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Day: November 17, 2022

IPs allow firm to put up coco farm in ancestral land

A 3,500 -hectare coconut plantation is set open early next year inside the Manobo ancestral domain in Surigao del Sur’s town of Lingig.   In a statement Thursday, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in Surigao del Sur (NCIP-SDS) said the establishment of the coconut farm is supported by a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the holders of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title No. 210 (CADT-120) and the TS-RGB Agri-Ventures Corporation.   The MOA was signed Wednesday in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, after the Manobo indigenous community granted the firm’s Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) application.   “Under

Red tide recurs in Samar’s Irong-Irong Bay

Red tide recurred in Irong-Irong Bay in Catbalogan City, Samar just two weeks after it was cleared of toxin, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said on Thursday.   “To safeguard human lives, we are issuing this warning as a precautionary advice to the public to refrain from gathering, selling, and eating all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. locally known as ‘alamang’ or ‘hipon’ from these bays,” BFAR said in its local shellfish bulletin.   Water and shellfish meat samples will be sent to their main office for confirmatory testing. The bay was cleared of the red

EU holds Russia responsible for Poland missile strike

The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Wednesday held Russia responsible for the “tragic” missile incident in Poland, calling the attack a gross violation of international law.   “This tragic incident is a result of yet another massive wave of missile attacks on Ukrainian cities by Russia yesterday, targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure,” Josep Borrell said in a statement. “These attacks are gross violations of international law.”   “Russia continues to disseminate disinformation about the unjustified and unprovoked war it is waging against Ukraine. We will keep calling Russia out for its information manipulation and interference,” Borrell added.   He

Marcos eyes EO to lure offshore wind investments: DOE chief

Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Raphael Lotilla said President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. aims to issue an executive order (EO) to facilitate more offshore wind investments in the country.   In a media briefing Thursday, Lotilla said the EO will complement the newly amended implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Renewable Energy Act, which lifts the equity limit for foreign investors in the renewable energy sector.   Lotilla said the DOE is also reviewing the existing policies, framework and guidelines governing the administration of wind energy service contracts, including the technical, financial, operational and administrative risks and challenges of

MWSS approves Manila Water, Maynilad charge hikes

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) announced on Thursday its approval of Manila Water and Maynilad’s charge increases in the coming years.   According to its official announcement signed by MWSS-RO Chief Regulator Patrick Lester Ty, Manila Water will add PHP8.04 per cubic meter while Maynilad will add PHP3.29/cu. meter in its environmental and sewerage charges starting January 2023.   “Environmental Charge to increase from 20 percent to 25 percent starting 2023, and from 25 percent to 30 percent starting 2026; and Sewer Charge to increase from 30 percent to 32.85 percent starting 2023, subject to Manila

Surigao City logs 84% Covid-19 vax rate

The Surigao City Health Office (CHO) said the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination rate has reached 84 percent, or a total of 101,141 individuals fully-vaccinated as of Nov. 10.   In a weekly report released Thursday, the CHO said 26,378 residents have received their first booster shots of the vaccines.   “Among the priority sectors, a total of 9,470 senior citizens in the city have already been fully vaccinated during the period,” it said, adding that the figure represents a 67.7 percent vaccination rate for the city’s target senior citizen population.   During the period, a total of 7,690 children

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