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1.  Philippine Airlines outsourcing program is in full swing, says COO

Philippine Airlines (PAL), now operating at 70 percent level, is pushing through with its outsourcing program and expects to be back to pre-strike levels in the next few weeks, declared PAL President and COO Jaime Bautista.

The flag carrier has turned down its former employees' offer to return to work in exchange for keeping them in their old posts. It will go through its difficult transition phase with its new service providers and corps of volunteers.

"PAL is slowly returning to normalcy, thanks to their help,” he added.

"As of midnight October 1, workers in our catering, ground handling and call center reservations units have ceased to be PAL employees. Hence, they have no right to demand or tell the airline how to run its business," Bautista stressed.

As a result, Gerry Rivera and Bong Palad have also ceased to be PAL employees and the airline no longer recognizes them as leaders of the PAL Employees Association (PALEA). "They have no authority to negotiate for PAL workers."

With PAL’s outsourcing program now in full swing, service providers have taken over the functions of the three departments.

PAL will only take back its former workers if a court order mandates it to do so but so far, there is none, the President noted.

Already, former PAL workers have caused damage to PAL's equipment during their Sept 27 wildcat strike and there's no guarantee they won't do that again.

To complicate matters, mixing former PAL workers with volunteers and service providers poses grave risk to the men and women who have worked so hard to keep the airline flying. It would be most unfair to expose them to possible harassment and physical harm.

The service providers are doing their best to hire skilled workers to fill part of the vacuum left by its former personnel, according to Bautista.

"We must understand that they were required by DoLE and Malacanan to absorb all former PAL employees. Now that these workers have shown that they're not interested, the service providers are working double-time to recruit the people they need."

PAL needs to restructure operations to survive on the long-term and save the jobs of its 5,000 remaining employees, stressed. Bautista.

“Our detractors see the loss of jobs for 2,400 PAL Employees Association (PALEA) members but turn a blind eye on the 5,000 office personnel, cabin crew and pilots that PAL is trying to save,” he pointed out.

“The law is on our side. We’re not implementing the outsourcing program on mere whim or caprice but on the basis of legal orders from the Department of Labor and Employment and the Office of the President. We’re saving the airline from financial ruin,” Bautista reiterated.

PAL management would no longer go back to the negotiating table with PALEA, he confirmed.

2.  Concepcion barely outguns young Valdez

Barcelona Olympics veteran Emerito Concepcion, needing one big final round to beat rising star Jason Valdez, did just that, scoring a near-perfect round of 99 to rule the 10-meter Air Rifle event of the 2011 PNSA National Open at the Philippine National Shooting Association Shooting Range in Fort Bonifacio over the weekend.

Tied with Valdez, the 15-year-old sensation from Malate Catholic Church, going into the sixth and final round, Concepcion, three-time SEAG gold medalist, flashed vintage form, capped by that 99 that gave him a six-round total of 584 and a one-point victory in the event organized by PNSA, headed by Mikee Romero, and presented by Harbour Centre and AirAsia.

Concepcion’s thrilling win provided the perfect start to the four-week tournament aimed at discovering new talents for future international events. Finishing third was Miguel Gabriel Jayme with 561, four points ahead of Celdon Arellano.

“It was a thriller of a shootout,” said Romero, who is pinning his hopes on the two crack air rifle shooters and pistol king Tac Padilla for the coming SEA Games. “But I still believe that we can pull off some surprises in other events, even in the women’s division. They’re all pumped up for the SEA Games,” he added.

In the distaff side, Venus Lovelyn Tan, also a member of the 11-man Philippine team for this year’s Indonesia SEA Games, tallied 383 points to beat Diana Nicole Eufemio by three points. Ma. Isabelle Eufemio wound up third with 373 in the event with Maria Cleofas as tournament director.

Meantime, action resumes tomorrow with the staging of Rapid Fire – 25m and 50m range – and Center Fire Pistol, Sports Pistol and Rifle Prone on Sunday.

Sharing the limelight with Concepcion and Tan in the event with Richard Fernandez as Bench Rest chairman were Northern Samar’s Gallahad “Gal” Vicencio and Randy Paronda.

Bucking foul weather, Vicencio ruled the Open Division of the Bench Rest 50-meter competition, edging Maria Parsons and Lester Carigo while Paronda topped the Semi-Auto Division by beating Louie Gonzalez and Gilbert Manela.

3.  Making Case for Jobs Bill, Obama Cites Europe’s Woes

In perhaps his most sober remarks about the economy this year, President Obama on Thursday described the weakening economy as “an emergency” and made the case for his jobs bill as “an insurance policy against a possible double-dip recession.”
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“Our economy really needs a jolt right now,” Mr. Obama said at the White House, in an abruptly scheduled morning news conference timed to pressure Republicans before the Senate begins debate on his bill, which is scheduled for next week.

