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Mystery in paradise

ON the calendar hanging on the wall on this “first day of spring,” the Little Prince teaches that “it is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

Senator Cynthia Villar, head of the Senate committee on environment and natural resources, said Sunday they would recommend to the President that only non-compliant establishments be closed, not the ones operating properly.

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Senator Cynthia Villar is not keen on supporting the proposed shutdown of all business operations in Boracay Island which was seen as a solution to allow the immediate rehabilitation of the tourist spot.

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The National Food Authority (NFA) has been urged to increase the buying price of rice at P18-kilo so local farmers will be more inclined to sell their harvest, helping address the current shortage in the supply of cheap rice.

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Secretary of Agriculture Emmanuel Piñol said there is now a surplus of 2.7 million metric tons of locally produced rice, as a result of last year’s record palay production of 19.4 million metric tons, the biggest in history. At least 2.7 million tons of his record harvest remains to this day. And now, for the first three months of this year, the DA expects a harvest of 3.1 million metric tons – for a total of 5.8 million metric tons.

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LAST November, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez came out with a proposed list of senatorial candidates that included presidential spokesman Harry Roque and Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson. It was rather early for any talk on elections, but the speaker’s list drew considerable interest and attention.

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