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THE Philippines’ unemployment rate has recorded a slight decrease to 3.5 percent in February 2024, while the number of employed Filipinos during the same month increased to 96.5 percent.The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Thursday, April 11, 2024, that the country’s Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) or those who were either employed or unemployed went up to 50.75 million from 48.09 million individuals in January 2024.It said of the total labor force, 1.80 million were jobless while 48.95 million were employed individuals.Of the employed individuals 62.9 percent were wage and salary workers, 27.2 percent were self-employed persons without any paid employee, 7.8 percent were unpaid family members and 2.0 percent were employees in their own family-operated farm or business.The average of working hours per week of employer persons went down to 40.1 from 42.1 hours per week in January 2024.The number of underemployed individuals or those who are employed but wanted additional hours of work in their current job or to have an additional job or to have a new job with longer hours went down to 12.4 percent or 6.8 million individuals.In February 2023, the underemployment rate was at 12.9 percent and 13.9 percent in January 2024.The PSA said the services sector continued as the top sector in terms of the number of employed persons with a share of 60.6 percent of the 48.95 million employed persons. The agriculture and industry sectors accounted for 21.3 percent and 18.1 percent of the employed persons, respectively.The sub-sectors of construction, transportation and storage, administrative and support service activities, manufacturing and accommodation and food service activities were the top five in terms of annual increase in the number of employed persons. The number of employed persons in agriculture and forestry, fishing and aquaculture, public administration and defense, compulsory social security, information and communication, wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles were down in February 2024. (TPM/SunStar Philippines) Who owns Casino Filipino? Philippines THE Bohol Provincial Government is set to create a new committee that will oversee developments in the province’s renowned Chocolate Hills while the Municipality of Sagbayan will comply with the closure order against the controversial resort built alongside the Unesco-declared Global Geopark.Netizens slammed the owners of Captain’s Peak Garden and Resort in the town of Sagbayan, after a video posted online by a Davao-based vlogger showing the resort surrounded by the hills went viral on Wednesday, March 12, 2024.A youth-led ecological organization also criticized government agencies for neglecting to safeguard natural resources in favor of development projects. Chocolate Hills is a Unesco World Heritage Site and a protected area under Proclamation 1037, series of 1997, and Republic Act 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992.The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 said in a statement that the resort management was earlier issued a temporary closure order (TRO) last Sept. 6, 2023, and a Notice of Violation last Jan. 22, 2024, for operating without an environmental compliance certificate.DENR 7 Executive Director Paquito Melicor issued a memorandum on Wednesday, March 12, to the Bohol Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office to check on whether the resort complied with the TRO.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said in a statement the resort was not issued, nor did it have accreditation from the Department of Tourism.In an interview on Wednesday, Bohol Gov. Erico Aris Aumentado said the issue was first addressed in September 2023 after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Environment, led by Board Member Jamie Villamaor, raised concern.Aumentado urged the DENR 7 to expedite legal action and coordinate with local government units. The governor also welcomed the call for a Senate inquiry on the matter and refuted talks that corruption may have been involved in the issuance of a title on the property where the resort is located.Aumentado said during last year’s investigation, the resort owner presented to the Provincial Board a lot title, mayor’s permit, a resolution from the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), and a document stating DENR’s approval. PAMB is the agency overseeing the operations at the Chocolate Hills area as well as other protected areas in the towns of Valencia, Sierra Bullones and Bilar.Aumentado said the Provincial Legal Office is reviewing legal measures, including whether the Provincial Government can issue a cease and desist order against the resort management and its owners.The controversial resort is located 30-40 kilometers from the renowned 360-degree view deck in the town of Carmen, where most of the Chocolate Hills can be seen. The hills, consisting of mounds of the same general shape, span the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan. The popular attraction draws thousands of local and international tourists every year to Bohol. To avoid similar incidents in the future, Aumentado said the provincial government plans to create a new committee, composed of environmentalists