Strong currency hurts PHL call centers

MANILA, Dec 26, 2012 (AFP) – The peso’s rise is hitting call centers in the Philippines, handicapping the global leader in the lucrative business as it combats a challenge from top rival India, industry officials said Wednesday. Forty percent of the members of the Business...

PHL to buy three naval helicopters

MANILA, Dec 27, 2012 (AFP) – The Philippines said Thursday it would buy three naval helicopters from an Anglo-Italian manufacturer as part of its military modernization program amid a territorial dispute with China. The three AW 109 “Power” helicopters from AgustaWestland will be...

Parking employees get $4.7-M settlement in class action suit

LOS ANGELES – When Filipino parking attendant Dioscoro Tocong was suspended by AMPC System Parking Company (AMPCO) for a minor mistake, he got to thinking about the parking giant’s labor practices. While waiting for his re-instatement, Tocong, who worked at the Grove parking...

DOH to consider fireworks ban even as total fireworks-related injuries decreased by 33%

The Department of Health (DOH) is considering a ban on individual use of fireworks/firecrackers if injuries continue to rise during the holiday season despite its all-out efforts. From 21-26 December, there were a total of 72 fireworks-related injuries. Of this number, 71 were...

Aquino appeals to all Filipinos to refrain from using firecrackers

MANILA, Dec 27 (Mabuhay) – The Aquino administration has appealed to the public to refrain from using dangerous firecrackers and pyrotechnics to prevent injuries and loss of lives during the New Year celebration, a Palace official said. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda...

Consul General Maria Hellen Barber De La Vega meets with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

Los Angeles, 21 December 2012 – Consul General Maria Hellen M. Barber De La Vega paid a courtesy call on Mayor Bob Filner on 19 December 2012 at his office in San Diego County in Southern California.  The two officials discussed ways of stimulating Philippine-US relations. Mayor...