MANILA – Negotiations are on for more Philippine agricultural production for Japan which continues reeling from the onslaught of the mega-earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear plant disaster there this month.
"Some stakeholders there want to buy what we'll grow -- there's a ready market," Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said.
He noted that DA and about four private firms from Japan are already discussing the latter's contract farming offer so details on this can be finalized as soon as possible.
The Bank of the Philippine Islands Family Savings Bank, together with the eight real estate developers in Bacolod City, will launch the Housing Madness today until Sunday at Robinsons Place, in Bacolod.
BPI president Jose Teodoro Limcaoco said this is BPI’s way of making housing loans more affordable, especially to those in the lower income bracket. He also assured that rates during the three-day housing madness are lower than those for previous fairs.
Limcaoco said BPI offers the best value for its clients through special rates and payment schemes that are valid only to applications received during the three-day event and booked on or before May 31.
Iggy gives livelihood kits
Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo (Neg. Occ., 5th District), through the Kapuso’t Pamilya Foundation, provided livelihood kits to the seven barangays in Isabela town recently.
Mayor Francis Malabor, Councilor Joselito Malabor, barangay captains of Isabela, Glen Paul Celo - municipal engineer, Arturo Calma – municipal agriculturist, Aquilino Bayona Sr. – municipal accountant, and Romeo Ladao received and witnessed the distribution of those kits, a press release from Arroyo’s office said.
The seven barangays that received livelihood kits were Brgy. Banogbanog represented by Barangay Captain Harold Villacapa; Brgy. 2 by ABC president Barangay Captain Lydell Rivera; Brgy. Limalima by Rubyrosa Libona; Brgy. Riverside by Barangay Captain Jesus Palma Jr.; Brgy. Mansablay by Barangay Captain Alma Berio; Brgy. Camangcamang by Barangay Captain Letecia Malabor; and Brgy. Cansalongon by Barangay Captain Porferio Fundador.