An organic trial farm of the Dumagat tribe in Koloka-koloy in Puray, Rizal. (Photo by Masipag) MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines institutionalized organic agriculture through Republic Act No. 10068, or the Organic Agricultural Act of 2010. The law was recently amended by Republic Act No. 11511 which introduced these provisions: Nationwide educational and awareness campaign on the benefits of consuming organic products Adoption of the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) as a community of group-based certification process, other than third party certification of organic products Protection of organic resources against contamination by genetically engineered organisms including crops, livestock and poultry and marine products Access to marketing by organic producers to ensure decent prices which would ensure organic ventures are profitable and sustainable While these measures are most welcome, a critical gap exists between the amended law and its implementing rules and ... » Learn More about Organic agriculture in PH: No funding, no plans
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MANILA, Philippines—A group of local manufacturers, who heeded a government request to repurpose their facilities, is now capable of making tens of millions of personal protective equipment (PPE) in a year but the Duterte administration had bought only a portion of that supply, forcing the group to lay off workers. The Confederation of Philippine Manufacturers of PPE (CPMP) is made up of five manufacturers with decades of experience in electronics and garment manufacturing. They had been asked by the Department of Trade and Industry in March 2020 to repurpose their facilities to make medical grade PPEs, a move which cost the companies an initial investment of $35 million. As of the third quarter of 2020, CPMP has a total capacity to make 720 million face masks, 36 million coveralls and isolation gowns and 120 million units of PPE accessories. “Unfortunately, the local supplier’s capacity was not maximized in the overall government procurement setup,” CPMP said in a statement on ... » Learn More about Underutilized, local PPE makers ask gov’t: What’s the plan?
MANILA, Philippines—Senator Sonny Angara, chair of the Senate finance committee which has oversight of the national budget, on Tuesday (May 4) said he asked agencies to report how they spent their calamity funds as the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released P2.91 billion of the funds for 2020 and 2021 in April. “We’re actually inquiring with the agencies on disbursements made and awaiting information on the unspent calamity funds,” Angara told the Inquirer. “Calamity funds are usually expected to be spent expeditiously since they respond to emergency events, and often there is great urgency and need for these funds,” said Angara, who steered approval of the 2020 and 2021 national budgets in the Senate. “And during the budget hearings we are often told how the year’s budget is insufficient for rehabilitation of disaster or calamity-hit communities, which is why for this year 2021, Congress added to the calamity fund,” Angara said. From P16 billion in 2020, this ... » Learn More about Agencies asked to explain why calamity funds unspent