Mechanize sugar farms, but…

IN HIS March 12 speech during the opening of the First Sugarcane Farming Mechanization Exposition in Bacolod, Agriculture Secretary Manuel Piñol urged the mechanization and the modernization of the Philippine sugar industry “towards increasing agricultural productivity.” He added that the “secret to greater income for our farmers is greater productivity in the face of dwindling […]

Is this the way to a peaceful world?

By: John Lloyd WHO will rule the world? It’s a subject that more and more becomes the conversation among Western politicians and policy makers – and its content darkens with every passing month. The consensus, if there is one, is that the world sits uneasily in a gulch formed by the withdrawing roar of the United […]

Spiritual life and preaching

WE have to remind ourselves that the effectiveness of a priest’s preaching depends mainly on the state of his spiritual life. More than his intellectual caliber and his speaking and entertaining skills and all other human charms he possesses, it’s in the health of his spiritual life where the people can truly hear the word […]

Treasonous hypocrisy

THE Du30 administration is dripping with treason. Even its hypocrisy is treasonous. Two incidents this week highlighted how hypocritical and treacherous the leadership of the country is. Both incidents involve foreigners and a foreign power. The contrasting behavior of Du30 in the two incidents once more emphasized not only the inconsistency of Du30 but his […]

Of subsidence and saltwater intrusion

By: Edgar Mana-ay RECENTLY there are self-proclaimed experts and prophets of doom warning the public on subsidence and saltwater intrusion. Again, it would be for the benefit of the public if we put science into these two subjects rather than indulge in fake news and rumor-mongering Subsidence is the lowering of the ground level because of […]

The sugar quota system

LAST month a group from the University of the Philippines interviewed me for about two hours about the Negros sugar industry, the origin and development of the hacienda system, rise of the hacendado class, the emergence and decline of the sacada labor force, the stagnation of the industry, among several others. To understand the industry, […]