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Agriculture official named by Benhur Luy back on the job

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Assistant Agriculture Secretary Ophelia Agawin  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Ophelia Agawin, identified by whistle-blower Benhur Luy as alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles’ conduit in the Department of Agriculture (DA) under the Arroyo and Aquino administrations, is back at her job as assistant secretary at the DA despite lingering questions on her role in the scam.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Frost in Benguet won’t affect vegetable supply – DA

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Frost has blanketed sections of Atok town in Benguet once again, but it’s a seasonal phenomenon that most vegetable farmers are prepared for. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / GLADYS MAXIMO

The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Sunday allayed fears that the freezing of vegetables in Benguet would affect Metro Manila’s vegetable supply.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Thieves strike in QC, steal over P1.5M

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Thieves took advantage of the long holiday weekend break to sneak into the empty houses of an administrative official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and a mechanical engineer and take over P1.5 million worth of jewelry and electronic devices.   Agriculture department legal division chief Vero Librojo said he lost P210,000 worth of electronic [...]

Posted: January 1st, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

DA urged to turn over Nabcor branch to N. Cotabato local gov’t

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. FILE PHOTO

A town councilor of Kabacan, North Cotabato, filed on Wednesday, a resolution asking the Department of Agriculture (DA) to place the National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) under the direct supervision of the local government unit.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Fake Saros also involved bogus beneficiaries

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Not only forged signatures but also bogus beneficiary towns.

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Lawmaker’s aide tied to fake Saro in hiding

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Another staff worker of a representative from Mindanao has been dragged into the widening probe on fake special allotment release orders (SAROs) involving P879-million worth of farm-to-market road projects supposed to be implemented by the Department of Agriculture.

Posted: December 4th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Rice production to slowdown up to 4% due to ‘Yolanda’

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This photo from the Facebook group Leyte Community Page shows houses destroyed by the strong winds caused by Typhoon Yolanda in Ormoc, Leyte.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) expects rice production in the country to slowdown by three to four percent this year owing to the devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” Radio Inquirer 990AM said Tuesday.

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino confirms NBI probing fake Saros

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President Aquino on Monday said the National Bureau of Investigation was looking into another instance where “enterprising souls” attempted to work on the release of a dubious special allotment release order (Saro) from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for farm-to-market road projects.

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

DA pursuing individuals behind fake SAROs

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. FILE PHOTO

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala on Monday said they are now in the process of finding and pursuing individuals behind the production of fake Special Allotment Release Orders (SARO) within the Department of Agriculture.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

P879-M fund release by DBM investigated

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The National Bureau of Investigation is looking into the release by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) of a dubious special allotment release order (Saro) to mayors for P879 million worth of farm-to-market roads, which alert regional officials in the Department of Agriculture (DA) found as having bogus signatures.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

CA affirms dismissal of official tied to scam

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The Court of Appeals. FILE PHOTO

The Court of Appeals (CA) has sustained the Ombudsman’s 2011 dismissal of a regional director at the Department of Agriculture (DA) who was charged with grave misconduct for his alleged participation in the P728-million fertilizer fund scam.

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Agri dep’t acts to help small fishermen affected by ‘Yolanda’

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This aerial photo shows the devastation caused by last week's typhoon which lashed Leyte province, near the coastal town of Tanawan, in central Philippines Sunday, Nov. 17. 2013. The monster typhoon that laid waste to central Philippines wiped out livelihoods as well as homes, leaving small traders and shop owners facing a long and perilous road back to solvency.  AP PHOTO/VINCENT YU

The Department of Agriculture said Monday it has included among its priorities the construction of hundreds of fishing boats and the production of nets and other fishing gear to help soften the impact of Supertyphoon ‘‘Yolanda’’ on the country’s food security.

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ destroys P138.6-M worth of crops — report

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Tacloban Airport is covered by debris after powerful Typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban city, in Leyte province in central Philippines, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

Monster typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) claimed a total of P138.6 million worth of crops being grown in the Bicol and Mimaropa regions, according to preliminary data from the Department of Agriculture.

Posted: November 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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