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TESDA Inks MOA with OWWA for Returning OFWS

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for partnership in skills training, technical education and assessment and certification of returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The undertaking, through the Comprehensive OFW Reintegration Program Framework, aims to strengthen TESDA’s intervention for returning OFWs. “Under […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

Group wants to train 2,000 OSYs in GenSan for employment

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Apr) – Education advocacy group Philippine Business for Education (PBED) is targeting to train and open work opportunities to at least 2,000 out-of-school youths here in the next five years through its workforce development project dubbed YouthWorks PH. Karol Mark Yee, YouthWorks PH chief of party, said Tuesday they […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

Match-fixing back in spotlight on eve of first Grand Slam

JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press   For Rafael Nadal and the other stars of tennis, there's a familiar ring to the questions being raised as the first ball is about to be struck at the Australian Open. Recent match-fixing sanctions and a new case are bringing fresh scrutiny to the integrity of the sport a year after corruption allegations cast a pall over the first Grand Slam of the year. '(It's) obviously negative, always in the first month of the season starts to happen,' Nadal said at the season-opening Brisbane International. 'You get tired about this kind of stuff, but the most important thing is fight against these kinds of things.' The headlines started appearing early in the new year. On Jan. 5, police in Australia charged an 18-year-old player with a match-fixing offense at a lower-tier tournament last October in Traralgon, near Melbourne. Days later, another Australian player, Nick Lindahl, now retired but once ranked in the top 200, was handed a seven-year ban and $35,000 fine from the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for offering to throw a match at a minor tournament in the city of Toowoomba in 2013. Lindahl had already been fined after a criminal trial. Two other Australian players received lesser punishments in connection with the incident. While Traralgon and Toowoomba are far removed from the glittering lights of Melbourne Park, the timing of the developments was troubling nonetheless. Last season began similarly beneath a cloud of suspicion after a report by BBC and Buzzfeed alleged that tennis authorities had suppressed evidence of match-fixing and failed to investigate possible cases of corruption. The reports went over old ground, but the timing and the headlines overshadowed the tournament. 'I haven't heard anything (about match-fixing) since last year's Australian Open,' German player Mischa Zverev told The Associated Press last week in Brisbane. 'I think it was funny timing. ... Like the day before the Oscars, they're going to bring something up to make somebody not win it, or win it.' Since then, tennis leaders have gone into overdrive to restore confidence in the sport. An independent panel was created to review the TIU, the internal body tasked with combating corruption, and authorities promised to implement all of its recommendations when it is completed this spring. The TIU also took separate steps to strengthen its monitoring and investigation efforts, develop new anti-corruption education programs for players, and improve the transparency of its operations. In an email statement to The AP, the agency said nine players and officials were sanctioned last year for match-fixing — the most for a single year since the unit was established in 2008. Several were banned for life, including a young South African player and four officials from Turkey and Uzbekistan. The unit also expanded its outreach efforts with betting operators and regulators, leading to increased reporting of suspicious wagers. In 2016, the TIU received 292 betting alerts — an 18 percent increase over the previous year. The vast majority of those came from the Challenger and Futures circuits on the men's tour, considered the most at-risk for match-fixing given the lower likelihood of detection and the smaller earnings of the players. However, the TIU said three alerts were generated at Grand Slam events, as well. The agency was quick to note, though, that an alert isn't necessarily proof of match-fixing. Of the more than 114,000 matches played last year on the professional tours, only 0.2 percent triggered a suspicious betting alert. 'Tennis was one of the first major sports to recognize the potential threat of betting-related corruption and do something about it,' the TIU said. 'It will be for the independent review panel to take a view on the conduct and effectiveness of the unit and to put forward recommendations to improve the current structure and approach.' Whatever the investigators recommend, the fact remains the TIU faces an uphill battle. Technology has shifted the gambling landscape in such a way, it's increasingly difficult for monitors to keep up. In tennis, wagers aren't just placed on who wins or loses; bets can be placed during matches in real time on everything from total points won in a game to whether a set goes to a tiebreak. 'We're talking individual player activities here,' said Hans Westerbeek, dean of the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. 'It's much easier to get into a situation where you approach individual players to do things that can be, if done well, quite well hidden from it being suspicious.' He likens it to the ongoing battle against performance-enhancing drugs. 'You're always struggling to keep up with the innovations that a better-resourced front of gambling operators, legal or illegal, will have available to advance their technology.' Ryan Rodenberg, an associate professor of forensic sports law analytics at Florida State University, says this is one reason a more sophisticated approach is critically needed. He recommends an internal monitoring system that analyzes each match for suspicious activity in real time, rather than relying solely on betting alerts. 'A robust betting data-monitoring operation would have both in-house capabilities and a number of collaborative information sharing agreements with third parties such as sportsbooks, private monitoring firms or academics,' he said. 'Anything less is sub-optimal.' With a limited budget of just $3.23 million for 2017, however, there is only so much the TIU can do. As such, preventative measures such as education have become a priority. More than 25,000 players and officials have completed the TIU's online anti-corruption training program, and a new version will be launched that players will be required to complete every two years. 'Educating players who are up-and-coming and those who support those players is a very good, positive and necessary thing to do,' Westerbeek says. 'Because the root of the problem is ... people not really (understanding) they're engaging in criminal activity.' ___ AP Sports Writer John Pye contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

