Newsbriefs: DA chief inducts PAJ officers

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel 'Manny' F. Piñol (right) swears into office the 2016-2018 officers and directors of the Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc. (PAJ), led by PAJ president Roman Floresca (2nd from right), former business editor of The Philippine Star. He briefed Piñol on the group's major projects such as the PAJ-SMC Binhi Awards, climate change regional workshop for journalists sponsored by the MVP Group of Companies and DA, and forthcoming 'Usapang Sakahan' media forum in partnership with InangLupa Movement, Inc. and other corporate and institutional sponsors. 

Secretary Manny Pinol…

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DA vows to modernize fishing industry

LACK of cold-storage and preservation facilities has been one of the biggest handicaps in the development of the Philippines’ fishing industry.

In fact, while certain fish-based products such as dried fish and bagoong are in demand among Filipino communities in other countries, such products could hardly enter the foreign market due to sanitary and health concerns. 

This means that our fishermen are often deprived of a chance to introduce the Philippines’ rich marine resources to a bigger market. 

It’s welcome news, therefore, that the Department of Agriculture, through its Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, is now working…

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Group blames Tugade on anomalies in Clark

THE calls for Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to step down from office have gained more traction, with another coalition adding its voice to the clamor for President Rodrigo Duterte to remove the “incompetent” official from office.

This time, however, the clamor is originating from Tugade’s former home turf – the Pampanga-based multisectoral group Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement, which had advocated for the further development of the Clark Economic Zone where Tugade once served.

A news report from the Inquirer quotes PKGM chairperson Ruperto Cruz as stating that Tugade may be on his way out by December.

Cruz blamed Tugade for…

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Mystery of the missing P100-M ‘pasalubong’

It was supposed to be midyear Christmas “pasalubong” (welcome present) for two top officials of the Department of Finance, the Secretary and the newly minted chief of the Bureau of Customs.

Three top port operators (read: smugglers) raised P100 Million worth of pasalubong for these two top DOF officials.

The delivery boy of this P100 Million was a former BOC deputy commissioner in the past administration that was placed on freezer by former Pres. PNoy.

Waterfront sources intimated to Business Whispers  the “pasalubong” is a normal practice at the BOC, like a tradition, the reason the post of BOC chief…

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Maza hits PSA decline in poverty incident report

NATIONAL Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) head Liza Maza has raised the possibility that the decline in poverty incidence in 2015 as reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) was artificial and instead recommended a more holistic approach to solve poverty incidence in the country.

She noted that the lower poverty level could have been just made up by the past Aquino administration as well as a result of massive electoral spending by the camp of former Liberal Party presidential bet Manuel Roxas II.

Maza was particularly suspicious on the PSA report stating that the poverty incidence level dropped to 21.6 percent…

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