Backbone of Economy


RECOGNIZING weaknesses and actually addressing them is the way to go for the government.

It is not enough that the government only emphasizes and boasts of its accomplishments since this will lead to overlooking actual problems and situations that could ultimately lead to failure.


Journey to Progress

This was best exemplified when President Duterte emphasized in one of his recent speeches the need for the government to provide assistance to the agriculture sector.

“It is, after all, considered as the backbone of the economy. It forms the basis for food and nutrition security and provides raw materials for…

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Dinagat can be lobster capital

By Tracy Cabrera

THE expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States.

Just in the first month of this year, America exported more than 1.7 million pounds and $14 million worth of lobsters to China.

Looking at these figures, this could be an opportunity for the Philippines to get a slice of the lobster market, especially since it is right smack in the middle of the world’s center of marine biodiversity.


Dinagat as source of lobsters…

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Agri offensive in MILF area

By Mico Agustin

INSTEAD of trading barbs or maybe picking a fight, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol was welcomed with open arms by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and vice chairman for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar during his visit at Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao recently.

During his visit, Pinol who was previously tagged as anti-Moro while still governor, talked about improving farmers’ lives, especially among MILF fighters and their families that have been neglected by the government.


MILF Stronghold

Piñol came to the MILF stronghold as the main guest of honor in the…

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Ph seen to export coffee by 2022

TO INCREASE the potential earnings of local coffee growers, the government is targeting to increase the output of green coffee berries to at least 214,626 metric tons (MT) by 2022.

This is good news for the local coffee farmers as the move will effectively end the country’s reliance on imports and consequently allow local farmers to export coffee.


Road Map

The plan is spelled out  under the Philippine Coffee Industry Road Map (PCIR) 2017-2022, which is the country’s first official coffee industry roadmap and was signed by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol and Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez .


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Rice sufficient in three years

RICE sufficiency is not a far-fetched dream for the Philippines after all. In fact it can be attained within three years, but only after the government invests to modernize the industry.

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol made the assertions adding that with the needed support and intervention from the government, the country's rice sector could even produce more than what the Philippines needs and could eventually reclaim its old glory as one of the rice exporters in the world.

"In fact, when funded and managed well, the country's rice sector could even produce more than the local demand and could possibly…

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