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MALAYSIA, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate cross-border movement of investment advisers which would give regional investors greater access to professional services, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Friday.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it will adopt a US-funded system to track the activities of environmental inspectors on the resort island of Boracay.
THE Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) said it will deliver a trial shipment of banana fiber to a Japanese company looking to order as much as 2,000 metric tons from the Philippines.
PRICES of unmilled rice fell further in Vietnam after it failed to obtain a government-to-government order from the Philippines in the second half of May and increased China import tariffs in July, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
THE PHILIPPINES can achieve fish sufficiency after President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term ends, with the protection of the 24 major fishing grounds as well as promotion of aquaculture and maintenance of 60% local fish production, according to Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources National Director Eduardo B. Gongona.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) ordered a temporary ban on importation of domestic and wild pigs including pork meat and semen from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Moldova, South Africa and Zambia due to reported cases of African Swine Fever (ASF).
FISHERIES Administrative Order (FAO) 250-2 will allow individual fishermen to collect, sell, trade, and transport Sargassum, a type of brown seaweed, subject to seasonal restrictions and permit requirements.
TWELVE companies participated in the pre-bid conference for the importation 250,000 metric tons of 25% broken well-milled long grain white rice for the National Food Authority on Friday.
APO LAND and Quarry Corp (ALQC) said on Thursday that it will donate a parcel of land to serve as a relocation site in Naga City, Cebu as well as set up a care fund to rebuild houses for the victims of a landslide near its operations site.
THE National Food Authority (NFA) Council has decided to authorize private-sector imports of 750,000 metric tons (MT) of rice in three batches of 250,000 MT each, arriving every two weeks starting Nov. 30.
AGRICULTURE SECRETARY Emmanuel F. Piñol said on Wednesday that key legislators have signalled their intention to raise the Department of Agriculture’s 2019 budget by about P20 billion, amid concern in the House about the adequacy of its proposed budget of P55 billion.
THE European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines said that it plans to extend its five-year project, known as the EU-Philippines Business Network, which partners small and medium enterprises from Europe with domestic companies.
AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the more permissive system for private rice imports will still require sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) import clearances with inspectors to assess shipments at the port of origin.
THE GOVERNMENT hopes to offer seed for the Tamayuan tree (Strombosia philippinensis) to reduce slash-and-burn agriculture and to supply wood to the construction industry, the Ecosystems Research & Development Bureau (ERDB) said on Sunday.
ISOC Holdings, Inc. said its subsidiary ORCA Cold Chain Solutions is scheduled to open cold storage facilities in Taguig and Caloocan in the first half of 2019, as part of the expansion of its food storage business.
THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) granted original proponent status to Aboitiz InfraCapital, Inc. (AIC) for the operations, maintenance, and future expansion of the New Bohol International Airport in Panglao, the company said on Friday.
APO LAND and Quarry Corp. (ALQC) said on Friday it is allowing geologists and experts to conduct independent investigation of the landslide in Naga, Cebu, a day after Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the company’s quarry operations will remain suspended.
STRIVING for rice self-sufficiency is expected to drive prices for the grain even higher, according to economist and Ateneo de Manila University professor Cielito F. Habito.
US-based water technology company Xylem, Inc. aims to boost its presence in the Philippines by participating in a number of projects, including those in the mining sector, to help them become responsible stewards of water, company officials said.
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources supports a proposal by Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo to ban open-pit mining, Undersecretary Jonas R. Leones said on Tuesday.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is planning to make its emergency shipments of low-cost vegetables from Bukidnon to Metro Manila more permanent but needs to work out the logistics bottlenecks, Undersecretary Jose Gabriel M. La Viña said.
THE National Food Authority (NFA) Council has approved the importation of an additional 500,000 metric tons (MT) of rice this year and a standby volume of 1 million metric tons for 2019, according to agriculture secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol.
THE Bangus Industry Stakeholders & Dealers Alliance (BISDA) said the government needs to impose tougher pollution controls on industry and households to ensure the sustainability of the Laguna de Bay fishery, as prices of bangus, or milkfish, become prohibitive for consumers.
THE Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) is expected to come up with its full review of the 26 mining firms ordered closed by former environment secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez by the end of this month, which will be then submitted to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
THE National Food Authority said on Thursday that its transfer to the control of the Department of Agriculture will help the two agencies better coordinate rice procurement and imports.
AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said a planeload of fresh vegetables from Mindanao is expected to arrive by Thursday and will sell in the markets for about half the usual Metro Manila price.
TWO areas in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) may be declared “Minahang Bayan” for use by small-scale miners this year, out of 60 to 65 pending applications being considered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Executive Order No. 62 on Wednesday, placing the National Food Authority (NFA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), and Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) under the Department of Agriculture (DA), its chief, Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol announced.
THE POLICE will monitor and take action against those who will be caught violating fair trade rules in the aftermath of typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) as part of its post-disaster functions.