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Bacolod City, PhilippinesThursday, February 17, 2011
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DOE eyeing W. Visayas
as renewable energy hub

The Department of Energy is eyeing Region 6 to become the Renewable Energy Hub or center of RE resources utilization in the country, Energy Undersecretary Jose Layug Jr. said yesterday.

The reason is that there is a lot of potential RE resources that can be harnessed in Region 6, Layug, who was in Bacolod City yesterday during a public consultation for the rules governing the establishment of the Renewable Portfolio Standards at the Bacolod City Government Center, said.

This is why they held the first public consultation in Bacolod yesterday, he added.

DA encouraging stakeholders
to support sustainable farming

The Department of Agriculture 6 conducted a consultation with different civil society organizations on AgriPinoy programs implemented in Western Visayas recently, a DA press release said.

Larry Nacionales, regional executive director, said that the AgriPinoy program focuses on five concerns including broad-based strategy, partnership, farm to table, sustainable farming system and resiliency.

Nacionales said that active participation of the civil society organizations is vital in the implementation of AgriPinoy programs towards food security, increased rural income and sustainable development.

Farmers push anew:
genuine land reform

Militant farmers led by the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas called anew  for “genuine agrarian reform” as they converged at the House of Representatives to attend the public hearing on House Bill 374 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill  being conducted by HOR’s Agrarian Reform committee.

“This bill crafted by progressive partylist representatives addresses the issue of social injustice being experienced by farmers,” Danilo Ramos, secretary general of KMP said.

“Our farmers and the entire agriculture sector now only contribute 18 percent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) – a far cry from the almost 35 percent the sector injects into the economy in the 1950’s,” Ramos said.

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