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Court Junks Petition to Stop Sexual Health Forum

POSTED ON 01/23/2014 5:36 PM | UPDATED 01/23/2014 6:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) will complete its 4-day run after all.

In a decision on Thursday, January 23, Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 110 denied the petition of the Pro-Life Philippines Foundation to issue a temporary restraining order on the ongoing conference.
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BY THE NUMBERS | 12.4M Filipinos Without Proper Jobs After Aquino Leaves Office – World Bank

By: Likha Cuevas-Miel,
September 3, 2013 2:24 PM

MANILA – By the time President Benigno Aquino III leaves office in 2016, there will still be 12.4 million Filipinos unemployed or underemployed, even if the Philippine economy were to grow at an average of 7 percent a year, the World Bank says.

Here are the numbers that the Philipppine government must pay attention to, according to Karl Kendrick Chua, WB senior country economist:

* 3 million – unemployed Filipinos as of 2012
* 7 million – underemployed Filipinos (those who do not get enough pay and are looking for more work) as of 2012

On top of those currently unemployed, the country produces thousands of college graduates every year:

* 1 out of 4 – new jobseekers will likely land a good job, meaning:
* 240,000 out of 500,000 college graduates every year wiill be absorbed in the formal sector
* 52,000 of these 240,000 employed will be absorbed by the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector
* 20,000 of the employed college grads will enter the manufacturing sector


* 200,000 new jobseekers find work abroad

As for the rest who do not find steady work:

* 60,000 of the new jobseekers will be underemployed, or go back to school or rely on financial support

600,000 new jobseekers have no choice but work in low-skill and low-pay informal sector

As for the stellar growth of the country:

* 2 million can be employed over the next 4 years – double the current figure – if Philippines grows by 7 percent a year and without constraints in fast-growing sectors like the BPO industry.

Despite this, Chua wrote in World Bank Philippines’ blog, majority of Filipinos in the labor force will still be left out.

“By 2016, around 12.4 million Filipinos would still be unemployed, underemployed, or would have to work or create work for themselves in the low pay informal sector such as selling goods in sari-sari stores (small retail stores) and peddling on the streets, and driving tricycles and pedicabs,” he said.


Justices Say Supreme Court Cannot Settle Medical Issues in RH Law

By MARK MERUEÑAS, GMA News July 9, 2013 8:39pm

CJ Sereno, 13 justices start oral arguments on RH law. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (far center) and other Supreme Court justices hear the oral arguments on the Reproductive Health law on Tuesday, July 9. The SC in March suspended the implementation of the RH law, pending a resolution of the 15 petitions against it. Six ‘intervenors’ supporting the law have been allowed by the SC to take part in the debates. Of the 15 magistrates, only Associate Justice Arturo Brion was not present during the oral arguments. Danny Pata

Several Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, agreed that the high court does not seem to be the right forum – at least for now – to contest the controversial Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law.

In interpellating lawyer Maria Concepcion Noche, one of the legal counsel for the petitioners, Sereno went as far as saying that if she were to be asked, the high court might have no choice but to exercise “judicial restraint” on the 15 petitions assailing the law.

“Are we in a position to supplant moves of Congress on a policy decision?” Sereno asked on the first day of oral arguments on the RH Law’s constitutionality. “Can we say this is a better way? We are limited. First because we are unelected and because we have already defined nets and bounds.”
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18 Percent of Unemployed Pinoys are College Graduates – NSO

By Ted Torres (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 20, 2013 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – At least 18 percent of unemployed in the country today are college graduates, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO).

The NSO has reported that in January 2013 alone, 608,000 people were added to the labor force. However, the number of employed increased only by 606,000, meaning another 2,000 were added to the ranks of the unemployed.

Speaking at a recent forum organized by the Ayala Foundation Inc. at the Ayala Museum in Makati City, Socio-economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said the figures point to a disturbing high rate of unemployment among college graduates.

“The rate of unemployment is very high among college graduates, which partly reflects a mismatch between what is produced by schools and what is required by the market. This also shows that there is insufficient conversation between the schools and the firms,” Balisacan, who is also director general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), said.
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2 Priests Fail in Elections, No Catholic Vote?

(From left) Fr. Leo Casas and Fr. Ed Panlilio. Photo courtesy of

There is no such thing as Catholic vote.

MANILA (17-May-2013) – The two Catholic priests-turned politicians failed in their bid to be elected for public office, according to latest results from the Commission on Elections.

Suspended priests Fr. Ed Panlilio has already conceded defeat to incumbent Lilia Pineda as Pampanga governor while Fr. Leo Casas is losing badly in Masbate gubernatorial race.

Panlilio had 125, 407 votes as of 3 pm Thursday while Pineda got 505, 248 votes, according to partial unofficial tally of the Comelec representing 74.37 percent of the Pampanga election returns (ER).
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What Catholic Vote?

Details Published on Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00 Written by DUCKY PAREDES

‘What after all, is God’s word on the State and Religion? Isn’t it “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s,” as reported by the Gospel of Matthew?’

THE answer is clear. There is no Catholic vote. Not only that; Catholics also do not want their Church to get in their way by telling them how to vote or who to vote for. To me, that is what my Church should learn from the last election.
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94% of Pro-RH Bets Winning

By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 17, 2013 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – The looming victory of local and national candidates who supported the Reproductive Health (RH) law only showed there is no Catholic vote, the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) said yesterday.

“The victory of the pro-RH candidates in the recently concluded elections is an affirmation that leaders of the Roman Catholic Church cannot dictate the results of the elections,” PLCPD executive director Rom Dongeto said.

“There is no Catholic vote and no black propaganda of the church can steal victory from candidates who advocate reproductive health,” he added.

PLCPD said data from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial tally showed 94 percent of more than a hundred pro-RH reelectionists are seen winning in their respective districts and party-list system.
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