Rice sector to get biggest chunk of DA’s budget

            The rice sector will remain the priority of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) modernization and industrialization programs next year.             This, after the Senate voted 22-0 to approve the proposed P4.5 trillion national budget for 2021 on successive second

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41 ARBs receive land titles, installed in south Negros

            Some 41 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) received land titles and were installed in two separate landholdings in the southern part of Negros Occidental this week.             The distribution and installation rites were facilitated by the Department of Agrarian Reform-Negros

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Texts to 8888 Citizens’ Complaint Center for free

            Subscribers of both Smart and Sun networks can now submit their complaints or grievances to the government for free by texting the Citizens’ Complaint Center (CCC) at 8888.             In a statement Thursday, PLDT, together with its mobile subsidiary

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Peso ends sideways, PSEi slips

            The peso again ended the trade to its over four-year high against the US dollar but the main stocks index slipped for the fourth consecutive day partly due to Morgan Stanley Capital International (MCSI) rebalancing.             The local currency

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PH identifies 5 sectors for investments

            The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) formally launched its new international marketing campaign “Make It Happen in the Philippines”, highlighting five key investment priority sectors.             It is a unified, country-wide, and multi-sector investment campaign that aims to

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DA assures stable fish supply amid typhoons

            The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has assured stable supply of fish until yearend despite the series of typhoons that hit the fisheries sector.             DA Undersecretary for Agri-Industrialization and for Fisheries, Cheryl Caballero, in a

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2 additional fiber landing stations eyed

            PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart will ramp up broadband and data services by adding two more fiber cable landing stations in the country next year.             In a statement, PLDT chairman and chief executive officer, Manuel Pangilinan, said

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SSS studying ways to implement 2nd tranche of pension increase

            The Social Security System is not closing the possibility of implementing the second half of the P2,000 pension increase, but this is being studied carefully since contributions have dropped during the pandemic, its top official said yesterday.             During

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CTA junks petition of UP vs. P9 million unpaid taxes

            The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) en banc has turned down a petition filed by the University of the Philippines (UP) System Administration, challenging a tax assessment against it for unpaid taxes worth P9 million in 2006.             In

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Meralco ties semis vs. Ginebra

            Meralco equalized its Philippine Basketball Association semifinal series against Ginebra, through a 95-77 Game 2 win last night at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.             The Bolts outscored the Barangay, 53-27, in the final 24 minutes

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Is there COVID in space, too?

While the whole world is stricken with fear of the raging pandemic brought by the coronavirus, the United Arab Emirates had gone on with its plans for space exploration to the planet Mars in behalf of the Arab world! Perhaps they are planning to move over there if they find it habitable? But surely there would be viruses waiting there, the air, if it is present, must pure and fresh. The cost must be astronomic, too, but then they could thumb their noses at the United States and China, and show the world who is who!

‘Be effective contact tracers’

Negros Occidental Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez yesterday rallied 129 health care frontliners, being trained to be effective contact tracers, to convey the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic to the public.

Cop killed in NegOr

Motorcycle-riding suspects shot and killed a police officer Thursday night along the highway of Brgy. 1 Poblacion in Siaton, Negros Oriental.