NEXT to illegal drugs, the three-month old government of President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to address the long-standing problem of unemployment and end the illegal practice of labor contracting, among other problems in the labor sector. Based on the July 2016 Labor Force Survey report of the Philippine Statistics Authority, the country’s unemployment rate stood at 5.4 percent, equivalent to 2.335 million individuals, down from 6.5 percent a year earlier. The 5.4 percent unemployment rate was the lowest recorded in the last 22 years, or from 1984 to 2016, from the peak unemployment rate of 8.68 percent. The improving jobs picture however has yet to translate to quality jobs. The underemployment rate, pertaining to employed persons who want to have additional hours of work, an additional job, or a new job with longer working hours, was estimated at 17.3 percent, equivalent to 7.094 million persons. Underemployment was high among wage and salary workers (56.2%), particularly … [Read more...] about Labor agenda seeks to solve unemployment problem
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By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Contrary to what has been depicted of the Philippines as a poor country, the country must really have a good roster of wealthy individuals with a thirst for global mobility either for business or as a lifestyle. This is what drove multinational law firm Harvey Law Group (HLG), which is based in London, to invest in an office in Manila to push its services of providing immigration option for its government clients, which are selling citizenship by investment to foreign nationals. Country Manager Paul Boldy sees great potential of the Philippines as he scouts among the country’s elites for possible candidates for citizenship in foreign countries and other holiday destination islands of the world. Harvey Law Group is looking to help Filipinos and Philippine residents interested in living, working, and doing business in countries and areas such as Australia, Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Cyprus, New Zealand, Spain and the Caribbean Region, to … [Read more...] about PH a target for foreign citizenship programs
US PRESIDENT Trump to us is a well-meaning but ill-informed man of goodwill. He is no longer the Donald Trump of more or less 13 years ago, whom some people thought should be loathed for his lax morals and also for being a man who said whatever he felt like saying, even half-truths and exaggerations, to make a sale or win an argument. He has since made himself credible enough to American voters. They elected him President, seeing him as a more well-behaved person and one who has turned away from the loose sense of morals he exhibited in the past. We presume that he, who only some months ago, thought ours was a Muslim- majority country that bred terrorists, has also crammed to learn the most important foreign facts and policy matters to do a good job as President of the United States. But cramming does not always equip people with all the necessary knowledge to keep them from making wrong moves. And that is probably why he issued what most observers agree is an ill-considered and bad … [Read more...] about Trump’s immigration ban on 7 Arab countries
Text and Photos Krizette Chu You’ve been eyeing the US, maybe Canada, maybe the United Kingdom for college or post graduate studies. But you’re concerned about being so far away from home, about safety, job security after college, and the quality of education vis-à-vis your parents’ investment. Maybe it’s time to train your sights further afield. Enter New Zealand (NZ). Famous mainly for its breathtaking scenery and as the location for the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) series, New Zealand has emerged as a new favorite education destination among Filipino students. In 2016, more than 3,000 Filipinos were registered as international students, which do not include the immigrants who have settled in NZ. In a country of 4.6 million people, you’ll be sure to bump into a fellow Pinoy wherever you go. Wondering what’s up (or rather, down) in NZ? Here’s why we think you should seriously consider studying here: It is one of the most beautiful … [Read more...] about How to go to school in the second most beautiful country in the world
Last Thursday, I renewed my passport which was due to expire in October 2014. One of my daughters, who is handling the renewal of our family visas for the United States, thought that my passport was valid until 2015. However, through sheer serendipity, I came across the photocopies of my passport while filing some files and was rather surprised that it was only good for two more months! My impression on the renewal of passports was that it would be a breeze since the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has now made it convenient for Filipinos in Metro Manila who will either apply for their passports for the first time or have them renewed. Since October 2012, the DFA has put up satellite offices in malls like SM Manila, SM MegaMall, Robinsons Galleria, Ali Mall in Cubao, and Metro Alabang in Muntinlupa. The convenience of passport applications being done in the malls in the past two years is a far cry from those days when you had to go to the DFA office on Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City … [Read more...] about Passport processing and the Filipino global diaspora
NEW YORK — A rule change allowing Chinese visitors to return to the U.S. multiple times over a 10-year period is being hailed as a boon to American tourism, with the federal government predicting the economic impact could be $85 billion by 2021. Chinese visitors are already familiar faces in major U.S. destinations such as New York City, San Francisco and Las Vegas, but other parts of the country could also see some a boost. "One simple decision like this ... is going to reap tremendous benefits to the country," said Chris Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for marketing the United States as a travel destination. The U.S. and China jointly announced the change last week at a conference of world leaders in Beijing, and it has already gone into effect. Business and short-term visas that currently expire after one year will now be valid for 10 years, while student and cultural exchange visas will last for five. Obtaining a U.S. … [Read more...] about Longer visas for Chinese could spur US tourism
As your Instagram feed gets peppered with breathtaking shots of the Northern Lights by world travellers, all you can do is marvel at their adventures through your phone screen It really doesn't help that you can only view them in faraway places (with correspondingly hefty airfares) like Canada and Alaska. But WAIT. What about the Southern Lights much, much closer to home...in New Zealand and Australia? Just like their Northern cousin, the Aurora Australis offers a stunning display of ethereal lights in unbelievably gorgeous hues in the sky If you're interested in the science behind this natural phenomenon: the lights are emitted as a result of collisions between charged particles with nitrogen and oxygen in Earth's upper atmosphere. Red or green-yellow lights are often the result of collisions with oxygen, with the green-yellow hue being more commonly seen. Cool blue hues that form part of the aurora, on the other hand, are often the result of nitrogen-based collisions. If you're up … [Read more...] about Forget About The Northern Lights, Have You Heard About The Southern Lights?