2 million farmers to get free crop insurance

The Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) will extend P65.1 billion worth of free crop insurance coverage to more than 2 million farmers and fishermen this year to help them cope with the ill effects of climate change on farm production. During the “U…

Malaysia’s Najib takes pop at Mahathir on Singapore trip

SINGAPORE – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak took a swipe on Tuesday, January 16, at ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, his opponent in upcoming elections, saying on a trip to Singapore he did not want a return to “confrontational diplomacy.”
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Estrada reiterates order banning vendors in Luneta Park, Baywalk

MAYOR Joseph E. Estrada has reiterated his order banning small-scale vendors in Rizal Park and along Baywalk in Manila. “I don’t allow them to sell there… I wanted to help them, but we would be violating the law,” he said. For several times, the local …

Manila to host 2-day World Halal Assembly

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region 12 will hold the World Halal Assembly in Manila on January 18 and 19 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel. The international conference will serve as an avenue for experts, entrepreneurs, acade…

More drinking fountains  for LRT 1 passengers

Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) has partnered with Maynilad Water Services Inc. in providing its riders with potable water as part of the company’s P500-million thrust to improve the services of the decades-old Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1. Tuesday s…

Taguig opens new integrated urban farm

The city government of Taguig recently opened to the public a new Integrated Urban Farm. Overlooking Laguna Lake, the farm sits on a 2,500-hectare land beside Lakeshore Hall in Barangay Lower Bicutan. It integrates different kinds of urban-farming setu…

PHL merchandise exports sustain growth, up by 10.79%

RECENT preliminary reports from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that Philippine merchandise exports continued on a positive trajectory, increasing by 10.79 percent in the first 11 months (January to November) of 2017 compared to the same per…

DTI-EMB eyes approval of 2018-2022 PEDP, bares 2017 accomplishments

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to submit on January 26 the initial draft of the 2018-2020 Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) to President Duterte, expecting to get the President’s approval in the middle of the year. With the i…

Duterte to media: Criticize ‘with moderation’

MANILA, Philippines – While claiming he is an “ally” of the media, President Rodrigo Duterte advised journalists to criticize his administration “with moderation” and to be forgiving when writing about the character of government officials. 
“Do it wi…