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P1.1 Billion for Trust Fund of OFW and Dependents Hospitalization

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To cover the hospitalization of ailing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their dependents, Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo has proposed to set aside some P1.1 billion, to be allocated out of a state-managed trust fund. A similar bill was earlier filed in both houses of the last Congress, but never saw the light of day. The bill is seeking to require every public hospital to establish a separate and exclusive ward for OFWs and their dependents that need medical care. It also mandates all government hospitals to increase their existing bed capacity by five percent, or by five beds for every 100 beds.

Read more at All Voices

Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 27, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Willie Revillame Killed Wowowee

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A new show, Pilipinas for the Win, will be taking over Wowowee’s time slot starting Saturday, July 31, 2010, which will be hosted by Robin Padilla, Mariel Rodriguez, Valerie Concepcion, Pokwang and Kris Aquino. The show is a game and variety show.

Wowowee’s ratings have been dipping down since the departure of Willie Revillame, with reports that advertisers have also been pulling out of the show with Willie’s absence.

What do you think this will do to TFC?

Read more at Philippine Star

82 Tourist Police Deployed in Central Philippines

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Eighty-two new tourist police officers were recently deployed in tourist spots around the Central Visayas. The officers will man tourist police assistance centers in Cebu, Lapu-Lapu City, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor. In addition to being trained in the usual skills to aid tourists, the police were taught scuba diving so they can assist in ocean emergencies. Another 60 officers are being trained for duty on Cebu because the province has so many beach resorts.

Source: World Travel Watch

Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm

San Miguel to Sell 1.63 Billion Dollars Worth of Shares

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One of the Philippines’ biggest companies San Miguel Corporation is set to sell 75 billion Pesos worth of shares to finance investments and acquisitions. The board of Southeast Asia’s largest food and beverage company has approved the sale of shares for at least 75 Pesos per share.

Source: MSN News

Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Britain urges Aquino to live up to his campaign pledge

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MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – Visiting British Foreign Office Minister of State Jeremy Browne today urged President Benigno Aquino III to live up to his pledge to institute reforms in the government, fight corruption, and improve the country’s investment climate.

Speaking before Philippine senior business executives about the United Kingdom’s increased interest in Asian markets and its advantages as an investment site, Browne said he is “excited” with the new government’s pronouncements of change, saying such encouragement from Aquino would stir up investments in the country.

Read more at Philippine Star

Must-do in Boracay – Cliff Jumping!

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The famous cliff jumping , snorkeling, swimming, delicious BBQ buffet lunch, unlimited drinks + Lots of Fun! at Ariel’s Point in Boracay.

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Source: PRLog

Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

The Philippine Supreme Court is Joining Twitter and Facebook

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The recent national elections opened the floodgates for Philippine politicians and national and local government units to enter and experiment into the virtual world of online social media networking. Here comes one more unit – the Supreme Court. Can they make the grade in value (of tweets and posts) and consistency in making it a long-term commitment and not like the shortsighted plans of the many?

The court may be accessed by searching for “Supreme Court of the Philippines” in Facebook and KorteSuprema in Twitter.

Source: Nine MSN News

Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Filipino Cyclist in California Hit-and-run Needs Your Help

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A Filipino hit-and-run victim is appealing for help to pay his medical bills that amounted to at least $200,000. Friends describe Rolando “Alan” Casajeros, 39, as active and someone who loved life. But that was before he got hit and run over by a sports utility vehicle last June 2 at 24th and Harrison Streets in San Francisco. After spending 2 weeks in the hospital, friends say they could barely recognize Casajeros. His face is now held together by bolts and screws. His jaw is wired shut and several of his teeth are missing.

Those who want to help Casajeros pay his medical bills may donate through a special account set up for him at Wells Fargo. Donations could be made directly to account #7734751691. Checks must be made payable to Rolando Casajeros and his attorney, Claude Wyle.

Read more at Balitang America

Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 5, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Purdue University Students Talk About Filipino Experiences

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A panel of Purdue students and scholars on July 8 will discuss the challenges and rewards of bridging cultural differences and building on similarities between the U.S. and the Philippines on Purdue’s campus. This session, sponsored by the Diversity Resource Office, is free and open to the public. The event is part of the “One Campus, Many Voices” series, which seeks to bridge cultural diversity at Purdue, Indiana.

Read more at Purdue Today

Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm

US Anti-outsourcing Bill a Filipino-American Concern

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The recent anti-outsourcing bill proposed by Senator Charles Schumer is a source of concern for the Filipino American community.  The Shcumer bill, places a tax on outsourcing and Filipinos in the U.S. it is going to hurt businesses in the Philippines and give the U.S. a bad image. The bill puts a 25-cent tax on each call made to a call center based outside the U.S. Members of the Filipino-American community traveled to the capital to visit Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Charles Schumer to express their opposition to the bill. A letter from the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) to Sen. Schumer said that the proposal is incongruous with the impression of America as a big brother.

The proposal has passed in the House. It is now in the Senate for scrutiny and its primary purpose is to create a disincentive for outsourcing.

Read more at Blogger News Network