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Duterte: Overseas trips to create more PH jobs

Davao City – President Duterte, upon arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport here from a state visit in China, said his recent overseas trips were aimed at fulfilling his promise of working overseas merely an option instead of a necessity for millions of Filipino workers. “We will harness our foreign relations for the inclusive growth and sustainable development of our country so that working abroad becomes an option and no longer a need for our people,” he said. “The warm welcome and expressions of support of our kababayans in Brunei and China further strengthened my resolve to pursue the various reforms being carried out by the government, “ Duterte added. “In all my engagements abroad, rest assured that I will always pursue our nation’s best interests, consistent with our independent foreign policy …

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DOLE: Random workplace drug test a must

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III reminded employers to comply with the order to conduct random drug testing in workplaces. In a statement, Bello stressed that DOLE’s Department Order No. 53-03 (Guidelines for Implementation of a Drug-Free Workplace Policies and Programs for the Private Sector) which calls for random drug testing of employees, "applies to all establishments in the private sector, including their contractors and concessionaires." "As required under the D.O., a random drug test must be conducted by the employers on their employees and officials, and its schedule must be unannounced, with each employee having an equal chance of being selected for testing,” he said. Under the DOLE Drug-Free Workplace Policy and Program, there are two circumstances wherein employers can subject their employees to a mandatory drug test,  the ‘for …

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Metro parking woes: Change should come

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Thomas Orbos yesterday stressed that a "change of attitude" among motorists can be part of the solution to the  illegal parking woes in Metro Manila. "It's a matter of changing the attitude.  Tayo kasi karamihan gusto malapit sa bababaan 'yung paparkingan,” said Orbos in a  radio interview. Orbos lamented that it is a sad reality that many Filipino motorists prefer to prioritize their own convenience even if such causes a great inconvenience to thousands of other road users. He said that unlike the situation in Metro Manila, motorists in many other countries choose to park a short distance away from their destination and don’t mind a short walk because they refuse to burden fellow motorist by parking illegally. Orbos is also planning to sit down with business …

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‘Sayyaf leaders mislead followers’

An arrested member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) yesterday bared that group’s leaders have been misleading their followers by encouraging them to commit crimes against innocent individuals and making it appear legal. According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the revelation was made by ASG member Pauji Asgari during a psycho-social processing and assessment. Speaking in the vernacular and assisted by a translator, Asgari said he was baffled when he was arrested by government forces. Asgari said that he and other ASG members have been indoctrinated to believe that there is nothing illegal with the nefarious activities they carry out against civilians and the military in Mindanao. Asgari's mother showed up a day after his arrest and thanked soldiers for treating his son well before he was turned-over to Sulu PNP …

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More than 50 caught in ‘one-time, big-time’ Taguig drug raid

A “one-time, big-time” operation by the anti-illegal drugs division of the Southern Police District (SPD) in Taguig City yielded more than 50 drug suspects on Saturday, October 22. At least 23 of the suspects were arrested while 28 others voluntarily surrendered. Initial information provided by Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario Jr., SPD director, reported that the three-hour anti-illegal drug drive at PNR Site, Lower Bicutan started at 5:00 a.m. Two hand guns, 22 sachets of suspected shabu, eight impounded motorcycles, a digital weighing scale and other drug paraphernalia were recovered from the suspects. The pieces of evidence were brought to a police station for processing and documentation. The arrested suspects were brought to Taguig City Jail and charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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PNR train runs over 6 minors

Three girls died while three other minors were either amputated or badly wounded after a Philippine Natonal Railways (PNR) train ran over them on its first trip Saturday morning, October 22, in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Initial investigation revealed all victims were allegedly sleeping on the southbound railroad track along Antipolo Street, in front of their houses, when the Alabang-bound train plowed them. Two of the victims, a 13-year-old high school student and another unidentified girl, died on the spot at 5:15 a.m. Another victim, a 13-year-old girl, died in the hospital. Two boys aged 12 and another 13-year-old girl sustained head and leg injuries, with one of the boys losing both legs. Investigators are now locating the train driver Joel Bolo and train mechanic Berjerio Suarez who fled after the incident. Bolo and Suarez face three counts of homicide and …

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DepEd: Nurture, understand ADHD students and issues

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday campaigned for increased awareness on Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), especially among students in schools. DepEd Undersecretary Alberto Muyot, in DepEd Memorandum No. 167 series 2016, earlier urged both public and private schools to participate in the 2016 National Awareness Week which culminates today. The week-long celebration, he stressed, is aimed at increasing public awareness on the effects of the characteristics and social issues faced by people with ADHD. Muyot also noted that the celebration also seeks to “promote understanding and acceptance of people with ADHD” and to “campaign for equal rights and access to basic services such as education, health, and development with are often denied to persons with disability.” Together with the ADHD Society of the Philippines, Muyot encouraged schools to support the occasion to provide …

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Manila teachers get hi-tech with tablet PCs

4, 000 tablet computers were recently distributed by the city government of Manila to public school teachers to further boost their teaching methods and capabilities and benefit their thousands of students. The simple turnover rite was led by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada at the San Andres Sports Complex. Estrada said it is only fitting that the city’s teachers are given the proper tools to help shape the future of the school children. “With the use of these gadgets, you will have the ability to create more interactive and enriching learning experiences for the young Manileños,” Estrada said. The public school teacher-beneficiaries are from 33 secondary schools in Manila. Each tablet is already installed with Microsoft applications and software related to classroom instruction, according to Wilfredo Cabral, the Manila schools division superintendent. “Nagpapasalamat ako kasi napaka-responsive ni …

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Some Hallowaeen toys ‘dangerous for kids’

That mask, toy or costume you bought for Halloween could bring more harm than fun, an environment watchdog has warned. The EcoWaste Coalition warned that some popular Halloween play things could pose chemical, choking, fire and laceration hazards. “As the Halloween fad catches on in urban neighborhoods, party and event goers, especially young children, need to exercise precaution in choosing their costumes and toys as many of them have not passed through the required verification procedures by the health authorities,” said Thony Dizon, coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect. Dizon reminded companies producing Halloween products that they have to acquire a product notification before placing toys and childcare articles (TCCA) in the market. He said many toys being sold in discount shops where many consumers go have no valid TCCA notification. "With the proliferation …

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Japanese wanted for fraud arrested

Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents arrested on Friday a Japanese man wanted by authorities in Tokyo for involvement in a multi-million dollar electronic fraud scam. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Keiji Yuasa, 63, was arrested in Binangonan, Rizal by a team from the bureau's fugitive search unit (FSU). Morente said he issued a warrant of deportation for Yuasa after the bureau’s board of commissioners ordered his summary deportation last October 6 for being an undocumented and undesirable alien. The Japanese was detained at the BI detention center in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, while awaiting deportation. Morente said that Yuasa's passport was canceled by the Japanese government in November last year. "A team of Japanese policemen will be in Manila to fetch and escort him (Yuasa) to Tokyo where he will stand trial for his …

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