Toyota starts impossible with simultaneous national coastal clean-up and mangrove planting

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October 15, 2019
Posted in COMMUNITY

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) recently led 1,900 volunteers spread out across 35 locations nationwide for its very first “Start Your Impossible” National Coastal Clean-up and Mangrove Planting weekend. Held in partnership with TMP’s dealership network, NGO and LGU partners plus various coastal communities all over the Philippines, the volunteers were able to plant 40,000 mangrove …

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Sugar liberalization will cause a ‘social volcano’ eruption –Sancho

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October 15, 2019
Posted in HEADLINE

Possible ‘nationwide protest’ discussed By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga Save the Sugar Industry Movement lead convenor Wennie Sancho predicted the eruption of a “social volcano” if the push for sugar liberalization, or the deregulation of sugar importation, is not restrained. “An economic catastrophe of unparalleled proportion [will] engulf the sugar industry,” he insisted. “Sugar import …

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Today is the International Day of Rural Women

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October 15, 2019
Posted in HEADLINE

The United Nations observes October 15 as the International Day of Rural Women, which recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security, and eradicating rural poverty.” According to the UN, women account for a “substantial proportion” of the agricultural labor force with …

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Drug-free communities projected by 2022

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October 15, 2019
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During a recent orientation in Bacolod City on the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy, an initiative of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), DDB Undersecretary Earl Saavedra said he forecasts drug-free communities springing up by 2022. “We are really setting our eyes on 2022 creating drug-free communities,” he insisted. “We are doing our best to make things …

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Albayalde cancels Bacolod City visit following resignation

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October 15, 2019
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After he was previously scheduled to arrive in Bacolod City yesterday, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Oscar Albayalde canceled the visit after formally stepping down from the post yesterday morning. In a statement, he said he had the opportunity to talk with Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año after being …

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Local farmers encouraged to invest in crop insurance

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October 15, 2019
Posted in TOP STORIES

  A caravan geared towards Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program beneficiaries recently stopped in Isabela, where farmers were encouraged to work with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC). “We are currently partnering with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) because of our agricultural insurance program, which is beneficial among agrarian reform beneficiaries and farmers,” explained Julieby …

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Governor to ask Provincial Board to pass resolution opposing sugar liberalization

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October 15, 2019
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By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said he will ask the Provincial Board to pass a resolution opposing the proposal recommending sugar liberalization, or the deregulation of sugar importation. “I’m sure the incumbent board members will be ready to pass a resolution,” the governor affirmed. “The past board also passed …

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Earthquake detected off Negros Oriental coast

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October 15, 2019
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A 2.6-magnitude earthquake was detected yesterday afternoon, around 1:07 p.m., off the coast of Basay, Negros Oriental. A subsequent Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology bulletin reported no damages as a result of the incident nor were there aftershocks expected. Quakes ranging between 1.0 and 3.0 in magnitude are often classified as a Level 1 …

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Iloilo City bars fiesta fairs from public plazas

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October 15, 2019
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Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said fiesta fairs will be barred from the city’s public plazas beginning next year. He noted, ‘ukay-ukay,’ or second-hand clothing retailers, among other such activity is also prohibited during fiestas. The mayor explained, the move comes after lobbying from Senator Franklin Drilon, Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, and …

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