and experts to oversee and review all development plans and project proposals from the public and private sectors applying for PAMB’s and DENR’s approval.Aumentado also asked the Provincial Board to pass an ordinance that will establish safety nets, policies and guidelines for the development of protected areas and geopark sites in the province, including the Chocolate Hills.The Provincial Government will also collaborate with DENR to identify lot owners situated at the vicinity of the Chocolate Hills.Permits In a statement, the owners said the resort plan underwent “rigorous scrutiny” before it was given DENR’s approval. They said the resort complied with all environmental regulations to minimize its ecological effects on the Chocolate Hills.The resort owners also assured conducted with utmost care and consideration of the environment.In a separate advisory, the resort owners also said they will comply with DENR’s directive and will temporarily close for maintenance and environmental preservation efforts.ReactionsZyoen Garcia, lead convener for Stewards and Volunteers for the Earth Philippines (Save PH), a youth organization devoted to environmental protection, lambasted projects that claim to promote job creation and tourism but endanger natural resources.“Government agencies, despite having the authority to disallow any projects encroaching or posing a threat to our protected areas have been instrumental in such transgressions,” she said in a statement sent to SunStar Cebu on Thursday, March 14.She also raised concerns over land ownership proposals and foreign investment advocated by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s administration and warned of potential illegal land conversions and threats to protected areas.Garcia cited numerous projects that, she said, jeopardized the integrity of natural resources in exchange for developments. This includes the ongoing construction of wind turbines on Masungi Reserve, a protected wildlife sanctuary in Baras, Rizal, and the alleged illegal conversion of a 204-hectare communal farmland into a mall in Carmona City, Cavite.Meanwhile, Sen. Nancy Binay, chair of the tourism committee, called for a Senate investigation aimed at preserving Bohol’s protected areas and key tourist sites.In a statement, Binay echoed Save PH’s call for the DENR to refrain from issuing permits for development projects that deface natural resources.The DENR also on Wednesday said it had issued a temporary closure order against the pool resort constructed at the heart of Chocolate Hills.“If a land was titled prior to Proclamation 1037 declaring an area as protected area, the rights and interests of the landowner will generally be recognized and respected,” the agency said. / EHP, KJF

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THE Bohol Provincial Government is set to create a new committee that will oversee developments in the province’s renowned Chocolate Hills while the Municipality of Sagbayan will comply with the closure order against the controversial resort built alongside the Unesco-declared Global Geopark.Netizens slammed the owners of Captain’s Peak Garden and Resort in the town of Sagbayan, after a video posted online by a Davao-based vlogger showing the resort surrounded by the hills went viral on Wednesday, March 12, 2024.A youth-led ecological organization also criticized government agencies for neglecting to safeguard natural resources in favor of development projects. Chocolate Hills is a Unesco World Heritage Site and a protected area under Proclamation 1037, series of 1997, and Republic Act 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992.The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 said in a statement that the resort management was earlier issued a temporary closure order (TRO) last Sept. 6, 2023, and a Notice of Violation last Jan. 22, 2024, for operating without an environmental compliance certificate.DENR 7 Executive Director Paquito Melicor issued a memorandum on Wednesday, March 12, to the Bohol Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office to check on whether the resort complied with the TRO.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said in a statement the resort was not issued, nor did it have accreditation from the Department of Tourism.In an interview on Wednesday, Bohol Gov. Erico Aris Aumentado said the issue was first addressed in September 2023 after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Environment, led by Board Member Jamie Villamaor, raised concern.Aumentado urged the DENR 7 to expedite legal action and coordinate with local government units. The governor also welcomed the call for a Senate inquiry on the matter and refuted talks that corruption may have been involved in the issuance of a title on the property where the resort is located.Aumentado said during last year’s investigation, the resort owner presented to the Provincial Board a lot title, mayor’s permit, a resolution from the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), and a document stating DENR’s approval. PAMB is the agency overseeing the operations at the Chocolate Hills area as well as other protected areas in the towns of Valencia, Sierra Bullones and Bilar.Aumentado said the Provincial Legal Office is reviewing legal measures, including whether the Provincial