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How the Sugar Industry Continues to Create Poverty in Negros

How the Sugar Industry Continues to Create Poverty in Negros

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The province of Negros Occidental is the 6th wealthiest province in terms of gross income in the country only behind Cebu, Batangas, Rizal, Davao de Oro, and Bukidnon. The island of Negros is known for its sugarcane production which accounts for 63% of the country's sugar output.  Bacolod, the capital city of Negros Occidental and the largest city in Western Visayas, is a highly-urbanized city, and poverty is hardly seen due to skyscrapers and luxurious subdivisions.   One might think that the people in the province are living comfortably due to the "riches of sugarcane", but behind the sugar wealth, the island is also having many of the poorest populations.  In 2015, the national poverty incidence was 16.5% of families, while it was 38.7% in Negros Oriental and 21.9% in Negros Oc...
DAR Sees Self Sufficient Farmers, COOPs in 6 Years

DAR Sees Self Sufficient Farmers, COOPs in 6 Years

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MANILA – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) wants agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to be self-sufficient, agrarian cooperatives to be progressive, and agrarian reform communities (ARCs) to be sustainable and resilient within the next six years. These are among the plans of Secretary Conrado Estrella III contained in his priorities that he presented during the fourth Cabinet meeting of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at Malacañang Palace on Friday. In a statement issued Tuesday, Estrella said DAR’s goals would be his guide in creating strategic plans. Estrella hopes to implement interventions on land tenure problems through the moratorium on the payment of amortization fees and interests and pursue an aggressive, full-scale parcellation program under the Support to Parceliz...
Pampanga Fish Farmers Get 100K Tilapia Fingerlings

Pampanga Fish Farmers Get 100K Tilapia Fingerlings

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MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Luzon (BFAR-3) has distributed some 100,000 tilapia fingerlings for the sustainable livelihood of fishpond operators in this province. BFAR-3 Director Wilfredo Cruz said on Tuesday the move is part of the national government’s program to ensure food security and boost the harvest and income of the local fisherfolk. Recipients of the tilapia fingerlings were eight fish pond operators here. The fingerlings were sourced from BFAR-3’s Technology Outreach Station for Freshwater Species (TOSFW) in Looc, Zambales. “Ang isinagawang pamamahagi ng semilya ng tilapia ay kabilang sa mga programa ng BFAR-3 upang tiyaking suportado ang mga Cabalen na nag-aalaga ng isda sa mga fishpond lalo na't kabilang s...
Eco-Tourism to Open in 4 Leyte Towns

Eco-Tourism to Open in 4 Leyte Towns

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TACLOBAN CITY – Four towns in Leyte province have forged an alliance to come up with a “circuit tour package” promoting their picturesque islands, breathtaking landscapes, and other natural wonders. Department of Tourism (DOT) Eastern Visayas Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes said on Wednesday the move of the towns of Palompon, Isabel, Merida, and Matag-ob to form a lateral alliance and create a tourism circuit is essential to attain local community economic augmentation. “They reached out to DOT and the Eastern Visayas Tourism Association to present their plan. A plan that capitalizes on each other's strengths and the opportunities they see over the horizon. A plan that considers development gaps and addresses threats that may hamper development,” Tiopes said in a phone interview...
President Marcos Rejects Proposal to Import Sugar

President Marcos Rejects Proposal to Import Sugar

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President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has rejected the proposal of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) to import 300,000 metric tons (MT) of sugar despite the current local supply deficit, Malacañang said Wednesday. “The President rejected the proposal to import an additional 300,000 MT of sugar,” Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said in a press statement. Marcos, concurrent Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, is also the chairperson of the Sugar Regulatory Board. Cruz-Angeles issued the statement following reports that Marcos supposedly approved the proposal. “He (Marcos) is the chairman of the Sugar Regulatory Board and denied this in no uncertain terms,” she added. Retail prices of sugar are currently beyond PHP100 per kilogram in wet markets and groc...