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Agri-agra reforms pushed

THE CENTRAL BANK is backing proposals to amend a law setting credit quotas for the farming sector amid poor compliance, as it eyes to accommodate infrastructure financing and other alternatives in order to boost lending. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Chuchi G. Fonacier said authorities are wrapping up a study towards increased compliance […] The post Agri-agra reforms pushed appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineMay 17th, 2018

DA’s Piñol says banks’ refusal to lend holding back agriculture

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said banks are to blame for refusing to comply with Republic Act 10000, or the Agri-Agra Reform Credit Act of 2009, saying that their refusal to embark on lending to farmers is holding back growth in the sector. Mr. Piñol, speaking to reporters about banks that refuse to comply with […] The post DA’s Piñol says banks’ refusal to lend holding back agriculture appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

BSP backs changes to Agri-Agra law

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is backing the Agri-Agra Reform Credit Act to help ease credit access to small farmers and improve banks’ compliance rate for agrarian reform......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Agri-tourism to Drive Boracay Comeback

The academic think tank SEARCA has pushed for the integration of agricultural tourism into Boracay in light of ideas on land reform and 'experience economy' that must be beneficial for to.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

BMI sees investment slowdown as tax reform creates ‘uncertainty’

Investments could slow over the next few months amid uncertainties over corporate taxes, BMI Research said, noting that the second tax reform package being pushed by the government could do more harm than good for businesses. “While the proposed tax reforms may be fiscally prudent, it will likely make the Philippines less competitive versus its […] The post BMI sees investment slowdown as tax reform creates ‘uncertainty’ appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

ASEAN-wide promotions of agri coops pushed

The Philippines on Tuesday called for increased collaboration with other member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in promoting agricultural cooperatives deemed important for poverty reduction in the region. Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Orlando Ravanera made the call as the country hosts the 7th ASEAN Cooperative….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Espenilla: Fix barriers to MSMEs, agri-agra loans

Espenilla: Fix barriers to MSMEs, agri-agra loans.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 9th, 2017

Social, economic reforms pushed amid snag in GRP-NDFP talks

Social, economic reforms pushed amid snag in GRP-NDFP talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsMay 28th, 2017

Banks still fail to comply with agri-agra loan rules

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine banks continued to fall short of the mandated threshold for agriculture and agrarian reform loans in the first nine months o.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2017

Agri-Agra Law needs thorough review

Agri-Agra Law needs thorough review.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 31st, 2016

Banks want PPP alternative to agri-agra law compliance

MANILA, Philippines - Local banks are urging the government to consider their participation in the public private partnership (PPP) program as part of the ba.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2016

Agri-agra loans grow double-digit in H1

MANILA, Philippines – Loans extended by Philippine banks for agriculture and agrarian reform booked a double-digit growth in the first half of the year but s.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2016

Agri-agra loans of banks still low

Agri-agra loans of banks still low.....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 11th, 2016

Banks push Agri-Agra Law revisions

MANILA, Philippines – Banks are pushing for amendments to an outdated law mandating financial institutions to allocate a fourth of their loan portfolio for a.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2016

NCAA: Red Cubs, Staglets boost bids for Final Four

STANDINGS LSGH 10-2 MAPUA 9-3 SAN BEDA 9-4 JRU 7-6 PERPETUAL 5-6 ARELLANO 5-6 LPU 5-7 SAN SEBASTIAN 5-8 LETRAN 3-8 EAC 2-10 San Beda High School stayed within striking distance of the top two and San Sebastian College-Recoletos stayed alive and kicking in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament. The two teams made sure the Final Four remained a nine-team race following separate well-earned wins on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The Red Cubs stood strong in the middle periods to take care of business against Emilio Aguinaldo College, 80-71. Winderlich Coyoca built on his breakout game the last time around with 18 points, four steals, two rebounds, and two assists in this one while Winston Ynot and Kent Pelipel chipped in 13 and 11 markers, respectively. Trailing by one after the opening salvo, San Beda turned it on and dominate their opponents by a score of 46-32 in the second and third quarters. That double-digit lead would be more than enough for their ninth win in the last 11 games following a 0-2 start to the season. At 9-4, the Red Cubs are breathing down the necks of top two teams 10-2 College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and 9-3 Mapua High School. Third-running San Beda also gained separation from fourth-running Jose Rizal High School after it fell to the Staglets, 51-56. Milo Janao did the heavy lifting as always with 19 points and seven rebounds while JP Timbancaya contributed 10 markers and six boards of his own. Behind those two, the Staglets took the fight out of their opponents and charged to 5-8 – still well in contention in the tournament. John Amores paced the Light Bombers with 16 points on top of seven rebounds and three assists. He was the lone scorer in double-digits, however, and as such, saw his squad fail to build on its big-time upset of the Red Robins a week ago. Still, with a 7-6 record, JRU stayed at solo fourth all of University of Perpetual Help (5-6), Arellano High School (5-6), Lycuem of the Philippines University (5-7), Baste (3-8), and even Colegio de San Juan de Letran (3-8) right behind. Meanwhile, the loss pushed the Brigadiers to the brink now at 2-10. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME SAN SEBASTIAN 56 – Janao 19, Timbancaya 10, Are 6, Gomez 6, Loristo 4, Cortes 4, Balo 3, Perez 2, Suico 2, Baclaan 0, Cruz 0, Dela Cruz 0, Austria 0 JRU 51 – Amores 16, Vasquez 7, Bucoy 7, Ganut 6, Icban 4, Dionisio 3, Portales 3, Baluyut 2, Sy 2, Mangio 1, Delos Santos 0, Fortuna 0 QUARTER SCORES: 11-10, 29-25, 38-36, 56-51 SECOND GAME SAN BEDA 80 – Coyoca 18, Ynot 13, Pelipel 11, Llarena 9, Estacio 8, Oliva 7, Lazaro 6, Andrada 4, Talampas 2, Valencia 2, Sanchez 0, Alcantara 0, Calibo 0 EAC 71 – Ilustrisimo 16, Boado 14, Sanosa 9, Balowa 7, Murillo 7, Quebral 6, Lozano 4, Sumagaysay 4, Encila 2, Mejia 2, Pascual 0, Calara 0, Rivera 0 QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 38-28, 59-46, 80-71 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News9 hr. 57 min. ago

