Rice prices seen rising during lean months

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:48 a.m.

THE National Food Authority (NFA) in Davao City is expecting prices of rice to slowly go up as rice production enters the lean months starting April.

DOE to adopt system to hasten RE applications

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:07 p.m.

THE Department of Energy (DOE) will soon adopt the One-Stop Facilitation and Monitoring Center (OSFMC) in a bid to facilitate and fast-track renewable energy (RE) projects in the country.

New farming technology introduced in Kapatagan

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 09:23 p.m.

MT. APO Highland Resort in Barangay Kapatagan, Davao del Sur is currently testing an agricultural system that can serve as an alternative for those who have no area suitable for planting agricultural crops.

Businesses in Central Visayas ‘optimistic’

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.

WHILE most of the country’s businesses were less optimistic for the first quarter of 2015, businesses in Central Visayas that participated in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) Business Expectations Survey had a better outlook.

Northern Mindanao products to reach tariff free Europe

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 05:40 p.m.

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Northern Mindanao and the European Union (EU)–Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) appraised business leaders, media and other stakeholders of the trade and investment potentials of the region in a roundtable discussion in Cagayan de Oro City on Thursday.

Prices of rice to slightly increase

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 09:47 p.m.

THE National Food Authority (NFA)-Davao City said prices of rice will start to slowly increase anytime this month as rice production enters the lean months beginning April.

Coco coir a booming industry in Lanao Norte

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:06 p.m.

HUNDREDS of families in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, are turning to coco noir as an income earner.

Coco coir is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut. It is used in making floor mats, doormats, brushes, rope, fishing nets and mattresses.

Tourist arrivals to hit 2 million

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:39 p.m.

THE National Economic Development Authority (Neda) in Davao Region said it is expecting tourist arrivals in the region to hit two million mark in 2014.

Minda, PCA partnership to boost cacao industry

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 08:28 p.m.

THE Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) is set to enter a partnership with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) in a bid to increase cacao production in Mindanao, a Minda official said.

Remove import tariffs on Philippine bananas

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 08:45 p.m.

JAPANESE banana importers have recently lobbied for the elimination of import tariffs on Philippine bananas being exported to Japan, an executive from the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) said.

‘Put construction workers’ safety first’

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 10:41 p.m.

GOVERNMENT urged the construction industry, one of the country’s fastest growing sectors, to attend to the safety and health of its workers, saying these should reflect how construction has grown.

P264M Diversion Road expansion bidded out

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 09:20 p.m.

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Davao Region has already bidded out the construction of the P264-million Davao City Diversion Road Extension.

Comval’s corn production up by 45% last year

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 04:10 p.m.

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) in Davao Region said Compostela Valley posted the highest growth rate in corn production at 45.06 percent last year.

Based on the data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) of the Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA), white and yellow corn production in the province increased to 68,429 metric tons (MT) in 2014 as compared to 47,174 in 2013.

Cordova tourism ‘on the rise’

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 12:15 a.m.

CORDOVA, a third-class municipality in Cebu, is a rising tourist destination with increasing investments in the sector.

DTI: More discount caravans this year

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Davao Region is set to organize 15 Presyo Diskwento Caravan (PDC) this year.

Rachel S. Remetio, DTI-Davao Consumer Welfare Division and Trade Regulation, told Sun.Star Davao that they are targeting to stage three PDCs for each province this year.

Energy firm, army, stakeholders establish mangrove nursery

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 02:56 p.m.

EL SALVADOR CITY -- Growing mangrove trees and sustaining the availability of its seedlings are the efforts of the stakeholders in Misamis Oriental in protecting the environment and conserve the marine life along the Macajalar Bay.

Recently, energy firm Steag State Power Inc. (SPI), the Macajalar Bay Development Alliance (MBDA) and the 4th Infantry Diamond Division (4ID) in collaboration with the local government of El Salvador City, have heightened the mangrove growing activity along the eastern shores of the province.

Dole's compensation program benefits 5M

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 11:12 p.m.

SOME five million private and public employees in the country have so far benefitted from Employees Compensation Program (ECP) being implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

Renew licenses before deadline

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 11:11 p.m.

