Author: Raffy Rico

Tobacco Industry may Influence Govt Policies during this Pandemic

The Tobacco Industry may use its influence over our LGU’s and Agencies regarding Regulations on the sale and use of cigarettes and vapes. The tobacco industry is relentless in its attack [by using corporate social activities] knowing that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health (DOH) are tied up because of COVID-19. This was underscored by former DOH Undersecretary and now FDA Director General Rolando Enrique Domingo during the launch of the 2020 Philippine Tobacco Industry Interference Index last 21 September. The index provides indicators on the extent of the tobacco industry’s interference in government regulation of its products. The Index, developed by Health Justice Philippines and the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), cites that the Philippines scored 45 in 2017, 54 in 2018, and 57 in 2019. This increasing trend indicates that the industry is becoming more bold in influencing government policies on tobacco control. House passes pro-industry bill HealthJustice President Mary Ann Mendoza cited the recent passage of a bill on e-cigarette in the House of Representatives to underscore the influence of the tobacco industry in policy works. “The House just voted for a bill that is obviously drafted by the industry. That bill undermined the law that we worked hard for. It lowered the age of access to e-cigarettes, clipped the powers of the FDA and allowed [Filipinos] easy online access...

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MOU Signed for Skills Training with Bulacan State U

Memorandum of Understanding for the program called Brave Hearts Alliances and Initiatives Understanding Skills Training was signed by the Bulacan State University, 48th Infantry Battalion, and the 304th Bulacan Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion (RRIBn). The said parties undertook the event in a virtual ceremony on September 20, 2020. According to 48IB Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Felix Emeterio M. Valdez, the agreement aims to provide the personnel of 48IB with additional knowledge on industrial technology related to building wiring, automotive, video editing, and welding training. University President Dr. Cecilia S. Navasero- Gascon directed the BulSU’s College of Industrial Technology (CIT)...

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Online Transactions at SSS Now Mandatory

  Thru a Member’s own account at My.SSS web portal, Salary and Calamity Loans, Benefit Reimbursement Application, and other needs can now be accessed to, and now made mandatory. The Social Security System (SSS) on Monday said that mandatory online transaction and checkless disbursements are now being implemented to provide members, employers, pensioners, and beneficiaries/claimants with faster, safer, more convenient, and economical means to register, submit their loan and benefit applications, and receive their loan proceeds and cash benefits from SSS. “Aside from our full compliance with the requirements of Ease in Doing Business and Efficient Government Services Delivery...

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Tastier, softer, and more nutritious Enhanced Nutribun

The Enhanced Nutribun developed by the DOST-FNRI is an innovative solution to help curb malnutrition in the country. Tastier, softer, and more nutritious than its 70’s version, the new Enhanced Nutribun has been reformulated by the DOST-FNRI, using its innovative technology that incorporates energy, protein, and micronutrients, much needed by malnourished schoolchildren. Intended for micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in CALABARZON, the technology forum presented the DOST-FNRI’s programs, projects and services, technology profile of Enhanced Nutribun, and the technology transfer and commercialization procedures. Prospective technology adoptors in Region 4A or CALABARZON are the latest batch of participants of...

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Locally Made Fruit Wine Barrels now available as Cheaper Substitute

The DOST-FPRDI fruit wine barrels make use of wood from tree plantation species and old, unproductive fruit trees. Whereas before fruit wine makers use white oak (Quercus alba) which is known worldwide as the best traditional material for fermenting and aging wine, local makers can now have quality yet affordable wine barrels for aging fruit raw materials. This may be available in the market, giving the local fruit wine industry the needed boost to improve product quality at less cost. The Department of Science and Technology’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) is currently pilot-testing wine barrels made...

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PH bans Pigs Imported from Gemany

Import of domestic and wild pigs, pork products, and by-products from Germany are banned temporarily, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). The temporary ban was imposed after the confirmation of the first case of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Schenkendöbern, Spree-Neiße, Brandenburg, affecting wild boar, as confirmed by Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (National laboratory). This was based on the official report submitted by Dr. Dietrich Rassow — director for animal health and animal welfare, chief veterinary officer, Directorate of Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Berlin, Germany — to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)...

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Davao granted Machinery Aid worth P65M

Last Sep.8, 2020, twenty-three groups of farmers from the Davao region received a machinery grant worth sixty-five million pesos under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Mechanization Program. The machine were turned over to the New City Hall of Tagum, Tagum City, Davao del Norte. The agricultural machines distributed by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) were 13 units of four-wheel drive tractor, 23 units of hand tractor, 32 units of floating tiller, 13 units of rice combine harvester, 8 units of riding-type mechanical rice transplanter, 4 units of walk-behind mechanical rice transplanter, 1 unit of...

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Coastal Clean Up Marks Ilocos Sur’s Linggo ng Kabataan

Prioritizing the importance of maintaining a clean environment, the Linggo ng Kabataan activities included a Coastal Clean-Up. Participants were the troops of 81st Infantry Battalion together with Local Government Unit (LGU) of Sta Lucia, Ilocos Sur, and the members and officials of Sangguniang Kabataan. Coastal Clean-up was held in six (6) barangays of Sta Lucia, Ilocos Sur on September 06, 2020. According to Lt. Col. Rodrigo A. Mariñas Jr., Commanding Officer, 81IB, the clean-up activity was in line with the celebration of the “Linggo ng Kabataan”. “The activity aims to bring environmental awareness to the people especially in this...

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Sixty-two footer Fiberglass fishing vessel arrives at Davao

Funded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), a 62-footer fiberglass fishing vessel worth 5.25 M arrived on the shore of Mabini, Davao de Oro. This was inagurated on Sept.9, 2020 by no less than the Agriculture Secretary William Dar himself. The FBCA Davao Pacific Bluefin fishing vessel is equipped with a fish hold hatch and chiller supported with four units “Pakura”, which will serve as catcher boats, and this aims to make the fisherfolk of Davao Region self-sufficient. Surrounded by vast fishing grounds namely the Davao Gulf, Pujada and Malal ag Bays, and the insular waters...

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Ai Shoppe Grand Opening

Pinasinayaan nitong nakaraang araw September 5, 2020 ang pagbubukas ng kauna-unahang botique ng magkaibigang Aimee Camba at Aira Albarido na matatagpuan sa 130 Kaingin Rd. Brgy Apolonio Samson, Quezon, City. Pinangunahan ni Fr. Dexter Toledo ng Pedro Bautista Minor Basilica, SFDM Frisco Quezon City, ang pagbabasbas sa nasabing puwesto. Mabibili sa loob ng tindahan ang ibat –ibang kasuotang damit panlalake at pambabae at mga gamit kagaya ng: Overruns, Streetwear, Branded Tops, Classy Footwear, Womens Accessories, Visored Caps, Trendy Shorts, Lip & Cheek Tint, Fashionable Socks, at marami pang iba. Para po sa inyong mga orders maari po ninyong hanapin...

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