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…

Third quarter surprise

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 11/23/2021

I was wrong about how the economy would fare in the third quarter (Q3) this year. And like most everybody else, I’m glad I was. Most were surprised at the unexpected strong upturn in the country’s gross…

Pathetic laggard

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 09/14/2021

I had known for years how we’ve lagged behind our comparable Asean neighbors in export earnings and foreign direct investments, but didn’t realize how bad it has become until I examined the latest data. Consider these numbers…

Forbidden fruit: Taiwan urges people to eat more pineapples after China ban

Reuters 02/28/2021

TAIPEI — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on people to eat more pineapples to help farmers on Friday, saying Taiwan had been “ambushed” by a ban on the fruit by neighboring long-time rival China which claims the…

Two wheels and a flat

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 02/02/2021

Within the space of a year, our economy moved from being at the front of the pack of our comparable neighbors, to being at the tail end. Somehow, we squandered the hard-won head start we already enjoyed…

Investing in our farms

Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet 01/05/2021

If we do things right henceforth, agriculture could well be the game changer for the Philippines’ post-pandemic economic future. After all, it was the only major economic sector that defied the economic downturn, posting positive growth while…

Tuburan incurs millions in infra, agri damage due to ‘worst flooding’

Morexette Marie Erram 12/04/2020

TUBURAN, Philippines — The town of Tuburan in northwestern Cebu experienced its worst floodings last Wednesday, December 2, 2020. And the number of families affected, and the cost of damages on infrastructure and agriculture were feared to…

Where our focus should be

Peter Wallace - @inquirerdotnet 10/22/2020

Last week I said there were three things we needed to do to recover from this crisis. They were the immediate actions government could undertake to hasten recovery. In the longer term, there are two areas the…

Cassava, corn production to lead Capitol’s countryside development project

Rosalie O. Abatayo 08/20/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Capitol’s Enhanced Countryside Development (ECD) program will zero in on growing the production of corn and cassava in Cebu province to achieve self-sufficiency. Provincial Agriculturist Roldan Saragena said opportunities under the ECD…

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