Quake info: Light mag. 4.8 earthquake – South China Sea, 4.3 km south of Balayan, Philippines, on Friday, Oct 8, 2021 2:14 am (GMT +8)

7 Oct 18:18 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 4 minutes.7 Oct 18:22: Now using data updates from GFZ An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred early morning on Friday, October 8th, 2021, at 2:14 am local time near Balayan, Batangas, Calabarzon, Philippines, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).According to preliminary data, the quake was located at an intermediate to considerable depth of 178 km. The strength of the earthquake may have been tempered by its relative great depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker…

PhilMech only spends 5% of three years’ worth of RCEF allocation – Manila Bulletin

Three years since the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech), the government agency tasked to mechanize the local rice sector, has only spent merely 6 percent of its total allocation under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF). Farm machineries Figures from the Department of Agriculture (DA) showed that of PhilMech’s total authorized appropriation of P15 billion from 2019 to 2021, its notice of cash allocation (NCA) as of August of this year only stood at P11.31 billion, while the agency…

Pacific arms race will impact marine life

  AUKUS – a trilateral security pact between the US, Australia and the UK – was announced on 15 September. Besides the Taliban crisis in Afghanistan, this has become the most significant political news of this year. Under the deal, the US and the UK will help Australia build up its naval presence in the southern Indian Ocean and the Pacific by adding nuclear submarines to its naval capabilities. The hidden agenda of the pact was to counter Chinese military and economic presence in the region. This may push all…