Bello: Protect and promote rights of migrant workers

THE Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III encouraged his fellow labor ministers in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to create measures or initiatives that will protect and promote the rights of migrant workers. During the opening of the Asean Labor Ministers’ Retreat on Monday, February 20, Bello acknowledged the importance of Asean migrant workers for the better relationship of the Asean countries. It is therefore important,…

500 families get bags of blessing

AT least 500 Listahanan identified-poor families in Cebu City received the Metrobank Foundation’s Bags of Blessing during the Chinese New Year celebration last month. The Bags of Blessing project is a nationwide gift-giving program of the foundation where 10,000 bags filled with grocery items worth P1,000 was distributed to 10,000 poorest families listed in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Listahanan but are not beneficiaries of the Pantawid…

Communist Party of China donates $400,000 to build school

THE Communist Party of China (CPC), through the China Foundation of Development, donated USD400,000 for the construction of Bolton Elementary School, Davao City. International Department Minister of CPC, Song Tao during his speech before the 18th City Council Tuesday, February 21, said they came to the Philippines in behalf of the CPC of China to foster friendship and partnership in Davao and in Philippines.MORE

FinanceAsia picks BSP Gov. Tetangco

BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. was conferred the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award by FinanceAsia, a Hong Kong-based publication that covers investment banking, capital markets, and strategic corporate finance in Asia Pacific. FinanceAsia annually recognizes the region’s most significant transactions, the financial institutions that advised on them ,as well as outstanding individuals in the field of finance.MORE

How can SMEs be made world-class?

SMALL and medium enterprises (SMEs) contribute significantly to the country’s economic growth, about one-third of the gross domestic product (GDP) and two-thirds of the total labor force. Though SMEs have been a dynamic force in the economy, they continue to face problems like access to capital, raw materials, skilled workers, and technology. Government has been looking for ways to improve business like fast trading, efficient transport, and available financing.MORE

Int’l events strengthen Davao City as Mice venue

THE staging of international events in Davao City for the past few months has helped position the city to be Mindanao’s leading destination for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (Mice). “Because of the different meetings that we have for the Asean Summit, we are showing the whole world that Davao is a Mice destination,” said Roberto Alabado III, Department of Tourism Davao regional director, during the inaugural launch of Philippine…

Filipina fashion designer stuns Paris audience

Showcasing Filipino creativity in no less than the world’s fashion capital, Filipina haute couture designer, Sari Lazaro, closed the “Catwalk on Water” show at the Seine River in Paris last January 27 with her Royal Secret Garden collection. Lazaro’s creation was worn by Vietnamese-born, Paris-based model and “Catwalk on Water” producer, Jessica Minh Anh. Combining dramatic, laser-cut details on luxurious silks and flowing tulle and lace, the designer stirred up…

London School of Marketing hosts unconventional graduation

THOUSANDS of students from across the globe have gathered in London to take part in what’s believed to be the UK’s biggest graduation of international students. Almost 2,000 students received their awards from the London School of Marketing (LSM) at the Global Graduation Ceremony, held at the O2 Arena. Among them were 47 students from the Philippines. The ceremony offered a modern take on traditional graduations with students able to…