Archive for February 10, 2014

Onions are smuggled into country, too


By Brando Cortez

QUEZON CITY-Onion farmers are in tears over fear that their soon to be harvested crop will not fetch a profitable price due to the proliferation of smuggled white onions.

Abono Party-list Chairman Rosendo So said the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) price watch monitor for onions indicated a price drop from 20 pesos per kilo to 14 pesos per kilo this January.

He said the farmgate price of onions should be at around P40 per kilo for the farmer to have a decent profit. Any price lower than P40 per kilo is a disincentive for farmers to continue planting.

“Dapat, more or less, nasa P40 per kilo para kumita iyong magsasaka,” So said. “Eh kung bumagsak iyan sa P14 per kilo tapos bumagsak pa sa P8 per kilo iyan, wala na, hindi na sila magtatanim.”

He said data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) shows that the national onion production from 2007 to 2011 has been falling by 2.96% annually.

For 2012 alone, there was a steep 12% drop in local production.

So said a major factor in the decline in onion production is the widespread presence of imported white onions in the local markets including supermarkets.
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February 10, 2014 at 7:05 am Leave a comment

Inatake sa puso si presidente


 

 
 
 
STRESSED PRESIDENT. brando-masoAlam niyo po ba na may isang presidente ng isang tricycle association na  inatake sa puso dahil sa tension? Paano ba nangyari ito?
 
Ayos lang naman sa kanya ang posisyon na president na nagsusulong ng projects para sa kapakanan ng mga tricycle drivers.
 
Bilang isang association may nakapag-advice sa kanila na mas marami silang makukuhang benefits kung gagawin nilang cooperative ng mga tricycle drivers ang grupo.
 
Ang pamamasada ng tricycle ay nakadepende sa gasoline…kaya naman isa sa mga naging pangarap nila ay ang magkaroon ng sariling gasolinahan.
 
Ang mga tricycle members ang primary customers ng gasolinahan siyempre para may share sila sa patronage refund pagkatapos ng fiscal year.
 
Nag-apply sila ng loan sa postal bank at na-grant ito kaya nagkaroon sila ng puhunan para maitayo ng sariling gasolinahan…ang galing hindi po ba?
 
Masaya ang mga tricycle driver dahil may sarili na silang gasolinahan, inggit pa nga iyong ibang tricycle  drivers associations mula sa ibang bayan sa kanilang accomplishment bilang tricycle drivers cooperative.
 
Hanggang dumating ang panahon na hindi pala sila nakakabayad sa loan sa postal bank…ang buong akala ni president ay nakakabayad sila pero hindi  pala.
 

February 10, 2014 at 6:57 am Leave a comment

TeaM Energy cleans Sual River


By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – The TeaM Energy, owner and operator of the 1,200 MW coal fired power plant in Sual, “adopted” the Logolog River, the subject of complaint by residents who claimed that the river was already heavily silted by ash from the plant.
Greggy Romualdez, TeaM Energy’s head of external affairs, said the power station has “responded to the call” of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to implement the Logolog Riverbank Rehabilitation Program in partnership with the various stakeholders in the community.
The program involves cleaning and clearing of the parts of the river’s stretch and dredging of the Logolog dam, and stabilizing the eroded slopes through engineering controls and tree planting.
Romualdez said the program was in support of DENR’s Adopt an Estero program which seeks the help of private companies to clean up esteros in their areas. (more…)

February 10, 2014 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Nature reconquers ‘illegal highway’ in Mangatarem


By Yolanda Sotelo

Nature has reconquered the 19.5 kilometer Pangasinan-Zambales road project that crossed the rainforest in Mangatarem town and which was built by a private contractor sometime 2008.
More than 200 different trees in a 700-meter stretch of the forest were cut for paving of the road which had no contract from the Department of Public Works and Highways. The trees were cut without permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
But the road project has been abandoned and is no longer passable by vehicles except by bicycle “which can be carried by the rider when passing through deep cracks and wide holes” that have now characterized the “highway,” Lt. Colonel Nick Alarcio, deputy brigade commander of the 70th Army Battalion in Binmaley.
The Philippine Army helped the Department of Environment and Natural Resources stop the massive illegal logging activities in 2012 reportedly directed by a resident of the town.
The “highway” was used by the illegal loggers to easily enter Pangasinan’s largest remaining rainforest. It was used as the main artery from which networks of roads and trails that went deeper into the forest were constructed. (more…)

February 10, 2014 at 4:55 am Leave a comment


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