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A House leader expressed optimism that the Aquino government’s P72-billion stimulus package could shield the country from the effects of the global financial unrest that might be worsened by the “Occupy Wall Street” protests that are gripping the world’s financial centers.

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The Philippine Consulate in Dubai, United Arab Emirates confirmed that it will file an appeal on behalf of a 25-year-old Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was sentenced early this month to one year imprisonment for having an illicit relationship with another OFW, a Filipino migrant rights watchdog reported.

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Scientists working for the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) have called for studies on the management of pelagic fish species, noting the dwindling catch and the inability of government to reduce illegal fishing activities substantially.

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Rank-and-file employees of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) pushing for a substantial increase in their salaries called yesterday for the restoration of the P215.5 million slashed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in the poll body’s proposed budget for 2012.

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said that 800,000 jobseekers were hired in government job fairs in nine months this year.

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) will implement a ratooning program covering 100,000 hectares to produce more palay and offset losses due to back-to-back typhoons that hit Luzon recently.

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