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…

‘Unified’ approach for recovery of agri, tourism, MSME eyed

Rosalie O. Abatayo 08/17/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — National line agencies in Central Visayas are considering a “unified approach” for the recovery of agriculture, tourism, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the four provinces in the region. With this,…

Secretary Dar: PH will have enough rice supply until March 2021

Irene R. Sino Cruz 04/27/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines —The Department of Agriculture projected that the country would have a 94-day rice buffer stock would continue by the end of December 2020. “We would like to inform the public that based on our…

Cebu City Agriculture Department urges residents to plant easy-to-grow vegetables

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 04/08/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Agriculture Department (CAD) is giving out free seedlings to Cebu City residents who wish to grow their own food while the city is under the state of enhanced community quarantine…

Northern Mindanao economy bleeds due to COVID-19

Froilan Gallardo 04/02/2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO- The local economy in Northern Mindanao has taken a nosedive just two weeks after transportation between its cities, towns and manufacturing firms came to a screeching halt amid strict quarantine measures. Mindanao has been…

Ursula death toll now 41; 12 still missing — NDRRMC

Krissy Aguilar - INQUIRER.net 12/29/2019

MANILA, Philippines — The number of fatalities caused by the onslaught of Typhoon Ursula has climbed to 41, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said Sunday. In its situation report, NDRRMC said at least 12…

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