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Day: November 17, 2022

Marcos welcomes Thai firm’s interest to invest in PH aquaculture

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is elated over a Thai company’s interest in putting more investments in the Philippine aquaculture industry, citing its importance in helping the country achieve food security.   Thai conglomerate CP Group pledged to make additional investments in the Philippines in aquaculture, rice and swine production during a meeting with Marcos in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday night.   Marcos, who also heads the Department of Agriculture (DA), said there were “many opportunities” to address issues in the aquaculture industry now that the country continues to move toward post-pandemic recovery.   “The Department of Agriculture of the

DA distributes farm machinery to N. Ecija farmers’ groups

The Department of Agriculture-Central Luzon (DA-3) has distributed farm machinery to various farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs) in Nueva Ecija.   The move is part of the DA’s farm mechanization program that aims to advance rice and corn production in the province.   Farmer-beneficiaries from the towns of Zaragoza, Llanera, Bongabon and San Isidro last week received four four-wheel drive tractors while those from the towns of Talavera, Rizal, Gabaldon and San Isidro got four combine harvesters.   Meanwhile, the recipients from the towns of Talavera, Cuyapo, Carranglan, Talugtug, Sta. Rosa, Cabiao, Peñaranda and Gapan City were given 20 shallow

PBBM bats for energy diversification to address climate change

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Thursday emphasized the importance of diversifying energy sources to sustain global economic growth and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.   In his opening remarks during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Marcos lamented that the progress made to address climate crisis is “not enough,” despite the implementation of global climate pacts such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement.   Marcos said a “stronger” action is needed, considering that climate change is “the most pressing existential challenge of our time” that

Railway projects to be crippled by cuts in DOTr budget: solon

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito has appealed to his colleagues to restore the budget of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the country’s railway system, saying the cuts might cripple the ongoing railways project, particularly the North-South Commuter Railway System and the first phase of the Metro Subway System.   “I appeal to my colleagues to restore the budget that was cut. Halos kalahati (Almost half). This will definitely affect the schedules. This will also entail financial charges. We will be burdened by these financial charges,” he said during the interpellation of the DOTr budget late Wednesday night.   He said

DBM eyes P28.9-B support for local governments in 2023

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is proposing a PHP28.9 billion Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) to raise the capability of local government units in assuming devolved functions under the Mandanas-Garcia ruling.   Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman said in a press briefing at the regional DBM office here late Wednesday that the proposed 2023 LGSF is higher than the PHP17.96 billion actual allocation this year.   “To facilitate this transition towards full devolution, our proposed budget next year provides allocations to empower the local government in delivering the services that have been devolved to them, including the PHP28.9 billion

PA seeks to dismantle 4 more NPA fronts in Samar by early 2023

The Philippine Army is eyeing to completely dismantle the remaining four guerrilla fronts of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Samar Island in the early part of 2023 through the whole of nation approach.   Maj. Gen. Camilo Ligayo, commander of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division, said these remaining fronts have been weakened in the past few years due to the surrender of active fighters and withdrawal of support from villagers.   “We are confident that the three Samar provinces will be cleared from NPA by early of 2023. The government have done a lot to address insurgency down

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