28 February 2018
The Department of Health in the Philippines has said it will investigate the actions of four milk formula companies after the Guardian exposed the illegal and clandestine methods used to market products to mothers. Officials in the DOH confirmed they had called an emergency meeting and had also passed on the violations uncovered by the Guardian to the Food and Drug Authority, which holds the power to formally investigate and hand out financial punishment. Representatives from Nestlé… Read more
25 January 2018
MANILA – More than 29,000 children are dying annually due to the high prevalence of undernutrition in the country, a UNICEF study has stated. “This is about 38 percent of all deaths among Filipino children under five,” UNICEF Philippines nutrition specialist, Joris Van Hees, said during the launch of the Costing Study on Undernutrition, and the Philippine launch of the “2017 Global Nutrition Report” at the House of Representatives Tuesday. The first study revealed that the… Read more
By Kier Edison C. Belleza2 January 2018
Cebu City — The Cebu provincial government vowed to continue to provide equipment for programs involved in the improvement and progress of the agricultural sector here. This came after Governor Hilario Davide said his goal is to achieve the food security agenda for the entire province. A projection of 1.4 million Filipinos will be at risk of hunger by 2030 and another 2.5 million, 20 years later. This, due to lower agricultural production caused by climate change. In the 2016 Climate… Read more
3 January 2018
TAGUIG CITY, Jan. 3 (PIA) -- The National Nutrition Council-National Capital Region will partner local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila to further intensify its nutrition campaign this year.  During the program implementation review (PIR) of the local media campaign, NNC-NCR and the LGU representatives decided to use multimedia strategies combined with interpersonal communication in promoting the following key nutrition messages: 10 Kumainments, Pinggang Pinoy®, healthy diet… Read more
4 December 2017
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is pushing for the conservation of Philippine Rise, an undersea region east of Luzon, for it to be a rich food source for Filipinos. “We are advocating the declaration of the Philippine Rise as a Protected Food Supply Exclusive Zone,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said in his keynote speech at the 14th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) on Sunday. Formerly known as the Benham Rise, the Philippine Rise… Read more
14 September 2017
The province of Benguet has been making a mark in the international market as a sourcing hub for premium agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, coffee, and other highland crops. With more than half of its residents or 100,000 farmers toiling on more than 30,000-hectare farms scattered in vegetable-producing towns, Benguet is living up to its moniker as the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines.” But the farmers from the province, including most areas in the Cordillera, has yet to… Read more
27 September 2017
A research team from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) recently bagged the 2017 Excellent Research Team of the Year Award by the Japan-based Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA).  The team was awarded for developing the Plant Food Supplement (PFS) through the successful use of radiation technology. The Japanese government recognized the project for its great potential in helping spur the development of Philippine agriculture… Read more
29 September 2017
An international agricultural company urged Filipino farmers on Wednesday to further employ biotechnology in food production, citing that the Philippines as the pioneer Southeast Asian country to initiate a biotechnology regulatory system. Monsanto Company, a publicly traded US multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology firm, said the Philippines ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology crop commercialization in 2016. “We believe that there’s no silver bullet for food… Read more
7 October 2017
The Philippines has begun implementing sustainable fishing reforms with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) as a partner providing critical support for science and policy, saying that it would establish these reforms for its major commercial fisheries by 2022. “Healthy fisheries are critical to the well-being of all Filipinos, and we are committed to making fishing sustainable nationwide,” Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Director Eduardo Gongona… Read more
10 October 2017
Any businessman understands that he is required to shell out money before profiting from his ideas. If he intends to expand, he would have to spend more money to earn more. There is a Filipino expression which goes, “Laway lang ang puhunan”. But rare is a business venture that succeeds just by investing only laway, or all talk. Just like businessmen, governments know that they need to spend so they can stimulate the growth of their economies. Washington did this in 2008 when… Read more
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