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Students flunk key tests

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The country’s public school students do not quite make the grade in five key subjects, the latest National Achievement Tests showed. Results of the tests for school year 2005-06, administered last March and obtained by The Manila Times, showed sixth graders and fourth-year students fared poorly in Math, Science, Read more »

Philippines Sees Job Opportunities in Call Center Business

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When people have problems understanding their computers, they often pick up a phone and call the computer maker’s help desk. Increasingly, that help desk may be in the Philippines, a growing player in the outsourcing market. More companies from high cost labor markets are shifting call center jobs to Read more »

Philippine troops defuse second bomb after blast kills 6; police blame militants

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MANILA, Philippines Authorities dismantled a second bomb Wednesday in the insurgency-wrecked southern Philippines, a day after suspected al-Qaida-linked militants detonated an explosive, killing six people. The explosion late Tuesday blasted a stall selling alcohol during a festival in the town of Makilala, 950 kilometers (590 miles) southeast of Manila, Read more »

My Personal Ordeal with the Arrogant Managers of McDonald’s

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My name is Gary Granada, I am a Kaalagad volunteer, and I need 5 seconds of your time to help reduce the use of styrofoam in fast food chains. What was meant to be a nice and simple Saint Francis Day motorcade-march to McDonald’s yesterday turned out to be a Read more »

Take Them Down

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Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, center, is briefed by Bayani Fernando, right, chair of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on the progress of dismantling giant billboards towering above major roads in Manila (background) during her visit to a major highway known as EDSA south of Manila Monday Oct. Read more »