JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ, TMT

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The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is launching a massive pest control program in key coconut producing areas in Calabarzon region to control the outbreak of scale insects. Dubbed as Sama-samang Aksyon ng Gobyerno, Industriya at Pamayanan (Sagip), the P41.2-million program aims to eradicate scale insect infestation through massive and simultaneous…

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Residents of Candelaria, Zambales, a known tourist destination, were alarmed after a portion of a beach collapsed on Saturday afternoon causing the sea to move inland, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) reported over the weekend. MGB Director Leo Jasareno said that they are still investigating the cause of the…

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The Climate Change Commission is set to lay groundwork for sustainable energy roadmap for the Philippines, which aims to shift the country’s current fuel system to 100-percent renewable energy capacity in 10 years. “Our government and its leadership is concerned with the latest scientific reports that global warming has accelerated,…

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The Philippine unit of Canada’s TVI Pacific Inc. has formally submitted the declaration of mining project feasibility (DMPF) to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for review and approval of its Balabag gold-silver project. Cliff James, TVI Pacific Inc. chairman and chief executive officer, said that the filing…

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) has temporarily suspended the importation of animals from Zimbabwe that are susceptible to foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease. In Memorandum Order 18, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala ordered the temporary ban on the importation of FMD-susceptible animal products and by-products from Zimbabwe, following an outbreak of the disease…

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Padcal, Benguet: Philex Mining Corp. said that it will ask government regulators to extend its mining operations at the Padcal copper-gold mine to fill the remaining void in its tailing pond. Libby Ricafort, Philex vice president for operations and Padcal resident manager, said that extension of its operations is necessary…

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Listed agribusiness firm Calata Corp. said on Wednesday that it is in talks for a possible partnership with a leading retailer of agricultural products for the expansion of its distribution network in Luzon. Joseph Calata, president of Calata Corp., said that the company is pursuing an aggressive expansion of its…

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) called on rural banks across the country to lend more to farmers, fisher folk and rural entrepreneurs to further enhance and develop growth in the farming sector. During the recent 60th annual convention of the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP), Agriculture Secretary Proceso…

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The country’s coconut oil exports bounced back in May this year after a slump in the previous month as traditional markets increased orders for their stock requirements, the United Coconut Association of the Philippines Inc. (UCAP) said on Thursday. In a telephone interview, UCAP Executive Director Yvonne Agustin said that…

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