SRA increases sugar production target by 5%

January 28, 2013 11:22 pm· Comments Off on SRA increases sugar production target by 5% 

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) has increased its production target by five percent to 2.356 million metric ton for crop year 2012-2013, as of January 6, from 2.243 million MT produced in the crop year that ended August last year.

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Landbank pushes for more animal manure, waste management projects

January 28, 2013 11:22 pm· Comments Off on Landbank pushes for more animal manure, waste management projects 

MANILA Jan 28 — The Land bank of the Philippines is pushing for the implementation of more animal manure and solid waste management projects to reduce the greenhouse gas emission from animals and landfill wastes in the country.

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Senate ratifies Human Rights Reparation bill

January 28, 2013 11:22 pm· Comments Off on Senate ratifies Human Rights Reparation bill 

By Jelly Musico

MANILA, Jan. 28 – After close to 20 years, victims of human rights abuses under the Marcos administration can finally claim compensation and reparation from the government after the Senate ratified Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2012 Monday night.

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Senators call for ceasefire as it hosts GOPAC confab

January 28, 2013 11:22 pm· Comments Off on Senators call for ceasefire as it hosts GOPAC confab 

By Jelly Musico

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The senators Monday called for a ceasefire between embattled Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and minority senators as the Senate prepares to host the 5th Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption anti-corruption conference from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

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Senate passes bill vs. drunk drivers

January 28, 2013 11:22 pm· 6 Comments 

By Jelly Musico

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The Senate Monday approved on third and final reading a bill imposing heavy penalties on drivers — driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs — to lessen vehicular accidents in the country.

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Senate OKs overseas absentee voting bill

January 28, 2013 11:22 pm· Comments Off on Senate OKs overseas absentee voting bill 

By Jelly Musico

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The Senate Monday approved on final reading a bill amending the Overseas Absentee Voting Act by removing the requirement on Filipino immigrants abroad to execute an affidavit stating they will return to the Philippines in three years time before they are allowed to vote in absentia.

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Senate OKs bill allowing foreign capital infusion in rural banks

January 28, 2013 11:22 pm· Comments Off on Senate OKs bill allowing foreign capital infusion in rural banks 

By Jelly Musico

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The Senate Monday approved on third and final reading a bill amending the Rural Bank Act to allow foreign capital infusion in rural banks.

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Gov't rolls out P1-B loan fund for farmersLeilani S. Junio

January 28, 2013 11:22 pm· Comments Off on Gov't rolls out P1-B loan fund for farmersLeilani S. Junio 

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The government has started rolling out a P1-billion loan facility for agrarian reform beneficiaries.

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29 inmates decide to pursue studies while in jail

January 28, 2013 11:22 pm· Comments Off on 29 inmates decide to pursue studies while in jail 

By Sammy Martin

MANILA, Jan. 28 — Despite languishing behind bars, 29 inmates of Metro Manila District Jail (MMDJ) have realized that they need to pursue their studies while undergoing trials for their respective cases.

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Senate okays bill amending juvenile justice law

January 28, 2013 11:22 pm· Comments Off on Senate okays bill amending juvenile justice law 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Jan. 28 – The Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading Senate Bill 3324, amending Republic Act No. 9344, otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, to protect the welfare of children in conflict with the law.

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