• 13 October 2015
 QUEZON CITY, Oct. 13 -- As early as April 2014, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has started preparing for the impacts of El Niño on the country’s agriculture sector. “We will seed all (of the) seed-able clouds; we will waste no opportunity,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said. Cloud seeding is a weather modification method where chemical “nuclei” such as silver iodide or calcium chloride are introduced into the atmosphere to induce condensation, and eventually, precipitation. Moisture collects around these “nuclei” and, upon reaching a certain saturation level, falls as rain. According to Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) Director Silvino Tejada, DA has conducted cloud seeding operations in strategic locations nationwide since last year. Tejada added that the “(the department) has set up water management and conservation measures through its BSWM and regional field offices to ensure that scarce irrigation water supply will be efficiently used and maximized.” The DA has also released drought-tolerant rice varieties in threatened rice-producing areas. For long-term adaptation measures, the DA improved the country’s small-scale ir ...Read more

NEDA urges better policies, regulation to support natural resource management 

 CENTRAL  13 October 2015
MANILA, Oct. 13 -- There is an urgent need to sharpen our national as well as local policies and strengthen the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations to protect our natural ecosystems, manage competing uses of scarce natural resources, and promote sustainable development, the National E ...Read more

PNoy bats anew for BBL passage during LP’s Senate slate announcement

 CENTRAL  13 October 2015
MANILA, Oct. 13 -- President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday once again endorsed the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during the announcement of the Liberal Party’s senatorial lineup dubbed “Ang Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid” at its headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City. “’Pag ‘di ...Read more