90-year-old great-grandfather finally graduates from high school in Philippines

THE INQUIRER/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK – It was in March 1941 when Jose Gaitan Gandecela graduated from A. Marisol Elementary School in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. He was all set for continued studies – until the flames of World War II spread to the Asia-Pacific region in December that year. His Read more »

‘No other way to fight back’: Philippines call center workers battle unfair quotas

By Michael Sainato/theguardian.com – Sara Prestoza has worked as a call center employee in the Philippines for 12 years, a country where several corporations such as Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon outsource their customer service and technical support services, relying on a cheap labor source of its 1.3 million call Read more »

Senate to probe influx of illegal Chinese workers

By Dexter Cabalza, DJ Yap, Jovic Yee/inquirerdotnet – Sen. Joel Villanueva on Friday assailed the growing number of illegal Chinese workers who “shamelessly robbed” Filipinos of jobs and also operated clandestine online gambling as he urged authorities to stem the tide of illegal foreign workers, especially from China. In a Read more »

IKEA building world’s largest store in Philippines, sets 2020 opening

By Jessica Fenol/ABS-CBN News – Furniture maker IKEA said Tuesday it would open its first store in the Philippines, envisioned to be the world’s largest, in 2020. Once complete, the IKEA store at the SM Mall of Asia will occupy 65,000 square meters, roughly the size of 150 basketball courts, Read more »

DOH says FDA Philippines to recall blood pressure drugs

By Llanesca T. Panti/GMA News – The Department of Health said Monday the Food and Drug Administration Philippines intends to recall blood pressure maintenance drugs in the market if found to be part of the batches that were alerted by FDA’s US counterpart for voluntary recall. FDA Philippines has Read more »

CHED to hold order removing Filipino as required college subject

By Sofia Tomacruz/rappler.com – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said it will wait for the Supreme Court’s (SC) final decision before implementing a 2013 memorandum order removing Filipino, Panitikan, and Constitution as required general education subjects in college. CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III on Wednesday night, November 14 Read more »

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