“This is not the time for the usual political gridlock,” the president added. “The problems Europe is having today could have a very real effect on our economy at a time when it’s already fragile.”

Mr. Obama repeatedly cited the findings of independent economists that his $447 billion package, which calls for tax cuts, public works spending and federal aid to reduce teacher layoffs, would reduce unemployment and bolster economic growth. He challenged Republicans to offer a plan that likewise could be assessed by outside analysts and win similarly good marks. And Mr. Obama said that if his full plan fails, Democrats will press for votes on its individual parts.

Timothy F. Geithner, the treasury secretary, echoed Mr. Obama in testimony on Capitol Hill, and said the jobs bill could help increase business and consumer confidence.

The White House scheduled the news conference not only to set up next week’s Senate debate but also to get in front of Friday’s release of September employment numbers. The report is expected once again to show job growth too anemic to significantly reduce a jobless rate that has hovered at 9 percent.

For all of Mr. Obama’s pressure over the past month — a speech to a joint session of Congress, coast-to-coast travel and a pugnacious new stump style — prospects for the jobs plan remain uncertain. Republicans, who control the House and can filibuster bills in the Senate if they remain united, generally oppose the plan; they say temporary tax cuts and spending will not create jobs, and they oppose raising taxes on affluent individuals and corporations.

To allay the concerns of Senate Democrats, Mr. Obama said that he could support their proposal to pay for the jobs plan by imposing a 5.6 percent surtax on individual taxpayers’ income above $1 million. A number of Senate Democrats had objected to Mr. Obama’s proposals to offset the cost of his plan by limiting tax deductions, including for charitable contributions, that could be taken by individuals making more than $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000. And oil-state Democrats opposed his plans to increase oil companies’ taxes.

Even as Mr. Obama took reporters’ questions, Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, rebuked him for his more confrontational tack. “Nothing has disappointed me more than what’s happened over the last five weeks, to watch the president of the United States give up on governing, give up on leading and spend full-time campaigning,” Mr. Boehner said during a public forum in Washington.

Mr. Obama, when asked by a reporter whether he should be talking to Congressional Republicans rather than traveling the country like a presidential candidate, responded that he had tried repeatedly to compromise with Republicans. His efforts, he said, were “sometimes to my own political peril and to the frustration of Democrats,” and Republicans rebuffed him even when he offered ideas, like business tax cuts, that Republicans had proposed in the past.

“What I’ve done over the last several weeks is to take the case to the American people so that they understand what’s at stake,” he said. “It is now up to all the senators, and hopefully all the members of the House, to explain to their constituencies why they would be opposed to common-sense ideas that historically have been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past.”

The president even returned to the point, unbidden, when he closed the 74-minute news conference. “I would love nothing more,” he said, “than to see Congress act so aggressively that I can’t campaign against them as a do-nothing Congress.”

In prodding Republicans, Mr. Obama plainly had in mind the small number of moderates in the party who might join with the 53 Senate Democrats and independents to get to 60 voters and overcome a filibuster. Citing examples of how he believed his jobs plan would help, he named a Boston teacher with long experience and a master’s degree, who has been laid off three times because of budget cuts in Massachusetts — the home of Senator Scott P. Brown, a Republican facing a re-election race next year. Mr. Obama also cited a bridge that he said was falling apart in Maine, which is represented by two Republican senators, Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins.

4.  San Diego Metro Career Centers Serves Thousands

San Diegans Terrie McNeely and Merlyn Baker have a combined 40 years of work experience. Terrie in administration and Merlyn as an accountant. But the recent recession swallowed them both and left them without jobs. What to do? Find a new job of course, since they are both so experienced. They sent out hundreds of resumes, but got little or no response and of course, no job. Terrie did it for two years, Merlyn for a year.

They heard about the San Diego Metro Career Centers through a friend, but were unaware of the job search services, or the workshops and training available there.

Terrie McNeely said she attended a Career Center resume-writing workshop and it was a few tweaks that made the difference. "I must have rewritten my resume a hundred times with no success. It was a simple change the counselors suggested. Soon after that I got a job offer."

Terrie started her new local job this past week as an assistant manager/manager trainee. She is very grateful for the help and direction from the Career Center.

Merlyn Baker attended a Career Center social media workshop. It showed her how to set up a LinkedIn profile. Within a week, she secured a seven-month accounting position at a San Diego company.

"If you are looking for a job, go to the Career Center and complete the courses, they are so very helpful," Baker said. "You can get refreshed and current, which is especially important if you have been in the workforce for a long time and find yourself without a job."

"Merlyn and Terrie are just two examples of the job seekers we help everyday at the Career Centers," said Steve Corona, president of JobWorks, Inc. "Our training and workshops cover all the important aspects of searching and interviewing for a job."


MarketWatch (press release)
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