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Landslide victims were “illegally operating” in area, mining company says

MINING company Benguet Corp. said that the small-scale miners who were struck by the landslide in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet were illegally operating in its Antamok property.

DENR halts all small-scale mining operations in CAR

By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy A. Cimatu on Monday said he had placed a cease and desist order against small-scale mining companies...

AgriNurture strikes deal with Vietnamese rice trader

LISTED firm AgriNurture, Inc. (ANI) has signed a memorandum of agreement with state-owned Vietnam Southern Food Corporation — Vinafood II to bring more rice into the country.

NFA readies rice stocks in areas to be hit by Ompong

THE National Food Authority (NFA) said it has readied rice stocks in provinces expected to be hit by Typhoon Ompong, which has already entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Chinese foreign minister set to visit Philippines

CHINESE State Council and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be visiting the country from Sept. 16 to 18, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. The agenda: To improve relations between Philippines and China.

Fewer Pinoys made shopping trips in first half of 2018 —...

By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato MORE than half of Filipino households cut down on shopping trips to buy fast moving consumers goods (FMCG) in the...

Fullerton Health PH secures $40M IFC loan to expand HMO services

By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato THE local branch of Fullerton Healthcare Corp., Ltd. has secured a $40 million long-term loan from International Finance Corp. (IFC) to...

Rice inventories down, corn stocks up as of Aug 1 —...

TOTAL rice inventories as of Aug. 1 were further depleted at 1.52 million metric tons (MT), data from the Philippine Stocks Authority (PSA) showed.

Parents look up domain names before naming their child: study

YOUNGER parents are naming their children based on available domain names to secure their online presence from an early age, a study commissioned by GoDaddy, Inc. showed.

Online marketplaces bat for better logistics to cut delivery time

DESPITE the growing trend on e-commerce which was thought to put brick-and-mortar stores in the backseat, online marketplaces are betting on securing more physical spaces to speed up the delivery of goods.

BFAR to propose amendments to Fisheries Code

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said it is preparing to propose amendments to the 1998 Fisheries Code to clarify which types of commercial boats can fish in municipal waters.

Tourist arrival target maintained at 7.4 million despite Boracay closure

THE Department of Tourism said it remains on track to hit its target of 7.4 million visitors this year despite the six-month closure of Boracay island.

Tourism dep’t looking to accredit more agri-tourism ventures

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) hopes to develop more agri-tourism sites nationwide amid slowing growth in the farming sector.

No changes to Boracay business clearance processing — DoT

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DoT) will not make any changes to the processing of business permits in Boracay amid concerns that tighter rules caused delays in their reaccreditation.

Fisheries bureau clears galunggong in 3 wet markets

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said that there were no traces of formalin in the round scad samples collected in three wet markets last Wednesday.

PCC starts further review of URC-Roxas Holdings deal

UNIVERSAL ROBINA Corp. (URC) on Thursday said it is acquiring the sugar milling and refining assets of Roxas Holdings, Inc.’s (RHI) subsidiary in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Boracay set for dry run

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that it will be conducting a dry run on Boracay a week before the tourist island formally reopened for business on Oct. 26.

Zamboanga City starts rice procurement to reduce market prices

THE ZAMBOANGA City government has started buying rice for distribution to the market at controlled prices following a shortage since early this month that saw rates go up to as much as P80 per kilo.

DA to lift controls on onion imports to force prices lower

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will suspend special safeguards (SSG) on onion imports to stabilize prices.

Agriculture dep’t planning tech cooperation with Indian state

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it hopes to cooperate with the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to develop farm technology appropriate for Philippine conditions.

PTAA frowns on ‘30%’ Boracay opening

THE PHILIPPINE Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) is not too thrilled about the reopening of Boracay Island on Oct. 26 with only 30% of establishments allowed to resume operations.

Budget cuts may do away with subsidies at DA farmers’ markets

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is exploring subsidy-free options for sustaining the markets known as TienDA after the department’s budget for 2019 was cut.

DA, NFA to refine timing of rice imports

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) and National Food Authority (NFA) will fine-tune the scheduling of rice imports after delays in the replenishment of a strategic reserve designed to keep low-cost rice available to poor families.

Meat under-importation sanctions to go into force by December — DA

THE Department of Agriculture said it will not for now cancel import permits held by poultry and pork industry stakeholders with Minimum Access Volume (MAV) allocations.

