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Weekly Round-Up: More Jobs For New Grads This Q2—DOLE

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1. More jobs available for new graduates – DOLE

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There are hundreds of jobs available for new graduates in the 2nd quarter of 2016 according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the department is mounting a series of job fairs nationwide to facilitate and assist the employment of upcoming new graduates this month.

2. More jobs in Q2 — DOLE

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According to a survey conducted by the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), companies are expected to hire more in the second quarter with the expected rebound in economic activity after the usual slowdown in the first quarter.

For the first quarter, the survey showed the employment outlook index rose to 27.2 percent from 19.5 percent in the last quarter. “This indicates expectations of an overall increase in the number of new employees to be hired for the second quarter of the year,” BSP’s Department of Economic Statistics director Rosabel Guerrero said.

3. UAE eyes 300 Filipino health workers

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THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) disclosed Thursday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in need of 300 Filipino emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the National Ambulance Company in Abu Dhabi is looking for Filipino health workers, and said that representatives of the medical service company are coming to the Philippines to interview qualified applicants on March 7 to 11.

4. Labor groups to SC: Standardize wages regardless of location

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Several labor groups and former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello asked the high court to nullify as unconstitutional the Republic Act 6727 or the Wage Rationalization Act of 1989. This law sets different take home pays for laborers in different provinces even if they have the same jobs.

According to the petitioners, the RA 6727 has failed to keep its promise of providing a meaningful living wage over its 26-year reign.  The plea also stated that the law violated the equal protection of the law principle and the "equal pay for equal work" doctrine.

5. Economic challenges await next President

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The country’s next President will be facing substantial economic challenges according to former Economic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri as he spoke at a Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) meeting last week.

“The Philippines has experienced significant growth in the past few years but sadly, investments remain anemic; poverty is stubbornly high; there is a huge number of openly unemployed and low productive workers, and (we have) an industrial sector unable to absorb our growing labor force,” he said.

He said to achieve inclusive growth, the future administration must focus on productive investments; agriculture, manufacturing, and other industries and services; increase in employment and increase in incomes.

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