Mariano: Uphold farmers’ rights and welfare

AGRARIAN Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano recently reiterated his call to uphold farmers’ welfare as his agency begins crafting its strategy map for the next five years. 

“I believe that if this directive is promoted and strictly enforced, other thrusts of the department such as farmers’ security of tenure, provision of support services, would follow suit,” he explained.

Together with the new officials, Mariano explained to the bureaucracy his thrusts and policy directives for the department. 

He said the country, after so many years, is still practicing a semi-feudal agriculture.

“Under my watch, the department would do…

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Agency News Newsbriefs (Vol. 7, No. 17)

Ph bans import of chicken, eggs, ducks from 4 countries

The Department of Agriculture has recently banned the importation of poultry products following the outbreak of bird flu in Europe and Asia. 

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol recently signed an order banning the importation of dressed and deboned chicken, eggs, and ducks from South Korea, Germany, France and Netherlands due to reported cases of bird flu in those countries. 

However, imports from United States, Canada and Australia are exempted from the ban as there have been no reported cases of bird flu in those countries.

Piñol issued the directive…

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“5-6” borrowers prefer Bombay over govt’ funding
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FROM the looks of it, the government appears to be bent on driving away the usurious practice of the “5-6” lending scheme that is mostly perpetrated by the neighborhood Indian money lenders.

President Duterte has trained his guns on the Indian money lenders noting that they have been victimizing the country’s poorest sector.


Not so Fast

But while Duterte might have noble intentions, majority of those interviewed by OpinYon said that they do not support the government’s campaign to drive the “Bombay” away.

The main reason for their preference of the Bombay money lenders…

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THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has recently tripled the number of Negosyo Centers in the Philippines from 144 in 2015 to 447 in 2016, according to the agency. 

Majority of the Centers launched last year had been under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, with 197 centers. 

Through these Negosyo Centers, DTI assisted a total of 491,314 clients nationwide and conducted over 6,000 seminars for MSMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs. Negosyo Centers also created over 41,000 MSMEs. There were 213,092 clients served from July to November 2016 alone.

“An entrepreneurial nation is what will give the Philippines a good chance towards economic prosperity. Negosyo Centers are people’s partners towards inclusive growth. 

This is part of the government’s commitment to encourage entrepreneurship among ordinary Filipinos,” said DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez.

As infrastructures of entrepreneurship, Negosyo Centers provide efficient services to MSMEs across the archipelago, including through provision of business mentoring services, information on market and access to money.  (J. Veloso)

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Clark's Fundamentals

By Romeo N. Dyoco, Jr.

THERE are two specific fundamental situations which are the underlying bases for the governance of the Clark Freeport Zone.  

A new batch of appointees has taken over both Boards of Directors and the top management positions of Clark Development Corporation and the critical senior management positions of the Clark International Airport Corporation.

The basic situation regarding the top management of CDC and CIAC is that, as the governing entities of the Clark FZ, they are appointed on a yearly basis.  

The members of the respective boards are appointed through the BCDA, the owner…

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