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Philippine Competition Commission studies rice issues, warns traders vs manipulating rice prices

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

 

Prices of rice

MANILA, Philippines — One of the sectors that the Philippine Competition Council (PCC) is focusing on is agriculture, including the movement of rice prices.

The National Food Authority (NFA) already admitted that the stock of NFA rice has been depleted, but the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Office of the President are both resolute that there is no shortage of rice in the country.

PCC was created in 2015 and its primary mandate is to ensure that there is a competition in the market.

“Tinitingnan namin yung production, tinitingnan naming yung distribution at saka paano siya nakakaapekto sa merkado (We are looking at production, distribution and how these affect the market),” said PCC enforcement office director Atty. Orlando Polinar.

The PCC has warned businessmen against manipulating the supply and price of rice.

Polinar said they may face a million peso fine for the first offense with five to seven years imprisonment.

“Bawal na mag-uusap na mag-fix ng price. Bawal na mag-uusap para i-manipulate ang bidding. Bawal sa mga competitors na mag manipulate ng supply,” said the Polinar.

(It is illegal to discuss the fixing of prices. It is illegal to discuss the manipulation of the bidding process. Competitors are not allowed to manipulate supply.)

Meanwhile, the National Food Authority (NFA) is now drafting measures on how to beef up their buffer stock.

One of which is by way of encouraging rice farmers to sell their products to the agency.

The NFA Council earlier announced that the government-to-private mode of procurement will be used for the importation of 250,000 metric tons of NFA rice which will arrive in the country in two to three months time.

“Anytime na may nagbebentang farmer tinatanggap yun (Anytime there is a farmer willing to sell, it is accepted),” said NFA spokesperson Rebecca Olarte.

NFA assured that they still have enough supply of rice for relief operations in the country. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte eyes Chinese businessman for NFA Admin post; no pick for CJ yet

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte during a press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | RTVM

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is yet to pick a new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) following the retirement of Judge Teresita de Castro.

“Ang next chief justice? I’m still toying with so many names. Ang bagong… If there’s any vacancy there — I don’t know if there’s a vacant one there. Kung may vacancy, we’ll fill it up with good men and there are few good men in this planet. We’ll have to search them far and wide,” he said during a press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday (October 9).

The Judicial Bar Council (JBC) has started accepting applications for the position.

Meanwhile, President Duterte hinted of a person he is eyeing for the position of administrator of the National Food Authority (NFA).

“Ngayon, ang NFA, I’m looking for somebody else. I’m looking for a Chinese who’s been there in the business maybe 20 years. I’ll just ask him to, in the meantime, to be the NFA. Alam man nila ang negosyo na ‘yan,” the President said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Agri-business exposition seen to boost farmers’ income

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018

More than 50 micro-agripreneurs and farmers are expected to convene at the upcoming Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in Regional Exposition (ASPIRE) in Butuan City on October 12-14

The agri-business exposition is a project of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

The event will feature various processed foods made from high-value crops called “emerging products”.

These include mushroom chicharon sold in several parts of the region.

The project aims to bring the agricultural products closer to consumers in an effort to boost additional income for farmers apart from growing their crops.

“Ito ang matatawag natin na mega exhibit dito sa Caraga kasi lahat ng agencies nandito, kahit kami nasa background lang, pero sasali kami dito kasi ang layon natin dito na ang ating farmers ay maging entrepreneurs at maging mga exporters”,” said DOST-CARAGA Assistant Regional Director Ricardo Varela.

Farmers’ product displays are free-of-charge. The agriculture department also confirmed that products are sold at affordable prices.

the DA said the intensified promotion of emerging agri-products is what sets the mega trade fair apart from all the previous fairs. — Raymond Octobre

 

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Bugoy to Wish FM’s Kuya Daniel: ‘Thank you for granting my greatest wish’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Bugoy Drilon in his sold-out first major solo concert, “Bugoy: One Day, One Decade” at the KIA Theater, September 25, 2018

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines OPM act Bugoy Drilon marked a decade of musical journey with his sold-out first major solo concert, “Bugoy: One Day, One Decade” at the KIA Theater last Tuesday, September 25.

Performing before a jam-packed house, the 28-year old recording artist showcased his versatility by rendering hits from various music genres — reggae, retro, ballad and pop.

 

Produced by Wish 107.5, with the support of its partners UNTV, Radyo La Verdad, Star Music, and Star Events, Drilon’s anniversary show impressed with a star-studded line-up of guest performers, including his music buddies, R&B crooners Daryl Ong and Michael Pangilinan, pop-rock superstar Yeng Constantino, soul supreme KZ Tandingan, The Voice runner-up and pop belter Klarisse De Guzman, Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 scholars Liezel Garcia, Cris Pastor, Hansen Nichols and Miguel Mendoza, Wishcovery’s grand champion Princess Sevillena and runners-up Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Anne Culala, Carmela Ariola, and Ace Bartolome.

 

Bugoy Drilon performing with Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan

 

From his humble beginnings as a farmer and a maintenance worker to recording artist, Bugoy has come a long way with his passion for music.

As the singer walked down memory lane and revisited his music throughout the years, he expressed gratitude to Wish 107.5’s innovator Kuya Daniel Razon.

“Thank you for granting my greatest wish – to have my own solo concert. Thank you for this great opportunity to show my talent,” said Bugoy.

Above all, he said he is thankful to God for the gift of singing, a talent he can share with the world.

For Kuya Daniel, a staunch supporter of Original Pinoy Music (OPM), the show is part of Wish 1075’s commitment to be the Filipino talents’ gateway to the world.

The concert concluded with Bugoy’s power performance of Matisyahu’s “One Day”, a song he first performed as a Wishclusive rendition in the Wish Bus with over 80 million views on YouTube. — Yssa Jalmasco (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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