Seed firm targets indigenous peoples for knowledge transfer

VEGETABLE seed producer and supplier East-West Seed Co., Inc. (EWS) said its Knowledge Transfer program is being positioned for the use of indigenous peoples and smallholders.

PhilMech hoping to bring improved palay dryer to market

THE Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) expects to commercialize its Fluidized Bed Dryer mainly for rice farmers within the year.

Tiu’s AgriNurture gets original proponent status for public-private partnership project with...

AGRINURTURE, INC. (ANI) on Thursday said the National Food Authority (NFA) gave the company original proponent status for its unsolicited joint venture proposal to finance and import rice in the country.

Fisheries output rises 2.64% in second quarter, aquaculture leads

FISHERIES output rose 2.64% year-on-year to 1.13 million metric tons (MT) in the second quarter, the Philippine Statistics Authority said.

Galunggong imports to arrive ahead of closed fishing season

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has allowed the entry of up to 17,000 metric tons (MT) of round scad, commonly known as galunggong, which will reach markets ahead of the closed fishing season when supply of the fish is expected to dwindle.

Atlas Mining loss widens as costs rise

ATLAS Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. saw its net loss widen to P696 million in the second quarter from P361.67 million a year ago, as costs and expenses continued to rise.

Budget dep’t asked to allocate funds to farmers before rice tariffs...

SENATOR Cynthia A. Villar, who chairs the chamber’s Committee on Agriculture and Food, has requested that the Department of Budget and Management allocate additional funds for rice farmers until the rice competitiveness enhancement fund (RCEF) takes effect.

Aboitiz to develop Boracay’s Wetland #4 into urban park

THE ABOITIZ Group, through its social development arm Aboitiz Foundation, has adopted and will rehabilitate Boracay Island’s Wetland #4 into a “linear urban park”.

Agriculture dep’t maintains 4% farm output growth target

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is sticking with the official 4% growth target for farm production output in 2018 despite the first-half growth rate of 0.58%.

DA to allow imports of galunggong for direct sale to market

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) and the fisheries industry agreed on Friday to allow the importation of round scad, or galunggong, as the closed fishing season nears.

Competition watchdog approves Grab-Uber deal

THE PHILIPPINE COMPETITION COMMISSION (PCC) has cleared Grab Philippines’ (MyTaxi.PH Inc.) acquisition of the local business of Uber and Uber Systems, Inc., but will monitor for a year the former’s compliance with quality and pricing standards it had committed to.

Rice stocks decline as of July 1

RICE STOCKS as of the start of July were estimated at 1.99 million metric tons (MT), down year-on-year and month-on-month, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed.

BCDA turns over Fort Bonifacio properties to Taguig City gov’t

THE BASES Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has formally turned over two Fort Bonifacio properties to the Taguig City government for socialized housing.

Nationwide round-up

Transport group pushes for ‘motorcycle taxi’ MULTI-SECTORAL advocacy group Transport Watch has called on regulators to classify “motorcycles taxis” as a Transport Network Vehicle Service...

No GDP boost from flat second-quarter agriculture output

FARM OUTPUT barely grew last quarter as a drop in crops and fisheries offset increases in livestock and poultry, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday, prompting economists to say that overall economic expansion in the same three months -- to be reported hours ahead of today’s monetary policy meeting that is expected to yield the year’s third consecutive interest rate hike after the PSA reported a fresh five-year-high 5.7% inflation rate on Tuesday -- could not look to the sector for any boost.

DA seeking to tap tariffs to boost livestock competitiveness

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he may establish a separate fund for livestock growers, to emulate the proposed Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).

BoI signs agreement to promote Imus as prime investment site

THE BOARD of Investments (BoI) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the local government of Imus to promote the ease of doing business and position the city as a “premier investment location”.

Coca-Cola mulls directly sourcing sugar from farmers

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Monday Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, Inc. is looking into directly sourcing its sugar supply from sugarcane farmers.

DA studying fish, pork imports for holidays

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is moving to facilitate imports of fish and pork and chicken ahead of the yearend holidays to avert supply problems and their possible impact on prices.

Fast-growing bamboo evaluated under mining reforestation rules

GOVERNMENT departments are looking to develop opportunities for the bamboo industry as a consequence of changes to rules governing the reforesting of mining areas.

Palay farmgate prices rise as lean season begins

THE average farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, continued to rise year-on-year two weeks into the start of the lean season, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported.