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US-China agreement ends 18 months of uncertainty

US-China agreement ends 18 months of uncertainty

  IN so many ways, the trade agreement signed last Wednesday by United States President Donald Trump and China Vice Premier Liu He was an “incredible breakthrough” and a “momentous step,” in the words of the US president. The “phase one” agreement included pledges for China to increase its imports of American goods to help […]

Two DA programs should boost rice production

  AT the start of the new year, Secretary William Dar of the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced plans that are expected to boost the country’s rice production. At the center of the program is the distribution of certified palay seeds as early as October last year for planting in 947 rice-producing towns in 57 […]

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More than GDP, other statistics, pay close watch on prices

  TAAL Volcano’s eruption is bound to have a negative impact on the national economy, but it will not be enough to prevent the attainment of the govern­ment’s 2020 economic growth goal of 6.5 to 7.5 percent this year, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, chief of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), said Tuesday. […]

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ME fears ease, but plans for OFWs must continue

  AFTER the rise in world fears of a new war between the United States and Iran, following the US drone killing of Iran top general Qasem Soleimani, the fears have considerably subsided in the wake of recent events. With that drone killing, US President Trump demonstrated the US ability to dispose of its enemies […]

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Taal and PH’s many other natural disasters

  THE Philippines was in the news around the world when typhoon Phanfone – which carried the local name Ursula – struck the Visayas on Christmas Day. It was a terrible time to lose homes and family members. At least 50 were killed in the typhoon and 2.1 million people were forced to seek refuge […]

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Rehabilitating the ‘City of Pines

  AFTER Boracay and Manila Bay, the government now turns its attention to the environmental degradation that has befallen Baguio City. The city government itself, led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, is leading the cleanup drive with a 15-year program that will start with Burnham Park, the city’s famous center which is probably the most frequently […]

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