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The poor don’t live by bread alone

SAD BUT true: no matter by how much the prices change of consumer items like water, electricity, LPG, transportation, clothing, house rent, school supplies, medicine, or any other basic item aside from food, there can be no corresponding changes in the official poverty line. This is due to the neglect of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), the official poverty-measurement agency, to do research on any individual non-food component as part of minimum basic needs.

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Shell shuts down 35 gas stations in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines?Oil giant Pilipinas Shell has shut down 35 of its gas stations in Metro Manila, saying that fuel supply has been affected by the Supreme Court’s order to temporarily close a pipeline that leaked and caused groundwater pollution in Makati City. “Supply is very tight and it is very difficult. We do not see ourselves getting back to normal anytime…

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Car theft cases on the rise in Metro

MANILA, Philippines?Two to four vehicles are stolen in Metro Manila daily, and these vehicles are used to commit more serious crimes like kidnapping and robbery. ‘For the last three quarters of this year, the daily record on car theft activities in the National Capital Region (NCR) shows a daily average of two to…

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Metro air quality worsening

MANILA, Philippines?The quality of the air that residents of Metro Manila breathe has worsened, prompting the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to launch a crackdown on smoke-belchers along one of the busiest thoroughfares in the metropolis. Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said DENR tests on air quality in the first half of the year showed an increase in solid or liquid particles suspended in the air. ‘In the first half of 2010, it increased to 163 micrograms (ug)/normal cubic meters (Ncm)

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Metro Manila experiences spike in dengue cases

MANILA, Philippines?In just six days, the number of dengue cases shot up by more than 1,000 in Metro Manila, clogging most public hospitals with new dengue patients. The Center for Health and Development in the National Capital Region recorded 1,099 new admissions of dengue patients in government and private hospitals between September 2 and 8, a surge from the 6,105 cases from January 1 to September 2, said…

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DoLE settles 4 labor disputes, helps forge 2 CBA agreements

MANILA, Philippines?As the labor disputes in Hacienda Luisita, ABS-CBN, and Philippine Airline rages on, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has helped resolve four labor disputes in four regions. In a news release, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz cited a report from the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) which said the unions thus withdrew their notices of strike. These were Ever Provident Trading in Metro Manila, Clark Electric Distribution Corporation in Region 3…