Monthly Archives: November 2017

Yet a sunset industry

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By Fil C. Sionil, Manila Bulletin, Nov 30, 2017 At one ASEAN Summit, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi admitted the Philippines had “overtaken” India with the largest number of voice-based Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services in the world. Since then, the BPO industry has served as an economic lifeline for the Philippines, employing over 1.5…

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1,962 new HIV cases in 2 months — DOH

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By Mayen Jaymalin with – Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star), Nov 30, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — In a span of two months, 1,962 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection were reported in the Philippines.

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Road worker dies in landslide

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By Raymund Catindig (The Philippine Star), Nov 29, 2017 TUGUEGARAO, Philippines — A backhoe operator was buried alive in a landslide that occurred in Ilagan City, Isabela on Monday.

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Labor, cement shortages threaten infrastructure momentum

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By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Nov 29, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte administration’s massive infrastructure program could face setbacks due to shortages in essential construction materials and skilled labor, construction industry officials said.

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51 Artificial intelligence (AI) predictions for 2018

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Senate OKs first package of tax reform program on final reading

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by Maila Ager, Inquirer, Nov 28, 2017 Voting 17-1, the Senate has finally passed on third and final reading the first package of the comprehensive tax reform program of the Duterte administration.

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Senate approves tax reform bill on final reading

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon expects a difficult time in the bicameral conference committee due to polarizing provisions in the Senate and House versions by Camille Elemia, Rappler, Nov 28, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – The Senate approved on 3rd and final reading the first package of tax reforms proposed by the Duterte administration, seeking to…

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Philippine firms mostly clueless on inclusive business

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By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), Nov 28, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — Majority of local companies are unaware and do not engage in inclusive business, citing government bureaucracy and existing regulatory environment as main constraints, a joint study by the Board of Investments (BOI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) showed.

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10 Signs you’re burning out (and how to stop it)

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How artificial intelligence is powering everyday tasks

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Global call centers sales market 2017 – Recent study including growth factors, applications, regional analysis, key players and forecasts till 2022

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by Jesse Woodson, Nov 27, 2017 Questale published a new industry research that focuses on Global Call Centers Sales market and delivers in-depth market analysis and future prospects of Global Call Centers Sales market. The study covers significant data which makes the research document a handy resource for managers, analysts, industry experts and other key…

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Vatican to UN: We must eliminate causes of human trafficking

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Catholic News Agency, Nov 27, 2017 NEW YORK – Human trafficking and its root causes can be eliminated with the cooperation of the international community, the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations said Tuesday.

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WITH OBRERO-TUCP REPRESENTATION, DoLE orders Japanese firms to give regular employment status to over 1,000 workers (Manila Times)

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The Philippines’ Department of Labour and Employment has ordered two Japanese firms operating in the Laguna province to give regular employment status to more than 1,000 workers after they were found to be engaged in illegal labour-only contracting activities, reports the Manila Times. Japanese manufacturing company Terumo and its three contractors were directed to regularise…

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Sison and delusional communists are demanding what the Republic can never give

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BY RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO, Manila Times, Nov 27, 2017 PRESIDENT Duterte’s decision to end all peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), its New People’s Army and its dummy organization, the National Democratic Front, dismantles the illusion, propagated not just by the communists but also by the president’s negotiators, that the peace…

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AI: Welcome to the machines Gerard Gallagher explains why GCC businesses cannot afford to ignore artificial intelligence

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AI: Welcome to the machines If you think you won’t face disruption, it’s not because you won’t — it’s because you don’t yet know how it will happen. Recently we read the appointment of the UAE minister for artificial intelligence (AI). It set off a lot of discussions (and excitement) on social media networks –…

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From pAbaya to TuGrabe

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By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star), Nov 27, 2017 No, I didn’t think up that headline. I saw it as a hashtag on social media. Filipino humor can be devastating during difficult times. Unfortunately for whoever is the transport secretary, they are only as good as the performance of the MRT3.

