Former professionals are key to renaissance in farming

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

What started as hobby for some is now becoming serious business for other former professionals, who it seems are leading the renaissance to farming.

 

This became evident with the recent “graduation” and awarding of qualifying certifications to about 50 participants in the SM Foundation Inc.’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) farmers’ training program last December, who were handed these important papers by the Technical Education for Skills Development Authority (TESDA) at the St. Isidore “the farmer” Learning Center in Sta. Ana, Pampanga.

 

The certifications qualify them to take the next…

Read more: Former professionals are key to renaissance in farming

Former professionals are key to renaissance in farming

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

What started as hobby for some is now becoming serious business for other former professionals, who it seems are leading the renaissance to farming.

 

This became evident with the recent “graduation” and awarding of qualifying certifications to about 50 participants in the SM Foundation Inc.’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) farmers’ training program last December, who were handed these important papers by the Technical Education for Skills Development Authority (TESDA) at the St. Isidore “the farmer” Learning Center in Sta. Ana, Pampanga.

 

The certifications qualify them to take the next…

Read more: Former professionals are key to renaissance in farming

An agreement that would be rammed into the throats of water concessionaires

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Other than the much-published ranting and announcement by President Duterte of a new concession agreement, which he said the current contract holders must adhere to, nothing much is known about its content, except the alleged removal of “onerous provisions” in favor of the concessionaires.

 

Considering that this administration claims that it is a strict follower of transparency and its fighting corruption—in and out of government—its conduct of business and governance leaves much to be desired in these barometers.

 

It is just right then that Rep. Bernadette Herrera of the Bagong…

Read more: An agreement that would be rammed into the throats of water concessionaires

 How to cope with inflation amid the fragility in the Middle East

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

While it is right for the government to herald that it has managed inflation well in the last quarter of 2019, at the range it had set at 1.8 to 2.6 percent (where it settled in December at 2.5 percent last year), worries have been aired over the impact of the fragile Middle East situation, which could lead to tighter fuel supply and higher cost thus escalating all other items in the food and non-food baskets.

 

Year-on-year headline inflation for the whole of 2019 averaged at 2.5 percent, well within…

Read more: How to cope with inflation amid the fragility in the Middle East

Twas a bleak Christmas for families displaced by typhoons, earthquake and armed conflict

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

As Filipinos across class segments looked optimistically as Christmas approached, many traumatized families displaced by typhoons, earthquakes and armed conflict languished in evacuation centers away from the comforts of home, relatives and friends.

 

Many, who had the chance to attend the 9-day novena masses or Simbang Gabi (or its equivalent anticipated masses) prayed hard for kind souls to give them a semblance of material comforts in the form of relief goods and hand-me-down clothing, bedsheets and other beddings and even toiletries.

 

These victims of natural and man-made calamities joined the…

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