Fighting Dengue with Tawa-tawa and Papaya

Dengue viruses, mosquito-borne members of the Flaviviridae family, are the causative agents of dengue fever. Dengue is the most emerging viral disease of humans that in recent decades has become a major international public health concern. It is prevalent in…

ORGANIC FARMING FOR EX-GENERAL

Snappy and wise spruced up all words to describe a retired Philippine National Police (PNP) Officer. You will surely recognize Retired PNP General Mongcao D. Angintaopan, Sr.  even at first sight. His towering height, sharp looks, rhetorics, and decisive thoughts…

From Arms to Farms

Flashback 2017. At the onset of Marawi siege, the war on terror targeting the Mautes displaced several thousands of urban residents and disrupted the economic livelihood within and outside the city. The ISIS-inspired insurgency group recruited mainly children and youth…

Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries turn into Abaca Entrepreneurs

The Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of Marcelo Cooperative (ARBEMCO) in the Municipality of Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte commenced operation of its Abaca Fiber Production and Marketing Enterprise as the recipient of the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).…

TESDA bolsters training to conflict-prone communities

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said that it has strengthened its reach and skills training provision for rebel returnees. The beneficiaries of this program are rebel returnees in identified barangays prone to insurgency to help them have…

Tapping the Youth to engage in Agriculture

The population of farmers for the past years is slowly decreasing. And this has been a prominent issue as it begins to lower down the number of food producers in the country.  For everyone, agriculture seems to be a not-so-attractive…

Banana Peels, Waste No More!

Have you ever wondered if eating banana peels is a good idea? Bananas themselves are a great source of potassium, magnesium and folate, perfect for breakfast, post-workouts or snacking on the go. But can you use or eat banana peels to minimize…

The Dangers Of Glyphosate

In today’s world, it sometimes feels like every product around has the potential to kill you. From radioactive microwaves to cancer-inducing cell phones, it’s easy to dismiss these worries as overreaching. However, there is reason to believe that some compounds…

The soil’s hidden world

The farmers have a long, touchy-feely relationship with the soil. As every good cultivator knows, you assess the earth by holding it. Is it dark and crumbly, is there an earthworm or beetle in there, is it moist, and when…

Philippines’ first “Smart Farm”

A groundbreaking ceremony for the soon-to-rise Smart Plant Production in Controlled Environments (SPICE) program took place at the University of the Philippines Department of Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (UP DOST-ASTI) Complex last March 2, 2019.…

Kabutehan sa Bulacan

Forty-three farmers, agrepreneurs and OFW attended the training on Mushroom Production, Processing and Spawn Making at Lifebank Foundation – Center for Bayanihan Economics (CBE) on May 27-28, 2019. The two-day training was sponsored and facilitated by Tarlac Agricultural University spearheaded…