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A Chinese Navy flotilla will pay a goodwill visit to Davao on Sunday, the Philippine Navy public affairs office said, the same day President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo will be on hand to inaugurate the new Davao-General Santos-Bitung, Indonesia shipping route. Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao public affairs…

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FOR the second time in less than a month, shipper American Presidents Line (APL) has added a new route with a connection in Manila. APL inaugurated the new China Southeast Asia Service 6 (CS6) on Wednesday. This follows the addition of its CS5 service, connecting Manila with Busan, South Korea,…

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CONTAINER shipping lines were given largely unfavorable marks in a survey of shippers and freight forwarders conducted by the European Shipping Council (ESC) and maritime analysis firm Drewry in March, the ESC reported this week. The ESC said that according to the survey, the service provided by container shipping lines…

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FORWARDERS and shipping lines are warning their customers that severe congestion at the Port of Shanghai, the world’s busiest container port, could last for several weeks. The congestion has been attributed to unusual weather in the Shanghai area that has caused dense fog, higher-than-usual container volumes, and confusion caused by…

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THREE years ago, with great fanfare, Nicaragua’s leftist government announced the launch of an almost mythical project: The Grand Nicaraguan Interoceanic Canal (GNIC), a waterway stretching from the country’s Pacific to Caribbean coasts, passing through Lake Cocibolca that stretches across the western half of the country. The canal would be…

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AN invitation to export more fish to China extended to the Philippines by the China Asean Marine Product Exchange (Campe) this week is just the latest in a series of export deals in the last six months that will benefit the local agriculture and fisheries sectors. An official from Campe…

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Commercially grown for pulp, paper, medicines, and timber, “Rainbow Eucalyptus,” locally known as “bagras,” will be propagated on a production scale by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) after developing a micro-propagation protocol. Considered a good variety for commercial production because of its fast growth rate, eucalyptus can be…

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The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) has set up a quarterly travel grant program that provides up to $1,200 to each qualified agriculture and agriculture-related professional and social scientist, including graduate students in Southeast Asia. The program is part of Searca’s development model…

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Partnership with MILF in conflict-ridden area to preserve marshland, provide jobs A 1,000-hectare parcel in the conflict-ridden Liguasan Marsh in Maguindanao will be planted with bamboo under a one-of-a-kind partnership among the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the military, and the provincial and local governments in Maguindanao, the director of the…

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Trees and greenery are rising from a patch of land that was once covered with trash in Barangay Payatas in Quezon City, thanks to an ongoing tree-planting project by the local government. On the eve of the World Earth Day celebrations last Saturday, a group of employees from the Quezon…

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