Government is also looking into turning more areas into agricultural land, including those in the metro, as its ultimate goal is to increase yield production, Evangelista said.

The Philippines’ local supply of rice is at 12.37 million metric tons, while it imports 2.36 million metric tons, Evangelista added.

“There’s a piece of land here in Quezon City where people are farming there already. We’re bringing in younger farmers because they are innovative and adjust easily,” she said.

“We’re looking at state universities…we’re looking at how to help them have a good yield so we can also supply even restaurants here in NCR (National Capital Region). What we can do here in NCR can be replicated in metro Davao.”


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Rosendo So, president of agriculture group SINAG, said the proposed Masagana 150 was a “nice program” but questioned how it would be implemented.

“Dapat yung detalye ang maririnig natin,” he said, adding that producing high-yielding seeds cannot be done in just a year.

(We need to hear the details.)

So said he has talked with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. three times so far. Marcos Jr is the first chief executive since former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who has talked to SINAG, he added.

“He also called me that he’s looking for the seed to increase the production, that’s good. Second he said inputs [are] so high, farmers will use little fertilizers. I think he plans to have the G2G with other countries,” he said.

So said he expects Marcos to “announce in his SONA (State of the Nation Address) to stop totally agri smuggling.”

“Ito ang pinakamabigat na nakikita namin that will kill the local industry. Ang smuggled walang tariff, ang collection ng government mawawala and pinapatay ang local produced natin,” he said.

(This is the biggest problem we see that will kill the local industry. Smuggled goods have no tariff, there’s no government collection and it kills our local industry.)

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Repatriation command center inilunsad para sa distressed OFWs


Posted at Jul 22 2022 01:57 PM

Repatriation command center inilunsad para sa distressed OFWs

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MAYNILA — Inilunsad ng Department of Migrant Workers ang isang programa para matulungan ang mga distressed overseas Filipino worker na mapauwi sa bansa.

Sa pamamagitan ng “One Repatriation Command Center,” mas mapapadali ang proseso ng repatriation, sabi ni Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople, Biyernes.

Maaari ring humingi ng tulong sa command center ang mga kaanak ng distressed OFWs.

“Ang intention namin ay para hindi na kailangan mangutang pa ‘yung kamag-anak ng OFW para lang makaluwas ng Maynila,” dagdag ni Ople sa panayam ng TeleRadyo.

Maaaring tumawag sa DMW hotline na 1348 o mag-email sa

Ani Ople, nasa 186 na ang pumunta sa command center para humingi ng tulong. Nakatanggap naman sila ng 138 na tawag at 84 na emails simula nang ilunsad ang program.

Karamihan sa mga distressed OFW ay galing sa Middle East, gaya ng Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman at Qatar.

Kalimitan sa mga dahilan nila ay hindi makatarungang trato sa trabaho, pagkaantala ng suweldo at pagmamaltrato.

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