NEIL ALCOBER, TMT

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THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will impose stricter penalties on illegal fishers, especially foreign fishermen caught poaching in Philippine waters, officials said. In 2016, the agency filed 361 cases against fishermen who were caught illegally fishing, including foreigners suspected of poaching. The P10.7 million fines collected during…

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A newly-formed movement on Monday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to end extra-judicial killings and stop the Philippine National Police from implementing its war on illegal drugs under Oplan Double Barrel. #Tindig Pilipinas was launched yesterday at Club Filipino in San Juan. The group’s co-convenor, Rep. Gary Alejano of Magdalo…

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AN environmental group has asked the government, industry and the citizenry to help put a stop to the dumping of plastic wastes into waters that is destroying the world’s oceans. The EcoWaste Coalition made the appeal in observance of the National Cleanup Month and the International Coastal Cleanup Day on…

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THE city government of San Juan will be hosting a benefit concert on September 20 for the victims of the ongoing Marawi siege. Its venue is at the Filoil Flying V Center in the city. Mayor Guia Gomez said the city government collaborated with the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Pinaglabanan,…

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THE Department of Agriculture (DA) gave twelve tons of dressed chicken to soldiers and policemen fighting the Islamic State-linked Maute Group in Marawi City. “As promised, soldiers and policemen received the first shipment of dressed Halal chicken from President Rody [Rodrigo] Duterte who wanted to provide the fighting men and…

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THE coconut industry may be the agriculture sector’s saving grace, as it has the potential to earn up to $6 billion a year from exports, benefiting millions of small, marginal farmer families, a former official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. “The coconut industry’s vast potential to earn more…

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HINATUAN Island, Surigao del Norte: Hinatuan Mining Corp. (HMC), a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp., expects to make at least 51 ore shipments as operations normalize next year. Resident Mine Manager Francisco Arañes Jr. said the company hopes that output and earnings would increase as nickel prices improve in the…

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CAGDIANAO, Dinagat Islands province: Cagdianao Mining Corp. (CMC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nickel Asia Copt. (NAC), is stepping up its operations to export 12 more shipments of nickel ore to China by the second week of November. According to CMC Mine Production Supervisor Noah Balonzo, the company has completed 25…

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THE House of Representatives has approved the P40.8-billion budget for 2018 of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA). The amount is higher by six percent than the P38.3 billion allotted for the irrigation sector this year. Bulk of the approved budget or P26.8 billion will go to restoration, repair and rehabilitation…

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THE Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) has turned over P31 million worth of credit funds to six Camarines Sur and Catanduanes cooperatives that will serve as lending conduits for the Survival and Recovery (SURE) Assistance Program for farmers and fishermen affected by Typhoon Nina. The six were identified as the…

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