NEDA lauds okay of rice tarrification bill by bicam committee



By Rose de la Cruz


Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia has lauded the passage of the rice tarrification bill by the bicameral conference committee, which once signed into law and enforced will solve the food supply issues and improve the country’s agricultural productivity.


Similarly, Rep. Michael Romero, 1 PACMAN partylist, said "the imminent law authorizes the President of the Philippines to impose a rice safeguard tariff in accordance with Republic Act 8800 which is the law governing safeguard tariff measures."  The Tariff Commission is responsible for implementing the rice safeguard tariff.


Both the House…

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A difficult Christmas awaits most KSK members in Taguig



By Rose de la Cruz


Just after being overjoyed from finishing a 3-month urban farming training course with SM Foundation Inc. and Macondray Philippines last Wednesday and Thursday, some 135 (of 155) trainees now face a difficult Christmas after a blaze struck their homes in Barangay Bagumbayan, Taguig last Friday, leaving them with almost nothing.


Their houses, mostly made of light materials, were gutted by the blaze, which reached two alarms last Friday afternoon. Firemen are still determining the cause of the inferno.


Gina Malan, team leader of team okra in the KSK (Kabalikat sa…

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 Have we become a violent society?



By Rose de la Cruz


 Two recent violent incidents have caused concern for some partylist congressmen that they are calling for heightened security measures and punitive actions to be taken against the attackers and to prevent similar violence in the future.


Reps. Francisco Datol Jr. (Senior Citizen partylist) and Salvador Belar Jr. (1Ang Edukasyon partylist) are particularly concerned that such rage could manifest during the Christmas holiday rush, the coming elections and other large- scale occasions.


Datol was referring to the case of a road rage between a motorist and a 60-year old taxi driver (Raymond Madrigal) who…

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Belaro bats for salary hikes for SUC faculty members



By Rose de la Cruz


Likening the mandated revised compensation and position classification to a dish already cooked and ready to be served, Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr., 1Ang Edukasyon partylist, pushed for the immediate implementation of RA 6758 costing P2.9 billion.


Belaro, vice chair of the House committee on higher and technical education, said in the ongoing budget legislation in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, he pushed strongly for the funding of R.A. 6758 entitled “An Act Prescribing a Revised Compensation and Position Classification in Government and for Other Purposes.”


Belaro wants…

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The long road to clean energy



By Rose de la Cruz


The road to clean energy is filled with hurdles like increasing population and urbanization, multiple development and infrastructure and the lack of regulatory standards and incentives to ensure investments into the sector.


Currently, reliance on fossil fuel is still high with coal leading the mix. Investment in renewable energy (RE) in Southeast Asia is only 1.2 percent of the global figure but the region accounted for 3.7 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in 2017.


All the six SEA countries (Hongkong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines) covered…

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