Author: Raffy Rico

P600,000 na halaga ng Squash Processing Center, DAR at Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Calapan lumagda sa isang kasunduan

Pormal ng lumagda sa isang kasunduan ang Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR at ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Calapan City sa lalawigan ng Oriental Mindoro para sa pagpapatayo ng may kabuuang halagang P600,000- libong pisong squash processing center doon. Ayon kay DAR Region 4-B Director Erlinda Pearl V. Armada, layon ng naturang proyekto na matulungang maitaas ang kita ng mga magsasakang benepisyaryo na nagtatanim ng squash o kalabasa partikular na ang mga miyembro ng Guinobatan Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative sa naturang lugar. Sinabi pa ni Director Armada na P480,000- libong piso sa naturang proyekto ay manggagaling sa DAR sa ilalim ng “Grassroots Participatory Budgeting” program ng Pamahalaan at ang natitirang P120,000- libong piso naman nito ay magmumula sa pamahalaang lungsod ng Calapan. Batay sa inaasahang kita, ang return on investment ng naturang proyekto para sa unang taon ay 17.40 porsiyento. Ibig sabihin, P66,000- libong piso kada buwan o P792,000- libong piso kada taon ang maaaring kitain ng naturang...

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P600,000 na halaga ng Squash Processing Center, DAR at Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Calapan lumagda sa isang kasunduan

Pormal ng lumagda sa isang kasunduan ang Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR at ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Calapan City sa lalawigan ng Oriental Mindoro para sa pagpapatayo ng may kabuuang halagang P600,000- libong pisong squash processing center doon. Ayon kay DAR Region 4-B Director Erlinda Pearl V. Armada, layon ng naturang proyekto na matulungang maitaas ang kita ng mga magsasakang benepisyaryo na nagtatanim ng squash o kalabasa partikular na ang mga miyembro ng Guinobatan Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative sa naturang lugar. Sinabi pa ni Director Armada na P480,000- libong piso sa naturang proyekto ay manggagaling sa DAR sa ilalim ng “Grassroots Participatory Budgeting” program ng Pamahalaan at ang natitirang P120,000- libong piso naman nito ay magmumula sa pamahalaang lungsod ng Calapan. Batay sa inaasahang kita, ang return on investment ng naturang proyekto para sa unang taon ay 17.40 porsiyento. Ibig sabihin, P66,000- libong piso kada buwan o P792,000- libong piso kada taon ang maaaring kitain ng naturang...

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New Vois lauds high Sin Tax collections in 2014

The New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) welcomed the report that the sin tax collections for the first nine months of the year has exceeded the target for the entire 2014. According to NVAP President Emer Rojas, it is a welcome news that tax collections from “sin” products are more than what was expected as this could mean more funds to help finance the healthcare program of the government. “One benefit of the Sin Tax Law is to help provide more funds for PhilHealth services and these services are intended to benefit the urban poor, Pantawid Pamilya program beneficiaries, Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and other marginalized sectors,” said Rojas. “It is estimated that 2.5million Filipino families shall benefit from the PhilHealth cards in 2014 which includes 250,000 PWD families,” Rojas added. Last week, the Department of Finance reported that a total of P91.64 billion sin tax revenues have been collected just from January to September of this year. The amount already surpassed by 42 percent the full-year target of P64.55 billion for the entire 2014. The present sin tax revenue is also higher than the P65.46 billion collected during the same nine months of last year. To note, there are four million families that are considered as poorest of the poor are currently enrolled in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) according to the Department of Social Welfare...

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STATEMENT  OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ON THE GARLIC ISSUE

January 8, 2015 The Department of Agriculture supports the move of the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation to help address our concern on reported irregularities in the garlic issue. Now, charges are being filed before the Office of the Ombudsman and the DOJ against those believed to be involved in the so-called garlic cartel. And this would give an opportunity for the accused officials of the Bureau of Plant Industry, members of the National Garlic Action Team and its farmers other individuals and groups to face the charges. But the Department of Agriculture considers the investigation and the process as an opportunity to finally address the problem and to fully implement the reforms that we have introduced to protect the local garlic industry against unfair trade practices. Let us also say that the Secretary denied any involvement in any illegal act nor has he exerted any influence to favor any business interests in the issuance of “import permits,” or quarantine clearances to be more specific about it. Nowhere in the NBI report that he was accused of benefitting monetarily. The Secretary is innocent of the malicious imputations against him. The Department will not condone any activity that runs counter to the principles of good and faithful governance. For the record, under Sec. Alcala’s leadership, we continued to assert greater transparency and efficiency in the delivery...

