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ABOUT 17 students from Calumpang Elementary School in Marikina City were hospitalized after eating spaghetti at the school canteen on Friday morning. The students—nine male and eight female—were rushed to Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Marikina City after they showed symptoms of food poisoning. Eastern Police District (EPD) Director…

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THE wife of celebrity Chef Bruce Lim was charged with estafa for issuing bouncing checks worth P20 million. Michelle Katherine Lim issued the checks in January this year as payment of a debt to the complainant, a businesswoman who refused to be named. The complainant’s lawyers, Willard Yung and Joseph…

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TWO days after President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi City liberated from the terrorist Maute group, the Education department has begun its rehabilitation assessment efforts to determine the extent of damage to school buildings. “We’re now conducting post-conflict needs assessment in Marawi City and in areas outside ground zero. We will…

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THE Agriculture department will be using a prioritization scheme for infrastructure development proposals under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in a bid to maximize the use of an anticipated $170-million World Bank loan. The loan, targeted to be utilized in 2018, will be part of the $450 million in…

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AN executive of a Lopez group company fell to his death from a high-rise building in Pasig City on Friday morning, police said. The executive, Ferdinand Edwin CoSeteng, 54, of Urdaneta Village, Makati City, fell from the 10th floor of Tower 3, Rockwell Business Center in Barangay Ugong, Pasig City,…

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THE militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Friday urged Rep. Tobias Tiangco of Navotas City to suspend the registration of fishing boats in the city. Fernando Hicap, the group’s national chairpman, stressed that fisherfolk don’t need to pay just to get their boats registered…

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THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with Catholic Church-owned Radio Veritas in providing the public with better understanding of climate change and other environmental issues through a weekly radio program. The radio program, entitled “Ang Tinig ng Klima” and aired every Saturday from 8 a.m. to…

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AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has asked state universities and colleges (SUCs) offering degrees in agriculture to train their students in operating a farm tractor and other agricultural achineries to further improve their skills. According to Piñol, many of the graduates of agriculture courses do not how to operate a tractor…

EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY

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THE mining sector has asked the government to lift the moratorium on new permit applications, saying the ruling administration should have a clear-cut policy direction aimed at attracting more investments. In 2012, then-President Benigno Aquino 3rd issued EO, or Executive Order, 79 (Mining Law), and then ordered the moratorium on…

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THE Senate has approved the P10.27 billion proposed budget of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for 2018. Sen. Cynthia Villar, head of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, pushed DAR to allot more funds for the development and sustainability programs of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs). Villar also urged…

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