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Employment and growth

The country’s jobless rate in July slipped to its lowest level during the pandemic as the economy continued reopening, but the number of people looking for additional work increased, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. The PSA’s Labor Force Survey

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Still red tagging

In a statement released over the weekend, Hukom – a group of trial judges across the country – condemned “attacks on the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary” and called on their fellow judges to “refuse to

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Flexibility and progress

Business process outsourcing firms located in the country’s ecozones may now carry on with the work from home (WFH) arrangement for up to 30 percent of their workforce until the end of this year, while they work on the transfer

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The tunnel

World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, after telling reporters a week before that the world had “never been in a better position to end the pandemic… The end is in sight,” tempered his assertion that the end of the

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Exit strategy

The end of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country may be deemed within sight, only if vaccination targets are achieved in order to prevent a surge in cases, Department of Health Undersecretary and officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire recently said. “We

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Health workers and benefits

The Department of Health has urged Congress to amend Republic Act No. 7305, the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers, to narrow the salary gap between health workers in government and those in private hospitals, including provisions on hazard pay

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50 years hence

Fifty years ago, a superstitious then president Ferdinand E. Marcos chose to sign Proclamation No. 1081, placing the Philippines under Martial Law, using today’s date. The dictator’s obsession with numerology, particularly the number seven, necessitated that the proclamation that would

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Global learning crisis

The United Nations Children’s Fund has warned of low levels of learning, with only one in three 10-year-olds globally estimated to be able to read and understand a simple written story, down from half before the onset of the COVID-19

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Expensive but mediocre?

The latest Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL) report of cybersecurity firm Surfshark, the Philippines was found to be among the countries with the “least affordable” internet services, yet consumers are receiving only “mediocre” quality of connectivity. The country’s DQL

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Strengthening institutions and freedoms

The Philippines’ economic freedom ranking dropped three places in the Canadian conservative think tank Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom Index for 2020, placing 66th out of 165 economies with a score of 7.09. The country scored 0.25 points lower than its

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