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February 17, 2018 10:36 AM Duterte’s condom joke ‘irresponsible,’ says Human Rights Watch

International rights watchdog Human Rights Watch took President Rodrigo Duterte to task for his latest off-color joke telling returning overseas Filipino workers to use birth control pills and not condoms as contraceptives because condoms “aren’t pleasurable.” In a statement on Saturday, Human Rights Watch Philippines researcher Carlos Conde said it was “irresponsible 21

February 14, 2018 11:09 AM Housing dep't bill okayed

THE House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading a bill creating a Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development. With a vote of 193-6 without abstention, the congressmen approved House Bill 6775 which creates a separate department addressing the basic housing needs of Filipino families. The bill aims to provide Filipino families 3

February 14, 2018 11:08 AM Romualdez elated over passage of shelter bill

LEYTE Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez yesterday expressed confidence that the passage of a bill seeking to create a Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) will address the basic housing needs and requirements of Filipino families, including of Yolanda survivors. “The passage of this bill will further boost President Rodrigo 5

February 13, 2018 10:54 AM Labor group: Office romances OK, but gov’t should issue guidelines

On Tuesday, a day before Valentine’s Day, the Associated Labor Unions – Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) came out with a statement assuring employees who fall in love with their bosses that no government policy prevents such a relationship from blooming. But Alan Tanjusay, policy advocacy officer of ALU-TUCP, said the Department of Labor 6

February 13, 2018 8:04 AM Pacquiao: Sponsorship speech on the death of OFW from Kuwait

SI JOANNA DANIELA DEMAFELIS AY TAGA-ILOILO NA IPINANGANAK NOONG JUNE 24, 1988. SI JOANNA AY PANG-ANIM SA SIYAM NA MAGKAKAPATID. PUNO NG PANGARAP AT PAG-ASA, NAGSIMULA SIYANG MAGTRABAHO BILANG OFW SA KUWAIT NOONG 2014. SA GITNA NG PANGAMBA NG KANYANG MGA MAGULANG AT KAPATID, ILANG BESES LAMANG SIYANG NAKAUSAP NG KANYANG PAMILYA. NOONG 2016, NABANGGIT 5

February 13, 2018 12:17 AM Villanueva backs Duterte's order to totally ban the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait

Our overseas Filipino workers deserve better treatment and protection. In line with the recent cases of abuse that inflicted our kababayans abroad, we express our full support on the President's move to implement total ban on deployment of all OFWs to Kuwait. Our migrant workers, especially household workers, have long suffered from maltreatment and it is only just to stop sending 6

February 12, 2018 10:36 AM Spotlight on PH cinema in new Florence film festival

Italian century-old castles, buildings and vineyards have become prime locations for some mainstream Filipino movies and teleseryes. But this year, Filipino-Italian film actor, director and producer Ruben Maria Soriquez is set to bring the best of Philippine cinema to Italy where films by Benini, Antonioni and Felini dominated movie marquees 8

February 7, 2018 4:00 PM UCPB bancassurance business yields P1-billion premiums

MANILA, Philippines — The start-up bancassurance business of UCPB yielded over P1 billion in total premiums last year and is expected to provide the bank with a steady source of topline revenue with high growth potentials. In the nine months following its launch in April, the bancassurance partnership with life insurer Cocolife and non-life insurance 8

February 5, 2018 9:41 AM Legarda Stresses Need for a Department of Culture

In celebration of National Arts Month, Senator Loren Legarda today stressed the importance of establishing a Department of Culture in order to enhance the promotion and preservation of the country's cultural heritage, which is essential in nation building. Legarda, principal author and sponsor of the proposed Department of Culture Act, said that the creation 8

February 3, 2018 10:48 AM Housing dep’t nears okay by lawmakers

A MEASURE proposing a Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development is close to final approval in the Lower Chamber. The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 6775 whose main purpose is to address the basic housing needs and requirements of Filipino families. Once enacted into law, the new department will consolidate 3