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A former policemen and his son were killed in an ambush in Mandaluyong City on Monday. Eastern Police District (EPD) Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula identified the victims as retired Chief Inspector Hoover Pascual, formerly assigned at San Juan City Police Station, and his son Bryan Henrick, of Barangay Hulo, Mandaluyong…

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AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Monday belied reports that a duck farm in Butuan City was infected by avian influenza or bird flu. In a post on his Facebook account, Piñol said that poor farm management and overcrowding caused the death of about 20 ducks in a farm there. “Dr.…

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AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Friday confirmed that new cases of poultry deaths were reported in two farms in Nueva Ecija province. “Two new cases of Avian influenza have been confirmed by the Bureau of Animal Industry in Jaen and San Isidro towns of Nueva Ecija today,” Piñol said in…

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PHILIPPINE Coconut Authority (PCA) administrator Romulo dela Rosa on Friday urged the Senate and House of Representatives to hasten the passage of a measure that seeks to create a trust fund from the P75-billion coconut levy. “The Lower House will now go to the floor and the other representatives will…

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AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Thursday appealed to cockfighting enthusiasts in Pampanga to temporarily stop the holding of cockfights to prevent the avian influenza outbreak (bird flu) from spreading. “For effective containment of the avian influenza virus, we discourage the movement of fowls, including fighting roosters, for the next two…

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THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), in partnership with the Sugar Regulatory Authority (SRA) and the local government of Cabagan, Isabela recently launched a block farming project to help increase farmer incomes as well as boost the country’s sugarcane production. The project seeks to improve productivity at sugarcane farms that…

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Around 600,000 chickens in Pampanga province, north of Manila, will be culled to help prevent the spread of the H5 avian flu virus, Secretary Emmanuel Piñol of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday. “That is a welcome development to us [at the Department of Agriculture] because, according to…

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Agriculture sector growth accelerated in the second quarter as favorable weather boosted harvests, the government reported on Tuesday. The 6.18 percent expansion for April-June is an improvement from the 4.9 percent recorded in the first three months of the year. The result bodes well for second quarter economic growth, data…

COOK CHICKEN AT 70 DEGREES, PUBLIC TOLD

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AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Monday said he had ordered the culling of fighting roosters and hens in six game farms affected by the H5 avian flu outbreak in Pampanga. “All fowls will be culled,” Piñol told The Manila Times in a text message. The agriculture chief, however, did not…

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