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Sugar industry, small farmers hail withdrawal of case vs SRA

MANILA–The sugar industry particularly small farmers in the country hailed the decision of beverage firm Coca Cola Philippines to drop its case against the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) which regulated the importation of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or corn sugar. According to the Sugar Alliance of the Philippines, the sugar industry and farmers representatives felt …

PHL top geologist urges gov’t to focus on ‘rare’ elements

MANILA—One of the top geologist in the country and a mining expert has urged the government to focus on “rare” elements that can possibly be found in the country’s ores in order to give additional value to mineral exports. According to Dr. Carlo Arcilla, a professor at the University of the Philippines’ National Institute of …

Pres. Duterte appoints ex-AFP chief Cimatu as DENR secretary

MANILA–President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief and ambassador Roy Cimatu as the new Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) replacing Gina Lopez whose nomination was rejected by the Commission on Appointments. “We are confident that Secretary Cimatu shall faithfully serve the interest of the country …

Insurgency attacks jeopardize PHL top fruit exports

MANILA–Attacks of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) on pineapple and banana plantations jeopardized the country’s top fruit exports and place at risk its standing as one of the world’s biggest banana exporters. Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority shows the Philippines produced 9.1 million metric tons (MT) of bananas in 2015. The cavendish …

NPAs continue to wreak havoc on banana plantations in Mindanao

MANILA–Communist rebels continue to attack banana plantations in Mindanao for not paying revolutionary taxes despite the resumption of peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (NDF-CPP-NPA) in the Netherlands. Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) reported that the NPA has once again launched an intensified series of …

PHL should exercise sovereignty, assert rights on Benham Rise

MANILA–Since Benham Rise is part of Philippine territory, Filipinos must exercise their sovereignty over the area and assert their rights. “We must work together and exercise our sovereign rights to nurture and protect it — a first step would be to declare Benham Bank as a ‘no-take’ zone, immediately protecting it from any exploitation,” said …

Former UNGA delegate hits VP Robredo for ‘misrepresenting’ Filipinos

MANILA—A former delegate to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has assailed Vice President Leni Robredo for “misrepresenting” millions of Filipinos when she addressed the 60th annual meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs via a video message that highlights alleged rights abuses in President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called war on drugs. “I am making …

COMP welcomes Palace ruling on ‘due process’ to mining issues

MANILA –The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) on Wednesday thanked President Rodrigo Duterte and the Cabinet for deciding to observe due process with regards to mining issue. “We welcome the decision as this gives hope to our mining communities comprised of the many women and men who rely on the industry for their …

Chamber of Mines cites FOI on release of DENR audit report

MANILA –The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) on Tuesday cited it’s right-to-know under the freedom of information (FOI) to compel the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to make public the audit report which was the basis for the closure of 23 mining firms and suspension of operation of five others. In …

Geology expert asks DENR to make mining audit public

MANILA –The head of the country’s national geological institution is calling on Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez to make public the basis for her directive on the closure of 23 mining operations and the planned suspension of five others across the country to enable future engineers and geologists to learn from her decisions …

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