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25 March 2020 – Duterte gets powers to finance crucial programs, aid poor, health workers

Published by NTUCPHL Date posted on March 25, 2020

Duterte gets powers to aid poor, health workers By: Leila B. Salaverria – Reporter / @LeilasINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:52 AM March 25, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The new measure approved by Congress to deal with the coronavirus crisis would allow President Rodrigo Duterte to reallocate funds and resources to finance crucial programs during the national emergency and…

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DOLE: Workers can use leave credits throughout quarantine

Published by NTUCPHL Date posted on March 17, 2020

by Franco Luna (Philstar.com) – 17 Mar 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment on Tuesday said it would be rolling out a P180-million emergency employment program for workers affected by the newly-declared enhanced community quarantined, which would be used to pay for barangay works to disinfect communities.

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‘Workers covered by COVID-19 compensation’

Published by NTUCPHL Date posted on March 6, 2020

by Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star), 6 Mar 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) said the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can be considered work-related illness and thus compensable.

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Italian trade union secures rights for shop workers in face of coronavirus

Published by rudy Date posted on March 3, 2020

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COVID-19 impact getting worse Pernia says year-long crisis can cut GDP growth by 1 percentage point

Published by rudy Date posted on March 3, 2020

By: Ben O. de Vera, Doris Dumlao-Abadilla, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 3 March 2020 A COVID-19 outbreak that will extend for the entire year will cut gross domestic product (GDP) growth by up to 1 percentage point (ppt) this year, putting at risk the government’s 6.5-7.5 percent target, the country’s chief economist said Monday.

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1 Mar 2020 – Staunch champion of labor rights – Ruben Torres and NTUC Phl

Published by NTUCPHL Date posted on March 1, 2020

Staunch champion of Philippine labor rights

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Inflation for poorest rises by 2.3% in January

Published by rudy Date posted on February 28, 2020

by Czeriza Valencia (The Philippine Star) – 28 Feb 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Consumer prices for the country’s poorest households rose by 2.3 percent last January, driven by price hikes in food, housing and utilities as well as transportation, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday.

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Air quality in Philippines exceeds WHO safety limits — study

Published by rudy Date posted on February 26, 2020

by Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com), 26 Feb 2020 MANILA, Philippines — While the Philippines is not beset by high levels of deadly micro-pollution, the country still has a very polluted air, a report on air quality worldwide suggests.

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PopCom to teens: Don’t rush into relationships

Published by rudy Date posted on February 15, 2020

by Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) With Paolo Romero, 15 Feb 2020 MANILA, Philippines — As the world celebrated Valentine’s Day yesterday, an official of the Commission on Population (PopCom) advised teenagers not to rush into sex to avoid getting pregnant early.

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SDG good practices – Featured stories

Published by rudy Date posted on February 13, 2020

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13 ways to transition from student life to working life

Published by rudy Date posted on February 13, 2020

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Depression among OFWs: ‘The struggle is real’

Published by rudy Date posted on February 1, 2020

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GDP growth falls to eight-year low of 5.9% in 2019

Published by rudy Date posted on January 23, 2020

By: Ben O. de Vera, INQ, 23 Jan 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine economy grew 5.9 percent in 2019, its slowest pace in eight years, no thanks to delayed approval of last year’s national budget.

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Central Luzon police set up at eco-zones to prevent union organizing

Published by rudy Date posted on January 23, 2020

‘Central Luzon remains a major flashpoint for communist insurgency and in the white area operation,’ says Central Luzon police chief Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia by Jun A. Malig, Rappler, 23 Jan 2020 PAMPANGA, Philippines – The Police Regional Office in Region III (PRO3) has started setting up offices in special economic and freeport zones in…

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ADB: Manufacturing no longer ‘silver bullet’

Published by rudy Date posted on January 20, 2020

By Cai Ordinario, Businessmirror, 20 Jan 2020 A ROBUST manufacturing sector is no longer the “silver bullet” that developing countries can use to escape the middle-income trap, according to experts from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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The Climate Conference in Madrid — COP25 — established groundwork for taking definitive next steps …

Published by NTUCPHL Date posted on January 8, 2020

Key Takeaways from the UN Climate Conference United Nations The Climate Conference in Madrid — COP25 — established groundwork for taking definitive next steps to increase the level of action that is needed to meet the climate emergency. COP25 in Madrid was organized by Spain in less than a month, after the original organizer, Chile,…

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Duterte signs law granting gov’t workers’ pay hike

Published by rudy Date posted on January 8, 2020

by Darryl John Esguerra, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 8 Jan 2020 MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure seeking another salary increase for government workers.