Government can issue a cease and desist order against the resort management and its owners.The controversial resort is located 30-40 kilometers from the renowned 360-degree view deck in the town of Carmen, where most of the Chocolate Hills can be seen. The hills, consisting of mounds of the same general shape, span the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan. The popular attraction draws thousands of local and international tourists every year to Bohol. To avoid similar incidents in the future, Aumentado said the provincial government plans to create a new committee, composed of environmentalists and experts to oversee and review all development plans and project proposals from the public and private sectors applying for PAMB’s and DENR’s approval.Aumentado also asked the Provincial Board to pass an ordinance that will establish safety nets, policies and guidelines for the development of protected areas and geopark sites in the province, including the Chocolate Hills.The Provincial Government will also collaborate with DENR to identify lot owners situated at the vicinity of the Chocolate Hills.Permits In a statement, the owners said the resort plan underwent “rigorous scrutiny” before it was given DENR’s approval. They said the resort complied with all environmental regulations to minimize its ecological effects on the Chocolate Hills.The resort owners also assured conducted with utmost care and consideration of the environment.In a separate advisory, the resort owners also said they will comply with DENR’s directive and will temporarily close for maintenance and environmental preservation efforts.ReactionsZyoen Garcia, lead convener for Stewards and Volunteers for the Earth Philippines (Save PH), a youth organization devoted to environmental protection, lambasted projects that claim to promote job creation and tourism but endanger natural resources.“Government agencies, despite having the authority to disallow any projects encroaching or posing a threat to our protected areas have been instrumental in such transgressions,” she said in a statement sent to SunStar Cebu on Thursday, March 14.She also raised concerns over land ownership proposals and foreign investment advocated by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s administration and warned of potential illegal land conversions and threats to protected areas.Garcia cited numerous projects that, she said, jeopardized the integrity of natural resources in exchange for developments. This includes the ongoing construction of wind turbines on Masungi Reserve, a protected wildlife sanctuary in Baras, Rizal, and the alleged illegal conversion of a 204-hectare communal farmland into a mall in Carmona City, Cavite.Meanwhile, Sen. Nancy Binay, chair of the tourism committee, called for a Senate investigation aimed at preserving Bohol’s protected areas and key tourist sites.In a statement, Binay echoed Save PH’s call for the DENR to refrain from issuing permits for development projects that deface natural resources.The DENR also on Wednesday said it had issued a temporary closure order against the pool resort constructed at the heart of Chocolate Hills.“If a land was titled prior to Proclamation 1037 declaring an area as protected area, the rights and interests of the landowner will generally be recognized and respected,” the agency said. / EHP, KJF SabongTV: Sabong, cockfighting, gamefowl, gamefarm THE Philippines’ unemployment rate recorded a slight decrease to 3.5 percent in February 2024 from 4.8 percent in the same month last year, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority on Thursday, April 11.This translates to 1.80 million unemployed individuals for the month. In January this year, unemployment stood at 4.5 percent.The employment rate, on the other hand, increased to 96.5 percent from 95.2 percent in the same month in 2023. This translates to 48.95 million employed Filipinos. January’s employment rate was at 95.5 percent.The country’s Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) or those who were either employed or unemployed in February this year was posted at 64.8 percent which translates to 50.75 million Filipinos. This was lower than the recorded LFPR in February 2023 at 66.6 percent (51.27 million), but higher than the January 2024 LFPR at 61.1 percent (48.09 million).On average, employed persons worked 40.1 hours per week, which was higher than the average hours worked in a week in February 2023 at 39.5 hours but lower than the reported average hours worked in a week in January 2024 at 42.1 hours. Moreover, the underemployment rate in February 2024 was posted at 12.4 percent, lower than the recorded rate in February 2023 at 12.9 percent and in January 2024 at 13.9 percent. Underemployment refers to a situation where individuals are employed, but their employment falls short of full utilization of their skills, qualifications, or availability to work.In terms of magnitude, 6.08 million of the 48.95 million employed individuals expressed the desire to have additional hours of work in their present job, to have an additional job, or to have a new job with longer hours of work in February 2024.Winners, losers The top five sub-sectors that gained employment were construction (470 thousand); transportation and storage (444 thousand); administrative and support service activities (344 thousand); manufacturing (313 thousand); and accommodation and food service activities (210 thousand).On the other hand, sectors that posted the highest annual decreases in the number of employed persons were agriculture and forestry (-834 thousand); fishing and aquaculture (-490 thousand); public administration and defense; compulsory social security (-418 thousand); information and communication (-107 thousand); and wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (-102 thousand). Government interventionAccording to National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, the government remains resolute in creating an enabling policy and regulatory environment to attract employment-generating investments.