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Sugar industry considers SRP scheme to be unworkable

SUGAR MILLERS said a suggested retail price scheme for their products is expected to be unworkable and may depress the price at which traders buy sugar from them.

Ecosystem Technologies targets to partner with urbanized cities for water recycling

ECOSYSTEM Technologies International, Inc., a local specialty contractor for water solutions, is eyeing to expand its portfolio from purely commercial partnerships to larger private-public partnership(PPP) deals with local government units (LGU).

DA to propose letting commercial boats inside 15-kilometer limit

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said they will propose adjustments to improve fishing yields, including permitting commercial boats to operate in municipal fishing waters.

SRA seeks imposition of retail price caps for sugar

THE Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) is asking the Department of Agriculture (DA) to include sugar in the list of agricultural products that will be subject to the department’s suggested retail price (SRP) system.

Govt-run oil mills may stop operations after officials quit en masse...

THREE oil mills managed by a government-controlled corporation may stop operations after a dozen of its officials resigned en-masse to oppose the appointment of a new president.

DENR says climate-change plan names 22 provinces

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said Thursday that it identified 22 vulnerable provinces in its climate change and disaster risk cluster road map for 2018-2022, which has been submitted to Malacañang.

DA reviewing royalty process for sugar imports

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will review the royalty system for sugar imports to ensure farmers receive their share.

Nickel miners pinning hopes on greater adoption of e-vehicles

NICKEL miners said their confident outlook is based on the rise of electric vehicles, despite depressed global prices for the metal.

Rice inventories decline — PSA

RICE inventories as of June 1 were estimated at 2.36 million metric tons (MT), down on a year-on-year and month-on-month basis, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

DA claims stable prices after issuing SRP list on farm goods

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said prices have begun to stabilize two weeks after it imposed suggested retail price (SRP) system on selected farm goods in Metro Manila wet markets.

Boracay early reopening would depend on stakeholders’ cooperation — Cimatu

THE POSSIBLE opening of Boracay Island ahead of the October schedule would depend on the stakeholders’ cooperation in the government’s rehabilitation efforts, according to Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

FPI opposes DTI’s proposed sugar content labels on beverages

THE Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) is opposing the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) proposed rules that would require companies to include sugar content of beverages on labels.

Miners fear investment opportunities slipping away

THE Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CoMP) said that the delay in formulating mining policy has caused the Philippines to miss out on potential investment.

DA studying rubber partnership with Papua New Guinea

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is is studying a parnership with Papua New Guinea for the development of the rubber industry.

DENR to use GIS-based mapping to settle land disputes in Marawi

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be using the geographic information system (GIS)-based mapping and information system to settle land disputes amid the government’s efforts to rebuild war-torn Marawi City.

PAL to mount flights to Sapporo in September

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) will start flying to Sapporo in September, as Japan gains popularity as a tourist destination among Filipinos.

PAL to open direct flights to Sapporo in September

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) introduced Sapporo as its sixth direct-flight destination to Japan.

ATN to supply 3.5M tons of rocks for Manila Bay reclamation...

LISTED ATN Holdings, Inc. on Wednesday said it will sell 3.5 million tons of rock resource assets to several companies involved in Manila Bay reclamation activities.

Boracay’s White Beach declared clean; water quality ‘almost there’

THE government is on track in its efforts to rehabilitate Boracay island, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said as it declared White Beach clean and the effort to improve water quality on the island “almost there.”

DENR’s internal mining review expected this month

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it hopes to complete its own mining review “within the month.”

Nickel miners claim planting program covers 2,000 hectares

THE Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA) said its members have been planting trees to rehabilitate sites near their mines in northeastern Mindanao and Palawan.

Sweden’s AAK seeking sustainability in coco oil supply

SWEDEN’s AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) said it plans to work with coconut farmers to guarantee quality and supply for its fats and oils facility in Batangas.

Palay farmgate price rises in 3rd week of June

THE average farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, continued to rise in the third week of June to P21.36 per kilogram (kg.), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Indie power producer GBP shifts to sustainable energy

REGIONAL independent power producer Global Business Power Corp. (GBP) is shifting to provide sustainable energy solutions in a move to adapt to the current landscape in the sector.

