Author: Raffy Rico

DOST, Stakeholder’s Night

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Therry Alpa ‎PHILIPPINE SCIENCE JOURNALISTS MEGAMANILA I want to thank the members of the DOST STAKEHOLDERS who were bold enough to give me this award as the THE VOICE OF DOST , God bless you all with peace, tranquillity and good will. Thank you Ms. Beth Lilibeth Petilla Padilla & STII...

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NTA AgriPinoy celebrates 1st anniversary, starts poultry dressing

THE National Tobacco Administration (NTA) AgriPinoy Tobacco Farmers Food Processing and Trading Center in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur is set to formally start poultry dressing in the celebration of its first anniversary on October 31. According to NTA AgriPinoy Operations Manager Minerva Mizal, the plant will dress up to 2,000 birds immediately after the launching and anniversary celebration. She said that the birds will come from the first harvest of the poultry farms of tobacco farmer-cooperators in Burgos, Ilocos Sur. The food processing facility launched last year is a component of NTA’s Integrated Farming and Other Income Generating Activities Project (NTA-IFOIGAP), an intervention program that seeks to provide tobacco farmers with additional sources of income outside their regular trade. NTA Administrator Edgardo D. Zaragoza said that the agency has been training tobacco farmers in integrated farming systems which include hog and poultry raising. “To increase their earnings, they need to add value to their products, hence the need for the food processing center,” he added. For the initial cycle of its poultry raising component, NTA made the dispersal or loading of chicks last October 4 for the first cluster of farmers in Burgos, Ilocos Sur. A cluster is given 2,500 chicks or 500 birds per farmer. The chicks have 28 to 33 days before harvesting. The agency, through its multi-million food processing plant, buys the birds from farmer-cooperators at prevailing...

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DA, Nestle seal expanded partnership to build more coffee nurseries

More small coffee farmers will soon enjoy better access to high-quality planting materials as the government and the private sector intensified their partnership to build new nurseries and boost technology dissemination in a bid to support an ever-growing industry. Agriculture Secretary Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and Nestlé Philippines Inc. (NPI) Chairman and chief executive officer John Martin Miller signed on Monday four separate memoranda of agreements for the joint development of Robusta nurseries, mother plant gardens and related facilities in five DA research stations from where farmers can purchase high-yield, disease resistant coffee plantlets at low prices. Through the...

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NAST, PHI, Nagsagawa ng Round Table Discussion hingil sa mga BATANG INA, AMA, AT IBA PA

ANG National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) ay nagsagawa ng isang Round Table Discussion na may temang “ Batang Ina, Ama, at iba pa” nitong nakaraang Oktubre 22, 2014. Pinangunahan ni President NAST Philippines Academician William G. Padolina ang Welcome Remarks, kasunod ang Introduction ng mga speaker. Ang Objectives ng nasabing discussions ay pinangunahan naman ni National Scientist (NS) Mercedes B. Concepcion, RTD Focal Person and Chair, Social Science Division NAST Philippines. Ang naturang RTD ay naka sentro sa findings ng 2013 National and Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), at ang 2013 Young Adult Fertility and...

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BARANGAY CHAIRMAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING SHABU IN BARANGAY HALL

An elected barangay official was arrested by combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) after he sold methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, to a poseur-buyer inside a barangay hall in Bulacan. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspect as Roberto Manlapid y Quintos, 45 years old, barangay chairman of Barangay San Martin II, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. On October 22, 2014, elements of PDEA Regional Office 3 (PDEA RO3) under Director Jeoffrey Tacio, together with teams from Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group 3, Regional Intelligence Division-Intelligence Operations Service and San Jose del Monte Police conducted the buy-bust operation in the barangay hall of Barangay San Martin II, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, at around 5:30 in the afternoon. Manlapid’s cohort, identified only as a certain Abu, was able to elude arrest.             Confiscated during the operation were three heat-sealed plastic sachets of shabu, weighing roughly 15 grams and the buy-bust money worth P500. Manlapid will be facing charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of...

