Saving farmers from poverty

THERE WAS a movie that tells the true story of 33 trapped miners that were all rescued after 69 days underground which is titled THE 33. 

It was in Chile where 33 miners were trapped for 69 days in a 100 year old mining company that did not provide for a way out of the mine in case of an accident (because of greed) such as an earthquake. 

Their story is no different from the farmers of the Philippines today. They are also trapped in poverty.

All the technologies of drilling and triangulation were used by the experts…

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PH rice self-sufficiency via hybrid seeds, modernization
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THE country’s rice industry faces a bright future, and in the next two to three years it could be self-sufficient and ably compete with its Asian counterparts.

This is the sentiment of more than 3.000 farmers, private seed producers and government officials who attended the 3rd national rice technology forum, September 27 to 29, 2016, in Polangui, Albay.

The key is planting quality inbred and hybrid rice varieties, adopting the recommended package of technologies and farm mechanization — which was successfully demonstrated to thousands of Bicol farmers at a contiguous, commercial-scale 20-hectare technology demonstration farm…

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First 100 days of Du30 Presidency: Report Card (First of a series)

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s first 100 days in office have been bewildering and devastating to his political nemesis of various stripes.

Especially to criminals and corrupt elements in government and out of it, druglords and rank and file ofthe drug syndicates, foreign meddlers in Philippine internal affairs, their respective drumbeaters, spin masters and fellow travelers.

Political opposition has wilted in the face of a 91% popular trust rating which is completely unprecedented and simply overwhelming. 

But partisan politics is a game of hawks and eagles. Sharp claws may have been retracted, temporarily, but they are ever ready to pounce…

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 Militants belie independent foreign policy claims

MILITANT labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) has belied claims that President Rody Duterte's recent pronouncements regarding the country's relationship with the United States is a signal in the country’s shift to independent foreign policy.

“While the President’s criticism of our unequal relationship with the US is, of course welcome, the President himself has made it clear that he has threatened to break our subservient and mendicant relationship with the US only because the US officials have criticized the President's brutal "war on drugs." This in itself does not constitute independence” BMP President Leody de Guzman said in a…

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Farms Not Only Arms

Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte recently encouraged the Armed Forces of the Philippines to reinvent the armed forces to prepare for a War on Terrorism. He promised them all the arms they needed to fight terrorism. However, Pres. Digong directed them “to increase their intelligence network and if necessary they even have to disguise as farmers”. 

This can easily be done.  Of the 47 million rice, corn and coconut farmers, the AFP can train 1 million farmers per region in intelligence work that a farmers’ federation can organize for the AFP under PROJECT A.S.A. (Agribusines Systems Approach).  (This can now…

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