Marcos swears in more officials tapped to lead various agencies

Marcos swears in more officials tapped to lead various agencies
(Manila Bulletin) Malacañang confirmed late Tuesday that among those who took their oath of office were Tirso Cruz III as the new chairperson and chief executive of Film Development Council (FDC); Junie Cua as Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairperson; and Antonio Manuel Lagdameo as ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations (UN).

Colonel Ramon Zagala, who recently took over as the Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander, was also among those who were sworn in by the President.

Also sworn in were Abdulghani Salapuddin as the Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA) Administrator and Chairman; Jose Arnulfo Veloso as Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager; and Amenah Pangandaman as the new Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary… Read More

EU invites Bongbong Marcos to visit Brussels

EU invites Bongbong Marcos to visit Brussels
(Inquirer Ph) MANILA, Philippines — The European Union (EU) has invited President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to visit Brussels, where the bloc’s headquarters is located.

European Council President Charles Michel, who was not able to attend Marcos Jr.’s inauguration last June 30, extended his invitation to the Philippines’ new top leader through a letter, according to a statement from the EU Delegation to the Philippines on Tuesday.

“I would, however, like to extend an invitation to you to come to Brussels at a mutually convenient time. We have much to discuss, from our bilateral relations, EU-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ties, and wider foreign policy issues, to our support for the rules-based international order,” reads Michel’s letter.

The EU delegation also said Michel’s invitation was personally relayed by EU Ambassador to the Philippines Luc Véron to Marcos Jr. during the latter’s inauguration.

Véron represented Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in the presidential inauguration.

“The EU has also expressed the hope that President Marcos Jr. would participate in the upcoming EU-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in Brussels in December this year,” the delegation’s statement also said… Read More

GMA Network delivers most-watched coverage of PBMM inauguration

GMA Network delivers most-watched coverage of PBMM inauguration
(GMA News) GMA News and Public Affairs further cements its status as the Philippines’ most trusted broadcast news organization, with its coverage of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s inauguration being the most watched by both viewers and netizens.

Based on Nielsen Philippines’ overnight TAM data for June 30, “Ang Inagurasyon: The GMA News and Public Affairs Special Coverage,” which aired on both GMA and GTV, posted a combined people net reach of 18.7 percent in Total Philippines, reaching more than 15.2 million viewers nationwide.

It was clearly ahead of its counterparts’ net reach, with TV5’s 6.1 percent and A2Z/Kapamilya Channel’s 4.2 percent.

“Ang Inagurasyon: The GMA News and Public Affairs Special Coverage” also ruled in National Urban TV Audience Measurement (NUTAM) with a combined people net reach of 21.3 percent.

Online, GMA News’ livestream of the inauguration was ahead of competition, earning 1 million views on its Facebook page and 1.5 million views on GMA News’ YouTube channel.

For inauguration day, GMA News accounts were the most viewed Philippine news pages, with 10.7 million video views on Facebook and 4.8 million video views on YouTube, according to data from Tubular Labs. ABS-CBN News had 6.2 million views on Facebook and 1.9 million views on YouTube… Read More

73% of Philippines’ employees willing to forgo higher salaries or job promotions for work-life balance: Michael Page

73% of Philippines' employees willing to forgo higher salaries or job promotions for work-life balance: Michael Page
(PRN Asia) MANILA, Philippines, July 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sparked by the global pandemic, the Great Resignation has been happening in the Philippines for the past two years and will intensify throughout 2022. There has been a wave of resignations in the Philippines with almost half (42%) of employees who have been at their current jobs for not more than two years and a significant 83% of employees looking for new career prospects.

Professional recruitment services firm, Michael Page Philippines, launched the ‘Talent Trends 2022 Report’, titled ‘The Great X’ which features prominent employment insights.

While salaries and bonuses are still top motivators for candidates, the survey shows a swing towards non-monetary benefits. A significant 73% of respondents in the Philippines are willing to forgo pay rise and/or promotion for better work-life balance, overall well-being, and happiness.

Albert Pérez, Regional Director of Michael Page Philippines says, “With more private equity and venture capital investment in the Philippines, the demand for executive and senior-level talent grows. This is significant within commercial and strategic leadership roles that have a hand in scaling companies from the ground up. In these management positions, companies are looking for Filipinos living and working overseas open to returning home as well as expatriates already in the Philippines.”

As economies improve, companies cannot underestimate the psychological effect merging “work” and “personal” life has had over the past two years. 69% of respondents want a hybrid work arrangement between working from home and the office.

In addition, 74% of professionals in the Philippines have asked or will consider asking about a company’s DE&I policy at interviews and 32% say the lack of clear DE&I commitment would stop them from actively pursuing a job opportunity.

The pandemic has also shifted priorities, 74% of candidates believe that mental health and well-being should play a part in employee performance and appraisals. Companies must create a positive culture in which employees at all levels feel appreciated.

