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DOLE: More than 230,000 jobs await OFWs displaced by crisis in Middle East

More than 230,000 jobs await Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), who may be displaced in the Middle East due to political or economic crisis, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said. In a statement, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz disclosed that this includes job postings from private companies in the PhilJobNet, the official job-search website of DOLE, as well as the vacancies from other government agencies. Meanwhile, more than a third of the employment opportunities were in other “alternative markets,” which came from valid job orders of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The list does not yet include the openings from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, Inc., Organization of Socialized Housing Developers of the Philippines, Philippine Association …

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UN tourism agency says no travel ban yet on Zika virus

Despite the outbreak of the Zika virus disease (ZVD) in some areas in the Americas, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said it has yet to recommend the issuance of any travel ban in these affected countries. “We would like to recall that based on available evidence, WHO (World Health Organization) does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions related to Zika virus disease,” UNWTO said in a statement. The tourism promotion arm of the UN, however, urged countries with confirmed cases of ZVD to issue regular updates on the spread of the mosquito-borne illness in their territories so travelers could take the necessary precautions against it. “It is important to ensure quick and transparent information to travelers as a precautionary measure and to avoid misinterpretations about the situation,” UNWTO said. “As advised …

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Zika outbreak: Too early to issue travel ban, says UN tourism arm

Despite the outbreak of Zika virus disease (ZVD) in some areas in the Americas, the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said it does not yet recommend the issuance of any travel ban in the affected countries. "We would like to recall that based on available evidence, WHO (World Health Organization) does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions related to Zika virus disease," UNWTO said in a statement.. The tourism promotion arm of the UN, however, urged countries with confirmed cases of ZVD to issue regular updates on the spread of the mosquito-borne illness in their territories so travelers could take the necessary precautions against it. "It is important is to ensure quick and transparent information is provided to travelers as a precautionary measure and to avoid misinterpretations about the situation," UNWTO …

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Only 7 presidential bets may be listed in ballots – Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday announced that only the names of seven of the eight shortlisted presidential aspirants would likely be printed in the ballots for the May, 2016, polls. This possibility came after the Comelec en banc affirmed the ruling of the Comelec First Division declaring independent candidate, Dante Valencia, as a nuisance bet for lacking the capacity to mount a nationwide campaign. “The Comelec en banc has reached a final decision to declare him as a nuisance candidate. Basically, the decision of the First Division was approved by the en banc,” Comelec Commissioner Andres Bautista told reporters during an interview. With the removal of Valencia from the eligible candidates for the 2016 polls, only seven presidential aspirants remain. These candidates are Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance …

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Teachers to get P2,000 training stipend – Comelec

Public school teachers who will undergo technical training in preparation for the May polls will get  additional P2,000 honorarium, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) revealed yesterday. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista said the additional allowance will cover the expenses the teachers will incur when they attend the training which will be conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).OME "They will get the additional pay when they attend the training," Bautista said. The pay is apart from the P4,500 honorarium which the teachers will receive from Comelec after serving in the polls as board of election inspectors (BEI). Yesterday, Comelec signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the DOST and Department of Education (DepEd) to train a new batch of public school teachers. "The teachers of course have to be trained in respect to their …

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Comelec: Only 7 names likely to be printed in official ballots for May 2016 polls

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Thursday, January 28, that only seven names of the eight shortlisted presidential aspirants would likely be printed in the official ballots for the May 2016 polls. This comes after the Comelec en banc affirmed the ruling of the Comelec First Division declaring independent candidate, Dante Valencia, as a nuisance candidate for lacking the capacity to mount a nationwide campaign. “The Comelec en banc has reached a final decision to declare him as a nuisance candidate. Basically, the decision of the First Division was approved by the en banc,” Comelec Commissioner Andres Bautista told reporters during an interview. With the removal of Valencia from the eligible candidates for the 2016 polls, only seven presidential aspirants remain. These candidates are Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance …

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OFW deployment ban to Guinea lifted

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will now be allowed to seek greener pastures in Guinea after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) lifted the deployment ban in the West African country. On its governing board (GB) resolution No. 2, series of 2016, POEA announced all OFWs could now be deployed in Guinea following the decision of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to downgrade its crisis alert level from 3 (voluntary repatriation phase) to 1 (monitoring phase). On 16 May, 2015, POEA banned OFWs from traveling to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia after the three countries reported an outbreak of the deadly ebola virus disease (EVD). "The POEA Governing Board, in a meeting duly convened, resolves as it is hereby resolved, to lift deployment thereto of all Filipino workers, to include both vacationing and …

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POEA lifts deployment ban to Guinea

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) will now be allowed to head to Guinea after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) finally lifted the existing deployment ban in the West African country. In its Governing Board (GB) Resolution No. 2, Series of 2016, POEA announced that all OFWs could now be deployed to Guinea following the decision of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to downgrade its crisis alert level from 3 (voluntary repatriation phase) to 1 (monitoring phase). On May 16, 2015, POEA banned OFWs from traveling to Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia after the three countries reported an outbreak of the deadly ebola virus disease (EVD). "The POEA Governing Board, in a meeting duly convened, resolves as it is hereby resolve, to lift deployment thereto of all Filipino workers, to include both vacationing …

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ASEAN a step closer to implementing a single visa

The launching of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) 2016-2025 brings the ASEAN a step closer to implementing a single visa for foreign visitors traveling through the region. The ATSP, which was signed during the last day of the recently concluded ASEAN Tourism Forum 2016 hosted by the Department of Tourism (DOT), was aimed at promoting Southeast Asia as a single tourist destination with multiple distinct offerings. Included in the ATSP’s  objectives was the enhancement of the tourism statistical framework, which Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said, will be a critical requirement in creating the single ASEAN visa. “To implement the single visa, we have to share data (with other ASEAN countries) we have to work (in integrating) our system. In other words how do we match our …

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ATF 2016 delegates now on tour of PH

Around 200 delegates from the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Forum (ATF) 2016 will now be traveling around the country as part of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) promotion campaign. As of 11 p.m., yesterday, the 215 delegates made up of foreign buyers and media have already registered for the nationwide post-event tours, which will be held from today until Tuesday, the DOT’s Tourism Promotion Board (TPB) said. The program will include the following itineraries: the UNESCO World Heritage Tour from Vigan, Ilocos Sur to Bangui, Ilocos Norte; the Southern Luzon’s Cultural, Wellness and Culinary Trail from Tagaytay to Taal Heritage Town in Batangas to Nasugbu, Batangas; the Cordillera Heritage Tour from Banaue to Sagada; the Bicol Express from Albay to Sorsogon; the Norther Palawan’s Eco Adventure from Busuanga …

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