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Mining ban expanded

Published by rudy Date posted on June 10, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Mining will be banned in protected areas and in tourism sites – including Palawan and Boracay – while no new permits for mining operations will be issued until Congress passes a new revenue sharing scheme that is more advantageous to the government.

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American Solidarity Center/TUCP Project on Social Dialogue for Freedom of Association starts!

Published by rudy Date posted on May 11, 2012

TUCP President Ernesto F. Herrera and delegates to the TUCP Special Convention on March 16, 2012 welcomed a new project on social dialogue with the US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) through the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center).

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Teenage pregnancy in PHL highest among 6 major ASEAN economies—UNFPA

Published by rudy Date posted on April 27, 2012

With a 70-percent rise noted in a span of 10 years from 1999 to 2009, the Philippines has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) official said.

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Filipino children fare badly in academic performance

Published by rudy Date posted on February 24, 2012

SENSING hesitation from the Department of Education (DepEd) on using the child’s first language or the child’s mother tongue in teaching, a lawmaker championing the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE) system has called on Sec. Armin Luistro to get rid of the old language of instruction and implement mother tongue-based teaching in the first 6…

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NAIA 1 2nd worst airport in the world

Published by rudy Date posted on January 18, 2012

THE Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA 1) again made headlines in the international arena, but in a bad way. NAIA 1 was adjudged by travel guide Frommer’s as the second worst airport in the world.

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NAIA-1 slips, now world’s worst airport

Published by rudy Date posted on October 19, 2011

TERMINAL 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International has been voted the world’s worst airport this year—down from fifth worst in April—by the online guide to sleeping in airports (

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PHL neighbors get more foreign investments – UN report

Published by rudy Date posted on September 23, 2011

(Updated 6:09 pm.) While President Benigno Aquino III declared that foreign capitalists are “lining up” to invest in the Philippines, the United Nations’ World Investment Report (WIR) 2011 shows that the lines are much longer leading to Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

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Manila ranked worst property investment site in Asia

Published by rudy Date posted on September 14, 2011

Foreign investors looking to invest in real estate-related businesses have ranked Manila as their last choice among various key cities in the Asia-Pacific.

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Phl ranks 3rd on US disaster risk index

Published by rudy Date posted on September 8, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines ranked third among 173 countries in terms of vulnerability to disaster risks and natural hazards, a study showed.

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Filipinos are leading shoppers in Southeast Asia – Nielsen survey

Published by rudy Date posted on August 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos are the leading shoppers in Southeast Asia, a survey by Nielsen released yesterday showed, as 80 percent of those surveyed said they enjoy shopping.

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Domestic Workers Convention agreed despite UK government

Published by rudy Date posted on June 10, 2011

Millions of domestic workers around the world are employed in private homes, often unregulated by public authorities, making them vulnerable to exploitation. This week the ILO has been meeting in Geneva to design a convention to protect them.

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HIV cases soar among call-centre workers in the Philippines

Published by rudy Date posted on June 10, 2011

MANILA: The rate of new HIV infections has seen a 25 per cent drop in the last decade. However, in the Philippines, the number of people infected has risen – particularly among call-centre workers.

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Tablet demand, low Netbook sales hurting PC market

Published by rudy Date posted on June 9, 2011

Higher tablet demand and lower Netbook sales are likely to take a greater bite out of the PC market this year than expected, according to data released today by Gartner.

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AFP completes draft bill on pension reforms

Published by rudy Date posted on June 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines –  The military’s Retirement and Separation Benefits System (RSBS) has completed a draft bill that aims to reform the armed forces’ retirement scheme and to address the government’s growing pension arrears.

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Divorce bill to spark another heated debate — Speaker

Published by rudy Date posted on May 31, 2011

The House of Representatives is in for another con-tentious debate on the issue of the divorce bill before it takes on another long recess.