THE Philippine Contractor's Accreditation Board (PCAB) said penalties will be imposed on contractors who failed to meet the deadline set for the renewal of their license.

Empowering unemployed women in agri plantation

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 09:05 p.m.

IT WAS a dream come true for these women living near a pineapple plantation in Barangay Cawayan in Calinan, Davao City who were determined to put meaning into their monotonous afternoons.

Airport work delayed by snag

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:18 p.m.

ALTHOUGH work on Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport has yet to start, the GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) hopes to offer compromises that would enable them to begin work in areas that have not yet been vacated by the Philippine Air Force.

Tsuneishi launches ‘eco-ship’

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 09:39 p.m.

SHIPBUILDING firm Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu), Inc. (THICI) recently launched its first “eco-ship,” a vessel that is equipped with energy-saving technologies.

Fresh, quality milk for Dabawenyos

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 10:56 p.m.

SINCE 2006, Samal Dairy Farm (SDF) has been producing high quality milk for those living on Samal Island.

On top of the ordinary bottled fresh milk, SDF is also known for their flavored milk and milk bars. Their bottled milk comes in a 350 ml size and only P25 while the milk bar comes in 75 ml sinze and at P8.

Prices of seafood, veggies drop

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 09:53 p.m.

THE Philippine Statistics Authority-Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (PSA-BAS) recorded a P10 to P20 price drop in selected seafood and vegetable products as of Friday.

PSA-BAS noted a decrease at the prices of galunggong, sitao, and native pechay at Bankerohan Public Market on Friday.

Challenges despite GSP+

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:21 p.m.

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said exporting small and medium entrepreneurs will still be faced with challenges even as the Generalized Scheme of Preference Plus (GSP+) is already in place.

This was bared by DTI Industry Development and Trade Policy Assistant Secretary Dr. Ceferino Rodolfo, who was a guest speaker at DTI's information session on "Doing Business with the EU using GSP+" at the Apo View Hotel on Thursday.

Big BPO firm needs more agents in 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:21 p.m.

LEADING business process outsourcing (BPO) company Sutherland Global Services (SGS) is targeting to expand their workforce to 3,000 by the end of 2015 to cater to the growing demands of their clients.

SGS-Davao City talent management senior manager Marsy Inigo, speaking in Wednesday's edition of Club 888 at Marco Polo Hotel Davao, said they have 2,000 workers servicing for anti-virus software companies, telecommunications, finance, travel, and data entry, among others.

Port of Cebu exceeds target, collects P13B

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 10:32 p.m.

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu collected P13.079 billion for the entire 2014, surpassing by P582.496 million the P12.497 billion target set by the Department of Finance (DOF).

Organic farming gaining ground

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 10:35 p.m.

ORGANIC farming in the Philippines has started gaining foothold, as many farmers are beginning to camp out into the farm fields sans the chemicals.

In an interview, Lawyer Koronado Apuzen, executive director of the Foundation for Agrarian Reform Cooperatives in Mindanao (Farmcoop), said going organic farming weighs more good than bad because it does not hurt the soil and the cost of it is less as compared to the traditional way of farming.

Supply lack triggers increase in veggie prices

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 11:09 p.m.

WITH supply running low, the prices of vegetables and other farm products have gone up, the Philippine Statistics Authority-Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (PSA-BAS) has reported.

The agency monitored an increase from P2 to P40 in selected vegetables and other agricultural products at the Bankerohan Public Market as of January 9.

Bukidnon rubber industry needs to improve quality

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:06 p.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY – The rubber industry is an emerging industry in Bukidnon but small rubber farmers need to improve quality of production to be able to command a good price, an official from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here said.

Junar Merla, senior trade and industry development specialist at DTI-Bukidnon, said local producers need to improve their practices to increase quality of latex, the natural extract from the rubber tree that is highly in demand in the Philippines and other countries.

Cacao industry seen to grow by 30% this year

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 08:59 p.m.

THE Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council (RAFC) 11 sees a massive growth in cacao industry this year as some areas planted with the crops in the past years have started bearing trees.

RAFC 11 chair Armando C. Angsinco told Sun.Star Davao that that they are projecting a conservative growth of 10 percent per quarter for the cacao industry in 2015, attributing the increase to the efforts done in the past one or two years.