Jobseekers cannot be choosers, says DOLE Secretary

“Jobseekers and new graduates cannot be choosers in times of global crisis,” says DOLE Secreatary Marianito Roque.

DOLE reported that a total of 1,032 job fairs have been conducted from January to November last year and have solicited 1.34 million job vacancies. Job fairs are held to help employers find employees with appropriate skills and assist workers looking for employment at the same time. (PIA)

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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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