Senator Grace Poe to Probe English Proficiency Decline

Senator Grace PoeFEB 16 – Senator Grace Poe has filed a resolution calling for an inquiry into the reported decline in English proficiency among Filipino students. The senator filed Senate Resolution 622, which calls for an assessment of the present curricula in elementary and high schools.


Poe filed the resolution after a two-year study by Hopkins International Partners showed that Filipino university graduates average 630 on English proficiency based on the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC). Business process outsourcing agents were expected to have a score of 850 in the TOIEC. Poe has encouraged the government to adopt global English standards to improve citizens’ communication skills.

Bill Strengthening Work Safety Passes Senate Reading

Senator Joel VillanuevaFEB 15 – Senator Joel Villanueva has called for the immediate passage of the bill that seeks to strengthen workplace safety and health standards, after the bill passed the scrutiny of senators on its second reading.

Senate Bill No. 1317 or the Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof filed by Villanueva seeks to amend the 41-year-old Labor Code of the Philippines, which, at present, does not declare unlawful, violations of OSHS. Villanueva wants the bill passed immediately especially after the mall fire in Davao City, which claimed the lives of 38 call center and mall workers.

Deadline for Bids From Third Telco is Extended

Philippines TelcoJAN 02 – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said IT-BPO workers will continue to be in high demand this year, along with those in tourism and construction.

The latest data released by DOLE said in-demand and emerging jobs in 2018 will include those in the IT and BMP sectors, animators, social media analysts, data science analysts, software developers, website developers, graphics designers among others. Dominique Rubia-Tutay, director of the Bureau of Local Employment of DOLE, said social media-related jobs will also be in demand, especially with the upcoming 2019 elections.

Better Digital Literacy in Philippine Public Schools Urged

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FEB 12 – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to prioritize digital literacy programs in schools to produce digital-savvy graduates. Gatchalian made the appeal as employers in both the public and private sectors run operations which are increasingly reliant on technology and the Internet.

The senator explained that digital literacy, which is defined as the capacity to evaluate, comprehend, and communicate information through digital or computer technology “lies at the center of professional competence and economic productivity in the digital age in which we now live”. He added that most job opportunities nowadays, especially in lucrative emerging fields, require significant digital know-how.