A significant number of employees has been found to not feel supported at work. 60% of respondents say that their workload has increased compared to before COVID-19. 91% believe that their company does not take active steps to ensure work-life balance. Companies need to change things and help employees work more efficiently… Read More

88% of Philippines with increasing Covid cases

88% of Philippines with increasing Covid cases
(SunStar) NEARLY nine in 10 areas in the Philippines are currently experiencing rise in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, with 57 areas being flagged by the Department of Health (DOH) for recording positive growth rates in the last two weeks.

In its latest national Covid-19 situationer report, the DOH said a large majority of the country’s provinces and cities saw continued case increases.

“National and all regions observe continued case increases in the recent weeks with 88 percent of provinces, HUCs (highly urbanized cities), and ICCs (independent component cities) across all island groups showing positive growth in cases,” said the DOH.

It noted how the average daily reported cases have gone up to 914 for the period of June 25 to July 1, from 599 for June 18 to 24.

“National case trend show continuous increase with seven-day average cases higher by 53 percent from the previous week,” said the DOH.

In particular, the health department flagged 57 areas in different parts of the country outside the National Capital Region (NCR) after recording positive one-week and two-week growth rates.

“There were 32 Luzon areas, 14 Visayas areas, and 11 Mindanao areas showing positive growth in cases in the recent one and two weeks,” said the DOH.

Flagged in Luzon are Baguio City, Abra, Apayao, Mountain Province, La Union, Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, Cagayan, Isabela, Lucena City, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Puerto Princesa City, Romblon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Angeles City, Pampanga, Albay, Naga City, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Masbate… Read More

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Becomes Philippine President

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Becomes Philippine President
(Voice Of America) Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, became the 17th president of the Philippines Thursday, successfully fulfilling his family’s mission to return to power 36 years after a people’s uprising toppled his father.

With more than 31 million votes, Bongbong – as he is popularly known – snatched the presidency in the country’s most consequential election in May.

Marcos, 64, ran on a campaign of national unity, which was an invitation to forget the atrocities of his father’s dictatorial regime while propagating a collective nostalgia for the supposed “golden era” of the country.

Critics say his victory can be attributed to decades-long historical revisionism efforts by the family and massive disinformation on social media platforms.

President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the inauguration, held at the steps of the National Museum, where past presidents were also sworn in, but the two met inside the palace before the noon swearing in.

In what his camp touted as a simple and solemn inaugural rite, Marcos promised the Philippine people he would deliver.

“You picked me to be your servant to enable changes to benefit all. I fully understand the gravity of the responsibility that you’ve put on my shoulders. I do not take it lightly but I’m ready for the task,” he said in his first speech as president… Read More

#TheRealDuterteLegacy | Campus press suffers attacks amid COVID-19 pandemic

#TheRealDuterteLegacy | Campus press suffers attacks amid COVID-19 pandemic
(Bulatlat) MANILA – While the media industry in the country faces hundreds of attacks in the past six years under outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, the situation is no different for student publications in their respective campuses nationwide.

In Duterte’s last few weeks as president, state forces arrested over 90 individuals in broad daylight during a cultivation activity held by farmers of Hacienda Tinang in Tarlac province. Among them were two journalists and nine campus journalists who covered the event.

Campus journalist Denisse Macalino never imagined having to lock arms with farmers, activists, and media workers in an initially peaceful gathering to form a blockade against policemen who dragged them to a shuttle one by one.

“Kaming media, kahit nagpalista kami under media, di pa rin nirecognize. … Pero dahil tingin nila (pulis) kaya nila [kami arestuhin], kinuha nila,” Macalino said.

(Even we, part of the media, were not recognized despite our names listed under the media… But because [the police] knew they could [arrest us], they took us.)

It was Macalino’s first on-ground coverage since the pandemic began, and her last day as a campus journalist. Other campus journalists in the country also experienced different forms of harassment… Read More

Environmental group to President-elect Marcos: Prioritize environmental issues

Environmental group to President-elect Marcos: Prioritize environmental issues
(Jounal Online) BAN Toxics urged President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to prioritize ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment and take action for proper chemicals and wastes management in time for his upcoming inauguration.

“We call on President-elect Marcos to prioritize the ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment, implement measures for sound chemicals and wastes management, and the total ban of waste importation to protect our nation from becoming the world’s dump site again,” says Reynaldo San Juan Jr., executive director of BAN Toxics.

The Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes Management and Disposal was established to protect human health as well as the environment from the harmful effects of improper hazardous waste management worldwide.

The Basel Ban Amendment prohibits member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU), and Liechtenstein from exporting hazardous wastes to developing nations, whether or not for recycling. The objective of the Ban Amendment is to protect both human health and the global environment from the negative effects of improper hazardous waste management… Read More