Posts by Albert Hernandez

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aaaManila---The jackpot prize for the 6/58 Ultra Lotto draw tomorrow evening has reached at least P1 billion, according to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes (PCSO). The PCSO said that the jackpot to be drawn at 9 p.m. tomorrow (October 9) is the highest in the history of Philippine lottery. "This P1 billion jackpot prize is historic for PCSO. Everyone is excited. They all want to win the top prize," said PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan. "Whoever wins this prize will be the first-ever PCSO billionaire," he added. The last bi...

October 8, 2018
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aaa  The Philippine team won 126 medals in the 4th Singapore International Mathematics Olympiad (SIMOC), which was held from July 7 to 8. The PH team, composed of 116 Grade 2 to Grade 11 students from various schools in the Philippines, joined the competition in Singapore through the efforts of the Asian MathSci League Inc. (AMSLI). They won 14 gold medals, 43 silver medals, and 69 bronze medals, with some students receiving multiple medals across three different categories. Sixteen countries, including the Philippines, participat...

July 25, 2018
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aaaThe Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is now accepting applications for nurses who want to work in Germany under its Triple Win Project. In a statement on July 13, the POEA said Germany needs 400 Filipino nurses and is offering a starting salary of around P119,000. Qualified applicants must be Filipino citizens, permanent residents of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, an active Philippine Nursing License and at least two years related professional experience (bedside) in hospitals, rehabilita...

July 17, 2018
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aaaTyphoon Signal Number 1 was raised over several areas in northern Luzon after Tropical Depression "Henry" intensified slightly and is expected to traverse the Babuyan Islands tonight (July 16), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). PAGASA said the areas under Signal Number 1 were Batanes, northern portion of Cagayan including the Babuyan islands, northern portion of Apayao, and the northern portion of Ilocos Norte. "Henry is expected to traverse the Babuyan Islands tonigh...

July 16, 2018
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aaaManila---A member of Congress has called for cuts in the "excessive" transfer fees imposed by foreign and local banks as well as global payment processing firms on the personal cash remittances of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). "We reckon that Filipino workers abroad will spend US$3.1 billion in bank charges when they send home US$29.3 billion this year," ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto "John" Bertiz III said in a statement. "A migrant Filipino worker pays an average of US$10.57 in bank charges for every US$100 wired home," Bertiz said. C...

June 12, 2018
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aaaJapan has decided to open its doors to more than 500,000 foreign workers in the next six years to augment its shrinking and ageing working population. The Kyodo News Agency reported that Tokyo decided on May 29 to allow foreign workers to stay in Japan for five years to address the labor shortage in five industries---agriculture, nursing, shipbuilding, construction, and lodging. The workers will have to undergo an exam starting next April to prove their proficiency in the Japanese language and their field of specialization. Those who a...

June 6, 2018
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aaaManila---A party-list lawmaker on Monday (June 4) joined the clamor for Hong Kong to increase by 25 percent the statutory minimum wage of Filipino domestic workers in the face of increasing demand for Filipino household staff in mainland China. ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto "John" Bertiz III said there was a "pent-up demand" for Filipino domestic workers in the mainland and higher pay could lure them there. Beijing and Manila are holding talks for the legal deployment of Filipino domestic helpers in the mainland. "If Hong Kong wants to stay com...

June 5, 2018
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aaaManila----The Securities and Exchange Commission has warned the public against the so-called "Online Paluwagan" (Onpal) scams perpetrated in social media and by some online sites. The SEC said it received information that several unscrupulous individuals were enticing the public to invest in the Onpal scam through 30 online accounts and sites. The commission said the scammers include the following online groups: Road to Stockmarket/Dream Builders' RTSM 2, Steady Money Onpal, G-Funds, Team Amazing Grace, Donatos Team-Gig, Team Donatos, B...

May 23, 2018
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aaa    After signing a deal with Beijing for the deployment of English teachers to China, Manila is now looking into Moscow's labor market regulations and policies in preparation for the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Russia. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said there were ongoing talks between the Philippine and Russian governments and that he created a technical working group (TWG) that would discuss with Russian officials "the agreement for the possible deployment of OFWs." "Negotiations with the Rus...

May 11, 2018
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aaaA total of 5,537 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have either tested positive for the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or have full-blown AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), a lawmaker said in Manila. ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto "John" Bertiz III and the infected OFWs now comprise 11 percent of the 52,280 cases listed in the Philippine Department of Health's National HIV/AIDS Registry as of February 28. The lawmaker did not identify the country or territory where the OFWs were deployed. "This is very unfortunate, because if we look ...

April 19, 2018
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