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Archive for November, 2006

Ayala Life launches Maestro plan in CDO

Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006

INSURANCE giant Ayala Life Wednesday launched in Cagayan de Oro its newest plan — the Maestro series — which the company says will capture a broad range of clientele with its flexible terms, affordable pricing scheme and no-hassle sign up feature.

Available in three variants — Luna, Joya, and Manansala — Maestro’s abundant features aim to capture a large segment of the insurance market in the country which now stands at a dismal four percent, said Emilio S. De Quiros, Ayala Life President.

“At four percent insurance coverage rate, the Philippines lags behind other countries in Asia in terms of appreciating the value of being insured,” said De Quiros. “This is why we came up with a smart product that we believe will appeal to the general public.”

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Taiwan resumes hiring of OFWs

Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006

After falsification controversy

By RAYMUND F. ANTONIO

After a two-month deployment ban in Taiwan due to falsification of employment documents, the processing of visa applications of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) is set to resume on Friday, according to Taiwan’s Council for Labor Affairs (CLA).

Jackson Gan, president of Pilipino Manpower Accredited to Taiwan (PILMAT), said the CLA has resumed the hiring of Filipino workers as the government and Taiwan authorities have resolved the hiring kinks by using Social Security System (SSS) identification cards.

Labor and Employment Secretary Arturo Brion said Taiwan officials have agreed to accept the SSS identification cards in proving the identities of Filipino workers seeking employment in Taiwan.

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Call center business improves: trade

Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006

OUTSOURCING business is improving in Baguio as seen in the increasing number of recruits employed in local call centers, said an official of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI Benguet Provincial Director Carmelita Usman said this could be attributed to the presence of infrastructure that are essential in operating a call center such as electricity and Internet accessibility, apart from the presence of manpower needed for call centers to operate.

Usman said the presence of hospitals, schools and institutions that meet the demands of foreign investors is also contributory to the increasing number of this line of business that wants to operate in Baguio.

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City told: Improve waste segregation, slaughterhouse services

Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006

TO REMAIN being the Hall of Famer for the Cleanest and Greenest Highly Urbanized City in the Philippines, Bacolod has to improve its garbage segregation and slaughterhouse services.

This was recommended by evaluators of the Clean and Green program in Western Visayas to Mayor Evelio Leonardia after conducting a study in the city Wednesday.

Rhodora Capulso, chief of the regional public affairs office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region VI said that the study was meant to determine whether or not the city is practicing sustainability program after receiving the award.

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Firms answerable for toxic waste

Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006

By Sam Mediavilla, Reporter

THE government will go after those responsible for dumping toxic chemical substances into a river that affected thousands of residents in Marilao, Bulacan.

President Arroyo, according to Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, expressed concerns by the way companies seem to take their responsibility lightly. He said Mrs. Arroyo wants the owners punished to serve as an example for others.

According to Ermita, the Departments of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) were instructed to get to the bottom of the illegal disposal.

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Philippines free from birdflu – DOH

Posted by Michille on 30th November 2006

Tuguegarao City (30 November) -– The Philippines is free and safe from the deadly H5N1 strain virus commonly known as birdflu.

Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Purita Danga said DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III gave this assurance after the recent outbreak of birdflu in South Korea where some 130,000 chicken were destroyed.

The outbreak was spotted in a poultry farm in North Cholla province, South Korea where authorities culled some 230,000 fowls from a radius of 1,650 ft. from the outbreak site.

Meantime, DOH continuously monitors the situation in many areas of the country in coordination with Department of Agriculture. It likewise sought the help of the private sector to monitor the entrance of migratory birds to avoid the spread of any virus.

The Avian Flu first spread in many Asian countries sometime 2003 victimizing about 153 people worldwide. (PIA Cagayan)
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