Villar calls on agri s continuous growth

Source link link: Villar calls on agri's continuous growth.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News15 hr. 58 min. ago

Mark Cuban donates $10M after Mavericks workplace probe

NBA press release The NBA today issued the following statement about the report by independent investigators regarding workplace conditions at the Dallas Mavericks, following allegations made in a Feb. 20, 2018 Sports Illustrated article: Upon learning of the allegations, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban notified the NBA and an independent investigation was launched with oversight from the league office. Anne Milgram, former Attorney General of New Jersey, a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at New York University School of Law, and currently Special Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, and Evan Krutoy, who spent more than 20 years as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and currently heads Krutoy Law, P.C., led the seven-month investigation. The league’s oversight function was led by David Anders, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The report was based on information gathered from 215 interviews with current and former Mavericks employees who worked for the team during the past two decades and from the evaluation of more than 1.6 million documents, including emails and other electronic documents. Following the launch of the independent investigation, the Mavericks, under Mr. Cuban’s direction, hired a new Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Marshall, a former AT&T senior executive, who has since implemented a massive overhaul to improve the organization’s workplace culture. While the investigation was ongoing, Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall took a series of steps to enhance the team’s workplace policies and procedures. Under Ms. Marshall’s direction, the Mavericks have replaced or added several new leadership positions in the organization, including a new head of Human Resources, a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, a head of Diversity & Inclusion and a new General Counsel. The Mavericks also instituted mandatory “Respect in the Workplace” training for all employees and ownership; created a confidential hotline for employees to share concerns, issues or allegations of misconduct; and established employee resource teams and an external advisory council to ensure a more diverse and collaborative work environment. Ms. Milgram’s and Mr. Krutoy’s extensive investigation, with full cooperation from Mr. Cuban and the Mavericks organization, resulted in a detailed understanding of the scope and substance of the issues. Among the investigation’s key findings: - The investigation substantiated numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization over a period spanning more than twenty years. - Among other things, the investigation found:     - Improper workplace conduct toward fifteen female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching, and forcible kissing;     - Improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde, including inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers; and     - Two acts of domestic violence perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee. - The investigators concluded that Mavericks’ management was ineffective, including a lack of compliance and internal controls, and that these shortcomings permitted the growth of an environment in which acts of misconduct and the individuals who committed them could flourish.  In particular, the investigators found:         - The Mavericks executive leadership team failed to respond adequately and committed a significant error in judgment by retaining Mr. Sneed following his domestic violence incidents; and         - The Mavericks’ executive leadership team was responsible for allowing Mr. Hyde to remain employed with the organization despite his inappropriate and problematic behavior, and failed adequately to address his various acts of misconduct.         - The investigators found no evidence that Mr. Cuban was aware of Mr. Ussery’s misconduct.  None of the 215 witnesses who were interviewed stated that they informed Mr. Cuban of Mr. Ussery’s actions, the investigators found no documentary evidence of such a communication, and Mr. Cuban stated that he did not know about the conduct.   The investigation report also contains a series of recommendations for changes to the Mavericks’ organization, including:     - Increasing the number of women on staff, including in leadership positions;     - Enhancing formal reporting processes for victims of misconduct;     - Implementing regular anonymous employee surveys to evaluate workplace culture; and     - Expanding and improving the Mavericks’ Human Resources department and instituting clear protocols for investigating workplace misconduct. The report confirms that several of these steps have already been taken, including the hiring of Ms. Marshall and other new senior female leaders, and notes that “we heard from employees of a sea change in the professional environment at the Mavericks that began almost immediately following” the publication of the Sports Illustrated article. In recognition of the institutional and other failures set forth in the report, Mr. Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to organizations that are committed to supporting the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.  These organizations will be selected by an advisory council of leaders from the Mavericks, including Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall, and the NBA, including President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, President of Team Marketing & Business Operations and Chief Innovation Officer Amy Brooks, and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Oris Stuart. Additionally, the NBA is requiring the Mavericks to:         - Provide the league office with quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in the report and their implementation;         - Immediately report to the league office any instances or allegations of significant misconduct by any employee;         - Continually enhance and update annual “Respect in the Workplace” training for all staff, including ownership; and         - Implement a program to train all staff, including ownership, on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. “The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We appreciate that Mark Cuban reacted swiftly, thoroughly and transparently to the allegations first set forth in Sports Illustrated – including the immediate hiring of Cynthia Marshall as CEO to effect change, but as Mark has acknowledged, he is ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees. While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10 million that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behavior and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing -- the inability of too many organizations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women.” Following the allegations made in the Sports Illustrated article, the NBA conducted a thorough review of its existing policies and procedures related to respect in the workplace, and required all NBA teams to do the same. In addition, the league established a confidential leaguewide hotline for team and league employees to report workplace misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.  While many of the recommendations contained in the investigation report are already part of established practice at the league office, any that are not will shortly be adopted. The report of the independent investigation is available here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News22 hr. 19 min. ago

