Oct 312017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stand between the countries’ flags as they review a guard of honor at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Duterte is on a two-day visit to Japan. Nicolas Datiche/Pool Photo via AP

More investments are expected to pour into the Philippines in the coming years, as at least 18 business deals were signed recently between Philippine and Japanese firms that will yield at least $6 billion worth of new investments.

Philstar.com reports that none other than President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the signing of the agreements, which ranged from different industries like manufacturing, shipbuilding, iron and steel, agribusiness, power, renewable energy, transportation, infrastructure, mineral processing, retailing, information and communication technology, and business process management.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte met several Japanese companies and witnessed several B-B MOUs (business-to-business memoranda of understanding) and letters of intent on Investment plans, joint ventures and expansion of operations in the Philippines,” Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said in a statement. “Total new investments (are expected to reach) $6 billion,” he added.

While the full list of companies that signed the agreements are not available as of yet, a few companies included in the business deals are Steel Asia Manufacturing Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments, which forged agreements with Hitachi and Itochu.

Lopez said he also met with his Japanese counterpart Hiroshige Seko to discuss ways to improve market access and lowering tariff of Philippine agricultural products like banana, pineapple and mango.

Incoming presidential spokesman Harry Roque credits the inking of the new deals to the peace and order situation in the Philippines, as well as the strong Fil-Japanese relations that the countries enjoy.

“I think it’s because there is number one, commercial predictability, number two there is peace and order in the Philippines and there is conducive business environment where businesses are safe from unjust taking,” he said.

“It also proves that Japan continues to be one of our most active trading partners,” he added.


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Oct 312017
Soldier Gets Engaged After Marawi War

The war in Marawi City finally ended October 16 when Philippine government forces killed terrorist leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon. But as the surviving troops returned to their families, PO1 Alexis Tagapulot had another “battle” in mind to conquer. PO1 Tagapulot was among the brave cops and soldiers who fought terrorists for the liberation of Marawi. While all of them are heroes, his story stood out. During their official welcome, he took on his biggest personal challenge: He bent down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend of 3 years, Angely Lowao. She answered with a resounding “yes.” Photo from Angely Lowao During the 5 months that Tagapulot was away for the war, Lowao, a social worker, confessed that he was constantly on her mind. “Palagi akong nag-iisip kung okay lang ba siya. Kumain na ba siya? Kamusta na siya? Or minsan nga napapasok na din sa utak ko kung buhay pa ba siya.” (I always wonder if he is okay. Has he eaten? How is he doing? Sometimes, I think if he’s still alive.) “Masaya rin ako at ramdam ko na isa ako sa pinagpala ng masayang love story sa mundo dahil binigay ng Diyos sa akin ang lalaki na tapat sa serbisyo niya at labis niyang pagmamahal.” (I feel happy and blessed to have this kind of love story because God gave me a man who is devoted to service and loves me so much.) “I felt so blessed and lucky that time because proposals like Read More …

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Oct 302017

International delegates gathered at the World Poetree Festival honored two Filipino poets – one doctor-poet and an author-poet – in ceremonies held in October at the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, India. The Pentasi B Fellowship Hyderabad 2017 of the World Poetree Festival recognized Doc Penpen Bugtong Takipsilim, aka Dr. Epitacio Tongohan in real life, for being the Father of Visual Poetry. The Filipino poet was previously awarded as Father of Visual Poetry in Canada, Turkey, Italy, and Ghana. Read Related Story: Vida Cruz triumphs in Writers of the Future Contest Dr. Tongohan was conferred as Father of Visual Poetry by the National Library of the Philippines in 2013 and the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards (known as FAMAS Awards) in 2016. Doc Penpen, creator and inventor of Pentasi B Poetry, was also acknowledged as the man behind the Pentasi- B World Poetree Festival. Another delegate to the poetry festival, Ed Cordevilla, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Read Related Story: Penguin Classics showcase Nick Joaquin’s literary works Dr. Tongohan and Cordevilla represented the Philippines at the India poetry festival along with fellow Filipinos Ethel P David, Ajarn Wu Hsih, and Jobb Gosamo, Thirty-three international poet-delegates from Bhutan, India, Poland, Ghana, Bangladesh, Greece, United States, Taiwan, Philippines, Canada, Cyprus, Italy, Egypt, Mauritius and Nepal participated in the poetry festival. The post World Poetree Festival honors Filipino Father of Visual Poetry in India appeared first on Good News Pilipinas.

Oct 302017
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Oct 292017
DA: The Philippines Could Be Self Sufficient In Rice Production By 2019

The Philippines’ self sufficiency ratio when it comes to rice supply has risen to 95.01 percent in 2016, which means the country’s rice supply is almost entirely made up of local production. That’s up from 88.93 percent from the previous year, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed. Inquirer.net reports this also means that only 4.99 percent of our total supply of rice in 2016 is imported, which is a big improvement over the 11.07 percent back in 2015. Because of this development, the Department of Agriculture’s rice self-sufficiency target could be achieved in 2019, a year earlier than the department’s deadline according to Secretary Emmanuel Pinol. The DA is looking to achieve an average of 6 metric tons (MT) per hectare production or about 19 million MT of unmilled rice or palay per year. Production is currently pegged at of 4.38 MT per hectare per harvest. It’s not all good news though, as the PSA said that despite the higher SSR ratio, the country’s annual per capita production in 2016 fell by 3.12 percent to 111.66 kilograms from the 2006 record of 115.35 kg which serves as the basis for the index. Simply put, the farm sector is currently not able to produce enough rice to keep pace with the country’s population growth. To address this, Pinol has been pushing for the use of more hybrid seeds in rice fields to boost yields, and the DA is expecting to cover one million hectares for the program at an Read More …

Oct 292017
Forget The Usual Getaways – Rizal Should Be Your Next Weekend Out Of Town Destination

Image via The Poor Traveler With several non-working holidays this week, many of you are probably already looking at spending time away from the metro. But before you head on over to old reliable Tagaytay and other usual destinations, why not take a look at the province of Rizal for your holiday getaway? There’s plenty to see and do in the picturesque province! Check out some of these highlights—and hidden nooks!—curated by Rappler.com: Windmills at Pililla While the windmills at Bangui, Ilocos Norte are probably the most well-known windmills in the Philippines, you don’t have to go to the literal edge of Luzon to see these totems of renewable energy. The Pililla windmills are two hours away from Metro Manila, and feature around 27 turbines built on on the hills offering a breath taking view of the surroundings. There’s a main observation spot in Pililla that you can visit that serves drinks and shade from the intense sun. Getting there: Board a jeep or van from Cubao or EDSA-Shaw heading to Tanay. Once you’re there, you can hire a tricycle to the Pililla Wind Farm for around Php 200 – 300, with the trip taking around 30 minutes. Visit the Masungi Georeserve You’ve probably seen photos of a web-like structure suspended above jagged rocks and outcroppings in your Facebook feed before. More often than not, that photo was taken in the Masungi Georeserve located in Baras, Rizal. It’s a conservation area and popular outdoor adventure facility. While the photos show Read More …

Oct 282017

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