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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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THE militant fisher folk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Saturday called for the scrapping of the 2018 budget of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) allocated for the Fisheries Regulatory and Law Enforcement Program worth P697.7 million. The amount forms part of the bureau’s…

400,000 CHICKENS ORDERED CULLED

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AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Friday declared an outbreak of H5 bird flu in Pampanga province, the country’s first, and at the same time ordered the culling of 400,000 chickens to prevent the virus from spreading. No animal-to-human transmissions have been reported, he said. “We are officially confirming the outbreak…

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THE Department of Education (DepEd) has allotted P39 million to fund a drug testing program for public school students and teachers that will be implemented by the Department of Health (DoH). On the tertiary level, the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) recently approved Memorandum Order 64, Series of 2017, which…

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A militant student group on Tuesday opposed the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHEd) approval and impending implementation of mandatory drug testing for college students. “Academic freedom should not be about incriminating students. Drug testing should be non-mandatory, and it should not be a requirement for admission in schools,” Mark Vincent…

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The Eastern Police District (EPD) of the Philippine National Police’s National Capital Regional Police Office on Saturday announced that it has formed a task force to investigate the killings of former BusinessWorld editor Michael Marasigan and his brother, Christopher Marasigan, by motorcycle-riding gunmen in San Juan City on Thursday night.…

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More than 1,000 indigents in Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City, have availed of free medicines, consultations and examinations during the medical, dental, and optical mission conducted by newspaper reporters assigned at the Metro Manila’s eastern area in cooperation with UNTV, National Press Club of the Philippines, Eastern Police District and the…

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