DepEd strengthens drug education in schools, communities

MANILA, Philippines – Education Secretary Leonor Briones has ordered all private and public elementary and high schools in the country to strengthen their im.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 30th, 2016

Strengthen financial education among youth – Poe

Sen. Grace Poe called for a more proactive public and private collaboration to further strengthen financial education among Filipino youth.   “Financial literacy is a tool that can be used to break the cycle of poverty,” Poe said today duri.....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 30th, 2016

Philippines to boost ties with Laos on trade, education

VIENTIANE, Laos — The Philippines is ready to strengthen its economic ties with Laos, which hosts about 1,500 Filipino migrant workers......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 9th, 2016

PNP to look into Cebu mayor’s link to ‘narco-cops’

The Police Regional Office (PRO-7) on Thursday said it will probe the alleged links between a local chief executive here […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated News6 hr. 42 min. ago

Brigada Eskwela 2019 Kicks Off

The annual Brigada Eskwela started on Monday, May 20 in preparation for the opening of classes on June 3, 2019. Brigada Eswkela 2019 has the theme: “Matatag na Bayan para sa Maunlad na Paaralan”. Brigada Eskwela is an annual activity implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd) and its main purpose is to clean and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated News8 hr. 55 min. ago

ACT calls on DepEd to look at ROTC from educators perspective

The Department of Education should look at the potential revival of mandatory enrollment in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps from the point of view of educators, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News13 hr. 16 min. ago

Mandatory ROTC handang ipatupad ng DepEd

HANDA ang Department of Education na ipatupad ang Reserved Officers Training Corps., sa Senior High School. Ayon sa DepEd bago pa man naipasa sa ikatlo at huling pagbasa ng Kamara de Representantes na gawing mandatory ang ROTC ay nakikipag-ugnayan na ito sa Department of National Defense at Armed Forces of the Philippines dahil sa pahayag […] The post Mandatory ROTC handang ipatupad ng DepEd appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News13 hr. 42 min. ago

Employee readiness key to digitalizing business

A KEY consideration for companies embarking on a digital transformation is finding a platform that people will easily adapt to, as employees are said to be the most important element in digitalizing a business’ operations and systems......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News15 hr. 16 min. ago

IMF flags gaps in state spending practices

THE GOVERNMENT is on the right track in ramping up spending, especially on infrastructure, but much remains to be done to improve project planning and implementation, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a May 16 report that was e-mailed to journalists on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News15 hr. 16 min. ago

Mark Your Calendars for a 360° Showcase in the Hospitality Business

Following the successful first edition in 2018, Global-Link Exhibitions Special Inc. together with the Cebu Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP) will bring the Visayas region once again a 360-degree showcase of the hospitality industry on on June 27-29, 2019 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Lahug. The first edition of Hotel Suppliers […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News21 hr. 42 min. ago

DepEd: We don’t have technical expertise in handling drug tests

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd-7) does not have technical expertise to conduct drug testing among its students. Dr. Juliet Jeruta, regional director of DepEd-7, made this clarification after the police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) said that DepEd should handle the drug testing to students. […] The post DepEd: We don’t have technical expertise in handling drug tests appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

DepEd: No plan to repeal K-12

There is no plan to repeal the K-12 education reform program that added two years to basic education in the country, the Department of Education (DepEd) said early this week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

Basic education students to hit 27.8 million

The population of basic education students in the country is expected to reach a record 27.8 million this year, according to the Department of Education (DepEd)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

Budget saga delayed construction of over 4,000 classrooms, 10,000 teacher hires

THE Department of Education (DepEd) said Wednesday that it failed to start construction on 4,100 new classrooms and fill at least 10,000 teaching positions in the first three months of the year because of the delayed passage of the 2019 budget......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

AIR Link Phoenix 12th member of ISAA

AIR Link Phoenix 12th member of ISAA.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

Duterte signs law making 4Ps permanent

In a bid to improve the health, nutrition, and education of poor families, President Duterte has signed a law institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or the government’s cash subsidy program. Under Republic Act No. 11310, the Department of Social Welfare and Development will implement the 4Ps, a national poverty reduction strategy that provides conditional […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

Senate OKs measure ending ‘endo’

The Senate yesterday gave its nod to the bill ending the abusive practice of labor-only contracting or “endo.” Voting 15 for and none against, senators approved on third and final reading Senate Bill 1826 which seeks to strengthen workers’ right to security of tenure and amend provisions of the Labor Code. The bill was certified […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019