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CHED urged to improve implementation of Free Tuition Law

Published by rudy Date posted on January 3, 2020

By Merlina Hernando-Malipot, Manila Bulletin, Jan 3, 2019 To improve the chances of achieving the objectives of the Free Tuition Law, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) was urged to strengthen the monitoring of the quality of higher education institutions (HEIs), both public and private, as well as the quality standards it advocates.

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Grim and hopeful global trends to watch in 2020 (and fold into a zine)

Published by rudy Date posted on January 2, 2020
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Regularization in doubt amid ‘productive’ year

Published by rudy Date posted on December 29, 2019

By William B. Depasupil, Manila Times, 29 Dec 2019 This year, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) moved to secure the regularization of almost 600,000 contractual workers, increase employment and issue policies to protect Filipino workers’ rights.

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Gender equality: Philippines out of Top 10

Published by rudy Date posted on December 18, 2019

by Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) – 18 Dec 2019 MANILA, Philippines —With fewer women in key government positions, the Philippines has dropped out of the top 10 most gender-equal countries for the first time.

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Jobless, underemployment rates fall to 14-year low

Published by rudy Date posted on December 5, 2019

By: Ben O. de Vera, INQInquirer Business, 5 Dec 2019 The number of Filipinos without full time or part time jobs fell to their lowest levels in 14 years in October as the country saw what the government said was a “vibrant” employment market that defied an increasing population, according to government data on Thursday,…

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DOLE: Compressed workweek not mandatory, should not diminish employees’ benefits

Published by rudy Date posted on December 3, 2019

By DONA MAGSINO,GMA News, 3 Dec 2019 Implementing a compressed workweek in the private sector is not mandatory and should not result in decreased benefits for the employees, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday.

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Rice Tariffication Law worse than Yolanda, says rice farmers alliance

Published by rudy Date posted on November 18, 2019

with a report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News, 18 Nov 2019 MANILA – The Rice Tariffication Law is worse than supertyphoon Yolanda in terms of its damage to the livelihood of rice farmers, an alliance of farmers organizations and advocates said on Monday.

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Philippine economy grows 6.2% in Q3 2019

Published by rudy Date posted on November 7, 2019

By: Ben O. de Vera, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 7 Nov 2019 MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine economy grew 6.2 percent year-on-year in the third quarter, the government reported Thursday.

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DTI: No hike in consumer prices till next year

Published by rudy Date posted on November 6, 2019

by Roy Stephen C. Canivel, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 6 Nov 2019 MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday said it told manufacturers not to further increase their suggested retail prices until the first quarter of next year.

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Inflation further slows to 0.8% in October 2019

Published by rudy Date posted on November 5, 2019

(UPDATED) Inflation in the Philippines is at its slowest pace in over 3 years by Ralf Rivas, 5 Nov 2019 MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Prices of goods continued to rise at a desirable pace, with inflation clocking in at just 0.8% in October.

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Insults trigger Bulacan worker to ‘kill’ Taiwanese boss, say cops

Published by rudy Date posted on October 31, 2019

by Inquirer Central Luzon, 31 Oct 2019 MARILAO, Bulacan –– A 22-year-old worker here on Thursday surrendered to policemen after allegedly killing his Taiwanese employer, who reportedly berated and insulted him.

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Palay buying prices hit 8-year low; farmers getting restless

Published by rudy Date posted on October 24, 2019

By: Karl R. Ocampo, Philippine Daily Inquirer / 24 Oct 2019 Rosadilla Limbres has been planting palay for the past three decades in her hometown of Bukidnon, but she described the last three years as the hardest time she had in farming.

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HIV spread fastest in PH – study

Published by rudy Date posted on October 22, 2019

by Jovic Yee, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 22 Oct 2019 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has bucked the trend of a steady global decline in HIV cases, becoming the country with the “fastest growing epidemic” of the sexually transmitted infection, according to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

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