“We will also continue to implement measures to address bottlenecks and expedite processes to realize investment pledges, particularly in priority sectors holding much promise, such as renewable energy and critical minerals.”  Balisacan added that the government will revisit the existing policy governing alternative work modes, such as the Telecommuting Act, and adapt it to the evolving work landscape to address the growing preference for remote work.  “The government will explore enhancing the potential of part-time work to help promote lifelong learning. A framework for part-time work and similar set-ups can allow workers to retool or upskill without leaving the workforce,” he said. Moreover, to facilitate the development of soft and hard skills among workers and create a more agile and adaptive workforce, the government continues to advocate for the passage of the Apprenticeship Bill, Lifelong Learning Bill and Enterprise Productivity Act. / (TPM, KOC / SunStar Philippines)

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THE Philippines’ unemployment rate recorded a slight decrease to 3.5 percent in February 2024 from 4.8 percent in the same month last year, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority on Thursday, April 11.This translates to 1.80 million unemployed individuals for the month. In January this year, unemployment stood at 4.5 percent.The employment rate, on the other hand, increased to 96.5 percent from 95.2 percent in the same month in 2023. This translates to 48.95 million employed Filipinos. January’s employment rate was at 95.5 percent.The country’s Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) or those who were either employed or unemployed in February this year was posted at 64.8 percent which translates to 50.75 million Filipinos. This was lower than the recorded LFPR in February 2023 at 66.6 percent (51.27 million), but higher than the January 2024 LFPR at 61.1 percent (48.09 million).On average, employed persons worked 40.1 hours per week, which was higher than the average hours worked in a week in February 2023 at 39.5 hours but lower than the reported average hours worked in a week in January 2024 at 42.1 hours. Moreover, the underemployment rate in February 2024 was posted at 12.4 percent, lower than the recorded rate in February 2023 at 12.9 percent and in January 2024 at 13.9 percent. Underemployment refers to a situation where individuals are employed, but their employment falls short of full utilization of their skills, qualifications, or availability to work.In terms of magnitude, 6.08 million of the 48.95 million employed individuals expressed the desire to have additional hours of work in their present job, to have an additional job, or to have a new job with longer hours of work in February 2024.Winners, losers The top five sub-sectors that gained employment were construction (470 thousand); transportation and storage (444 thousand); administrative and support service activities (344 thousand); manufacturing (313 thousand); and accommodation and food service activities (210 thousand).On the other hand, sectors that posted the highest annual decreases in the number of employed persons were agriculture and forestry (-834 thousand); fishing and aquaculture (-490 thousand); public administration and defense; compulsory social security (-418 thousand); information and communication (-107 thousand); and wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (-102 thousand). Government interventionAccording to National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, the government remains resolute in creating an enabling policy and regulatory environment to attract employment-generating investments.“We will also continue to implement measures to address bottlenecks and expedite processes to realize investment pledges, particularly in priority sectors holding much promise, such as renewable energy and critical minerals.”  Balisacan added that the government will revisit the existing policy governing alternative work modes, such as the Telecommuting Act, and adapt it to the evolving work landscape to address the growing preference for remote work.  “The government will explore enhancing the potential of part-time work to help promote lifelong learning. A framework for part-time work and similar set-ups can allow workers to retool or upskill without leaving the workforce,” he said. Moreover, to facilitate the development of soft and hard skills among workers and create a more agile and adaptive workforce, the government continues to advocate for the passage of the Apprenticeship Bill, Lifelong Learning Bill and Enterprise Productivity Act. / (TPM, KOC / SunStar Philippines) SabongTV: Sabong, cockfighting, gamefowl, gamefarm THE Philippines’ unemployment rate has recorded a slight decrease to 3.5 percent in February 2024, while the number of employed Filipinos during the same month increased to 96.5 percent.The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Thursday, April 11, 2024, that the country’s Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) or those who were either employed or unemployed went up to 50.75 million from 48.09 million individuals in January 2024.It said of the total labor force, 1.80 million were jobless while 48.95 million were employed individuals.Of the employed individuals 62.9 percent were wage and salary workers, 27.2 percent were self-employed persons without any paid employee, 7.8 percent were unpaid family members and 2.0 percent were employees in their own family-operated farm or business.The average of working hours per week of employer persons went down to 40.1 from 42.1 hours per week in January 2024.The number of underemployed individuals or those who are employed but wanted additional hours of work in their current job or to have an additional job or to have a new job with longer hours went down to 12.4 percent or 6.8 million individuals.In February 2023, the underemployment rate was at 12.9 percent and 13.9 percent in January 2024.The PSA said the services sector continued as the top sector in terms of the number of employed persons with a share of 60.6 percent of the 48.95 million employed persons. The agriculture and industry sectors accounted for 21.3 percent and 18.1 percent of the employed persons, respectively.The sub-sectors of construction, transportation and storage, administrative and support service activities, manufacturing and accommodation and food service activities were the top five in terms of annual increase in the number of employed persons. The number of employed persons in agriculture and forestry, fishing and aquaculture, public administration and defense, compulsory social security, information and communication, wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles were down in February 2024. (TPM/SunStar Philippines)

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THE Bohol Provincial Government is set to create a new committee that will oversee developments in the province’s renowned Chocolate Hills while the Municipality of Sagbayan will comply with the closure order against the controversial resort built alongside the Unesco-declared Global Geopark.Netizens slammed the owners of Captain’s Peak Garden and Resort in the town of Sagbayan, after a video posted online by a Davao-based vlogger showing the resort surrounded by the hills went viral on Wednesday, March 12, 2024.A youth-led ecological organization also criticized government agencies for neglecting to safeguard natural resources in favor of development projects. Chocolate Hills is a Unesco World Heritage Site and a protected area under Proclamation 1037, series of 1997, and Republic Act 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992.The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 said in a statement that the resort management was earlier issued a temporary closure order (TRO) last Sept. 6, 2023, and a Notice of Violation last Jan. 22, 2024, for operating without an environmental compliance certificate.DENR 7 Executive Director Paquito Melicor issued a memorandum on Wednesday, March 12, to the Bohol Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office to check on whether the resort complied with the TRO.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said in a statement the resort was not issued, nor did it have accreditation from the Department of Tourism.In an interview on Wednesday, Bohol Gov. Erico Aris Aumentado said the issue was first addressed in September 2023 after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Environment, led by Board Member Jamie Villamaor, raised concern.Aumentado urged the DENR 7 to expedite legal action and coordinate with local government units. The governor also welcomed the call for a Senate inquiry on the matter and refuted talks that corruption may have been involved in the issuance of a title on the property where the resort is located.Aumentado said during last year’s investigation, the resort owner presented to the Provincial Board a lot title, mayor’s permit, a resolution from the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), and a document stating DENR’s approval. PAMB is the agency overseeing the operations at the Chocolate Hills area as well as other protected areas in the towns of Valencia, Sierra Bullones and Bilar.Aumentado said the Provincial Legal Office is reviewing legal measures, including whether the Provincial Government can issue a cease and desist order against the resort management and its owners.The controversial resort is located 30-40 kilometers from the renowned 360-degree view deck in the town of Carmen, where most of the Chocolate Hills can be seen. The hills, consisting of mounds of the same general shape, span the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan. The popular attraction draws thousands of local and international tourists every year to Bohol. To avoid similar incidents