Organic farming network pushed

ORGANIC farming methods must be shared to other agro-forestry co-operators and farmers, said Ms. Lorna T. Morante, Agriculturist II of the Provincial Office of Agricultural Services (POAS). “The organic farming method seeks to increase long term soil fertility. So it is good nga may ara na ta co-operators sa taga munisipyo para sila na to […] The post Organic farming network pushed appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News22 hr. 45 min. ago

Inflation aggravated by weak peso but yearend relief coming, says BSP

Some of the price increases that have pushed the country's inflation rate to its highest in nearly a decade can be attributed to a weak peso, which has been on a downtrend since the start of t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

AVC Asian Cup: PHI bows out of quarterfinals race

Iran came back from a 1-2 match deficit to boot out the Philippines in the quarterfinals race with a 27-29, 25-16, 17-25, 25-12, 15-13, win in Pool C Monday in the AVC Asian Cup at the Korat Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.      The Filipinas pushed the Iranians to the limit in the fifth set but Iran came up mentally tougher in the battle of nerves to claim its second straight win in as many outings. Iran joined Australia, which also got a scare from the Filipinas before escaping with a come-from-behind five-set win after clawing back from two sets down, in the quarterfinals. The Filipinas were relegated to the Challenge Cup. Alyssa Valdez and Mylene Paat kept the PHI alive in the fifth frame after a shaky start. The Filipinas tied the frame at 13 only to see the Iranians seal the match with back-to-back hits. Mahsa Kadkhoda paced the Iranians with 30 points off 19 hits, six aces and five kill blocks while skipper Maeda Borhani scored all of her 18 points on attacks. Neda Cahamlanian and Mahsa Saberi scored 12 and 10, respectively, for Iran.  The PHI took a 2-1 match lead after dominating the Iranians in the third frame. But Iran kept its composure and came back mightily in the fourth, leading by double-digits early to force a decider.   Iran went up 12-10 in the fifth but faced nervous moments in the closing stretch as Valdez tied it at 12. Iran again took the lead but an attack error that knotted the frame at 13.     Valdez finished with 24 points to lead the Filipinas while Paat added 10. Aby Marano and Cha Cruz-Behag combined for 14 markers for PHI.  The Nationals (0-2) will close the pool play on Tuesday against Kazakhstan, which also dropped its first two games, in a rematch of their seventh place battle in the Asian Games.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Cabagnot after first Gilas win: 'Our journey has begun'

MANILA, Philippines --- Alex Cabagnot finally got his win with Team Pilipinas and it feels oh so good. Cabagnot scored a team-high 16 points for Gilas Pilipinas Monday, helping the national team beat Qatar in a closed-door game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas gets home win behind closed-doors] Part of the new-look national team, Cabagnot is glad he finally got that first win, a win that symbolizes his own journey with the national team. Scratch that, the start of a new journey for the new national team. "It felt good," Cabagnot said on the win, which pushed Gilas to 5-3 in Group F, still enough for third place and a spot in the World Cup if the Asian Qualifiers ended today. "I’m not really into the destination, but our journey has begun. That’s not the only game. And hopefully I could be there for the next window. You know how it is naman, pero, I can’t control that. I could only control what happened and I’m glad. and I’m fortunate to be with these guys and to be under coach Yeng Guiao," he added. The next FIBA window is about two months away and Cabagnot is hopeful Team Pilipinas can build on this win. Whether or not he makes it back, the veteran guard for San Miguel Beer has the national team's best interest in mind. "I’m glad we won. Masarap ‘yung panalo namin," Cabagnot said. "And hopefully we could build this in the next window --— if I’m still here, if I’m still invited by coach Yeng, the SBP community, and the federation," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018