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DA pushes solar-powered irrigation

By EIREENE JAIREE GOMEZ March 21, 2019 THE government must ramp up the installation of solar-powered irrigation system (SPIS) in all regions to minimize the effects of El Niño, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol. Piñol on Wednesday said while the Philippines could not prevent drought, putting up solar-powered irrigation …

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I will be the people’s voice – Enrile

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO March 21, 2019 FORMER Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile on Wednesday vowed to give voice to Filipinos regardless of their political color if he wins in the May elections. He made the remark amid the heated exchanges between the senatorial candidates of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP) …

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Locsin praises China’s ruling Communist Party

By The Manila Times March 20, 2019 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) shakes hands with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in Beijing, China. (Andrea Verdelli/Pool Photo via AP) BEIJING: The Philippine foreign secretary has heaped praise on China’s ruling Communist …

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Manila Water told: Pay consumers

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL March 20, 2019 SENATORS on Tuesday pressed the Manila Water Co. Inc. to compensate all consumers affected by the water supply shortage in its concession covering eastern Metro Manila and parts of Rizal province. Sen. Grace Poe, chairman of the Senate public services committee, said she …

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Death toll in Indonesia flash floods hits 89

By ASSOCIATED PRESS March 20, 2019 JAYAPURA, Indonesia: The number of people killed after torrential downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides that tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province has climbed to 89, with dozens of others missing, officials said Tuesday. On Sunday, the disaster-prone country was hit by …

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Aquino pushes water department

By BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO March 20, 2019 SEN. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th has raised the need to create a Department of Water and solely address water distribution issues and avoid a repeat of the water crisis that burdened thousands of Metro Manila residents. A man fills a drum with …

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Duterte signs occupational therapy law

By RALPH VILLANUEVA March 20, 2019 PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law that will regulate the practice of occupational therapy in the country. President Rodrigo Duterte. MALACAÑANG PHOTO Republic Act 11241 or the “Philippine Occupational Therapy Law“ creates a professional regulatory board of occupational therapy, which will be composed …

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‘Bigger DA budget to boost farm sector’

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT March 20, 2019 Rodrigo “Jiggy” Manicad Jr Senate hopeful Rodrigo “Jiggy” Manicad Jr. said his push for agricultural development got a boost from President Rodrigo Duterte, who vowed to allocate a bigger budget for the farm sector to ensure sufficient food production for the country’s …

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