Archive for March 3, 2013


Director Melchito Castro (second from left) of the Office of Civil Defense—Region 1 explains that his office, in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard, is still conducting an examination of sludge and tarballs collected from the oil spill that affected several coastal communities in the region. The examination will determine whether the spill came from M/V Arita Bauxite that sank off the shore of Bolinao last Friday. Joining him during the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) office in Dagupan City on Thursday are, from left, Regional Director Emmanuel Diaz of the Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration, forum host and Radyong Bayan Station Manager Bernie Errasquin and Alex Romeo R. Fernandez of the PIA. (PIA Photo)

March 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

DSWD agrees to include farmers in CCT

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman met with leaders of the agricultural sector to work out possible solutions to help farmers affected by the impact of the looming “rice crisis” arising from the supply glut due to rampant rice smuggling, including their inclusion as beneficiaries of the government’s “Conditional Cash Transfer” program.
During the meeting with leaders of farmers groups, millers and traders at her office in Manila, Soliman agreed in principle to the inclusion of rice farmers to the coverage of the CCT program, which currently caters to children and education of indigent families.
“I understand their plight,” said Soliman who assured the group who took up the matter with her, including former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco, Abono Party-list chairman Rosendo So and Butil Party-list Rep. Agapito Guanlao, who is the chairman of the House committee on Food Security. (more…)

March 3, 2013 at 10:54 pm Leave a comment

Japanese fined for poaching giant clam

ALAMINOS CITY – A Japanese national was apprehended and fined with P10,000 after he was caught in possession of giant clam meat at the Hundred Islands National Park.
Police Supt. Armando Muena said Ken Yanatani, 27, was in the company of another Japanese and four Korean nationals at back of the Quezon Island where the coral garden is located, when he was caught with the meat of giant clam (Tridacna gigas) .
The three-kilo meat was still “fresh” as certified by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, he said. Its shell was left at the sea bottom. (more…)

March 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

RH Law does not kill, hunger does – Enrile

jack enrile in bani
JACK ENRILE GOES TO BANI. Nationalist Peoples Coalition candidate for Senator Jack Enrile was a recent visitor of the people of Bani and Mayor Marcelo Navarro Jr.

By Brando Cortez

United Nationalist Alliance candidate for senator Jack Enrile said he stands by his “yes” vote on Reproductive Health law that gives women the right to decide for themselves on reproductive health.
Enrile, responding to the Team Patay, Team Buhay campaign of the Diocese of Bacolod, said, “I stand by my vote and am proud of it. It was a vote of my conscience.”
“If I earned the ire of the Catholic Church by voting yes to a bill that will now give women the right to decide for themselves, then so be it,” Enrile said. (more…)

March 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment

Abono: No to NFA abolition, QR extension

By Brando Cortez

URDANETA CITY-Abono Party-list chair Rosendo So agreed with Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Dante Delima that the National Food Authority (NFA) should not be abolished but disagreed on the issue of another extension on the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice.
Delima, also the national rice program coordinator, admitted that there was renewed pressure from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to abolish the NFA and scrap the QR on imported rice. (more…)

March 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm Leave a comment

Abono decries murder charges versus Espino, Celeste

Abono party-list chairman Rosendo So described the murder charges against Governor Amado Espino Jr and First District Rep. Jesus Celeste as “impossible and improbable,” even as he called on Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to order the NBI to conduct a re-investigation of the allegation against them immediately.

“Martinez is an ally of Governor Espino and Cong. Celeste. Mayor Martinez consistently delivered votes to the NPC. It is impossible for his allies to order his murder,” So noted. (more…)

March 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Rice smuggling, a bane to farmers’ productivity

It is often said that farmers are the backbone of the country’s economy. They feed millions of Filipinos through their hard work and industriousness in the farms. They capitalize their sweat, tears and blood.
The Filipino farmers’ productivity is once again put to test. Lately, rice smuggling is rampant, sneaking its way to the country from Mindanao. This smuggling is undoubtedly perpetrated by unscrupulous businessmen in cohort with some government officials from the Bureau of Customs (BoC), Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA). Why this is tolerated in a country where agriculture is the prime economy is beyond comprehension. (more…)

March 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm Leave a comment

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