Senators say onion prices disproportionate to size of domestic shortfall

THE high price of onions is disproportionate to the small shortfall in domestic production, which could have easily been addressed by well-timed imports, Senators said. Senator Cynthia A. Villar, who chairs the Senate committee on Agriculture and Food, cited data from the Philippine Statistics Authority pointing to a 2021 onion surplus if domestic production and […]

City official ‘confident’ all preparations at SRP to be completed before grand parade

ASSISTANCE from private firms continues to pour in as the Cebu City Government and the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) try to beat the deadline for finishing the Sinulog Grand Parade and Ritual Showdown venues at the South Road Properties (SRP). Dakay Construction and Development Corp.is building the stage and amphitheater-type grandstand for free, said Councilor […]

Wenceslao: Three celebrations

Let me talk about the celebrations in December aside from Christmas. For activists, this starts with the 10th, Human Rights Day. The adoption of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950 was supposed to be a world milestone. But it has largely been forgotten and remembered only by […]

Maharlika still flawed after pensions ruled out as funders

By Beatriz Marie D. Cruz THE proposed Maharlika Wealth Fund (MWF) continues to be saddled with governance “red flags” even after the withdrawal from participation of chef funders the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS). Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III, co-founder and coordinator of the Action for Economic Reforms think tank, […]

Retailers still cautiously optimistic

RETAILERS in Cebu maintain a wait-and-see stance on the industry’s full recovery as they continue to face challenges in the midst of a holiday-induced spending. While he believes Cebuanos will still spend big time this holiday season, Christian Paroan, president of the Philippine Retailers Association-Cebu Chapter, said there are still some players who have not […]

Recovery prospects seen boosted by regional R&D, climate change collaboration

TRIVENITURBINES.COM REGIONAL collaboration in research and development (R&D) and technology to mitigate climate change is expected to drive economic recovery, by making products and investment projects more viable, executives said at a virtual conference. “Cross-border collaboration is vital… We look more broadly as to how we can further collaboration. People-to-people exchanges will lead to a […]

Meat industry says agri PPPs, more support for farmers to ensure food security

By Justine Irish DP Tabile AGRICULTURAL public-private partnerships (PPPs) and investing in farmers will help ensure food security and counter the trend of younger people being discouraged from taking up unrewarding careers in agriculture, a senior meat industry executive said. “If we want food security, we have to make sure we have farmer security. Because […]

Retired Navy officer found guilty of corruption in medical supply contracts 

THE PHILIPPINES’ anti-graft court has convicted a retired navy admiral of graft and malversation for approving anomalous medical supply procurements from 1990 to 1991.  In a 586-page decision dated Sept. 16, Sandiganbayan Third Division said former Philippine Navy Rear Admiral Gilmer B. Batestil showed intent to “defraud the government” through falsification of documents.   “Here the […]

DOH exec: No shortage of nurses, medical personnel in C. Visayas

DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas director Jaime Bernadas assured that the region has enough medical personnel working in public and private hospitals. Bernadas made the assurance after DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country is currently facing a shortage of healthcare workers. Bernadas said Central Visayas has no shortage of healthcare workers, […]