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Church running out of argument on birth control issue, says solon

Published by rudy Date posted on May 13, 2011

MANILA, Philippines, May 13, 2011 ( – President Benigno Aquino told reporters today that groups threatening or calling for a tax boycott or other forms of civil disobedience if the controversial Reproductive Health bill is passed are courting sedition charges.

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The amazing Filipinos in Italy

Published by rudy Date posted on April 12, 2011

These last two week, I have been in Italy to preside over graduation ceremonies of the Ateneo School of Government in Milan and Rome. In the last three years, the ASoG (of which I am Dean) has been implementing, with partners, a Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Training Program for migrant Filipinos in Italy. We have…

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Don’t call them call girls, or call boys!

Published by rudy Date posted on March 19, 2011

I met her while lining up for coffee at the neighborhood Starbucks in Salcedo Village. It was almost 10 in the evening when I took a break from the grim images of a Japanese doomsday being played over and over again on CNN.

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Philippines no longer biggest rice importer

Published by rudy Date posted on February 10, 2011

THE Philippines is no longer the world’s biggest importer of rice as the government lower its importation targets to less than a million metric tons (MT) this year.

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PH unlikely to meet its education targets—US report

Published by rudy Date posted on January 9, 2011

Philippines—Washington believes the Philippines is “unlikely” to meet its second Millennium Development Goal (MDG) or achieving universal primary education by 2015, according to a report of the US embassy in Manila furnished the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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Ernst & Young, PwC under fire

Published by rudy Date posted on December 27, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Two top international accounting firms are now under fire for their role in the financial meltdown that is up to now causing untold difficulties to economies and people everywhere. The last time a large accounting firm got into similar trouble was when Enron fell apart and Arthur Andersen, its accounting firm, subsequently…

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Banana industry launches own voluntary code

Published by rudy Date posted on December 22, 2010

DAVAO CITY, Dec. 21 (PIA) — After the pilot voluntary code of good practices on decent work in the Business Process Outsourcing industry, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE XI) launched yesterday a voluntary code in the banana industry as well.

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Survey: No need to be in the office to work

Published by rudy Date posted on October 21, 2010

“Honey, I’m going to the office,” is a remark we may not hear as much if more people have their way. Three out of five workers around the world said they don’t need to be in the office to be productive, according to a study out yesterday from Cisco. The “Cisco Connected World Report” collected…

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Why report bad news?

Published by rudy Date posted on October 14, 2010

A top government official, meeting with a group of senior journalists over lunch yesterday, inquired: Since we’re all Filipinos who want what’s good for our country, why can’t media just report the good things that government is doing, instead of always looking for what went wrong and criticizing?

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Suspected NPA members attack sugar company in Negros

Published by rudy Date posted on October 7, 2010

Around 50 suspected armed members of the New People’s Army (NPA), attacked Victorias Milling Company Inc. (VMC) and damaged property worth around P600,000, the police said.

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IMF says risks to global growth have intensified

Published by rudy Date posted on September 13, 2010

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday that downside risks to global recovery have intensified due to recent turbulence in sovereign debt markets and continued financial sector weakness.

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Singapore to swell with unchecked migration; RP to lose 22% of people

Published by rudy Date posted on August 23, 2010

WASHINGTON – Singapore, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia would see their populations triple if everyone who wants to move there were allowed to, a poll released Friday by Gallup shows.

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RP lands a poor 63rd on best countries list

Published by rudy Date posted on August 22, 2010

Out of 100 countries, the Philippines ranked a poor 63rd in a Newsweek magazine study of the world’s best countries in terms of health, education, economy and politics. In Asia, the country was the third to the bottom in the Newsweek ranking in its latest edition.

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17.3M Filipinos are smokers, says NSO

Published by rudy Date posted on June 21, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Some 17.3 million or 28 percent of Filipinos 15 years and older are smokers, according to the National Statistics Office.

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Department of Education activates ‘Balik Eskwela’ assistance center

Published by rudy Date posted on June 7, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has activated its annual Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) Information and Action Center where parents, students and the general public can seek assistance on matters concerning the start of classes.

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