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THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will establish farm business schools in Toledo City and Asturias town to help agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) develop their farms and make their operations profitable. Elvira Bation, provincial Agrarian Reform program officer, recently signed an agreement with the mayors of Toledo City and Asturias…

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TWENTY-four local government units (LGUs) were given the “Seal of Good Education Governance” for their commitment and staunch advocacy for basic education at the 11th National Education Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Friday. Synergeia Foundation grants the yearly citation that comes with a P1.5…

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The Agriculture department will be giving vegetable seeds to gardeners nationwide beginning next year under a program aimed at backyard production. “In the 2018 Budget, about P500 million is allocated for vegetable seeds to be distributed,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said in a Facebook post on Friday. The National Backyard…

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COMMISSION on Higher Education (CHEd) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan maintained on Wednesday that Karol Mark Yee remains the incumbent and legitimate CHEd executive director. “We want to clarify that the executive director of CHEd is Mr. Karol Mark Yee, not Atty. [Julito] Vitriolo. At the moment, we do have an executive…

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AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is ready to file libel charges against Frank Cimatu, a Baguio City-based journalist for an allegedly libelous Facebook post in connection with the avian flu crisis. “The libel case my lawyers are preparing against Cimatu stemmed from a Facebook post he made which claimed that I…

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CHEMICAL safety and consumer protection groups on Saturday raised the alarm over the continued sale of mercury-based skin whitening products despite bans on their import, distribution, and sale. The EcoWaste Coalition and Laban Konsyumer, Inc. made the pronouncement ahead of the first Conference of Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention…

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Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Friday visited the wake of slain barangay captain Ruben Arzaga in El Nido, Palawan, honoring him as a “Bayani ng Kalikasan.” “I salute Ruben, because he sacrificed his life to protect the environment. Because of his courageous act, we should honor him as ‘Bayani ng…

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Asian agriculture research officials have expressed support for the Asean+3 Rice Breeding and Genetics Initiative — a long-term program that aims to address regional food security and national rice sector strategy concerns. This week’s meeting of the Council for Partnerships on Rice Research in Asia (CORRA) saw officials pledging to…

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New prices for Virginia, burley and native tobacco have been approved by the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) for the next two trading years. Virginia tobacco, which takes up almost 60 percent of the country’s tobacco production area, will see floor prices rise to P82 per kilo for Grade AA, P81…

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed the petition for a recall election against San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez for lack of sufficient evidence. In an eighteen-page decision, the poll body said petitioners Sophia Patricia Gil, Raul Sevilla, Raymond Alzona and Jun Paul Aquino were able to meet the…

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