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Government targets 2.5%-3.5% agriculture growth until 2022

Published by anna Date posted on January 10, 2017

By Cai Ordinario, Businessmirror, JANUARY 10, 2017 The Duterte administration has set a more modest production target for the agriculture and fisheries sector as indicated in the draft Philippine Development Plan (PDP) chapter of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

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Can we achieve a better, more effective digital workplace?

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As a confluence of new apps and devices steadily flow into the enterprise, they’re encountering a growing sense that the digital workplace has become too complex and fragmented to be properly effective. What can organizations do? By Dion Hinchcliffe for Enterprise, January 10, 2017 With so much of our business work being done today within…

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Three steps the Trump administration can take to combat human trafficking

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by Olivia Enos, Forbes, January 10, 2017 January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month – a month that recognizes the need to combat this evil, which victimizes as many as 45.8 million people worldwide. This is a human rights issue with implications for national security. Trafficking generates an estimated $150 billion annually in…

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Sugar industry loses P10.5B to HFCS

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BY GILBERT BAYORAN, Visayan Daily Star, January 10, 2017 The sugar industry loses about P10.5 billion due to the importation and use of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) by beverage and food producers in the country, the Confederation of Sugar Producers Inc. said. Records of the Bureau of Customs for 2016 showed that HFCS imports…

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‘5-6’ loan sharks can be arrested without warrant — Aguirre

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By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan (philstar.com), January 10, 2017 MANILA, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday said that persons especially Indians engaged in the lending business more commonly known as “5-6” would be arrested even without a warrant of arrest.

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Gov’t workers get pay hike

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By: Ben O. de Vera – @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer, January 10, 2017 Government personnel will get the second tranche of their salary increase this year as the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) continues the implementation of the executive order signed by then President Benigno Aquino III last year.

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Peso forecast for 2017 weakest at P52:$1

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BY MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO, Manila Times, JANUARY 10, 2017 BUSINESS Depreciation seen ranging from P50:$1 Private financial institutions forecast the peso to weaken to a range of P50:$1 to P52:$1 toward the end of the year, with the most pessimistic view seeing a scenario of worsening risk sentiment in case of a hardline trade stance…

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PEZA ‘positive’ investment to more than triple this year

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BY RAADEE S. SAUSA, Manila Times, JANUARY 10, 2017 THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) is positive investments will triple or even quadruple this year as new economic zones open throughout the country after it recorded a 20 percent drop in approved investments in 2016 due to election-related uncertainties.

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Labor department caught in a vise over contractualization formula

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By Maria Eloisa I. Calderon, Businessworld, January 10, 2017 “THIS MORNING, I formally told them, there is no signed department order yet,” Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said in a Jan. 5 interview at his office, emerging from a meeting with labor leaders.

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POEA warns vs fake job offers in Canada

Published by anna Date posted on January 9, 2017

by —JULIE M. AURELIO, Philippine Daily Inquirer The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) cautioned aspiring overseas Filipino workers against fake job offers in Canada which are being circulated on the Internet.

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DTI, export exec downplay GSP+ fallout

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By Roy Stephen C. Canivel, Businessworld, January 09, 2017 THE COUNTRY will just have to “take” the fallout from President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s bloody war on crime, even if it means losing a perk that grants zero tariff on over 6,000 Philippine products sold to European Union (EU) markets, the heads of the Trade department…

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Will cutting operating expenses raise more funds for the SSS pension hike?

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By Susie Bugante, Businessmirror, January 9, 2017 IN the midst of the discussions concerning the proposal to increase the Social Security System (SSS) pensions by P2,000 is the issue on the agency’s operating expenses (opex). Allegedly, the pension fund’s operating expenses are high due to excessive salaries and benefits. But are the compensation and benefits…

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Does the iPhone still matter? Huawei, not Apple, now drives the mobile conversation

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Cupertino is a victim of its own success and is fully responsible for creating the Chinese Android monster. By Jason Perlow for Tech Broiler, January 9, 2017 Anniversaries are opportunities to reflect on what has come before, and to imagine what may transpire in the future. For some, an anniversary is a time for reconfirmation…

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Nanaksak ng misis, patay nang manlaban sa police

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Posted by: Tempo Online, January 9, 2017 Isang lalaki na umano’y lango sa droga ang nabaril at napatay ng mga pulis matapos niyang pagsasaksakin ang kaniyang live-in partner sa Las Piñas City noong Sabado ng hapon.

