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rice farmers

Rice output seen hitting 20 million metric tons in 2019

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is expecting a rebound in rice production this year, projecting a harvest of 20 million metric tons (MT), Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said.
Rolando G. Andaya, Jr.

Andaya says budget for signing next week

HOUSE Appropriations Committee Chair Rolando G. Andaya, Jr. doubled down on earlier statements that the P3.757-trillion budget bill for 2019 will be ready by Feb. 6 and will be up for President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s signature by “next week.”
Vicente Sotto III

Senate caucus to review budget bicam results today

THE SENATE will caucus today, Feb. 6, to discuss the final provisions in the proposed P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019 that the bicameral conference committee is expected to have reconciled and approved on the same day.
Eagle Cement

Tariff Commission to summon DTI over cement duties

THE Tariff Commission will ask the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to explain the imposition of tariffs on imported cement and explain to those opposing the measure the need to implement duties.
farmland tower

FEF calls for agri sector upgrades to ease inflation

AN organization of retired economic managers said the government needs to make upgrades to the agriculture sector in order to ease inflation.

PAGCOR gaming revenue rises 18.3% in 2018

THE Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) said revenue rose 18.3% to P67.85 billion in 2018.
antenna tower third player

Poe says Mislatel franchise validity up to courts

SENATOR Grace S. Poe-Llamanzares on Monday sponsored to the plenary the House concurrent resolution approving the transfer of controlling interest in the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company, Inc.’s (Mislatel) to the Mislatel consortium.
solar panels BoI

PCC backs solar franchise but wants competition rules in place

THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said it supports attempts by a solar energy company to seek a legislative franchise to operate all over the country, but only after a regulatory framework is in place to guard against anti-competitive practices.
PSE BGC bells

PHL shares seen to climb as inflation slows further

SHARES ARE SEEN to rise on Wednesday following the better than expected inflation reading for the month of January.

Charges vs Jolo bombing suspects up for resolution

COMPLAINTS filed by Sulu police against five suspected members of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf have been submitted for resolution, an official of the Department of Justice (DoJ) said late Monday.
House of Representatives bldg

House OK’s bill penalizing owners of properties used in drug trade

A BILL imposing penalties on negligent owners or lessors of properties used in the illegal drug trade hurdled the House of Representatives on third and final reading.

Study finds most Filipinos ‘not fully ready for disasters’

ONLY 36% of Filipino households reported “feeling fully prepared for disasters,” according to a study by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) DisasterNet Philippines of Harvard University.

Bilateral training

The US Pacific Air Force and the Philippine Air Force (PAF) marked the close of the Bilateral Air Contingent Exercise-Philippines (BACE-P) at the Cesar Basa Air Base in Pampanga, conducted from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1.

19 new missionary routes offered to shipping companies

THE MARITIME Industry Authority (MARINA) has called on shipping firms to consider serving the 19 newly-opened missionary routes to help improve domestic travel.

Welcome, Year of the Earth Boar

People watch the fireworks display at the Lucky Chinatown Mall in Manila to welcome the new lunar year.

Iloilo City wants better port facilities for cruise ship tourism

AFTER HOSTING almost 800 Japanese tourists who came via the MV Pacific Venus vessel for the Dinagyang Festival weekend last Jan. 25-27, Iloilo City is now planning to undertake improvements in its port facilities to attract more cruise ships.

PNP-11 cracks down anew on cops involved in illegal gambling

THE DAVAO Police Regional Office (PRO-11) is undertaking a crackdown anew on cops suspected to be protecting illegal gambling activities.

Defense chief says PHL getting foreign help in anti-terror campaign

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana said the United States and neighboring countries have been helping the Philippine government in combatting terrorism, particularly the threat posed by the Islamic State’s (IS) followers and allies in east Asia.

Securing the BOL ballot

Police officers from the regions of Central Visayas and Caraga, and the Special Action Force (SAF) arrive in Lanao del Norte earlier this week to augment security forces in ensuring a peaceful and orderly Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite in parts of the province as well as in Cotabato.

Nation at a Glance — (02/06/19)

News stories from across the nation. Visit www.bworldonline.com (section: The Nation) to read more national and regional news from the Philippines.
Regaining the public trust in immunization

Regaining the public trust in immunization

On January 24, another criminal complaint related to the anti-dengue vaccine was filed with the Department of Justice (DoJ). The mother of a 39-year-old physician, Dr. Kendrick Gotoc, who was inoculated by the vaccine three times prior to his death on April 22, 2018, filed cases of obstruction of justice, reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, torture, and violation of the Consumer Act against Health Secretary Francisco Duque, former DoH chief Janette Garin, and 37 others.
Protecting indigenous knowledge in intellectual property rights

Protecting indigenous knowledge in intellectual property rights

Indigenous peoples (IPs) and indigenous cultural communities (ICCs), though explicitly protected under the Constitution itself, sadly remain one of the most marginalized and forgotten sectors in Philippine society. Most often than not, IPs and ICCs are known for their mineral-rich ancestral lands and domains which are the usual targets for mining development projects. Not known to many, however, IPs and ICCs possess other valuable resources, specifically their indigenous knowledge systems and practices (IKSPs) consisting of accumulation of age-old traditional cultural methods and beliefs in medicine, genetic resources, ecology, art, and language, among others.
Gang rape

Gang rape

Senate President Tito Sotto deserves the Best Actor Award for his melodramatic declaration that he was for “withdrawing” the Senate version of the 2019 national budget and for using the 2018 reenacted budget because he was “sick and tired” of allegations of massive pork barrel insertions made by members of Congress.
Alternative lending in the Philippines

