• Top of the Morning: Solon Urges BPO Industry To Increase Maternity Leave Benefits

    The solon is asking for a maternity benefit upgrade following Accenture's new policy for its mom-employees
  • 1. Solon asks BPO to increase maternity leave to four months

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    House Majority Leader and Makati City Representative Mar-Len Abigail Binay urged all business process outsourcing (BPO) firms in the country to increase their benefits to at least four months of paid maternity leave. This is after BPO firm Accenture voluntarily increased the paid maternity leave of their working mothers, which will be enacted by September 1. Representative Binay also explained that a weaker peso is greatly beneficial to BPO firms, which earns in dollars but pay for their employees wages in pesos. (gmanetwork.com)


    2. "Batibot" now a mobile app
    The popular children’s show that aired in the ‘80s up to the late ‘90s is now back as a mobile app. Community of Learners (CoL) and Smart Communications tapped the services of digital startup OrangeFix to develop a “Batibot” learning app. It is the first learning app in Tagalog that is “aligned with the national kindergarten curriculum of the Department of Education. Teacher Feny Bautista of the school of CoL and renowned writer Rene Villanueva conceptualized the show back then, modeling it after another popular children’s show “Sesame Street.” (inquirer.net)


    3. Cristalle Belo engaged to Aussie boyfriend

    The celebrity entrepreneur is now engaged to her Australian boyfriend Justin Pitt, who is general manager of Anantara Hotel in Cambodia. The two have been dating for more than a year and their long-distance relationship didn’t stop them from making it work. Cristalle announced the good news via her Instagram where she posted a photo of her engagement ring. She captioned the photo, “This is it, Justin Pitt. I love you,” with the hashtag #FutureMrsPitt. (pep.ph)


    4. Dad creates superheroes with disabilities
    Dan White couldn’t find any character on the media that his daughter Emily, who uses a wheelchair, could relate to -— at least not one who really showcased the disabilities of children who use wheelchairs. See, Emily was born with spina bifida, a defect that affects the spine and nerves. And so, Dan made his own characters that use their disabilities as their superpowers in "The Department of Ability." He said in an interview, “I wanted a broad range of diverse characters that would be unique, original and be fun for all kids to look [to] and emulate. [The characters] show the wider world that disability can be a power, that it’s easy for disability to be mainstream without being frightening or misunderstood.” (yahoo.com)


    5. How to combat racial bias among little kids
    Researchers from the University of Delaware conducted as part of a decade-long international research project details an experiment that show how to eliminate racial bias among very young kids. The same team of researchers had earlier shown that three-month-olds have a visual preference for faces that match the racial group they see most in their daily lives. The study suggests that personal interactions with people of other races may go a long way in counteracting stereotypes. (huffingtonpost.com)

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