Palengke queen turned seedling farmer helps communities make money from coffee farming – Manila Bulletin

Before Jocelyn Mamar became a farmer, she was a highly successful palengke (wet market) entrepreneur.  Jocelyn Mamar is the owner of John and Marga Nursery Farm, which has farms in Davao del Sur, Cavite, and Bacolod. While the farms grow coconut, mango, coffee, bananas, durian, mangosteen, “and anything else we can plant,” Mamar quips in Tagalog, John and Marga’s main crop is coffee, specifically coffee seedlings.  Jocelyn Mamar in one of her coffee farms. (Chit Juan) Palengke queen The farm was established in 2007, when Mamar was given the opportunity…

Surviving Ghost Month 2022 – Manila Bulletin

THE RIGHT MOVE Chinese Filipinos (Chinoys) are one of the largest overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia with Chinese immigration to the Philippines occurring mostly during the Spanish colonization of the islands between the 16th and 19th centuries. The most recent data on the Chinoy population was in 2013, from the Senate of the Philippines, which approximates 1.35 million pure Chinese, while Filipinos with Chinese descent comprised 22.8 million of the population. The actual current figures, however, are not known since the Philippine census does not usually take into account…

ROTC as leadership training – Manila Bulletin

THE VIEWS FROM RIZAL Dr. Jun Ynares Public opinion has been divided over the President’s announcement in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) that he wants a mandatory military training for senior high school students. He included the proposed initiative among the priority items in his legislative agenda. The President’s announcement echoed the earlier call made by Education Secretary and Vice PresidentSarah Duterte for the return of the Reserved Officers Training Course (ROTC) at the Grades 11 and 12 level. Critics of the return of mandatory military for…

Beijing has ‘fully militarized’ isles

SOUTH CHINA SEA: US Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral John Aquilino said if deterrence fails in the disputed area, ‘my second mission is to be prepared to fight and win’ China has fully militarized at least three of several islands it built up in the disputed South China Sea, arming them with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems, laser and jamming equipment, and fighter jets in an increasingly aggressive move that threatens all nations operating nearby, a top US military commander said on Sunday. US Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral John Aquilino said that the…

Rise in Covid-19 cases until December possible—DOH – Manila Bulletin

DOH The Department of Health (DOH) said there is a possibility that Covid-19 cases in the Philippines may continue to rise until December. “Maari po talaga na magtuloy-tuloy ang pagtaas ng kaso ng Covid-19 dito sa ating bansa even way through this October, November, and December,” said DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Metro Manila may see more than 10,000 Covid-19 cases by October, said Vergeire, citing the recent projection of Australian Tuberculosis Modeling Network (Autumn). “Meron tayong Autumn projections.Yung Autumn projections po natin, we can have…

75-year-old man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of niece – Manila Bulletin

News / Visayas / 75-year-old man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of niece 75-year-old man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of niece TARLAC CITY — A 75-year-old man was arrested for alleged sexual abuse of his niece considered as a person with disability (PWD) in Brgy. Calingcuan, Tarlac City on Sunday, August 7. Based on the report from the Office of Police Lieutenant Colonel Jerrold Jake C. Manguerra, Chief of Police of Tarlac City Police, the suspect identified as Isagani Gonzalez Lozano was arrested after the 21-year-old deaf and mute…

Water Wars: Speaker Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit Ignites U.S.-China Tensions

Shinzo Abe Leaves Behind Indo-Pacific Legacy Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on July 8 in Nara, Japan, during a speech at a campaign event. The longest-serving prime minister of Japan, Abe left behind a legacy that includes the revitalization of Japan’s security role in the Asia-Pacific region and the creation of the “Indo-Pacific.” In the face of an increasingly powerful China and concerning developments in North Korea, Abe worked tirelessly to bolster Japan’s security role in the region. Abe notably converted Japan’s Defense Agency to a Defense…

Cabaero, Catantan, Gervacio, Davies lead winners in ONE CF meet – Manila Bulletin

Philippine fencing team training pool members Robert Cabaero and Ysa Catantan dominated the 23-under category, while Keonn Davies and Meg Gervacio emerged as winners in the 17-under division in the 4th ONE Canlas Fencing Competition at the SM City Sta. Mesa in Manila. Jodie Tan of St. Jude Catholic School/Canlas Fencing, second from left, clinches the gold medal in the 12-under women’s individual foil category in the 4th ONE Canlas Fencing Competition last Saturday at SM City Sta. Mesa in Manila. Also in photo are silver medalist Nicol Canlas of…

Rain forecast for parts of southern, eastern Taiwan Tuesday

Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) A cloud system from the south is expected to bring occasional showers or thunderstorms to eastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula in the south on Tuesday, while other areas will see mostly sunny skies, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). The only other threat of rain will come in mountainous areas around the island, with thundershowers forecast in mountains in western and northeastern Taiwan and heavy rain expected in mountains in central and southern Taiwan, according to the CWB. Daytime highs of 34-35 degrees Celsius…

Guadiz vows to address ‘slow’ LTO transactions as complaints mount – Manila Bulletin

Newly-installed Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Teofilo Guadiz vowed to double the efforts in expediting all the transactions in the agency amid complaints of slow processing of documents from getting driver’s license and its renewal, as well as registration of vehicles, which, some critics attributed to its new IT system. In a media interview, Guadiz acknowledged the glitches of the Land Transportation and Management System (LTMS) amid reports that it now takes up to five days before the transaction is completed compared to the previous system wherein transactions are completed…