Recto: Employment report shows RP better off than others

National Statistics Office (NSO) employment reports released today shows the Philippines is “better off” than other countries, with its estimated 34.3 million employed persons in January 2009.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General and Planning Secretary Ralph Recto, said the NSO report shows the country’s employment rate at 92.3 percent.

“The NSO report’s backdrop was the global recession, yet we fared better than the others,” Recto pointed out. (PND)

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Palace: RP-China relations remain strong

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said that RP-China diplomatic relations remain strong despite China’s protest over the recently passed baselines law.

Remonde said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was scheduled to meet with Li Jiang Guo, vice chairman of China’s National People’s Congress, yesterday. The meeting was to discuss the dispute over the Spratlys, which is being contested by five other nations — China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei.

However, the meeting was postponed due to urgent matters that the Chinese official has to attend to in China. (PNA)

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DOT gears up for grassroots program

The Department of Tourism contributes to the Government’s livelihood generation efforts with its Grassroots Entrepreneurs to Ecotourism (GREET) program. The GREET program is part of the Government’s Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program or CLEEP.

Started late last year, GREET involves a small livelihood assistance of about P50, 000-P100, 000 to small entrepreneurs involve in tourism-related industries.

DOT undersecretary Oscar Palabyab bared PGMA’s instructions to DOT that they should not just be promoting destinations but also promote local products as well. (PIA)

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DTI says baskets can be “Shelter in rough times”

Department of Trade & Industry Regional Director Asteria Caberte says that baskets and handicrafts in Bohol prove to be one brilliant industry to rely on in this time of global crisis. With a production volume topping 11,000 assorted pieces a week and generating a weekly average of P1.2M.

With this fact in mind, the DTI brings to Bohol trainings in basketry, bayong making, beadwork, flora arrangement and franchising seminar to start the government’s emergency livelihood and employment program. (rachiu/PIA)

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Bohol pilots TB control in kids

BOHOL again paves the way for other LGUs in the implementation of the tuberculosis (TB) control in kids. The accolade would be one for the record, besides the Provincial Council Against Tuberculosis (PROCAT) feat in Bohol – the first council of such kind at least nationwide.

For council members, the development were greeted with elation. Children have been named as the most vulnerable group to TB. PROCAT chair, Dr Cesar Tomas Lopez agreed and welcomes the piloting move knowing the prevalence of TB and that efforts must be made to protect these children.

Upon the issuance Of a Department of Health (DOH) guidelines in implementing TB control in children in 2004, Advanced Implementation Sites (AIS) were selected in Bohol. Identified AIS were towns of Panglao, Tagbilaran City and Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital.

From the experiences of these pilot sites, Bohol would be adopting the pattern as a template for implementation for all towns. (rachiu/PIA)

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