New Immigration Commissioner

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New Commissioner MisonMANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has appointed Bureau of Immigration (BI) officer-in-charge (OIC) Siegfred Mison as the Bureau’s new Commissioner. Malacañang said yesterday the President signed Mison’s appointment on Dec. 18. It also announced the appointment of resigned National Bureau of Investigation chief Nonnatus Cesar Rojas as regional prosecutor in the Ilocos Region.

ILO backs DOLE’s ‘Yolanda’ employment programs

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ILOThe United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO) on Monday expressed its full support to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) typhoon emergency employment programs for victims of supertyphoon “Yolanda.” ILO said in a statement that it is giving technical expertise and financial support to DOLE’s emergency employment programs for Typhoon Yolanda victims.

Phone lines and taglines: PLDT celebrates 85 years

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Ramon-Isberto-PLDTIn the Philippines, families have gone from the rotary phone to the touch pad in the last 85 years of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) service. The simple rotary telephone is symbolic of connections, and this, perhaps, is the one picture that tells the story that is PLDT. To commemorate the telephone and its significance to the Filipino family,

55% of Filipinos can’t buy Medicines

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PHPMANILA, Philippines – More than half of Filipinos said they had trouble buying medicines and paying for other basic expenses, a research group said Thursday. IBON Foundation, an independent development institution, said that of the 1,500 respondents surveyed from October 12 to 19, 55.4 percent said they had difficulty paying for medicines and medical treatment in the past three months. Meanwhile, 32.4 percent said they did not have the same problem.

German firms eyeing new ventures in PH

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GPCCIMANILA – More German companies are considering starting their businesses in the Philippines amid continued improvement in the business sector, the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (GPCCI) said on Friday. GPCCI general manager Nadine Fund said they “have been receiving an influx of inquiries from German businesses who are considering the Philippines for new ventures.” Fund said the World Bank’s recent “Doing Business Report” helped the Philippines’ cause in inviting foreign investors.