PhilRice @29, Bicol’s Pisa tower, Ilocos wind farm, Maguindanao massacre, Pope’s visit, budget

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About PhilRice at 29, its rice production thrust and GMO.

The Philippines is yet to catch up with other Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia whose technology was learned from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Laguna. PhilRice, it seems, is an active proponent of genetically modified organism (GMO) crops.

Bicol’s version of Pisa tower is the leaning belfry of Bombon.

Bicol’s version of Pisa tower is the leaning belfry of Bombon. If Italy has its leaning tower of Pisa, Bicol can rightfully claim it has got one! It is in Bombon. Less than 10 kilometers from the bustling business center of Naga city in Camarines Sur, the town of Bombon can be reached thru public land transportation (jeepneys) that ply the routes of Naga to Calabanga, Tinambac and Siruma

Maguindanao massacre marks five year anniversary without justice for victims.

The wheel of justice is turning slow, and encountering more bumps, as Maguindanao massacre marks five year anniversary without justice for victims. But Malacanang made an assurance on Saturday it will continue to do everything in its power to serve justice to the families of the victims of the Maguidanao massacre despite the mounting challenges.

Second Ilocos wind farm starts power generation.

The province of Ilocos Norte is becoming more famous not only of its natural resources and tourist destinations but more of environmental friendly and cost efficient wind farms. On Wednesday November 19th, the 81-MW wind power project was inaugurated in Barangay Caparispisan of Pagudpud town.

Only 2 events open to public during Pope’s visit.

While the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines spans Jan 15-19, 2015, or five days, yet there are only two select occasions when the public can take a live glimpse of the Holy Father. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said that two events of Pope Francis’ apostolic visit will be open to the public.

DBM’s Abad wants more money thru P23-B supplemental budget.

The Department of Budget and Management wants more money for its disposal. The agency is pushing for a P23-billion supplemental budget. Its main reason: to ensure sufficient funding support for crucial development initiatives. Most of these projects have already been completed, are on-going, or are urgently needed to sustain our socio-economic development.

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