SMFI’s Farmers Training Program Brings Christians and Muslims together


By Rose de la Cruz


The two-months’ Farmers Training and Livelihood Program of the SM Foundation Inc., which held its harvest festival program, amid a day-long downpour Tuesday, brought together Christians and Muslims who fled from Ground Zero of Marawi City during the six-months gunfight between government troops and Maute and ISIS-supported groups in Mindanao.


The ‘graduates’ (evacuees) from the city proper most of whom were used to the good pampered life of the landed gentry, were taught high value crops farming by SMFI in partnership with Harbest Agriculture (headed by Toto Barcelona) for two months…

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PNP told to expand investigation scope of PNP Women and Children Protection Desks


By Rose de la Cruz


Bagong Henerasyon Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy has asked Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Ronald dela Rosa to expand, soonest, the scope of investigation jurisdiction of the PNP Women and Children’s Desks to include LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender) community for them to get the respect and support of society..


She said that although the Sexual Orientation or Gender identity or Expression (SOGIE) Equality bills of the House and Senate have not yet become law, she believes the country’s laws against rape, sexual harassment and human rights can be cited by the PNP as basis to include…

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Measures pushed to mitigate inflation rise due to TRAIN


By Rose de la Cruz



The National Economic and Development Authority is asking the government to put in place measures to mitigate the inflationary impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) amidst an uptick in inflation, which could derail government’s targets.


The NEDA recorded increases in the country’s inflation rate as it cited that vigilant price monitoring and prompt action must also be initiated to curb profiteering.


NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia said increases in food and non-food prices pushed the country’s inflation to 4 percent in January 2018, hitting the upper band…

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AMAFI to provide BFP with technological knowhow


By Rose de la Cruz


The AMA Foundation Inc. (AMAFI) is partnering with the Bureau of Fire Protection by providing it with the technological knowhow and allowing it to use its satellite facilities nationwide to broadcast its new policies and information programs to its 145 city and municipal fire stations in the country as well as collate its databases across the country for a more informed and effective policy-making and implementation.


A memorandum of agreement was signed to this effect last Monday between AMAFI officials (in the presence of AMA Founder, chairman emeritus Ambassador Amable Aguiluz V…

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Fund rice production with subsidies from imports


By Rose de la Cruz


An urgent proposal made to President Duterte of using funds to buy imported rice at 800,000 metric tons under Executive Order No. 23 to subsidize local production was raised in a letter that was published by the Inquirer early January.


The proposal was made by Bernie Lopez, a newspaper columnist, as he stated that the budget for such rice imports, if used for domestic production of the staple, would dramatically improve local production toward self sufficiency status.


“This is the key to emancipation from agricultural slavery under the World Trade Organization,”…

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