ISRAEL has vowed to advance agricultural cooperation with the Philippines, particularly on food productivity and technological advancements.  “We are happy to share our expertise in the field of agriculture with the Philippines to address productivity and food security,” Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss said at a Philippine-Israel joint commission meeting on Sept. 5, according to a statement from ...

BW FILE PHOTO THE NATIONAL Privacy Commission (NPC) on Wednesday hinted that the names and numbers of people were the only information used in personalized text scams, allaying fears that more data were held by scammers.    “They want you to sign up because they want more personal information that they can use to victimize people,” commission Division Chief Michael ...

BW FILE PHOTO PHILIPPINE SHARES slumped on Wednesday as the peso continued to hit new lows, with the dollar finding support from strong US services sector data that could give the US Federal Reserve a reason to continue raising benchmark interest rates aggressively. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) declined by 155.52 points or 2.31% to close at 6,554.08 ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ WALTER BOLLOZOS THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Wednesday that low cash utilization rates led to the reduction of 2023 funding for some programs run by the Department of Health (DoH), adding that some of them were also not at a stage where they were implementable soon, bumping them down the budget priority list. “First, ...

PHILSTAR FILE PHOTO THE GOVERNMENT expects to start building three Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded bridges across the Marikina River in 2023, the Department of Public Works and Highways  said on Wednesday. The civil works for the bridges, valued at a combined P12.03 billion, are set to be completed in 2026, Senior Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain said in briefing the House of Representatives on ...

PHILSTAR FILE PHOTO AN inspection team from China has given the green light for imports of Philippine durian starting this year, China’s ambassador said. “Fresh durian from the Philippines will soon be available in the Chinese market,” Ambassador Huang Xilian said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “It is expected that fresh durian from Davao will be permitted for import ...

PHILSTAR FILE PHOTO THE coconut industry development plan, backed by a trust fund worth P75 billion, will seek to provide social protections and set up local businesses for the benefit of the estimated 2.9 million farmers in the industry, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. The Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Plan will draw from the trust fund to modernize ...

THE supply of sardines is expected to be more than adequate in 2022, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). The BFAR projected production for the year of 293,430 metric tons (MT), against demand of 101,367 MT. Some 208,387 MT of the catch will be generated by commercial fishing operations, while the remainder will come from municipal ...

THE Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said it is promoting New Clark City to potential investors from Australia and New Zealand. BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa made the pitch to over 50 delegates from the two countries in a recent visit to New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac. Among the upcoming developments in New Clark ...

THE passive income package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) was introduced in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, with the senior legislator sponsoring the measure into plenary touting the need to complete the overhaul of the tax system started by the previous administration. Albay Rep. Jose Ma. Clemente S. Salceda, chairman of the ways and means committee, said ...