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Archive for September, 2007

16 M Pinoys either overworked or underemployed

Posted by Mai on 29th September 2007

Philippine Star – Articles – -
16 M Pinoys either overworked or underemployed
By Mayen Jaymalin
Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported yesterday that most Filipino workers are either overworked or underemployed laborers who seek additional jobs to earn more.

DOLE records showed that at least 16 million Filipino workers nationwide are considered underemployed or overemployed.

The DOLE-Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) said the number of underemployed or workers who desire additional work reached 7.7 million in July this year.

Some 3.7 million workers are already working 40 hours or more a week but still want additional jobs because they are not earning enough to support their needs.

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Storm alert raised over wide area of Luzon

Posted by Mai on 29th September 2007

Philippine News — Manila Standard Today
Storm alert raised over wide area of Luzon

TROPICAL depression Hanna intensified into a tropical storm last night, threatening provinces in Central and Northern Luzon.

The weather bureau put eight provinces under storm signal no. 2 and 18 provinces under signal no. 1.

The provinces of Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Northern Quezon, Pulillio Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes were under storm signal no. 2.

Cagayan, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, the rest of Quezon, Marinduque, Burias Island, Albay, Sorsogon and Metro Manila were under storm signal no. 1.

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Teves admits Neri told him about Abalos’ bribe offer

Posted by Mai on 29th September 2007

INQUIRER.net
Teves admits Neri told him about Abalos’ bribe offer

Inquirer
Last updated 05:05am (Mla time) 09/29/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Romulo Neri informed not only President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo but also Finance Secretary Margarito Teves about Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr.’s purported offer of P200 million.

Teves himself disclosed this to reporters in New York, saying that Neri, then the director general of the National Economic and Development Authority, had told him about Abalos’ alleged bribe attempt to push the approval of the National Broadband Network project in favor of China’s ZTE Corp.

But at that time, “I did not put too much attachment to it,” Teves said on Thursday. The finance secretary is part of the entourage of Ms Arroyo, who is in New York with other heads of state to attend the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly.

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GMA convinces US businessmen to visit Manila

Posted by Mai on 29th September 2007

Manila Bulletin Online
GMA convinces US businessmen to visit Manila
GENALYN D. KABILING

NEW YORK CITY (via PLDT) — Impressed by the Philippines’ bustling economic expansion, a group of American businessmen, including those listed among the world’s richest companies, would visit the Philippines next month, Oct. 2007, to explore possible investments.

Mathew Daley, president of the US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Business Council, said Thursday they also intend to inform other American firms about the economic opportunities in the Philippines.

“We will work with you and the government in bringing the access between the Philippines to the American audience and that we will be bringing this mission to Manila in October,” Daley said during a luncheon meeting with President Arroyo together with 20 leaders of American companies at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

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50% off for Pinoy studes in Rome

Posted by Mai on 29th September 2007

ABS-CBN News Online
50% off for Pinoy studes in Rome

Pinoy students in Rome will benefit from a 50% discount in the tuition fee being offered for them by an Italian Catholic school, ABS-CBN Europe News bureau reported.

This is good news for kids of overseas Filipinos of primary school age as it will ease their parents’ financial problems.

Now they will be able to send their children to a good Catholic school.

The priests who run the Instituto San Leone Magno on Via Costanza in Rome said “this is a good opportunity for the future of Filipino children. We choose Filipinos because they work better and never create problem for our society.”

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2,700 US troops to arrive for war games

Posted by Mai on 29th September 2007

Philippine Star – Articles – -
2,700 US troops to arrive for war games

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Around 2,700 US Marines are expected to arrive in the country in the next few days for two joint military exercises that will begin Oct. 15.

Navy Ensign Rommel Rodriguez, public affairs officer for the joint US-RP Phiblex and Talon Vision exercises, said that the two-week war games would involve troops from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Unit (3rd MEU) and the Essex Expeditionary Strike Group stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

The US troops will arrive in the country on USS Juneau, USS Tortuga and USS Essex.

“The objective of the exercises is to emphasize that bilateral training is vital in maintaining readiness and capabilities for both US and Philippine troops, and to emphasize the importance of counter-terrorism training,” Rodriguez said.

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