Friday, February 18, 2011

Binay saves Filipino drug criminals in China

BEIJING, China: The Chinese Supreme Court has agreed to postpone the executions of three Filipino drug mules convicted of drug trafficking, said Philippine Vice President Binay on Friday night.

The Aquino government considers this a "diplomatic triumph". The end result is that they have saved Filipino drug criminals from death. Criminals that carried anywhere from 9 to 15 pounds of heroin, roughly worth over $4.5 million in US prices.

So what message is this being sent to the Filipino youth?
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Monday, August 3, 2009

08-03-09: What has Cory done for Bacolod?

What has Cory done for Bacolod?

On August 1, 2009, President Aquino died due to complications of colon cancer. We would like to specifically highlight her achievements that we believe she made the biggest difference in:

1. She has brought us freedom against a regime of violence and corruption of Marcos.

2. She has brought us economic stability by bringing down the corruption of Estrada and his inability to manage the economy.

3. She prayed for us and she prayed for those that tried to take her out of power.

4. She showed us that anyone can be the president, even a simple house wife.

5. She showed women can do anything and paved the way for equality in women.

6. She showed that the United States is not an evil empire but an ally.

7. She showed us that humility goes hand in hand with leadership.

Rest in Peace Ms. President, you will be missed.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

07-21-2009: Communist rebels kills 3 innocent civilians near Bacolod

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental: The New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros on Sunday apologized for an ambush staged in Toboso town, about 30 miles east of Bacolod City. The ambush left three civilians dead and three other civilians wounded. A priest that turned rebel Frank Fernandez, NPA spokesman, in a statement said that an investigation was being conducted to identify those responsible for the attack.

On July 13, communist rebels fired at a pick-up truck and killed Edmar Sultan, 14, a student of the Toboso National High School (TNHS); Ena Pata, 50; and Rodolfo Salipod, 56, the driver.

The provincial government and church officials have condemned the NPA ambush. “I condemn senseless killings, especially of innocent people like children, who get caught in the middle and become helpless victims,” Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra said.

Army Colonel Maximo Caro of the 303rd Infantry Brigade said the NPA apology would not bring back the lives of the victims. “There is simply no justification that they could offer to legitimize the killing of civilians or destruction of properties,” he said.
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

07-01-2009: Transcom opens call center in Bacolod for Sears client

Transcom wants to hire, but experts point to recruitment challenges in Bacolod

Adding to the booming Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry in Bacolod, largely dominated by TeleTech, Teleperformance, and Convergys, Transcom (a Swedish BPO firm) will start its operations in the city on August 1, a press release from the firm said.

“We have arrived. The plan has been in the making for more than a year. We will start our operations on August 1,” Transcom Philippines Country Manager Siva Subramaniam said.

According to the press release, by the end of 2009, Transcom will be hiring 2,000 agents for 1,000 seats.

Yet local industry experts, already understanding that there's a lack of qualified new recruits in Bacolod, are questioning the validity of such goals.

Truth: Recruitment challenges await Transcom
While the city government heralds this new arrival as an achievement, there are some that question the sanity of the decision to tell Transcom they can do such a fast ramp.

"All of the call centers are already having a hard time hiring capable people that can speak English," said one recruiter from one of Transcom's competitor.

"Imagine, we have another player, so this essentially left all of us in the path to failure collectively. Everyone I know in town has already failed recruitment targets. Did they lie about what's really going on? To hit a target of 2,000 agents in such a short time requires lowering your English quality or hiring terminated agents that's already failed in that regard."

Sears lays off its own employees for Transcom
North American retailer, Sears, will be the first client of Transcom. Sears originally had a relationship with Nucomm, a Canadian outsourcing company which had a site in Manila. Nucomm was bought out by Transcom in 2007.

Sears officials told its own employees in June 2009 it will be outsourcing 230 jobs at the Belleville catalogue call centre to a separate Canadian company (Nucomm) which has a location in Bacolod, Philippines.

Sears spokesman Vincent Power said most of the calls not being handled by Sears Canada would be directed to the call center in the Philippines.

Bacolod Beat attempted to ask Sears why they chose Bacolod, a city that's already struggling to meet the demand for capable English speaking agents. They did not comment or respond.

Karen Poste, a spokesperson for the City of Belleville, confirmed the job losses to Bacolod News. "What I can tell you is that our understanding of the job loss in Belleville is the same as yours."
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Bacolod Running Out of Water by 2025

Japanese International Cooperating Agency (JICA) has found that Bacolod is one of the seven cities in the country that has critical ground water supply. JICA is an independent body of the Japanese government chartered to assisting developing countries through economic and social aid and the promotion of international cooperation.

JICA said by year 2025, the ground water supply of Bacolod will deteriorate due to over- extraction and deep well drilling, along with the biggest threat, which is salt water intrusion.

Bacolod City Water (BACIWA) District has also confirmed this by announcing during its public forum meeting for proposed water rates increase. In the meeting, they stated that the underground water source is already depleted.

Last year, in April 2008, BACIWA general manager Julie Ann Carbon explained to Sun Star that “the path out of poverty begins with clean water and sanitation.” With the prospect that Bacolod may no longer be able to provide water for its inhabitants, and may cost more to import it from nearby provinces, the growth and stability of Bacolod is in question if no immediate action is taken by the city administration. But will it take an election for someone to notice?

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bacolod Superintendent Promotes Self Quarantine

Bacolod Schools Division Superintendent Milagros Gonzales yesterday said classes will open on Monday, June 1, as scheduled since they have not received any advisory from the Department of Education putting it off despite the confirmed cases of Influenza A(H1N1) in the country.

However, she is advising students who have fever to refrain from coming to school until they are well. Self quarantine normally takes 10 days after the initial sign of the symptoms like fever and colds.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

02-01-09: Convergys agent robbed in Bacolod (again)

Bacolod call center agents from Convergys and TeleTech have been targeted in the past few weeks by robbers on motorcycles.

It happened again on Wednesday to Convergys employee Charmaine Yelo, 18, of Ramylu Drive in Barangay Tangub. Yelo reported that two men threatened her with a knife and a gun before taking her bag containing a Nokia cell phone, P500 in cash, bank cards, an ID card, and a makeup kit. This incident happened just a few meters away from her home. She was slightly injured as she fought back. Read the rest of the article...