Solidum wants everyone to prepare for the ‘Big One’

By Tracy Cabrera

FOLLOWING the recent magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit Surigao and nearby areas, residents of Metro Manila and nearby provinces have been advised by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhIVolcS) to prepare for the ‘Big One’—a magnitude 7.2 earthquake—that could be generated by the West Valley Fault.

At the ‘Tapatan sa Aristocrat’ in Malate, Manila, PhIVolcS Director Renato Solidum stressed that, amid the devastation caused by the Surigao quake last week, residents of Metro Manila and nearby provinces should prepare for a powerful earthquake that could possibly kill thousands if government does not initiate…

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Fashion designers using tropical fibers wow Loren
Senator Loren Legarda looks at the chic office uniform of polo-barong made from tropical fibers developed by the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). With the Senator is PTRI Director Celia B. Elumba (right) who heads the PTRI FABulous @50 Exhibit at the Philippine Senate.

TRUE to her commitment of preserving indigenous culture in the country, Senator Loren Legarda has vowed to support fashion creations of different well-known designers as they showed off their unique designs using local natural fibers.

A known advocate of ethnic textile and clothing, she congratulated Philippine Textile Research…

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Imported flowers pummel local harvest last V-Day

WHAT could have been a windfall last Valentine’s Day for local flower growers turned out to be a tale of woe as they found themselves being eased out of the burgeoning market for cut flowers that day by the huge imports from China.

Understandably, their production is largely dependent on fair weather, accessibility to the market by land and by cost of locally growing these horticultural expressions of love and emotion.

The months prior to January had not been easy on local cut flower growers, whose upland farms (most of them are small ones) were hit badly several times by…

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What's In a Name?

By Romeo N. Dyoco, Jr.

“A ROSE by any other name will still smell as sweet,” according to Shakespeare’s Juliet.  

What about the Priority Development Assistance Fund or the PDAF?  

Likewise, there is this recent concoction called the Disbursement Acceleration Project or DAP. Are they the same dog with just different collars? 

Senators Joker Arroyo and Ping Lacson refer to both as “pork barrel”, which to their credit they have never availed of. 

Others are less charitable and refer to both PDAF and DAP as “holdup!” Are these, by simile, roses or septic tanks? 

To…

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DA eyes live cattle imports from Australia

IN A MOVE seen to boost the livestock industry in the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is planning to include in its 2018 budget the procurement of live cattle from Australia.

Using the imported Australian cattle as surrogates for embryos, which are likely to be procured from Argentina, the DA intends to establish dairy municipal multiplier farms in the Cordillera region and Bukidnon, where the climate is cold. 

Technicians will be provided to the farms to ensure proper care of the cattle.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he discussed the possible importation beginning next year with Australian…

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