Reforms needed for agri, fisheries sector



By Rose de la Cruz


Disturbed by the slow growth of the agriculture and fisheries sectors, the National Economic and Development Authority cited the urgency for a comprehensive study and “deep” reforms to ensure their growth could keep pace with demand, so as not to cause aberrations in inflation, in the years to come.


In a recent press conference, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said palay and corn, for instance, grew by 4.6 and 4.7 percent respectively, coming from a high base. Yet the consumer price for these items keeps rising. This calls for a comprehensive…

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16 more reclamation projects are underway

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By Fernan J. Angeles


DESPITE a policy statement turning down development projects seen to desecrate the environment, the government appears bent on pushing through with reclamation projects that would further reduce the holding capacity of our water forms, by as much as 20,000 hectares.

In the Bulacan Aerotropolis project alone, a long stretch of mangroves was already cut, possibly without environmental clearance. On top of the Aerotropolis project, at least 19,000 hectares of reclamation projects nationwide are currently in the pipeline.

Last week, an environmental movement which calls itself as Kalikasan PNE joined environmental…

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   Rep. Salo urges random drug testing for elected barangay/SK officials


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By Rose de la Cruz 

Even before the winners in today’s electoral exercise for the barangays and Sangguniang Kabataan could be announced, Rep. Ron Salo, Kabayan Partylist, called for the random drug testing of elected officials to ensure that winners are drug-free.

He called on the Department of Interior and Local Government to immediately conduct a nationwide random voluntary drug testing for barangay and SK officials who get proclaimed in today’s election to ensure that they are in the proper frame of mind to govern in their respective areas.

Election victors must set good example…

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 F2 Logistics completes delivery of election paraphernalia


By Rose de la Cruz

For once it can be told that the barangay and SK elections today is being hold-- despite three postponements-- without any hitches because all the accountable and non-accountable forms of the Commission on Elections had been delivered throughout the country. 

F2 Logistics Philippines, which won the bidding of the Commission on Elections for the delivery of election paraphernalia, reported recently that it had completed the task working 24 hours for seven days under the supervision of Comelec inspectors and security from the Armed Forces and their own.


F2 president/CEO Efren Uy toured…

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Phl. economy grows by 6.8% in Q1



By Rose de la Cruz


The Philippine economy grew by a robust 6.8 percent during the first quarter of 2018 mainly from strong government infrastructure spending.

This growth rate makes the Philippines one of the best performing economies in the region and is close to the lower end of the government’s target of 7% to 8%.


         “We are pleased to announce that economic expansion for the first quarter of 2018 hit 6.8%, making the Philippines one of the fastest-growing economies in the fastest-growing region in the world,” said Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno.

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