in the future, Aumentado said the provincial government plans to create a new committee, composed of environmentalists and experts to oversee and review all development plans and project proposals from the public and private sectors applying for PAMB’s and DENR’s approval.Aumentado also asked the Provincial Board to pass an ordinance that will establish safety nets, policies and guidelines for the development of protected areas and geopark sites in the province, including the Chocolate Hills.The Provincial Government will also collaborate with DENR to identify lot owners situated at the vicinity of the Chocolate Hills.Permits In a statement, the owners said the resort plan underwent “rigorous scrutiny” before it was given DENR’s approval. They said the resort complied with all environmental regulations to minimize its ecological effects on the Chocolate Hills.The resort owners also assured conducted with utmost care and consideration of the environment.In a separate advisory, the resort owners also said they will comply with DENR’s directive and will temporarily close for maintenance and environmental preservation efforts.ReactionsZyoen Garcia, lead convener for Stewards and Volunteers for the Earth Philippines (Save PH), a youth organization devoted to environmental protection, lambasted projects that claim to promote job creation and tourism but endanger natural resources.“Government agencies, despite having the authority to disallow any projects encroaching or posing a threat to our protected areas have been instrumental in such transgressions,” she said in a statement sent to SunStar Cebu on Thursday, March 14.She also raised concerns over land ownership proposals and foreign investment advocated by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s administration and warned of potential illegal land conversions and threats to protected areas.Garcia cited numerous projects that, she said, jeopardized the integrity of natural resources in exchange for developments. This includes the ongoing construction of wind turbines on Masungi Reserve, a protected wildlife sanctuary in Baras, Rizal, and the alleged illegal conversion of a 204-hectare communal farmland into a mall in Carmona City, Cavite.Meanwhile, Sen. Nancy Binay, chair of the tourism committee, called for a Senate investigation aimed at preserving Bohol’s protected areas and key tourist sites.In a statement, Binay echoed Save PH’s call for the DENR to refrain from issuing permits for development projects that deface natural resources.The DENR also on Wednesday said it had issued a temporary closure order against the pool resort constructed at the heart of Chocolate Hills.“If a land was titled prior to Proclamation 1037 declaring an area as protected area, the rights and interests of the landowner will generally be recognized and respected,” the agency said. / EHP, KJF Who owns Casino Filipino?. here is how to register at an online casino site in the Philippines:

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THE Philippines’ unemployment rate has recorded a slight decrease to 3.5 percent in February 2024, while the number of employed Filipinos during the same month increased to 96.5 percent.The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Thursday, April 11, 2024, that the country’s Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) or those who were either employed or unemployed went up to 50.75 million from 48.09 million individuals in January 2024.It said of the total labor force, 1.80 million were jobless while 48.95 million were employed individuals.Of the employed individuals 62.9 percent were wage and salary workers, 27.2 percent were self-employed persons without any paid employee, 7.8 percent were unpaid family members and 2.0 percent were employees in their own family-operated farm or business.The average of working hours per week of employer persons went down to 40.1 from 42.1 hours per week in January 2024.The number of underemployed individuals or those who are employed but wanted additional hours of work in their current job or to have an additional job or to have a new job with longer hours went down to 12.4 percent or 6.8 million individuals.In February 2023, the underemployment rate was at 12.9 percent and 13.9 percent in January 2024.The PSA said the services sector continued as the top sector in terms of the number of employed persons with a share of 60.6 percent of the 48.95 million employed persons. The agriculture and industry sectors accounted for 21.3 percent and 18.1 percent of the employed persons, respectively.The sub-sectors of construction, transportation and storage, administrative and support service activities, manufacturing and accommodation and food service activities were the top five in terms of annual increase in the number of employed persons. The number of employed persons in agriculture and forestry, fishing and aquaculture, public administration and defense, compulsory social security, information and communication, wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles were down in February 2024. (TPM/SunStar Philippines) SabongTV: Sabong, cockfighting, gamefowl, gamefarm . It’s always a good idea to take your time and make sure you’ve found the best online casino in the Philippines on the online gambling market that can give you what you want.

