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More Cordillera youths show interest in agriculture

More Cordillera youths show interest in agriculture

May 21, 2024, 10:00 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Agriculture officials and advocates are seeing an increasing interest among younger people in different agriculture-related activities, with more joining the ranks of agripreneurs, farmers, and fisherfolk. “The RSBSA (Registry System of Basic Sector in Agriculture) list shows… Read More

Continuing gov’t support improves lives of Cordillera farmers

Continuing gov’t support improves lives of Cordillera farmers

May 20, 2024, 10:30 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Farmers in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) said they do not belong to poor category given the assistance provided to them by the government through the different agencies.  “I went abroad but I was not able to save money. I went home and decided to be a corn farmer… Read More

Paying it forward: 4Ps monitored child now program’s municipal link

Paying it forward: 4Ps monitored child now program’s municipal link

May 17, 2024, 6:55 pm

MANILA – In the coastal town of Divilacan in Isabela province, producing professionals and white-collar workers among the locals was once a far-fetched dream. However, the stories of 13 former monitored children of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) who have graduated from college are… Read More

Leyte mom builds wealth from sweet potato farming

Leyte mom builds wealth from sweet potato farming

May 17, 2024, 4:11 pm

DULAG, Leyte – The phrase “go home and plant kamote (sweet potato),” usually heard by Brenda Avelino from an irritated teacher during her elementary days, did not make any sense until three years ago when the crop brought PHP240,000 monthly to her pocket. Known as Leyte’s "Kamote Queen,"… Read More

175-meter-long 'yema' cake satisfies Quezon folk's sweet tooth

175-meter-long 'yema' cake satisfies Quezon folk's sweet tooth

May 16, 2024, 8:49 pm

TAYABAS CITY, Quezon – A tradition that began as thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest now helps support the local confectionery industry while also attracting tourists to this city. Tayabasins, the native population here, celebrated their annual “Mayohan” Festival on Wednesday in a unique… Read More

Carabao milk processing, deemed solution to poverty, hunger

Carabao milk processing, deemed solution to poverty, hunger

May 14, 2024, 2:47 pm

ASINGAN, Pangasinan – The carabao, the country’s national animal, is still relevant amidst the technological innovations, given the growing industry for carabao milk and other related products. The industry is seen to be a solution to poverty and hunger in the countryside. Thus, the Department… Read More

Female cadets thank PMA for equal opportunities to serve country

Female cadets thank PMA for equal opportunities to serve country

May 13, 2024, 6:34 pm

BAGUIO CITY – Three decades after the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) accepted the first batch of female cadets, gender has become a non-issue.  What used to be “the weaker gender” has shown it can outclass the male population. “In ranking the cadets, the overall accomplishment is… Read More

The inspiring journey of a widowed mom

The inspiring journey of a widowed mom

May 11, 2024, 11:16 am

DARAGA, Albay – Of the 15 million single parents in the Philippines, nine out of 10 are women. As we celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, we pay tribute to a widowed mom who is proudly bearing the brunt of solo parenthood on her shoulders, all in the name of love. The sole provider Dona Marie… Read More

The view from below: How the Bicol Loco Festival changed 3 lives   

The view from below: How the Bicol Loco Festival changed 3 lives  

May 10, 2024, 5:49 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The colorful hot air balloons, mesmerizing skydiving stunts, and airplane aerobatics, as well as the electrifying musical performances, might just be a memory for many, but for three Bicolanos whose lives were changed by the first-ever Bicol Loco Festival, which ended Sunday, the… Read More

Cordillera coffee culture hikes coffee bean sales

Cordillera coffee culture hikes coffee bean sales

May 9, 2024, 10:00 pm

BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera region’s coffee-drinking culture not only makes the people connect and catch up with each other but also provides a good prospect for the industry.   “When you invite somebody, you say inta agkapi (let us have coffee). In Bonctoc, it is so pronounced. In the… Read More