Alternative lending in the Philippines

The Philippines develops fast, growing by about 6% yearly since 2010. In the same period, the country has shown the best dynamic, going by the net inflow of foreign investments among Southeast Asian countries. According to the World Bank, the figure increased ninefold from 2010 to 2017. Yet despite the economy growing more than twice since 2001, the high level of poverty has remained and real wages have not changed much.
Alaska Aces

Aces shoot for better outing in second game

CAME OUT “flat” in their PBA Philippine Cup debut, the Alaska Aces try to do better when they trek back to the court today in league action at the Mall of Asia Arena.
James Harden

Harden puts up 44 in Rockets win

JAMES HARDEN extended his streak of consecutive 30-point games to 27 as the Houston Rockets defeated the host Phoenix Suns, 118-110, on Monday.
Danny Kingad

Kingad looks to make most in ONE Grand Prix

HAVING QUALIFIED for ONE Championship’s Flyweight World Grand Prix with a convincing victory in his last outing, Filipino mixed martial arts fighter Danny “The King” Kingad looks to make the most out of it as he sets his sight on another title shot.
Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis prefers Bucks and Clippers, too

ANTHONY DAVIS’s representatives have informed the New Orleans Pelicans that the star big man would sign a long-term contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks or Los Angeles Clippers if traded, according to The Athletic.
Julian Edelman

Super Bowl audience down 5% from last year, data show

NEW YORK -- Sunday’s Super Bowl victory by the New England Patriots drew 98.2 million viewers on CBS Corp’s US television network, a 5% drop from last year’s game, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings data released on Monday.
Kevin Alas

Guiao throws support to Alas after another knee injury

SEEING HIS player Kevin Alas sidelined anew by knee injury, NLEX Road Warriors coach Yeng Guiao could not help but be saddened by it. But he said he remains optimistic that his ward would bounce back from this latest setback even as he threw his support to Mr. Alas, who is expected to undergo months of rehabilitation after surgery.

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Honda PHL begins racing season with tryouts

CLARK, PAMPANGA -- Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), officially began its 2019 Motorsports season by conducting the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup (HPDC) Tryouts on Jan. 26 at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga. It served as the official selection process for nine talented young riders who will participate in the official races and undergo training in the Honda Racing Clinic.

Army-Bicycology braces for top grind at Ronda Pilipinas

ARMY-Bicycology will try to recover from losing skipper Cris Joven to injury as it competes in the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2019 set to start on Friday in Iloilo City.

Wishing Kevin Alas the best

Covering sporting events is surely exciting and fun but once in a while there are moments you just cringe in disbelief, more so if those are in the form of injuries.

Davis sweepstakes

Considering how developments have unfolded in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, it has become eminently clear that he’s determined to move to the Lakers, and fast. Yesterday, news of his transmittal of the short list of four teams he’s willing to play for exploded in hoops circles, seemingly an indication of his expansion of options. In truth, however, it was a crafty chess move designed to make the Pelicans green-light his departure for the purple and gold before the trade deadline. After all, amenability is one thing, and desire is quite another.
Kia 1

New subcompact sedan Soluto unveiled: Ayala presents revitalized Kia PHL

IT’S official: Ayala Corporation takes control of Kia Philippines. The rejuvenated brand was re-launched on Jan. 20 through a major event attended by Ayala officials, dealer-partners and other guests.
Mitsubishi Strada 1

Heavily revised Mitsubishi Strada debuts in PHL, sold in 6 variants

ON NOV. 9, 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) held in Bangkok, Thailand, the global premiere of the upgraded Mitsubishi Triton -- or Strada, in some markets, including the Philippines (the model is also sold in other places as the L200). During the launch program, MMC chief executive officer Osamu Masuko underscored the Strada’s importance in the company’s lineup, saying the pickup provides a “solid foundation on which we will grow our business in Thailand, the ASEAN region and the world.”

Less is more:6 fuel-efficient drivers top Isuzu’s economy run

THE usually placid headquarters of Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) at the Laguna Technopark in Biñan, Laguna province was abuzz with activity on the morning of Jan. 26. And it wasn’t just because of the daily “rajio taiso,” or the morning stretching exercises Japanese companies use to wake up the sleepy muscles of its staff.
Vios Cup

Toyota changes format of one-make race series

TOYOTA MOTOR Philippines (TMP) announced it is introducing changes to its motor sports program this year with the launch of the Vios Racing Festival 2019.

Whether you approve or not, Chinese-made cars are coming

Last year, when Volkswagen Philippines launched five new vehicles sourced from China, many people were livid. How could a German automaker with a rich heritage foist Chinese-made cars on them? Anywhere but China, commented some of these consumers. Much of the feedback was so negative that it was hard to tell whether customers were upset because they thought Chinese products were inferior or because they hated the People’s Republic for entirely political reasons.

December factory output decline steepest in 13 months – PSA

THE country’s industrial production posted a double-digit contraction in December – its biggest in 13 months, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported this morning.

Inflation eases further in January

INFLATION continued to decelerate in January, the government reported this morning.

Reclamation projects under Palace watch

MALACAÑANG -- which has cracked down on businesses polluting Boracay and Manila Bay -- has assumed closer oversight of reclamation projects by placing the agency responsible for them under its direct supervision.
Port of Manila

Customs tops target for January collection

THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) surpassed its revenue target in January, sustaining strong collections from 2018’s record year.

Tobacco tax hike measure gains ground in Senate body, mining bill struggles

PROPOSALS to increase the excise tax on tobacco products gained ground as the Senate ways and means committee on Monday concluded public hearings on the measures.
linemen Meralco

DoF implements Meralco refund tax reduction under TRAIN

THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) has approved lower tax rates for refunds to be paid to customers of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), implementing a provision of Republic Act No. 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).