A Filipino cocoa farmer has made it among the world’s top 50 best cocoa producers. He will participate in the International Cocoa Awards (ICA) at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris, France from October 30 to November 3, 2019.
Jose Saguban or Nong Jose is from Sitio Kialaw, Malabog, Paquibato District, Davao City. According to Nong Jose, good farming practice can produce high-quality cocoa beans.
“My cocoa trees are intercropped with fruit and forest trees as they create a cooler environment for my cocoa trees to thrive well and survive the heat especially during the dry season,” he added.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) region 11 said the recognition of Nong Jose by the international cocoa community is a big boost to the Philippine cocoa industry.
“He serves as a unifying force for government, policymakers, farmer leaders, private sector, and other cocoa industry stakeholders to leverage his international recognition in expanding cocoa production in the country,” according to the DA.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday (August 16) advised Filipino travelers who have no urgent business in Hong Kong to avoid Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as destination or transit airport for the meantime as public unrest continuous to escalate.
The DFA reiterates in a statement that the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong is closely monitoring the developments in the autonomous territory in relation to the ongoing protests in several areas there.
Likewise, the Department advised Filipino travelers departing from Hong Kong to contact their respective airlines at least five hours before their scheduled flights for sudden changes and adjustments in their flight schedule.
Following are the airlines’ hotlines in Hong Kong:
Philippine Airlines: (+852) 2769.7123
Cebu Pacific: (+852) 3973.3800
Cathay Pacific: (+852) 2747.3333
Meanwhile, the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) also issued a travel advisory to its citizens to defer non-essential travel to Hong Kong, given current developments.
Singaporeans who are already in Hong Kong are advised to take the necessary precautions for their safety and are reminded to be vigilant at all times.
MOFA also encourages Singaporeans in Hong Kong to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ for immediate coordination should the need arises.
Further details on the MOFA advisory can be viewed here.
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