As the world celebrates today World Teachers Day, it is heartwarming to note that in the Philippines, teaching is still the profession of choice by Filipino fresh graduates.

 

In a study of Aspiring Minds, a New Delhi-based employment solutions company, as reported by ABS-CBN News, teaching even bested lucrative jobs like call center roles.

 

The same study, which involved 60,000 new graduates, also revealed that only 1 in 3 fresh graduates are employable, while the rest lack the skills to qualify for the jobs they are applying for.

 

 

The top jobs being aspired for by fresh graduates are: Teaching (16%); administrative (15%);  Business Consulting/Analysis (12%); Financial accounting (11%); Marketing (11%); Finance and Banking services (11%);Public health (10%); Front office (6%); Chef (4%) and Contact center roles (4%).

By Rose de la Cruz

Opinyon Media Advocacies, which is turning eight this year, launched last Sept. 28 its newest baby, Transport Asia, the pioneer industry magazine in the country that also focuses on trends in the Asian region.

Though most of those who made it to the maiden issue failed to grace the launch backing out at the last minute for reasons only they know, the night was filled with laughter, music, chatter from first-time acquaintances and catching up among buddies who have lost touch all these years.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar keynoted the launch, which was attended by who’s who in the transport sector and regulators, road construction suppliers and road providers. Just as Andanar (and former Speaker Sonny Belmonte) had left, another Cabinet member, Secretary Sal Panelo, Presidential Legal Counsel and Ombudsman of OpinYon, arrived towards the end and gamely posed for pictures with some of the guests who asked for “selfies.”

Panelo who loves to sing in videoke bars did not oblige to the request of Nikki Junia, entertainer for the night, for a number or two.

Andanar speech Andanar reported on the massive infrastructure program of the Duterte administration, “presently ongoing and on schedule with an estimated outlay of P8 trillion for the next five years with the completion of nationwide highways, roads, bridges, air and sea ports, railroads, railway systems and other converging vertical structures.

“It is the President’s intent to connect towns, cities, islands and most importantly people from the north, east, west and south of the country,” he said.

The vast expanse of the project is summed up as N.E.W.S., which both Transport Asia magazine and OpinYon are expected to be focused on for our people and for Asia, he stressed. He added that on the drawing board is the Department of Transportation’s subway for the metropolis and the railroad network from Mindanao.

“In the next two years, we shall be taking the trains to and from Clark in Pampanga and Metro Light Railway Transit from Manila to Bacoor in Cavite,” he emphasized. He added that public utility vehicles are being modernized, point to point buses being increased and transport systems are being augmented in land, sea and air to and from specific routes.

The Cavite barge terminal, first in the country, is being refurbished and modernized along with the present and future ROROs, ports throughout the islands, he stated.

All these, once completed, would provide every Filipino a better quality of life with the services necessary for the comfort and progress everyone deserves.

Junia’s birthday wish Prodded for his birthday wish, Transport Asia and OpinYon president, Ray Junia said he wished there would be no more traffic, which elicited guffaws from the attendees who had to go through the mammoth road snarls getting to Club Filipino.

But seriously, Junia said traffic is a problem of space and the demand for space is too high for the supply and that is what’s happening to us.

He then pointed to a table of space providers (meaning those involved in road construction and the developers of toll roads.

He said he named the magazine Transport Asia to give a better appreciation of what to expect and what government is doing, what are the trends in the region as well as legal issuances that TA’s Editor In Chief Luchie Arguelles would simplify and storified from the legal and technical approaches to be understood by the regular readers.

By Rose de la Cruz

Loans extended by the banking system for condominium and townhouses grew faster at 5.1 and 2.9 percent, respectively, during the second quarter of 2017 than the previous quarter.

But loans for single detached housing declined by 9.9 percent, driving the decline in residential real estate price index (RREPI) for Q2 2017 by 4.6 percent.

On a quarter on quarter bass, the RREPI remained broadly steady.

RREPI measures the changes in prices of various types of housing units comprising of single detached/attached house; duplex, townhouse and condos based on data of housing loans granted by universal, commercial and thrift banks.