Coalition tackles eliminating plastic pollution

A coalition which includes corporate users of plastic packaging is working on addressing the problems caused by plastic waste.

Swedish company AAK to build customization plant in Batangas

SWEDISH company AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) is building a customization plant in Batangas, the first of its kind in the Philippines.

Global Ferronickel expects flat earnings this year

GLOBAL Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. (FNI) expects net income to be flat this year, despite seeing stronger demand for nickel ore from China.

Philex Mining hoping to extend Padcal mine life span beyond 2022

PHILEX Mining Corp. is focusing on efforts to extend its Padcal gold-copper operation beyond 2022, while the firm considers the possibility of underground mining at its Silangan project.

Rice import bids for 674,000 metric tons accepted under MAV

THE National Food Authority (NFA) accepted applications from prospective importers to bring in 674,000 metric tons (MT) of rice under the Minimum Access Volume (MAV) regime, with the auction oversubscribed at 1.82 million MT worth of bids received.

Laguna Lake authority to rehabilitate reclaimed sites in Taguig City

THE Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) will take over reclaimed areas in Taguig City which were previously occupied by two companies found to have been illegally dumping waste on the sites which threatens to seep into the lake.

DA’s SRP scheme rolled out in Metro Manila wet markets

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said the imposition of a Suggested Retail Price (SRP) scheme on selected farm goods will take effect initially in Metro Manila wet markets.

DENR orders Boracay firms near shore to build sewage treatment plants

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ordered establishments along the Boracay shoreline to build their own sewage treatment plants.

Palay farmgate prices rise in mid-June

FARMGATE prices for palay, or unmilled rice, rose in the second week of June to P21.23 per kilogram (kg) with the approach of the so-called lean months, when market supply dries up between harvests, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Davao targets 1,000-ha. in extra land for coffee

THE government is hoping to upgrade the coffee bean crop by raising production in the Davao region and by improving the genetic quality of domestic output.

Boracay Water’s waste-to-energy project gets ‘first proponent status’

BORACAY Island Water Co., Inc. (Boracay Water) on Friday said its proposal for the establishment of a waste-to-energy plant has received “first proponent status” from the local government unit.

Boracay Water to accelerate development of sewage treatment projects

BORACAY Island Water Co., Inc. (Boracay Water) said it will be fast-tracking its sewer projects as requested by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which will mean accelerated spending this year.

Millers could be tasked with packing rice

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is looking into having rice packaged at the milling stage to comply with Republic Act No. 10611, or the Food Safety Act of 2013.

Suggested retail price scheme for rice, other goods in the works

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is expecting to impose a suggested retail price (SRP) scheme for basic agricultural commodities including rice and livestock products.

Pepsi bottler fined P11.8-M over unauthorized wells

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has imposed a P11.8 million fine on Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI) for operating deep well pumps AT its Muntinlupa plant without permits.

DA focused on fixing supply-chain issues to address shortages

A NEWLY appointed undersecretary said the Department of Agriculture (DA) is currently focused on improving the supply chain for farm produce to address complaints by manufacturers of inadequate raw materials, which is forcing them to resort to imports.

DA changes tune on rice self-sufficiency; goal is competitiveness

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said its goal is to improve the competitiveness of rice farmers and now views self-sufficiency as impossible because the government counts any imports, no matter how large, against the 100% goal.

Seed supply company targets growing urban farming market

VEGETABLE and flower seed producer and supplier East-West Seed Co. is planning to expand its portfolio by offering vertical farming solutions such as hydroponic units and smaller greenhouses to urban dwellers.

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters

BEYOND just helping me out a bit with math, science, or English grammar during my youth, Dad rarely ever sat me down and said, “Today, we will spend time learning values,” or “Son, let me tell you all about how businesses work.”

FNI unit inks supply deal with Chinese company

GLOBAL Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. (FNI) said its subsidiary signed a contract to supply nickel ore to a Chinese firm this year.

Duterte reaffirms ‘entire island’ of Boracay to go under land reform

AMID REHABILITATION efforts in the tourist island of Boracay, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Wednesday, “I’m declaring land reform for the entire island of Boracay.”