Sugar industry calls for broad participation in import program

THE sugar industry has called on the government to admit all interested parties, including sugar producers, industrial users, and accredited traders to the proposed program to import sugar.  In a letter to the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) on Feb. 6, Confederation of Sugar Producers Association, Inc. (Confed) President Aurelio Gerardo J. Valderrama, Jr. asked the […]

SeaPRWire Launches ‘Brand-Insight Program 3.0’ for Crypto Customers

Singapore – SeaPRWire, a global leading news release distribution newswire, has announced the launch of its new ‘Brand-Insight Program 3.0’. The program is aimed at helping clients in the Fin-tech and Crypto industries to increase their brand exposure, improve user trust, and boost market share. According to Yaqin Tan, CMO of SeaPRWire, the program will offer […]

DA-Cagayan Valley to lead yellow corn breeding program

THE AGRICULTURE department’s research center in Cagayan Valley region in northern Philippines will lead a yellow corn breeding program aimed at providing affordable and sustainable supply for animal feeds.    “The program will strengthen the development of yellow corn varieties with improved yield potential of 5-6 tons per hectare, and improved drought and disease tolerance,” the […]

Marcos seeks more cash aid for Filipinos amid spiraling prices

PHILIPPINE President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday asked the Social Welfare department to continue giving cash aid to poor Filipinos who are not covered by lower income tax rates. “Continue calibrating the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and strengthening the government’s social protection initiatives,” he told officials during its anniversary. He said the program has […]

Death toll from floods, landslides climbs to 43, agricultural damage hits over P1B 

THE DEATH toll from flooding and landslides prompted by persistent rains since December has climbed to 43 while eight others have been reported missing, according to Jan. 30 update of the national disaster management council.    Rains are expected to continue this week in affected areas, including southern parts of Luzon, eastern Visayas, and parts of […]

Net metering proposed to address rising power prices

THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said on Tuesday that the aggressive implementation of a net metering program will help insulate customers from rising electricity prices. “While the program demonstrates potential savings in electricity cost and protection from bill shock, actual data shows the need for more aggressive efforts to promote and implement the program in […]

Why learning to surf can be great for your mental health, according to a psychologist

Disclaimer: This asset is provided by The Conversation. Nothing clears the mind like going for a surf. With the escapism and simplicity of riding waves, it’s no secret that surfing feels good. Now our preliminary study in children and adolescents adds to growing evidence that surfing really is good for your mental health. But you don’t have to have a mental illness to get […]

MMDA returns P1.2-B unauthorized WiFi fund from DICT — solon 

THE METRO Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has returned a P1.2-billion fund it received from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) without the necessary approvals, a lawmaker said on Monday.  Senior Deputy Minority Leader Paul R. Daza, who was one of the lawmakers present in the House investigation on the alleged illegal transfer of […]

Gov’t has P1.3-B budget for free bus rides this year — DBM

THE GOVERNMENT has allocated P1.285 billion in this year’s budget for the continuation of free bus services nationwide, including the EDSA Busway system in Metro Manila, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Thursday.   “We understand the plight of our commuting public. The service contracting program, which funds ‘Libreng Sakay’ is a big […]

LANDBANK lending to fisheries tops P2.8 billion

THE LAND Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) said outstanding loans to the fisheries sector hit P2.8 billion at the end of November. In a statement Thursday, the state-run bank said that it offers lending programs designed to boost fisheries production. Its product lines include a sustainable aquaculture lending program, which finances fishers’ associations, cooperatives or […]

Procurement, bonuses deemed hot spots for GOCC corruption

THE GOVERNANCE Commission for GOCCs (GCG) said its anti-corruption and integrity program will focus on problem areas like procurement and property disposals by state-owned companies. The GCG said it also considers bonuses, allowances, and incentives at state-owned firms, known as government-owned or-controlled corporations (GOCCs), another area that needs to be watched. “This program will ultimately […]