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DA gears up for upland veggie frost

Despite negligible damages recently caused by frost in the country’s vegetable bowl, the Department of Agriculture (DA), through its Regional Field Office in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), has proactively readied measures to address the problem in case it will worsen. According to reports submitted to Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, the occurrence of frosting on vegetables last December 29 and 30 [2014] was not alarming compared to 2013-records. “In fact, no occurrence has been reported since January 1, 2015,” the agri chief said.  Known locally as andap, frosting involves the development of moisture into ice crystals on plants. When not immediately watered, affected crops would wilt and die as the sun melts the deposited ice. DA-CAR Executive Director Marilyn Sta. Catalina said that although the recent frosting cases were not critical, DA has remained watchful as PAG-ASA forecasted drops in temperature from the third week of January to first week of February. “This means that frosting will likely be experienced, especially with the clear skies,” Sta. Catalina said. With directives from Secretary Alcala, DA-CAR has implemented short- and long-term measures to address the perennial problem in the region. Among the short-term measures are the provision of frost-tolerant seed varieties, and plastic drums, pipes, hoses, power sprayers and water pumps that are used to sprinkle the plants in the morning—a method used to prevent the wilting of leaves due...

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Ilocos farmers thrive with P22.6-M irrigation project

SARRAT, Ilocos Norte—Residents of CABAROAN agrarian reform community (ARC) heaved a sigh of relief after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over 106 units of irrigation pumps that would irrigate 238 hectares of agricultural land and ensure a year-round supply of water to the community. Governor Imee Marcos said the provision of these pump irrigation is very timely for the coming summer when water in the area runs very low. “Our residents here will be at peace, knowing that they have sufficient water for their crops during summer time,” she said shortly after the turnover ceremonies. DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Felicidad Dumaguing said that 256 agrarian reform beneficiaries of CABAROAN ARC will benefit from the project. “This pump irrigation project will address the ARC’s problem of extreme dryness during summer, especially if there is an El Nino phenomenon where there is absence of rain that last for months,” she said. Dumaguing said that based on DAR’s studies, the use of these irrigation pumps would increase farmers’ yield by 10 percent. “This irrigation project is expected to boost the economic condition of the ARC,” Said Dumaguing.(pinky...

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“Kailangan Kita” A Different Kind of Love Concert

Kailangan Kita – A Different Kind of Love Concert featuring MARTIN NIEVERA, RICO J. PUNO and RICHARD POON. Beneficiaries shall be children with leukemia, women with breast cancer and men with throat cancer.Tickets are now available at SM TICKETS Call: 470-2222 for details. Tickets also available with volume or group discount at NVAP. Call 0917-8586921 or 0925-8925850. Get your tickets now before they get sold out...

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SSS payments via mobile phones to open to members

Photo shows SSS and G-Xchange officials represented by (seated from L-R) SSS Vice President for Member Services Division Mario R. Sibucao, SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio S. de Quiros Jr. and G-Xchange Inc. President Paolo Eugenio J. Baltao signing the memorandum of agreement on November 21 at the SSS Corporate Headquarters in Quezon City. Witnessing the signing ceremony are (standing from L-R) SSS Senior Vice President for Information and Technology Management Group Joel A. Layson, SSS Assistant Vice President and Officer in Charge for Service Delivery Department Rene N. Malto, G-Xhange Inc. Chief Operations Officer Renato Rex...

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Government Health Warnings: An Effective Way to End Smoking

There is so much room for growth and improvement in the Philippine’s medical sector in terms of hospital facilities. In a report by the International Trade Organization, the total for medical imports reached as much as US$101 million just in 2004 alone, with an expected annual growth rate of 5%. In 2013, it grew to reach US$243.9 million which raised the forecasted rate of 5% to 7.1%. This could be described as a reactive strategy wherein treatment to diseases is of primary focus and funds are being allocated to treat such diseases. On the other side, a health promotion strategy is being implemented where certain measures are considered to reduce sickness and disease from even happening. So which is the better approach – the curative or preventive? Indeed hospital facilities require upgrading as well as medical personnel need continuous training. However as more patients are ushered into and treated in hospitals today, the reactive approach might not suffice. Prevention may be a better approach especially when it comes to non-communicable diseases such as lung cancer and other diseases brought about by smoking. The Philippines loses approximately 87,000 lives every year due to smoking-related deaths – that is 10 Filipinos every hour. New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) President Engr. Emer Rojas agrees that prevention is better than cure, “state-of-the-art equipment are vital components of the government health care...

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“DANNY CARLOS CHAN” 2014 Greatest Achievements:

2014 Greatest Achievements…The CHANce Sports..DC-50 Feeling Thankful…Thank you Lord! All The Glory Honor & Power Belongs To You God Almighty…..2015 My Start To The New Year Has Been Ideal. I Woke up Early,After my Devotion went to the BB Court and spent the entire Morning Working Out, Practice Shooting This is a very important Year in my Career and Fitness will be the most crucial factor in determining How well I Do….. I Hope I Achieve a lot more this year than I did in 2014.I Have a Ranking Target for the coming season,and I’d like to be on...

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