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BFAR-Abra boosts food security

BANGUED, Abra, June 14 (PIA) -- The establishment of a new office and the appointment of a new provincial head of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the province of Abra ushered t.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsJun 14th, 2018

At least 100 security forces killed in fight for Afghan city

KABUL, Afghanistan – At least 100 Afghan security forces have been killed as troops backed by US airpower struggled to push the Taliban from embattled Ghazni city, officials said Monday, August 13, while residents reported food and medicine shortages 4 days after fighting began.  The Afghan government said it had sent ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Pregnant Tibet antelopes to get security convoy

BEIJING --- An escort convoy will begin a one-month journey in the next few days to protect pregnant Tibetan antelopes that will travel hundreds of kilometers from Qinghai province to the Tibet autonomous region to give birth.   The team, organized by the Qumalai management office at Three-River-Source National Park in Qinghai province, consists of 40 experienced workers who have been involved in Tibetan antelope protection work for years.   Every summer, 5,000 to 6,000 pregnant Tibetan antelopes travel along fixed routes from the Lechi grassland in Qinghai to Hoh Xil in Tibet to give birth.   The rich variety of food and a relatively safe environment...Keep on reading: Pregnant Tibet antelopes to get security convoy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

PNP steps into war vs rice hoarders

The Philippine National Police will “aggressively support” concerned government agencies in waging war against unscrupulous rice traders following President Duterte’s order to end rice smuggling and other illegal practices affecting food security......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Corn producers learn to prevent product contamination

BANGUED, Abra, July 30 (PIA) -- Corn ranks next to rice as the Filipino staple food crop in the Philippines but it is one of the grain crops susceptible to fungal infections and contaminations. Given.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Food Garden iti amin a pamilia, sungbat iti malnutrision

BANGUED, Abra, Hulyo 30 (PIA) -- Simple laeng ti solusion ti parikut ti malnutrision ditoy probinsia. Agmula koma amin a pamilia kadagiti natnateng ken prutas tapno adda libre a pagtaudan ti inaldaw a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

SSS presents its programs to Abra BNS

BANGUED, Abra, July 30 (PIA) -- "Be a member now, then think how to sustain your monthly contributions because SSS offers you so much benefits." The Social Security System (SSS) Bangued Branch staff.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Corn producers learn to prevent product contamination

BANGUED, Abra, July 30 (PIA) -- Corn ranks next to rice as the Filipino staple food crop in the Philippines but it is one of the grain crops susceptible to fungal infections and contaminations. Given.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Food Garden iti amin a pamilia, sungbat iti malnutrision

BANGUED, Abra, Hulyo 30 (PIA) -- Simple laeng ti solusion ti parikut ti malnutrision ditoy probinsia. Agmula koma amin a pamilia kadagiti natnateng ken prutas tapno adda libre a pagtaudan ti inaldaw a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

SSS presents its programs to Abra BNS

BANGUED, Abra, July 30 (PIA) -- "Be a member now, then think how to sustain your monthly contributions because SSS offers you so much benefits." The Social Security System (SSS) Bangued Branch staff.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Lumad evacuees face harassment, lack of water and food

Lumads taking temporary shelter in a village gym in Lianga, Surigao del Sur are suffering from a lack of water and from tight security measures by the military, according to updates from the ground on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

‘Rice import dependence compromising Philippine food security’

A consumer group claimed the country’s continuing dependence on rice importation as well as the proposed rice tariff would only place the Filipino people’s food security in greater danger......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

FAO: Importation a boost to food security in PH

The Philippines and Indonesia are expected to report the largest improvement in food security in the whole Asean region over the next decade, according to the latest outlook from the Food and Agric.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Mission volunteers accuse police of blocking food aid for Boracay residents

AKLAN, Philippines – Humanitarian mission groups have accused police security in Malay town of barring them from entering  Boracay Island to distribute relief food packs. On Friday, June 29, policemen allegedly barred a total of 29 volunteers from entering Tabon Port in Caticlan, Malay, the entry point to the island. The ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Kenya Catholic Church suspends priest for preaching through rap music

A Catholic priest known for preaching to his congregation through rap has been suspended from saying Mass in public for a year, reports the Catholic Herald. Fr. Paul Ogalo, known as "Sweet Paul," serves at the St. Monica Catholic Church in Rapogi, Migori County, in southwestern Kenya. The priest says Mass in his religious vestments and would after don a red bandana and a loose shirt to spit beats. Young and old members alike dance to his music. As per Kenyan publication Daily Nation,Ogalo's rap songs tackle issues affecting the youth such as HIV/AIDS, food security and drug use. He also employs martial arts, drama and poetry to keep the youth away from a life of crime. Bishop Phil...Keep on reading: Kenya Catholic Church suspends priest for preaching through rap music.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

NNC 7 Pushes HCFP to Help ECCD F1K Program

The National Nutrition Council Region 7 (NNC 7) pushes Home and Community Food Production (HCFP) to help the Early Childhood Care and Development in the First 1000 Days (ECCD F1K) program. The HCFP help participants to produce their own food and ensure food security in different participating municipalities in the Province of Cebu. According to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Duterte not keen on addressing poverty felt by Filipinos, group says

The recent admission made by President Rodrigo Duterte saying that the country would never achieve rice self-sufficiency is a clear admission that attainment of rice self-sufficiency and food security is not in the economic agenda of the present administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

SSS, affordable savings option for Filipinos

BANGUED, Abra, June 14 (PIA) -- The Personal Equity and Savings Option (PESO) Fund of the Social Security System (SSS) is the most attractive, accessible and affordable savings option for the working.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Kim Jong-un brings own toilet to US-North Korea summit

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore for his summit with President Donald Trump with security in mind – dispatching decoy planes from Pyongyang to thwart anyone who might try to attack him and packing his own food for his visit to try to prevent poisoning, according to a report in USA Today on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

House okays bill on marine protection

THE House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a proposed law seeking to establish a National Mariculture Program to strengthen the Philippine fisheries and aquaculture sector and ensure our country’s food security. House Bill 7506 or “The National Mariculture Program Act” principally authored by Batangas Rep. Vilma….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018