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THE Bohol Provincial Government is set to create a new committee that will oversee developments in the province’s renowned Chocolate Hills while the Municipality of Sagbayan will comply with the closure order against the controversial resort built alongside the Unesco-declared Global Geopark.Netizens slammed the owners of Captain’s Peak Garden and Resort in the town of Sagbayan, after a video posted online by a Davao-based vlogger showing the resort surrounded by the hills went viral on Wednesday, March 12, 2024.A youth-led ecological organization also criticized government agencies for neglecting to safeguard natural resources in favor of development projects. Chocolate Hills is a Unesco World Heritage Site and a protected area under Proclamation 1037, series of 1997, and Republic Act 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992.The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 said in a statement that the resort management was earlier issued a temporary closure order (TRO) last Sept. 6, 2023, and a Notice of Violation last Jan. 22, 2024, for operating without an environmental compliance certificate.DENR 7 Executive Director Paquito Melicor issued a memorandum on Wednesday, March 12, to the Bohol Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office to check on whether the resort complied with the TRO.Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said in a statement the resort was not issued, nor did it have accreditation from the Department of Tourism.In an interview on Wednesday, Bohol Gov. Erico Aris Aumentado said the issue was first addressed in September 2023 after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Environment, led by Board Member Jamie Villamaor, raised concern.Aumentado urged the DENR 7 to expedite legal action and coordinate with local government units. The governor also welcomed the call for a Senate inquiry on the matter and refuted talks that corruption may have been involved in the issuance of a title on the property where the resort is located.Aumentado said during last year’s investigation, the resort owner presented to the Provincial Board a lot title, mayor’s permit, a resolution from the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), and a document stating DENR’s approval. PAMB is the agency overseeing the operations at the Chocolate Hills area as well as other protected areas in the towns of Valencia, Sierra Bullones and Bilar.Aumentado said the Provincial Legal Office is reviewing legal measures, including whether the Provincial Government can issue a cease and desist order against the resort management and its owners.The controversial resort is located 30-40 kilometers from the renowned 360-degree view deck in the town of Carmen, where most of the Chocolate Hills can be seen. The hills, consisting of mounds of the same general shape, span the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan. The popular attraction draws thousands of local and international tourists every year to Bohol. To avoid similar incidents in the future, Aumentado said the provincial government plans to create a new committee, composed of environmentalists and experts to oversee and review all development plans and project proposals from the public and private sectors applying for PAMB’s and DENR’s approval.Aumentado also asked the Provincial Board to pass an ordinance that will establish safety nets, policies and guidelines for the development of protected areas and geopark sites in the province, including the Chocolate Hills.The Provincial Government will also collaborate with DENR to identify lot owners situated at the vicinity of the Chocolate Hills.Permits In a statement, the owners said the resort plan underwent “rigorous scrutiny” before it was given DENR’s approval. They said the resort complied with all environmental regulations to minimize its ecological effects on the Chocolate Hills.The resort owners also assured conducted with utmost care and consideration of the environment.In a separate advisory, the resort owners also said they will comply with DENR’s directive and will temporarily close for maintenance and environmental preservation efforts.ReactionsZyoen Garcia, lead convener for Stewards and Volunteers for the Earth Philippines (Save PH), a youth organization devoted to environmental protection, lambasted projects that claim to promote job creation and tourism but endanger natural resources.“Government agencies, despite having the authority to disallow any projects encroaching or posing a threat to our protected areas have been instrumental in such transgressions,” she said in a statement sent to SunStar Cebu on Thursday, March 14.She also raised concerns over land ownership proposals and foreign investment advocated by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s administration and warned of potential illegal land conversions and threats to protected areas.Garcia cited numerous projects that, she said, jeopardized the integrity of natural resources in exchange for developments. This includes the ongoing construction of wind turbines on Masungi Reserve, a protected wildlife sanctuary in Baras, Rizal, and the alleged illegal conversion of a 204-hectare communal farmland into a mall in Carmona City, Cavite.Meanwhile, Sen. Nancy Binay, chair of the tourism committee, called for a Senate investigation aimed at preserving Bohol’s protected areas and key tourist sites.In a statement, Binay echoed Save PH’s call for the DENR to refrain from issuing permits for development projects that deface natural resources.The DENR also on Wednesday said it had issued a temporary closure order against the pool resort constructed at the heart of Chocolate Hills.