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‘NFA rice is arsenic free’

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE National Food Authority (NFA) denied reports that it is selling poison-laden rice.

The agency issued the clarification after the EcoWaste Coalition asked the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the NFA to examine imported rice for arsenic contamination.

The environmental group said the two agencies should conduct tests on newly imported grains as these might contain arsenic levels that exceed the United Nations’ (UN) standards.

NFA Administrator Arthur Juan said the UN has set the maximum level of arsenic in rice grains at 0.2 milligrams per kilo.

“Arsenic is a contaminant that is found in some soil and can also come from fertilizer. So we have to be very vigilant that our food chain does not contain arsenic higher than the standard set by the UN,” he said.

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NIA: SONA boosts Jalaur dam project

By: Louine Hope Conserva

THE National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said the inclusion of the P11.2 billion Jalaur Multipurpose Project (JRMP) Stage II in Calinog, Iloilo in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) is a big boost to the project.

Pres. Benigno Aquino III defended and hit the “noisy” critics of the dam project.

The megadam project is the subject of a Writ of Kalikasan case before the Court of Appeals.

The President said those who oppose the project are also against Ilonggo farmers who have been fighting for better irrigation services for more than 50 years.

“They oppose the farmers in Iloilo, who have hoped for efficient irrigation systems for more than fifty years, and today are witnessing the construction of the Jalaur Multi-purpose River Project,” he said.

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Capitol islands to give way to traffic rotunda

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

THE Iloilo provincial government has agreed to allow the City government to replace the so-called “7 islands” in front of the capitol with a rotunda.

Councilor Plaridel Nava, committee on transportation chairman, said Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. has finally “agreed in principle” with the proposed rotunda.

The “7 islands” are actually plots of ornamental plants at the intersection of General Luna Street and Bonifacio Drive.

The area is considered a traffic chokepoint as public and private vehicles criss-cross the narrow roads in between the islands.

The City Hall plans to put up a rotunda in the area to manage the flow of vehicles and avoid traffic jams.

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July 31, 2014 02:50 AM

TAXES, like death, are inevitable. Whether we like it or not, we give what is due to government. Read more...

Fading symbol

July 31, 2014 02:48 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

It was intended as a tear-jerker and indeed the siblings of President Benigno Aquino shed tears when their brother waxed emotional in his State of the Nation Address last Monday. Read more...

P-Noy recognizes Mabilog in SONA

July 31, 2014 02:37 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.” – Confucius Read more...

Hawks versus doves

July 31, 2014 02:24 AM

By: Juan L. Mercado

“KISHORE – who?” That’s what many irritably snap when gently pressed to pay equal attention to other significant issues than the impeach President Aquino brawl. Read more...

BJMP displaces sick detainees to make room for Gigi and Janet

July 31, 2014 02:02 AM

By: Ellen Tordesillas

(The author is an Antiqueña journalist in Metro Manila who writes for Malaya, Abante and VERA Files) Read more...

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