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3 Jul 2020 – No funds for economic stimulus bills — NEDA

Published by rudy Date posted on July 3, 2020

(The Philippine Star), 3 Jul 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The executive branch yesterday stood its ground that the economic stimulus packages proposed by Congress – including the P1.3-trillion ARISE Philippines bill – cannot be funded in the absence of new revenue sources.

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Enrollment still 13 million short of target – DepEd

Published by rudy Date posted on June 28, 2020

by Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star), 28 Jun 2020 MANILA, Philippines — With less than a week before the end of the enrollment period for the upcoming school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) is still nearly 13 million short of its original target.

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11 June 2020 – PHL seen among worst-hit ASEAN economies due to extent of lockdown

Published by rudy Date posted on June 11, 2020

by Beatrice M. Laforga, BusinessWorld, 11 Jun 2020 THE Philippines could be among the worst-hit ASEAN economies with a projected contraction of 5% in 2020, second only to a projected decline of 6% for Singapore, Oxford Economics said.

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5 June 2020 – PH unemployment at all-time high with 7.3 million jobless in April 2020

Published by rudy Date posted on June 5, 2020

(UPDATED) The Philippines’ unemployment rate for April surges to 17.7%, the highest ever on record, as the coronavirus pandemic wipes out jobs by Ralf Rivas, 5 Jun 2020 MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Unemployment soared to 17.7% in April 2020, equivalent to around 7.3 million jobless Filipinos amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)…

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2 Jun 2020 – Chaos as thousands return to work in Metro Manila

Published by rudy Date posted on June 2, 2020

Workers were forced to walk or to hitch rides on trucks or, if they were lucky, in cars due to a lack of public transportation. Many were stranded. By: Jodee A. Agoncillo, Krixia Subingsubing, Meg Adonis, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2 Jun 2020 MANILA, Philippines — They were raring to go back to work on Monday…

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Bartleby – 30 May 2020 – Working life has entered a new era

Published by NTUCPHL Date posted on May 29, 2020
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ILO issues guidance for safe, healthy, return to work during COVID-19

Published by rudy Date posted on May 22, 2020

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18 May 2020 – Economy may take longer to bounce back

Published by rudy Date posted on May 18, 2020

by Lawrence Agcaoili (The Philippine Star), 18 May 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is facing a prolonged U or W-shaped recovery as the economy is expected to shrink by up to seven percent this year due to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic, according to New York-based think tank Global Source Partners Inc.

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Published by NTUCPHL Date posted on May 14, 2020

2,125 health frontliners now infected with COVID-19

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13 May 2020 – DOLE: 2.5 million workers displaced by COVID pandemic

Published by rudy Date posted on May 13, 2020
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PH, rest of the world, feeling deadly heat not expected until end of century

Published by rudy Date posted on May 10, 2020

By: Tony S. Bergonia, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 10 May 2020 The Philippines, along with much of the rest of the world, is experiencing unprecedented levels of heat and humidity that came decades earlier than scientists predicted these to be the new normal at the end of the century yet, according to a new science report.

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PH economy contracts for 1st time since 1998

Published by rudy Date posted on May 8, 2020

By: Ben O. de Vera, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 8 May 2020 The Philippine economy contracted for the first time in more than two decades during the first quarter, but economists warned on Thursday that the worst was likely yet to come as the country reeled from the coronavirus pandemic.

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7 May 2020 – NEDA: 45% of private sector workers displaced by lockdown measures

Published by rudy Date posted on May 7, 2020

By Melissa Luz Lopez, CNN Philippines, 7 May 2020 Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 7) – Nearly half of workers in the private sector lost their sources of income during the enhanced community quarantine that was imposed by the government to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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2.2 percent April inflation lowest in 5 months but food prices rise faster

Published by rudy Date posted on May 5, 2020

By: Ben O. de Vera – Reporter, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 5 May 2020 Inflation eased to a five-month low of 2.2 percent in April as transport costs plunged during a lockdown that restricted mobility and global oil prices took a dive because of low demand.

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Why is the peso so strong?

Published by rudy Date posted on May 4, 2020

By: April Lee-Tan, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 4 May 2020 The peso has always been vulnerable to past crises. During the Asian Financial Crisis in the late ‘90s, the peso depreciated to 56 from around 26 against the dollar. During the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, it weakened by around 14 percent.

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Metro Manila, other ‘high-risk’ Luzon areas to remain on lockdown

Published by rudy Date posted on April 24, 2020

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Ecozone firms ask govt: halt further ECQ extensions

Published by NTUCPHL Date posted on April 20, 2020

By Elijah Felice Rosales, Businessmirror, 20 Apr 2020 MORE than 175,000 workers in economic zones are out of jobs for many weeks now, with some of them receiving zero pay under the ongoing lockdown, prompting industry groups to ask that the quarantine be lifted as scheduled on April 30.

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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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