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High standards, good practices in livestock industry enables PHL to export meat, poultry-DA

The Department of Agriculture said today that because of the effort exerted by the Department and its National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) in implementing the standards for animal slaughter, mandatory good manufacturing practices, hazard analysis critical control point and humane handling of animals for slaughter, the country is able to export livestock products to several countries. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said, besides exporting chicken yakitori and peking duck to Japan, the Philippines also exports halal beef to Brunei, fresh and frozen halal chicken to the United Arab Emirates,crocodile meat to Slovak Republic and frozen chicken to South Korea. "Let us protect our gains.  We should also maximize our being foot and mouth disease free (FMD) without vaccination and avian flu free status," Alcala said. The Secretary said that we should also expand our export market and continue implementing strict standards for our meat that comply with the export destination requirements and global standards. He added, the DA will continue to strictly monitor local markets to ensure that the meat our countrymen will have on their table is safe. "Palalawakin din po natin ang kaaalaman tungkol sa ligtas na karne at kung paano po ang tamang paghahanda upang hindi maging banta sa kalusugan ng mga mamamayan," Alcala said. The DA earlier recognized the important role the NMIS plays in ensuring the health and safety of meat products and also in...

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Lingkod Bayan 26th Anniversary

In Celebration of the 26th Anniversary of Lingkod Bayan (DWAD Radio), Raffy Rico received the Certificate of Appreciation for his unwavering support, loyalty and dedication as the Lingkod Bayan CHIEF REPORTER for the year 2013-2014.(Jimmy...

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P6 MILLION WORTH OF SHABU INTERCEPTED IN CHECKPOINT Couple, young courier arrested

Methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, with an estimated value of P6 million, was intercepted during a checkpoint operation conducted by anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), in collaboration with local police on October 20, 2014 in Cotabato City. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. said that the illegal drug, weighing approximately one kilogram and placed inside a large transparent plastic sachet, was confiscated from suspects identified as couple Tato K. Felmin, 35 years old; his wife, Alma, 27; and Fahad B. Guiapar, 19, a male from Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. At around 8:00 in the evening, combined elements of PDEA Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA RO-ARMM) under Director Yogi Filemon Ruiz, and teams from Cotabato City Police Station 3 intercepted the suspects on board a blue-colored Elf truck with plate number UEX-220 carrying the illegal drug in a checkpoint at Purok Silangan, Sinsuat Avenue, Tamontaka, Cotabato City. The operation was a result of the information received from a confidential informant reporting that illegal drugs will be transported from Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao to Cotabato City on board a truck. Seized piece of drug evidence was brought to PDEA RO-ARMM Laboratory Office for forensic examination. A case for violation of Section 5 (Transportation of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, is being prepared for...

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DA recognizes important role of NMIS in safety, trade of livestock products

The Department of Agriculture recognized the important role the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) plays in ensuring the (health and) safety and quality of meat products and also in safeguarding the trade of livestock products as the nation celebrates Meat Safety Consciousness Week. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the NMIS will continue in tirelessly performing its regulatory function and will not stop in treading the straight path mandated by President Aquino. "Kung walang batas o malabo ang batas, mahirap magpatupad.  At kung may batas na hindi po matuwid ang pagpapatupad, hindi din po igagalang ng mga dapat sumunod sa batas," Alcala said. He added, the implementing rules and regulations of the Food Safety Law is scheduled to be signed next week. According to the Secretary, he has signed several guidelines, like the one on good hygienic slaughtering practices, and the creation of municipal and city meat inspection services to be institutionalized by LGUs to eradicate meat safety problems. The guidelines on meat market surveillance system is equally important since this ensures that meat in markets are compliant with safety standards, he added. "Anuman ang mangyari sa mga guidelines na ito, we shall conduct a performance evaluation para malaman natin ang impact nito sa publiko at pagasasasgawa ng ating mandato," Alcala said. He added, the Philippines has 382 licensed meat (inspection) establishments and 55 double A slaughterhouses that are still...

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NEWS ALL ABOUT PHILRICE

    PH first nipa bioethanol facility launched Rice farming and coastal communities will soon benefit from the first nipa bioethanol production facility recently launched in Brgy. Cabaggan, Pampalona, Cagayan. Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco Jr., executive director of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), said that the bioethanol project in Cagayan, a province in Northern Luzon with rich source of nipa extracts, may help supply local energy demand. “Fossil resources have been dwindling since the 1970s. This project with the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) will increase farmers` competitiveness as nipa is a renewable energy that can fuel farm machinery...

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