Housing prices The average residential property prices in NCR rose by 2.5 percent while those in areas outside NCR (AONCR) declined by 8.2 percent in Q2 2017 versus 2016.

In NCR the higher growth in prices of condos offset the decline in single detached houses and townhouses. But in AONCR the decline in prices of single detached outweighed the increase in prices of condo and townhouses.

In Q2 2017, about 8 in 10 real estate loans were acquired for the purchase of housing units (75.3 percent), of which 45.3 were for single detached; 44.8 percent for condos and 9.6 percent for townhouses.

By region, NCR accounted for 44.9 percent of total number of residential real estate loans granted during the quarter, followed by CALABARZON (28.9%); Central Luzon (6.7%); Central and Western Visayas (5.7% each); Davao (3.1%) and Northern Mindanao (1.3 %).

All seven regions accounted for 96.3 percent of total residential housing loans granted during the quarter

By Rose de la Cruz

AS basic as it is to local manufacturers of all kinds of products, the growth of the tool and die industry has seesawed to low levels due to an uneven competition from imported products and the lack of government support to the sector.

The Philippines had the lowest number of shops producing dies, molds and encapsulated parts for basic food, pharmaceutical, electronics, cars and trucks, housewares and other products consumed locally at only 170 shops versus 30,000 shops in China and 6,700 shops in Japan, according to a study done in 2006.

The shops comprised of corporations, single proprietorships, partnerships, cooperatives and government. And local demand for their products was at a mere $45 million in 2006 as against $12.7 billion and Japan’s $18.4 billion, the study noted. Imports of these products hit nearly $50 million in 2011 from just less than $40 million in 2006 while exports rose from close to $3.5 million in 2006 to $7.5 million in 2011.

Virgilio Lanzuela, president of the Rollmaster Machinery and Industrial Services and treasurer of the Philippine Die and Mold Association, identified the following challenges to the industry:

     1) Industry costs include huge retraining cost due to high piracy rate of die and mold makers and the high cost of inputs, power and capital equipment

     2) Technical setbacks include the need to import costly high speed machining, multi axis etc. for improved productivity and the lack of engineering services and support infrastructures.

     3) On the market, the domestic market is too small for tool and die and procurement decisions for die and molds are decided outside the country.

 

On the costs for local tool and die makers: dies, jigs for die attach and wirebonding consist of 90 localized; the molds for serial feed molds or epoxy resin encapsulation is 100 percent imported and dies for deflash, trim, form singulation (DTFS) is 90 percent localized.

On the costing of plastic injection molds, he said: 15 percent is die material cost; 33.5 percent is basic manufacturing cost (with Philippine value adding); 34.7 percent is mold base cost; 5.8 percent for secondary elements (screws and ejectors) and 11 percent die design fees (with Philippine Value Adding).

He recommended that the government should introduce policy reforms to encourage large companies to buy their requirements for dies and mold from the local industry and strengthen the gathering of industry data on manufacturing and SMEs.

There is no question on the globally competitive skills of technicians, engineers and specialists of the local tool and die industry which is why they get to be pirated by other countries but the weakness of the industry now is the high cost of inputs (labor, power, raw materials, cost of production, coolants and molds) and the unavailability of raw materials in the Philippines.

Also, the Philippines is not known in the world as a metal producing country.

Minority Leader and Aangat Tayo Partylist Rep. Neil Abayon proposed the strict implementation of the Revised Anti Hazing Bill once it becomes a law. He also gave the following recommendations to add teeth to the proposed law:

1. Public posting and disclosure in social media sites like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts of the schools or barangays the announcement or application for initiation rites of a fraternity or sorority and other organizations.

   Posting in school bulletin boards or barangays such initiation rites are simply not enough but better on social media.

2. Include in the list of the organization covered by the Anti- Hazing Bill so-called sports teams.

3. Impose stiffer penalties to those involved in hazing such as:

   a) permanent disqualification from holding public office;

   b) permanent loss of voting righters and

   c) permanent prohibition on issuance or grant of license to possess firearms and ammunitions or parts thereof.

The Revised Anti-Hazing Bill has passed the House Justice Committee and is slated for plenary in the House of Representatives.

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