“If a land was titled prior to Proclamation 1037 declaring an area as protected area, the rights and interests of the landowner will generally be recognized and respected,” the agency said. / EHP, KJF licensed online casinos THE Philippines’ unemployment rate recorded a slight decrease to 3.5 percent in February 2024 from 4.8 percent in the same month last year, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority on Thursday, April 11.This translates to 1.80 million unemployed individuals for the month. In January this year, unemployment stood at 4.5 percent.The employment rate, on the other hand, increased to 96.5 percent from 95.2 percent in the same month in 2023. This translates to 48.95 million employed Filipinos. January’s employment rate was at 95.5 percent.The country’s Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) or those who were either employed or unemployed in February this year was posted at 64.8 percent which translates to 50.75 million Filipinos. This was lower than the recorded LFPR in February 2023 at 66.6 percent (51.27 million), but higher than the January 2024 LFPR at 61.1 percent (48.09 million).On average, employed persons worked 40.1 hours per week, which was higher than the average hours worked in a week in February 2023 at 39.5 hours but lower than the reported average hours worked in a week in January 2024 at 42.1 hours. Moreover, the underemployment rate in February 2024 was posted at 12.4 percent, lower than the recorded rate in February 2023 at 12.9 percent and in January 2024 at 13.9 percent. Underemployment refers to a situation where individuals are employed, but their employment falls short of full utilization of their skills, qualifications, or availability to work.In terms of magnitude, 6.08 million of the 48.95 million employed individuals expressed the desire to have additional hours of work in their present job, to have an additional job, or to have a new job with longer hours of work in February 2024.Winners, losers The top five sub-sectors that gained employment were construction (470 thousand); transportation and storage (444 thousand); administrative and support service activities (344 thousand); manufacturing (313 thousand); and accommodation and food service activities (210 thousand).On the other hand, sectors that posted the highest annual decreases in the number of employed persons were agriculture and forestry (-834 thousand); fishing and aquaculture (-490 thousand); public administration and defense; compulsory social security (-418 thousand); information and communication (-107 thousand); and wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (-102 thousand). Government interventionAccording to National Economic and Development Authority Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, the government remains resolute in creating an enabling policy and regulatory environment to attract employment-generating investments.“We will also continue to implement measures to address bottlenecks and expedite processes to realize investment pledges, particularly in priority sectors holding much promise, such as renewable energy and critical minerals.”  Balisacan added that the government will revisit the existing policy governing alternative work modes, such as the Telecommuting Act, and adapt it to the evolving work landscape to address the growing preference for remote work.  “The government will explore enhancing the potential of part-time work to help promote lifelong learning. A framework for part-time work and similar set-ups can allow workers to retool or upskill without leaving the workforce,” he said. Moreover, to facilitate the development of soft and hard skills among workers and create a more agile and adaptive workforce, the government continues to advocate for the passage of the Apprenticeship Bill, Lifelong Learning Bill and Enterprise Productivity Act. / (TPM, KOC / SunStar Philippines)

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PAMB is the agency overseeing the operations at the Chocolate Hills area as well as other protected areas in the towns of Valencia, Sierra Bullones and Bilar.Aumentado said the Provincial Legal Office is reviewing legal measures, including whether the Provincial Government can issue a cease and desist order against the resort management and its owners.The controversial resort is located 30-40 kilometers from the renowned 360-degree view deck in the town of Carmen, where most of the Chocolate Hills can be seen. The hills, consisting of mounds of the same general shape, span the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan. The popular attraction draws thousands of local and international tourists every year to Bohol. To avoid similar incidents in the future, Aumentado said the provincial government plans to create a new committee, composed of environmentalists and experts to oversee and review all development plans and project proposals from the public and private sectors applying for PAMB’s and DENR’s approval.Aumentado also asked the Provincial Board to pass an ordinance that will establish safety nets, policies and guidelines for the development of protected areas and geopark sites in the province, including the Chocolate Hills.The Provincial Government will also collaborate with DENR to identify lot owners situated at the vicinity of the Chocolate Hills.Permits In a statement, the owners said the resort plan underwent “rigorous scrutiny” before it was given DENR’s approval. They said the resort complied with all environmental regulations to minimize its ecological effects on the Chocolate Hills.The resort owners also assured conducted with utmost care and consideration of the environment.In a separate advisory, the resort owners also said they will comply with DENR’s directive and will temporarily close for maintenance and environmental preservation efforts.ReactionsZyoen Garcia, lead convener for Stewards and Volunteers for the Earth Philippines (Save PH), a youth organization devoted to environmental protection, lambasted projects that claim to promote job creation and tourism but endanger natural resources.“Government agencies, despite having the authority to disallow any projects encroaching or posing a threat to our protected areas have been instrumental in such transgressions,” she said in a statement sent to SunStar Cebu on Thursday, March 14.She also raised concerns over land ownership proposals and foreign investment advocated by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s administration and warned of potential illegal land conversions and threats to protected areas.Garcia cited numerous projects that, she said, jeopardized the integrity of natural resources in exchange for developments. 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