Each vote counts: Comelec eyes more 'firsts' in voter sign-up drives

Each vote counts: Comelec eyes more 'firsts' in voter sign-up drives

May 9, 2024, 9:04 am

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is sparing no effort in luring more Filipinos to exercise their right to suffrage, as it aims to hold more 'firsts' in the history of voter registration activities in the country. For Comelec chairperson George Erwin Garcia, ensuring inclusive voter… Read More

Visually impaired student wins gold in Cebu regional athletic meet

Visually impaired student wins gold in Cebu regional athletic meet

May 8, 2024, 5:40 pm

CEBU CITY – A 19-year-old visually impaired high school student from the west of Cebu province’s Toledo City gained the admiration of thousands of student-athletes after winning the gold in the running long jump and shot put in the ongoing Central Visayas Athletic Association (CVRAA) 2024… Read More

New road improves lives in Silvino Lubos, Northern Samar

New road improves lives in Silvino Lubos, Northern Samar

May 7, 2024, 4:52 pm

SILVINO LUBOS, Northern Samar – With the completion of an access road leading to this upland town from the provincial capital, Edison Mabanag, 43, is confident that the younger generation will not suffer the same ordeal of walking on a muddy road to earn a college degree. Edison, who completed a… Read More

OSHC on WFH policy: Are employees better off working at home?

OSHC on WFH policy: Are employees better off working at home?

May 2, 2024, 3:41 pm

MANILA – With the extreme heat prompting more offices to impose work-from-home (WFH) arrangements, the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) said safe and conducive working conditions at home should be considered to keep employees productive. “I think, we need to create a balance on… Read More

Cordillera students train on urban gardening

Cordillera students train on urban gardening

April 26, 2024, 8:56 pm

BAGUIO CITY – At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic that started early 2020, residents here and in other urban areas did not experience lack of food after flower gardens were turned into plots with edible plants. The city is continuing the initiative by training the youth to go into urban… Read More

Upland learners in Leyte keep their cool in extreme heat

Upland learners in Leyte keep their cool in extreme heat

April 23, 2024, 6:58 pm

BURAUEN, Leyte – While school authorities are seriously concerned about extreme heat leading to the suspension of face-to-face classes, teachers and learners in an upland village surrounded by mountain ranges here are unaffected by hot weather. Situated 1,450 feet above sea level, the classrooms… Read More

Albay millennial's 'leap of faith' yields sweet rewards

Albay millennial's 'leap of faith' yields sweet rewards

April 23, 2024, 3:56 pm

DARAGA, Albay – Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, are said to be risk-averse. Studies show that this demographic cohort, sometimes referred to as Generation Y or the "instant gratification generation," would rather prioritize cash hoarding than investing as a response to economic… Read More

'Kalabaw' fest celebrates success of dairy industry in Pangasinan town

'Kalabaw' fest celebrates success of dairy industry in Pangasinan town

April 19, 2024, 8:35 pm

ASINGAN, Pangasinan – Residents of the small village of Bantog in this town were in a festive mood on Friday as they celebrated the first ever Kalabaw Food Festival. The Bantog Samahang Nayon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BSNMPC), together with the municipal government, spearheaded the holding of… Read More

Transforming toxic past into promising future through coffee farming

Transforming toxic past into promising future through coffee farming

April 19, 2024, 6:08 pm

DAVAO CITY – As you sip a cup of coffee, do you ever stop to think about where it came from? Unknown to many, Lake Leonard, located within the hinterlands of Maco, Davao de Oro, was a tailing pond of mine wastes in the 80's and 90's.John Paul Matuginas, a senior agriculturist of the Department… Read More

From tragedy to opportunity: Albay women planters' tales of resilience

From tragedy to opportunity: Albay women planters' tales of resilience

April 18, 2024, 3:27 pm

LIGAO CITY – In times of crisis, it's easy to feel helpless and alone. But imagine a group of female evacuees united by a common goal: to provide food for their families. Cherrylyn Madrona Patriarca, 32, from Barangay Baligang, Ligao City, shared her experience staying in a campsite evacuation… Read More