Aspiring organic farmers complete training

From 102 initial participants to the 12-Friday Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KsK) livelihood training program of SM Foundation, 92 have successfully completed their courses in organic farming and were given fitting rites by SM Foundation held at SM Lipa recently.

The participants planted only organic vegetables in the half hectare land allotted by Belle Kaagapay, the foundation of Belle Corp., owners and developers of the Tagaytay Highlands, a 1,600 hectare sloping property development that covers the provinces of Batangas, Laguna and Cavite.

The graduates mostly from the eight barangays in Tanauan and Talisay, (although there were some who came from…

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Stricter Monitoring of Vehicle Emissions Tests Urged

SENATOR Loren Legarda has tasked the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to strengthen the monitoring of emissions from motor vehicles in compliance with the Clean Air Act (RA 8749).

Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance and co-author of RA 8749, made the statement after the DOTr revealed that none of its smoke emission testing machines are working.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said he is not aware why all the machines were broken and why these were not replaced but he assured that under his watch, the agency will immediately acquire smoke emission testing machines through the Motor Vehicle User’s…

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Christmas in September

Yes, there is Christmas in September for the smallholder coconut farmers.

Pres. Digong R. Duterte through his cabinet Secretaries Sonny Dominguez, Ka Paeng Mariano and Manny Pinol could make this happen by packaging 10 gifts as follows;

GIFT NO. 1:ISSUANCE OF NEW E.O. to replace EO 179 AND E0 180 (of Pres. Aquino) AND REMOVED THE UNFAIR PROVISIONS TOWARDS THE COCONUT FARMERS AND INSTEAD CREATE A PERPETUAL TRUST FUND FOR THE Php 71 BILLION RECOVERED COCO LEVY FUNDS – This will now remove the privatization of the coco levy funds and transform it into a perpetual trust fund to benefit…

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Villar wants mining shift from export to processing

GOVERNMENT must prioritize the development of domestic mineral processing plants since these will generate more employment and significantly improve the mining industry’s contribution to the economy.

"That should be the vision in the future because, right now, we are just exporting raw materials but as the country develops, we should export the processed already. [We can't do that] now because the industry is not that developed but it is something that we can look forward to in the future,” Sen. Cynthia Villar said on the sidelines of the opening day of the Mining Philippines Conference 2016.

The plan is similar…

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Marcos’ burial opens old wounds


WITH President Duterte unfazed about burying former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani next month, the nation is again divided by those who are in favor and against this move.

Those who are against it—which include incumbent government officials and those of previous administration; leftist groups and so-called victims of Martial Law —have gone to Luneta to show their protest. They have also filed a plea with the Supreme Court to stop the burial from taking place on Sept. 11, his birthday.

Though only former Presidents Carlos P. Garcia, Elpidio Quirino and Diosdado Macapagal were buried…

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