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IN his recent State of the Nation Address (SONA), Pres. Benigno Aquino 3rd commended the efforts of Emerson Paguia, a balut vendor-turned-IT professional who with hard work made his way to success with the help of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda). Aquino said in his fourth SONA…

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BECAUSE of their excellent communication skills and because they possess a good command of English, Filipino workers are considered very good business processing outsource (BPO) assets for the Philippines. Recently, Transcom Philippines declared the Philippines as the “Call Center Capital of the World.” According to Transcom Country Manager Sive Subramaniam,…

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DESPITE its impressive growth rates and investment grade ratings, unemployment in the country still soared in the first quarter of the year, thus it can be said that the government failed to achieve the “inclusive growth” that President Benigno Aquino 3rd is eyeing. Inclusive growth means generation of more jobs…

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THE K-to-12 reform program which adds two years of basic education, according to the Department of Education (DepEd), will make young Filipino learners become more competitive academically vis-a-vis their foreign counterparts. Tonisito Umali, DepEd assistant secretary for legal and legislative affairs, said that under the K-to-12 curriculum, public school children…

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THIS is the view of constitutionalist and retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza. In an interview with The Manila Times, Mendoza said that the 1987 Constitution should cope with the challenging times, especially on economics. Mendoza said that the economic provisions of the constitution should be updated. He cited…

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THE lingering poverty and fears of term extension for politicians have derailed efforts to amend the 1987 Constitution, regardless of the president’s stance on Charter change (Cha-cha). This has been agreed upon by Representatives Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna Party-list and Sherwin Tugna of the Citizens Battle Against Corruption, both…

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AS Charter change continues to face stiff opposition and stir fears of term extensions for elected officials, House leaders see amending a number of existing laws to spur economic growth and generate jobs, especially in the countryside. Rep. Romero Quimbo of Marikina , chairman of the House Committee on Ways…

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THE leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is hopeful that it would soon be able to return to its traditional role as protector of the country’s territory and sovereignty by 2016 or after the end of the term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd. AFP spokesman Brig. Gen.…

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