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Thursday, April 27, 2017
MOGPOG, Marinduque—Mayor Augusto Leo M. Livelo is determined to turn an abandoned copper mine in this town into an ecotourism spot. With the town’s limited resources, however, Livelo said he is banking on national government help and support, first by making the Consolidated Mines Inc. (CMI)—the operator of the abandoned...
SOLICITOR General Jose C. Calida on Thursday said the joint-venture agreement (JVA) between the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Tagum Agricultural Development Corp. (Tadeco) over a 5,212.46-hectare land within the Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) is void. Calida issued the findings after House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez sought the Office of...
LOCAL hog raisers belonging to the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines Inc. (ProPork) threw their support behind the Department of Agriculture’s decision to allow importation of 7 million kilograms of pork meat to arrest the increasing price in the local market. “We support the recent pronouncement of Agriculture Secretary...
LEGAZPI CITY—Albay Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara said he has no power to stop illegal gambling amid the continued operation of  jueteng in the province. The Philippine National Police  (PNP) said the campaign against illegal gambling began early  in March and includes all forms of illegal numbers game. The PNP...
LAOAG CITY—Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian, who chairs the Committee on Energy, is pushing for the immediate passage of a measure that will institutionalize reforms in the energy sector, particularly in the concern of procurement by distribution utilities (DUs) of supply for the captive market. Senate Bill  (SB) 1380 introduced by...
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said farmers, particularly those based in Luzon, could consider the production of macadamia plant as an alternative cash crop due to its relatively low input capital. “Considering further that macadamia production has a relatively low input requirement, it could be promoted as a cash crop...
JOSE Ceriales, a political prisoner who served 32 years after being convicted of common crimes, was finally released from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City last week. “After 32 years spent in jail on trumped-up charges of multiple murder and double frustrated murder, Jose Ceriales was finally freed on...
DAVAO CITY—Mindanao’s  pioneering spine surgeons here plans to hold next month the country’s first workshop on spine-injection procedure for spine and orthopedic surgeons, the Davao Doctors Hospital (DDH) said. The workshop would be specific for the minimally invasive surgery on cervical and lumbal spine, said Dr. Ronald P. Tangente, the...
THE newly created province of Davao Occidental is now ready to engage in the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), as the executive committee approved recently its Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP). The PCIP is the basis of the provincial government to submit project proposal under PRDP...
DAVAO CITY—The government has tendered—and the revolutionary Left has accepted—the template it used in implementing development projects in territories held by the Muslim guerrillas even if the two parties were still locked in the nitty-gritty of the peace negotiations. The template would also see the transitioning of the Mindanao Trust...
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union—The operation of the illegal numbers game “jueteng” continues unabated in this province and nearby Pangasinan with daily bets fetching an average of P5 million to P6 million. This was learned after the BusinessMirror placed a bet for P20 on Monday on the two-numbers game, called...
MAGALANG, Pampanga—Nestled at the foot of the fabled Mount Arayat, this bucolic town is embarking on a serious promotion as another tourism hot spot with its heritage, cultural and ecotourism sites. Mayor Malu Lacson and Vice Mayor Norman Lacson said they are actively promoting the town’s tourism potentials, not only...
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is eyeing to seed 210 million fingerlings of indigenous and noninvasive fish species into the country’s major river basins and lakes by 2022 in its bid to hike fisheries production. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he ordered the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources...
THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) is looking to offer preferential power rates in economic zones located in three regions in Mindanao in a bid to attract sizable manufacturing investments in underdeveloped Mindanao. Peza Director General Charito B. Plaza said the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Region 11 (Davao...
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—At least 10,362 overseas and local careers will be up for grabs during the 2017 Labor Day Job and Business Fairs in different parts of Central Luzon, based on a release made by the Philippine Information Agency. “Around 7,575 job vacancies for local employment will be...
FARM-TO-MARKET roads  (FMRs) worth P860 million in the Davao region will soon ground break after the Regional Program Advisory Board (RPAB) approved their funding under the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Program (DA-PRDP).  The road-rehabilitation project is 59.4 kilometers long. The province of Davao del Sur got the biggest chunk...
DAVAO CITY—The global environmentalist organization Greenpeace on Tuesday plans to go around the embassies of the world’s five leading plastic polluters of oceans to warn their governments to act on the companies’ massive littering of the environment. The Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines announced on Sunday they would visit the embassies of...
THE Central Visayas Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), headed by Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III, will assess the peace-and-order situation of the region next week after the trade minister’s meeting of the Asean that started last Wednesday in Bohol. Davide set the tentative date on Thursday next week to...
SARANGANI BAY, one of the country’s unheralded beautiful bays, comes to life as the Province of Sarangani and the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region 12 hold the first Sarangani Dive Safari from April 29 to May 1. Proclaimed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as a Protected Seascape and...
ELECTRIC cooperatives (ECs), mostly found in the provinces, recorded significant reductions in systems losses, allowing them to become operationally efficient and be of better service to consumers. The National Electrification Administration (NEA) said 42 ECs registered a single-digit system-loss average in 2016, while 53 others stayed within the 13-percent cap...
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