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One Nation, Overseas

Need (hired) help? Try the Philippines, the forerunner of tomorrow’s distributed economy, supplying nurses, teachers, techies, and sailors to the global village. They’re known as bagong bayani, a Tagalog expression meaning “new heroes.” That may sound a bit inflated, but at a succession of December celebrations in Manila, Filipinos Read more »

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Philippines congratulates incoming UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon

The Philippine government on Saturday congratulated South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon for being named the United Nations’ new secretary general.

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 »