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BPOs seen needing less office space

June 30, 2009

MANILA, Philippines—Local property developers may find themselves faced with less robust demand from the business process outsourcing (BPO) firms as they strive to make more efficient use of their existing office space. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ex-casino workers seek payment of back pay

June 30, 2009

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines—With the recent closure by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) of several foreign-owned hotels and a casino here, former employees are clamoring for payment of back wages and benefits before the firm’s remaining assets are taken by its creditors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wanted: human rights agenda

June 30, 2009

The news article “RP had most war evacuees in 2008, says Norway group” (Inquirer, 6/20/09) should serve as a strong reminder to all 2010 electoral candidates of the grave importance of a peace and human rights agenda amid the worsening civil war in the country, which has caused death and displacement and violence, thus effectively placing the country under an undeclared martial law. Read the rest of this entry »

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Toothless rights body would hurt ASEAN group

June 30, 2009

BANGKOK—As the target date for launching the ASEAN human rights body (AHRB) nears, civil society groups have warned depriving it of watchdog powers would erode the credibility of the regional organization. Read the rest of this entry »

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The natural way to health

June 30, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – There are many ways to treat diseased conditions. Ultimately, however, any disease can only be permanently remedied by uprooting the cause. In the vast majority of cases, the cause lies in unnatural unbalanced physical and or mental habits. Therefore, changing one’s bad habits is the most important part of treatment. Natural therapy systems facilitate the rapid cleansing process, and then strengthen the body’s immune system. The most important of these systems are: Read the rest of this entry »

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Bank lending slows due to drop in demand

June 30, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Despite monetary easing by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), bank lending is slowing down because few companies actually have the appetite for bank loans and demand would not recover until the economy bounces back. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let’s not forget Alzheimer’s and the strategies for care

June 30, 2009

Millions of Filipinos are experiencing mental changes as they age and are struggling with the question, “Am I getting Alzheimer’s?” After all, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, which is defined as a loss of intellectual and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. Dementia affects about 10 percent of people over age 70 and Alzheimer’s accounts for 60 to 80 percent of all cases of dementia. Read the rest of this entry »

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DOLE offers financial grants to retrenched Triumph workers

June 30, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will offer financial grants to retrenched workers of Triumph International to help them cope with the crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Car makers urge govt to keep drive vs. car smuggling

June 30, 2009

THE Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. pressed the government yesterday to sustain its anti-smuggling operations as it lauded the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group for seizing P1 billion worth of used vehicles in Davao City recently. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippines criticized over pork

June 30, 2009

PORK producers in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest exporter, may pursue a complaint at the World Trade Organization against the Philippines because the Southeast Asian nation was blocking imports, an industry official said. Read the rest of this entry »