to qualify for the jobs they are applying for, a study by India-based employment solutions…

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Security tightens at Hanjin shipyard over workers’ drug use

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A consultant of the Korean shipbuilder at the Subic Freeport denies workers’ claim that they use illegal drugs to stay awake during 24-hour shifts that they are made to take Randy V. Datu, Rappler, Oct 6, 2014   SUBIC, Philippines – The shipyard of Korean firm Hanjin has tightened security in its facility here following…

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Where is technology taking the economy?

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Why the robot revolution is a lot less certain than you think

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Higher education needs a rethink to train tomorrow’s workforce

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Rising food prices push PH inflation higher in September

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(UPDATED) Faster price increases are recorded for corn, fish, and vegetables, among others, based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority Chrisee Dela Paz, Oct 05, 2017, Rappler MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Filipino consumers felt the pinch at supermarkets, restaurants, and gasoline stations in September, as the country’s inflation rate accelerated to a 5-month high,…

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4 in 10 senior citizens still have no access to pension – COSE

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Advocates and lawmakers call for the passage of a measure that seeks to establish a universal social pension system for Filipino elderly Patty Pasion @pattypasion, Oct 5, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – Some 40% of Filipino senior citizens are still left behind in government efforts to provide social protection for the sector, based on estimates of…

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10 in 100 applicants get hired for BPO jobs: industry group

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Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News, Oct 5, 2017 MANILA – Only 10 in every 100 applicants for jobs in the business process outsourcing industry get hired, highlighting the need to match the skills of the labor force with demand, an industry group official said Thursday.

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Work from home is the job perk we really want, study says

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Nearly three-fourths of employees say they’d leave their current job for a company that lets them work remotely more often. BY ABRAR AL-HEETI, Oct 5, 2017 For many people, the option to work remotely has gone from perk to necessity. A whopping 85 percent of North American office workers say it’s important for their employer…

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The state of PH cybersecurity

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BY LITO AVERIA, Manila Times, Oct 4, 2017 THE Philippines has been ranked 37th among 193 member states, with an index score of 0.594 in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2017 published by the International Telecommunication Union. Thirty-nine other member states ranked higher than the Philippines, with Singapore leading the pack with an index score…

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