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90% of businesses are family-owned: Success tips from Oishi & Asean’s top fireworks firm

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By Wilson Lee Flores (The Philippine Star), Nov 27, 2017 Research in Entrepreneur magazine shows that only one third (30 percent) of family businesses make it successfully to their second generation, while only 12 percent make it to their third generation. Those trends are also echoed by Ateneo Business School and professor Enrique “Eric” Soriano,…

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Japanese automakers accelerate hybrid push in Southeast Asia

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Lack of infrastructure and battery-sapping gridlock hinder jump to electric by HIROSHI KOTANI, Nikkei staff writer, Nov 27, 2017 BANGKOK — As the automotive world pushes hard toward an all-electric vehicle future, Japanese makers and their treasured hybrids may have found an alternate route — one that takes them straight into the daily traffic jams…

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DOLE hits over 30% of regularization target as yearend nears

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The Department of Labor and Employment says 75,430 workers have already been regularized as of November 3 by Patty Pasion, Rappler, Nov 26, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – More than one-third of the 200,000 contractual workers estimated by regional offices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have already been regularized.

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Busting myths on sexual abuse: Who’s to blame?

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There is a need to shift the blame, advocates say, away from the victim. To do this, Filipino society must bust the many gender-based myths on sexual abuse. by Fritzie Rodriguez, Rappler, April 25, 2015 MANILA, Philippines – End the culture of victim-blaming.

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2 Japanese firms told to regularize its workers

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by Philippine Daily Inquirer, Nov 25, 2017 The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has ordered two Japanese firms in Laguna and their contractors found to be engaged in labor-only contracting to regularize more than 1,000 workers.

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8 of 10 millennials like Duterte’s style of leadership—online survey

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by Jovic Yee, Inquirer, Nov 24, 2017 A recent poll showed that eight out of 10 millennials not only approve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s handling of his job, but also expressed optimism that the best is yet to come for the country.

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23 Nov 2017- Union officers of Republic Cement and Building Materials Supervisory Union-LIKHA-TUCP take their oath of office before TUCP President Ruben Torres. TUCP General Secretary Emeritus Cedric Bagtas, LIKHA President Jesus B. Villamor, VOICE President Angelita Senorin, TUCP Education Director Rafael E. Mapalo and TUCP Joan Bautista witnessed. Read more.

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23 Nov 2017- Union officers of Republic Cement and Building Materials Supervisory Union-LIKHA-TUCP take their oath of office before TUCP President Ruben Torres. TUCP General Secretary Emeritus Cedric Bagtas, LIKHA President Jesus B. Villamor, VOICE President Angelita Senorin, TUCP Education Director Rafael E. Mapalo and TUCP Joan Bautista witnessed. Read more. Union President Robert Ivan…

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Moral machines: here are 3 ways to teach robots right from wrong

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by Vyacheslav Polonski, Nov 23, 2017 Today, it is difficult to imagine a technology that is as enthralling and terrifying as machine learning. While media coverage and research papers consistently tout the potential of machine learning to become the biggest driver of positive change in business and society, the lingering question on everyone’s mind is:…

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3 ways to teach robots right from wrong

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https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/11/3-ways-to-build-more-moral-robots/ Today, it is difficult to imagine a technology that is as enthralling and terrifying as machine learning. While media coverage and research papers consistently tout the potential of machine learning to become the biggest driver of positive change in business and society, the lingering question on everyone’s mind is: “Well, what if it all…

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Treat trafficking as a health problem to break cycle of abuse — academics

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By KIERAN GUILBERT, Reuters, Nov 23, 2017 LONDON, Great Britain – The debilitating scars left by modern slavery, ranging from depression to lost limbs, often fuel the exploitation of survivors’ children, academics said on Wednesday, calling for human trafficking to be tackled as a global health problem.

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Youth unemployment in PH to remain high

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By ANGELA CELIS, Malaya, Nov 22, 2017 The youth unemployment rate in Southeast Asia and the Pacific is expected to show the second-largest increase worldwide, with the joblessness rate among the youth in the Philippines expected to increase, a report released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) said.

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Here’s how millennials can make an impact at work

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by Avery Blank, Forbes, Nov 22, 2017 Millennials are the largest generation in history and will control $24 trillion of wealth by 2020. More and more millennials are both joining the workforce and becoming clients, customers and users. The millennial generation is not one to be ignored.

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7 game-changing robotics trends we saw in 2017

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Can corporations save the world?

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