• 01 November 2014
MANILA, Nov. 1  --  Autonomy has proven to be a win-win solution for countries trying to address long-drawn conflict situations, European diplomats said during a Media and Peace Program Roundtable forum organized by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR).  “Granting autonomy to the constituents of the Åland Islands had proven effective in settling a massive political and military crisis in Finland in 1921,” said Dr. Kimmu Kiljunen, Special Representative for Peace Mediation of the Foreign Minister of Finland. “The same impact is what the Philippine government is trying to create with the creation of the Bangsamoro in Mindanao,” he added. The Åland Islands are an archipelagic region in the Baltic Sea that hosts a population of mostly Swedish descent. It was part of the Kingdom of Sweden until Russia claimed the territory under the Treaty of Fredrikshamn in 1809.  In 1917, Finland declared sovereignty over Åland, whereas the Åland islanders sought reintegration with Sweden. With Finland’s initial rejection of the Åland Islands proposal, political and military tensions arose, until in 1921, the Finnish Parliament offered extensive autonomy to the ...Read more

President Aquino reduces real property taxes of independent power producers tied up with government corporations

 CENTRAL  01 November 2014
MANILA, Nov. 1 -- President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday issued an executive order reducing and condoning the real property taxes being paid by independent power producers (IPPs) working with government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs). The President issued Executive Order 173, entitle ...Read more

Upland farmers urged to form groups  

 CENTRAL  01 November 2014
MANILA, Nov. 1 --  More than 100,000 upland rice farmers are encouraged to organize into groups and register their associations for them to easily access government programs. Ruben B. Miranda, national coordinator of the Upland Rice Development Program (URDP) said that a formally organized group i ...Read more