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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


DOT: Learn from Spain

"WE HAVE much to learn from Spain. It is therefore, an exciting time for the Philippines and Spain to renew their friendship, here, right here in Baler, for both nations have learned valuable lessons", said Sec. Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. of the Department of Tourism during the celebration of 12th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day held at the Baler Municipal Plaza, with a theme "Deepening Philippine-Spanish Friendship through Tourism."



Supply of NFA rice sufficient in Bataan markets

THE National Food Authority (NFA)-Bataan has assured the public that there is enough NFA rice in the market amid high prices of commercial rice. “The agency is strictly monitoring and ensuring the availability of NFA rice in all public markets in the province,” NFA-Bataan manager Adelaida Nuestro said. The public, she added, is assured that they can avail low-priced, good quality rice at all times. NFA-Bataan also expressed delight on the higher price of palay, which benefited thousands of farmers in the province. Additionally, in Bataan, palay is sold at P19 to P22 per kilo, giving a chance for farmers to finally get back the losses they accrued during previous harvest seasons, wherein palay was sold at P15 to P18 per kilo. Farmers across Bataan rejoiced this high value of palay, which is a far cry from previous years that saw thousands of farmlands battered by successive storms.


Bidding for P1.5-B Malolos Central Terminal starts July

THE bidding for the P1.5 billion Malolos Central Terminal will start this July. According to Mayor Christian Natividad, the terminal, which is Bulacan’s first Public-Private Partnership under the Aquino administration, will result to an efficient transportation system as it could accommodate about 100 public vehicles at any given time. The two-hectare transport terminal will also have a three-storey building which house the city’s extension office, police and concessionaires like supermarkets and fast food chains.

Nueva Ecija

Cabanatuan farmers get free seeds

HUNDREDS of farmers in Cabanatuan City received seeds from the city government recently. City Agriculture and Livelihood Management Officer Gregoria Esguerra said the free seeds are under the “Palit Binhi” program which aims have the 2,300-hectare agricultural land of the city planted with palay. The local government will shoulder the cost of the additional certified seeds estimated at P7,000 per farmer. Some P2 million has been allocated for the program.


RDC to implement socio-economic projects

A WELL-OILED engine is now revved up to boost growth and development in Central Luzon, the home-region of President Benigno Aquino III. The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Central Luzon has begun to roll up its sleeves to implement important projects that will further boost socio-economic development projects in the region. This, after outgoing Chairman Pampanga Representative Oscar Rodriguez formally turned over the chairmanship of RDC-3 to Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado during the body's 4th Full Council Meeting. The meeting was held at the newly inaugurated regional office building of the Neda-Regional Office III at the Diosdado Macapagal Government Center in Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando recently.


TPHEC, Aussie group ink eye care pact

THE Tarlac Provincial Hospital Eye Center (TPHEC) has inked a project partnership agreement with Australian non-profit organization Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) in a bid to reduce the prevalence of avoidable blindness in the country. Dubbed “A Replicable Community Eye Care Project in Tarlac Province,” it shall increase the capacity of TPHEC’s Linaw Tingin community eye care program with particular focus on the Public-Private Partnership model and economic sustainability. “Under the agreement, purchase of major equipment and other supplies such as two laptops, LCD projector with screen, LCD projector with screen (5,000 lumens), statim fast autoclave, two portable ophthalmoscopes, portable slit lamp, two schiotz lamp, refracting unit with examining chair, stand, phoroptor head, trial lens set and lens meter shall be jointly provided by FHF and the provincial government,” TPHEC Officer-In-Charge Shelley Mangahas disclosed. Moreover, the FHF project manager is tasked to handle all financial arrangements of the P5.8 million undertaking and shall work closely with the Sydney-based program coordinator to ensure that spending meets compliance regulations. “This is a program not only for our fellow Tarlaquenos but for our fellow Filipinos as well. This is a noble project and I hope that with the expertise of Dr. Shelley and a close coordination with FHF, our Eye Center can be a sight saver,” Governor Victor Yap said.


SBMA, Jobin sign deal for $200-M renewable energy

THE Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has signed an agreement with Jobin-SQM, Inc., an all-Filipino corporation, for the establishment of a $200-million renewable energy facility that will produce electricity from both solar and wind power. SBMA chairman Roberto Garcia and Jobin-SQM, Inc. President Nancy Tan signed an agreement reserving an 800-hectare property on Mt. Sta. Rita where the firm eyes to produce 20-megawatts (MW) of solar energy and 50 megawatts of wind energy. Garcia said the project was formally committed during President Benigno Aquino’s state visit to China in September 2011. Garcia said Jobin has successfully satisfied the requirements set by the Department of Energy (DOE) in line with its intention to develop the solar and wind power project and has signed a memorandum of agreement with the SBMA for the reservation of the project site prior to signing a lease agreement. The renewable energy project has been in the pipeline since 2011 when Jobin entered into a joint venture agreement (JVA) with Hydrochina International Engineering Co., LTD. (HIECL) for the development of the said project. Hydrochina Subic LTD Corp., which is the Filipino counterpart of HIECL, has been tapped to undertake the Subic project.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 02, 2014.

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