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Miraculous image makes Gapan City top site for pilgrimage in Central Luzon

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A combination of religious attractions, some dating back to the 16th century, makes Gapan City the top pilgrimage site in Central Luzon.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Ecija palay prices go up

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Farmers in Nueva Ecija province have been enjoying record-high farm gate prices of rice, but rice millers and traders said this good fortune may later affect consumer prices.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Carabao not ending up in slaughterhouses

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FARMERS in Barangay San Jose in Mabini town, Bohol province, show off their crossbred carabao. They want their barangay to be known as the “carabao crossbred capital” in the Visayas to underscore their success in improving their native carabao for more benefits. PHOTO BY ANSELMO ROQUE/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Worry not about the country’s beast of burden. Though threatened by the Filipinos’ fondness for “carabeef,” the fate of the carabao is not ending up in slaughterhouses, according to an official of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in Central Visayas.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cabanatuan voters press for ratification of new city status

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Thousands of residents rallied on Saturday to press authorities into proceeding with a plebiscite that would determine whether Cabanatuan should be upgraded into a so-called “highly urbanized city” or HUC.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Rice farming defines hope of PH farmers

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A RICE STALL at the Baguio City public market offers different varieties of rice from lowland and upland farms. File photo of EV ESPIRITU

The calloused hands of Wilfredo Bernardo, 43, have been helping feed the country for 15 years.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Long, short stalks of rice production

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GOLDEN GRAINS  Without machines and modern drying facilities, a farmer in Kalinga province dries stalks of palay under the sun by hanging these on bamboo poles. Kalinga is among the top producers of traditional rice varieties in the Cordillera region. FILE PHOTO

Whenever the rice supply situation is brought up in conversations, two grave misconceptions are at once entertained by the public.

Posted: November 12th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

River yields new source of villagers’ livelihood

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SACKS of river stones are displayed and sold along the highway in Barangay Bagting in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. The colorful stones, washed down from the mountains by floodwater, have become a new source of income for Bagting residents.  ANSELMO ROQUE / INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Residents of Barangay Bagting here have cast their lot in stones and have started earning.

Posted: November 8th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Harvest decline shows in Ecija as few workers take farm jobs

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A BOY in the Science City of Munoz is forced to harvest his grandfather’s rice plants due to a shortage of farm workers after Typhoon “Santi” struck and damaged the province’s farms.  FILE PHOTO

Harvesting palay is usually a happy event in rice farming communities in the agricultural province of Nueva Ecija.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Ecija class suspension extended as outage lasts

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FALLEN trees and volunteers chopping them off have become familiar scenes in Nueva Ecija after Typhoon “Santi” struck. RICHARD A. REYES

The continuing power outage in Nueva Ecija province due to fallen electric posts and damaged power transmission lines after Typhoon “Santi” struck last week has forced Gov. Aurelio Umali and local school officials to suspend classes for the rest of the week as rehabilitation efforts start

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

After ‘Santi,’ rice losses may hit P2.9-B mark

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THE DEVASTATION wrought by Typhoon “Santi” in Nueva Ecija province is mirrored by this electric post that strong winds from Santi toppled near a mall in Cabanatuan City. ANSELMO ROQUE/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Whenever a Nueva Ecija rice farmer fails to have a surplus from his harvest, he calls himself “magsasako” to add humor to his predicament.

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Gloom hovers over Ecija rice harvest as DA hit over figures

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It’s harvest time in Nueva Ecija but farmer Wilfredo Bernardo is unhappy as he watched his newly harvested crop being threshed.

Posted: September 19th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Testing of GMO rice back on track nationwide, say scientists

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FARMERS and activists in Bicol trample upon plots of land last month in Pili, Camarines Sur, that was planted with a grains variety called “golden rice,” which has been genetically engineered. PHOTO COURTESY OF SIKWAL-GMO

The government’s golden rice research project has not been delayed, despite last month’s destruction of a test area in Pili town in Camarines Sur province by activists, a Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) official said.

Posted: September 11th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

200 workers in rice, carabao research agencies to lose jobs

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More than 200 employees of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) here may lose their jobs as the government pursues its program to remove redundant and unnecessary positions from the bureaucracy.

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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