Check on BREASTFEEDING TSEK

Check on BREASTFEEDING TSEK

By: Elsa S. Subong

MIA and Carla are young housewives, first-time mothers, working as sales clerks in a department store in Iloilo City.

The young mothers were found one weekend, in a Breastfeeding Center in one of the malls, nursing their babies: three-month-old Rica for Mia and six-month-old Booby for Carla.

Shyly and almost apologizing for breastfeeding their babies in the mall, the women said it was feeding time for the babies.

“I breastfeed my baby since birth, and I feel comfortable doing it wherever I am,” Mia said in the dialect.

Carla said she has found breastfeeding, though not comfortable doing it wherever the need arises, a great help in augmenting household income.

“Infant formula is very expensive. I have to keep breastfeeding as long as I can and as my baby is able to,” says Carla.

“I believe that my baby will not get sick often when I breastfeed. I have to be careful because my work requires me to be out longer hours during the day,” Mia added.

DSWD gears for WV PWDs leaders’ gathering

DSWD gears for WV PWDs leaders’ gathering By: Lilibeth A. French THE Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 is gearing up preparations to ensure that persons with disabilities in the region will have access to government programs and services. The DSWD 6, lead agency of the Regional Council on Disability Affairs in Western Visayas, […]

BSP to introduce new currency to Ilonggos

BSP to introduce new currency to Ilonggos By: Jaime S. Cabag Jr. THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will launch the new generation of Philippine currency in Iloilo at Iloilo Grand Hotel here this week. BSP deputy director and Iloilo branch head Job T. Nepomuceno said the security features of the country’s new set of […]

DOE extends oil consortium’s work program in Palawan

DOE extends oil consortium’s work program in Palawan THE consortium led by Nido Petroleum Ltd. has received approval from the Energy Department to extend its work program in service contract 54 in northwestern Palawan. In a disclosure to the Australian Stock Exchange, Nido said the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) has approved the application of […]

Stakeholders seek more investments in San Jose

Stakeholders seek more investments in San Jose By: Margie L. Gadian SAN JOSE, Antique – Stakeholders from the business sector, private organizations, academe, national government agencies and the local government unit of San Jose are one in saying that there should be more quality investments and employment opportunities in the province, particularly in this municipality. […]

CEB announces 2 aircraft leases to further increase fleet size

CEB announces 2 aircraft leases to further increase fleet size

THE Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) signed six-year operating lease agreements with Dublin-based RBS Aviation Capital for 2 brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft to be delivered in March 2012.

This will be on top of CEB’s 27 Airbus A320 aircraft purchase orders to be delivered from September 2011 until 2016, and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft orders to be delivered from 2017-2021.

CEB recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the purchase of the 30 A321neo aircraft, the largest A321neo aircraft order in the world. The A321neos will be a first of its type to operate in the Philippines, being a larger and longer-haul version of the familiar Airbus A320.

Govt receives P304B in tenders for debt swap

Govt receives P304B in tenders for debt swap A government swap that ended Wednesday saw investors submitting P304 billion in bids for bonds maturing in 2022 and 2031, National Treasurer Roberto Tan said on Thursday. Broken down, the amount consists of P234 billion that went to 20-year bonds and P70 billion that went to 10.5-year […]

Antiqueños will enjoy lower electricity rate July

Antiqueños will enjoy

lower electricity rate July

By: Pilar S. Mabaquiao

SAN JOSE, Antique – Despite the recent increase in prices of gasoline, Antiqueños will have a lower electricity rate this July.

Antique Electric Cooperative (ANTECO) General Manager, Engr. Ludovico Lim said the generation rate this month will be lower by 50-centavo per kWh from P6.26 per kWh in June to P5.76.

The reduction in generation charge resulted in an average drop of 59-centavo in ANTECO rate from P12.56 in June to P11.97 per kWh this month.

This is due to the reduction of generation charges from different power suppliers and decrease of total power demand of member consumers.

PHL share prices post modest gains

PHL share prices post modest gains

PHILIPPINE share prices on Thursday posted modest gains, tracking Wall Street’s overnight movement and bucking the prevailing negative sentiment across Asia.

The benchmark 30-company Philippine Stocks Exchange index rose 19.55 points or 0.44 percent to 4,423.55 while the broader all shares climbed 9.42 points or 0.31 percent to 3,076.01.

Gainers beat loser 76 to 63, while 45 stocks closed unchanged.

Except for Mining & Oil, which slipped 0.39 percent, all other five sectoral indices advanced led by Financials’ 1.18-percent rise.

Volume traded reached about 7.15 billion share valued at about P5.26 billion.

DA sees Jan.-June palay output up 15%

DA sees Jan.-June palay output up 15%

PALAY or paddy rice output will likely top 7.6 million metric tons (MT) in the first six months of year, helped by the La Niña wet spell and measures to improve production, the Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

“We are counting on the beneficial effect of La Niña on wet cropping [production]. I cannot say the exact volume but it will be more than 7.6 (million MT),” said Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.

The estimate is nearly 15 percent more than the 6.62-million MT output during the same period last year. Palay output from January to June may even reach 8 million MT.