NEIL ALCOBER, TMT

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THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday opened the nationwide application for the senior high school voucher program for the next school year. All Grade 10 completers in school year 2017-2018 who are enrolled in DepEd-recognized private schools and are not Educational Service Contracting (ESC) grantees are eligible to apply…

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FORMER Environment Secretary Gina Lopez has been awarded the 2017 Seacology Prize by the US-based nonprofit environmental conservation organization in recognition of her untiring environmental advocacy in the face of powerful opposition. She received $10,000 as part of the prize. Lopez was recognized in awarding ceremonies held at the Shangri-la…

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Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu urged member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to build sustainable cities and urban areas, noting that they could play a vital role in fight a climate change. In his message read by DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones during the Asean Forum on Urban…

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A farm owner in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija was forced to cull thousands of chickens after the Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed anew the “positive presence” of the bird flu virus. “DA confirmed the presence of the disease after ensuring that movement control for live poultry and their by-products is in…

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL watchdog EcoWaste Coalition on Friday warned consumers against buying toxic and dangerous toys in the market by coming up with an eight-point “Santa’s Guide for Safe Toys.” Thony Dizon, chemical safety campaigner, said safe toys must be age-appropriate, well-made, injury-free and duly labeled and registered; must have no…

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The reported slight increase in rice prices was not due to the lack of supply but is actually price-related, the National Food Authority (NFA) said on Thursday. “We have adequate volume of industry wide rice inventories at this time. The country’s rice stocks, at 1.944 million metric tons, would last…

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A teachers’s group on Thursday appealed to the Department of Education (DepEd) to include the teaching of Philippine history in high school curriculum starting next school year. The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) made the appeal at the sidelines of this year’s commemoration of the birth of Andres Bonifacio, the country’s’…

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AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has ordered the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) to conduct a random test in a poultry facility in Nueva Ecija to confirm the presence of avian influenza in the province. According to Piñol, a poultry farm owner in Cabiao has slaughtered thousands of his chickens but…

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THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) is studying a proposal to raise the excise tax in the mining sector, saying an increase should not be uniform and that each commodity such as gold, nickel and copper should have its own tax adjustment. According to…

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THE Sugar Alliance of the Philippines (SAP) has called on the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) to investigate the effect of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) importation on the continued decline of sugar prices. In a letter addressed to SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica, the SAP linked the continuing importation of HFCS to…

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