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Special Report: Striking a balance to end labor contractualization

Published by anna Date posted on January 8, 2017

By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), December 8, 2016 The issue on labor contracting made waves in recent months, with workers calling not only for the eradication of illegal practices such as “endo” and “5-5-5” but also the total abolition of contractualization in all forms. File photo MANILA, Philippines – Old habits die hard.

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Warning sa OFWs: Mag-ingat sa Canada job offers

Published by anna Date posted on January 7, 2017

By Armida D. Rico, Noel Abuel, Abante, January 7, 2017 Muling binalaan kahapon ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) ang publiko laban sa mga pekeng trabaho na iniaalok sa internet, sa pamamagitan ng email at social media.

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Peso plunge to continue

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By Bianca Cuaresma, Businessmirror, JANUARY 7, 2017 The local currency, now a regional laggard, is seen to perform even worse than the government originally projected this year, as internal and overseas concerns drag the peso.

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Darkening clouds on Duterte promises

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AT GROUND LEVEL By Satur C. Ocampo (The Philippine Star), Jan. 7, 2017 President Duterte enters the second half of his first year in office unrelentingly pursuing his bloody war on illegal drugs, which during the electoral campaign he had promised to complete in six months. The fulfillment of another campaign promise has now been…

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Economic managers concerned about PH growth sustainability—DOF exec

Published by anna Date posted on January 6, 2017

By: Ben O. de Vera – @inquirerdotnet, Philippine Daily Inquirer / January 06, 2017 Pushing through with proposals to slap a two-year ban on farm land conversion as well as hiking the Social Security System’s (SSS) pension benefits without raising members’ contributions will “undermine” the economic growth momentum that the country currently enjoys, a high-ranking…

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Artificial intelligence replaces workers in Japanese company

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INQUIRER.net / January 06, 2017 One of the fears revolving around the development of artificial intelligence rises from the possibility that it may eventually replace humans as a workforce. This fear has now become a reality for a number of employees working for a Japanese company.

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Communists in Duterte’s gov’t: Good or bad?

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BY RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO, Manila Times, JANUARY 6, 2017 SINCE the communist insurgency started in the 1950s led by a Soviet-influenced Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas, President Duterte is the first president to have appointed not only former communist leaders but probably even active communist cadres as members of his Cabinet and as lower-ranking officials.

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DOLE defers new ‘endo’ policy implementation

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By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star), January 6, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) decided yesterday to defer the implementation of the new government policy on contractual employment.

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43% of workers like to work in a socially responsible company

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(philstar.com), January 6, 2017 MANILA, Philippines — Charity and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are key issues for business people globally, a recent research from workspace provider Regus revealed.

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Inflation hits 2-year high of 2.6% in Dec 8%

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By Lawrence Agcaoili (The Philippine Star), January 6, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – Consumer prices rose faster to hit a two-year high of 2.6 percent in December from 2.5 percent in November due to higher food prices as well as higher increment in transport, recreation, and culture during the Christmas season, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)…

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SSS wants restrictions on investments relaxed

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By Prinz Magtulis (The Philippine Star), January 6, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – The Social Security System (SSS) wants a relaxation of investment restrictions to raise more funding for the agency amid a clamor for a pension hike. “It is so we can redirect our funds to better yielding assets,” SSS president and chief executive officer…

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TUCP REITERATES OPPOSITION AGAINST CONTRACTUAL EMPLOYMENT ARRANGEMENTS

Published by anna Date posted on January 5, 2017

1.5.2017 (DOLE, Intramuros, Manila). TUCP President Ruben D. Torres –in a three-hour DOLE dialogue with organized labor –reiterated TUCP’s opposition against the pervasive and unchecked practice of contractualization.

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Philippine police arrest surrogate mothers-to-be in human trafficking crackdown

Published by anna Date posted on January 4, 2017

by Lindsay Murdoch, 4 Jan 2017 Bangkok: A “human trafficking syndicate” has been hiring Filipino women to travel to Cambodia to carry surrogacy babies for foreigners, including Australians, Philippine authorities say.

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Population may exceed 105.7 M due to contraceptive shortage

Published by anna Date posted on January 3, 2017

By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star), January 3, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – Lack of available contraceptives would easily make the Philippine population balloon to over 106 million this year, the Commission on Population (PopCom) declared yesterday.

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Here’s why solar energy may beat out coal in a decade

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by Jess Shankleman and Chris Martin, Bloomberg, January 3, 2017 Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it’s likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere.

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The internet of things is not what you think

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By Steven Butler, The Daily Dose, January 3, 2017 Because the world economy is in the doldrums and could use some help. The train pulls out of the station as I lean on the throttle — a mile of freight cars in tow — accelerating to over 80 mph. Catching sight of some curves and…

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