Govern agriculture right

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/27/2022

No doubt, agriculture now deserves top attention among the three economic sectors, over industry (mostly manufacturing) and services (with its mix of low- and high-value activities). The global food crisis that COVID-19 and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine…

Budget’s role in growth and governance

Dindo Manhit - @inquirerdotnet 09/17/2022

The National Expenditure Program (NEP) is now being reviewed by the House committee on appropriations. Themed as the “Agenda for Prosperity: Economic Transformation Towards Inclusivity and Sustainability,” the NEP for fiscal year 2023 is the first full-year…

Proposed ‘Agriculture Scholar sa Sugbo Ordinance’ needs to be tweaked

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 09/08/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Council’s Committee on Laws, Ordinances, and Styling has recommended several modifications to Councilor Pastor Alcover Jr.’s proposed “Agriculture Scholar sa Sugbo Ordinance.” In a report, the committee, chaired by Councilor…

Our interconnected crises

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 08/09/2022

The human costs of COVID-19 and how we managed it heightened grave threats to the nation’s future that had been looming even before the pandemic. We have a ticking time bomb in our midst that needs to…

Taiwan-Minglanilla sisterhood mulled

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/27/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Officials from Taiwan are considering establishing sisterhood ties with Minglanilla town in southern Cebu, the local government announced. Minglanilla Mayor Rajiv Enad, in a press statement, revealed that they met with Taiwan Ambassador…

Marcos’ first Sona: ‘The state of the nation is sound’

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 07/25/2022

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. delivered his first State of the Nation Address (Sona), giving a glimpse of his first few days in office and his plans for the next six years. Unlike his…

Villar: P32 per kilo of rice possible, not P20

Doris C. Bongcac 07/23/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Plans to bring down the price of rice to P20 per kilo is very difficult to do. What is more feasible is to bring this down to at least P32 per kilo, said…

A country of label lovers

Inez Ponce de leon - @inquirerdotnet 07/20/2022

Is the Philippines really an agricultural country? The label is so pervasive that it’s almost taken for granted. A closer look at the numbers shows a different story. Agriculture’s contribution to our gross domestic product (GDP) has…

Myths and misconceptions

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 06/21/2022

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, a substantive politician I’ve long admired, spoke recently at the University of the Philippines Los Baños on “a new framework for food security and agricultural development,” and had interesting insights worth sharing. I…

Bouncing back

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 05/24/2022

Now that the first-quarter growth figures are out, I thought I’d take a closer look at how the economy is growing. The report was a surprise to many, as most analysts had expected the gross domestic product…

Presidential bets look at agri, businesses to boost economic recovery

Daniza Fernandez - Reporter / @DFernandezINQ 03/19/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Agriculture and businesses — these are among the sectors that presidential candidates would prioritize in expediting the country’s economic recovery. During the PiliPinas Debates 2022: The Turning Point on Saturday, organized by the Commission on Elections…

#OdettePH: Cebu City’s agriculture suffers P79.8 M in damages

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 12/21/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Agriculture Department (CAD) reported a total of P79.8 million in agricultural damages in 31 mountain barangays here due to super typhoon Odette. At least 5,880 farmers were also affected. Damaged…

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