Philippine House approves US$22.5 billion budget for 2007; Senate to vote soon

(AP) MANILA, Philippines The Philippine House of Representatives on Friday approved a 1.13 trillion peso (US$22.5 billion; €18 billion) budget for 2007, with the largest share slated to go to education and public works. House Speaker Jose de Venecia expressed hope the measure would soon be approved by the Senate, Read more »

Philippines Charges 45 in Alleged February Coup Plot

Authorities in the Philippines have filed rebellion charges against 45 people, including two former military generals, in connection with an alleged plot in February to take power and drive President Gloria Arroyo from office. Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales says many military and police personnel are charged, including General Danilo Lim, Read more »

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Students flunk key tests

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 »

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Philippines Sees Job Opportunities in Call Center Business

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 »

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Foreign employers wary after RP nurse test leak

(ABS-CBN) At least two top destination for Filipino nurses abroad have raised concern over the Nursing Licensure Examination leakage in the Philippines, ABS-CBN’s Bandila reported Wednesday. “Our labor attaché to Belgium was in touch with me last night and asked about what is happening because Brussels was asking,” said Read more »

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

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 »