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Duterte in Fresh Push for Tax Reforms Amid Backlash Vs TRAIN Law, Outlines Other Economic Priorities

The president says the remaining tax reform packages will be submitted to Congress by end-July

Despite the popular backlash against the first package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law that is being widely blamed for rising inflation, President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress to pass the remaining five packages of his administration’s tax reform ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez and Pauline Macaraeg  | July 23, 2018 08:00:00

How big data is shaping agriculture

Farmers are now using real-time information to increase land productivity.

For the past few years, big data has allowed businesses to harness information to produce insights that can lead to actionable solutions and strategies. Whether it is in healthcare, retail, or even politics, big data is being used to improve services and create ...

by Toni Antiporda  | February 04, 2016 12:00:00
Business Ideas

Real tales: Planting the seeds of green revolution locally

Here is a real story of sustainability. Learn how a trio of entrepreneurs started the trend of supporting local organic farmers while maintaining a profitable business.

When Chit Juan, Reena Francisco, and I launched ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle in 2009, we never really knew what our end product would be. We still don’t, as it continues to morph and organically grow and expand, even as we re-create and tweak ...

by Jeannie Javelosa  | May 18, 2015 06:00:00
Business Ideas

Head start: Social enterprise helps Isabela farmers overcome climate change, debt problems

This cooperative saw the potential of putting up a dairy business in Isabela, giving the farmers an alternative source of income.

The Philippines experiences an average of 20 typhoons every year, resulting to floods and other damage to properties, usually affecting millions of Filipinos across the country. A big percentage of those greatly affected by these calamities belong to the agricultural industry. Farmers ...

by MJ Dinglasan and MJ Dinglasan  | April 28, 2015 09:00:00
Business Ideas

Head start: Local business provides market access to small-time suppliers

More than just a profitable venture, this business provides small rural producers the chance to reach a larger market.

What makes a good business? Should it be about reaping maximum profits or constant growth and expansion? Or should it go beyond those?  For Chit Juan, Jennie Javelosa, and Reena Francisco, it is about making a business that the people and the ...

by Angelica Louise G. Dantes  | April 23, 2015 10:30:00
News and Events

Farm mechanization program aims to minimize agriculture labor cost

A new program of the Department of Agriculture aims to help farmers process their harvests more efficiently through several newly-designed machineries.

The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has introduced new technologies that farmers can use in processing rice, corn, coco water, and other agricultural produce.The new ...

by Renz Lyndon Paguio  | September 05, 2014 03:20:00
Business Ideas

Sustainable partnership

Community shared agriculture or CSA is a new and promising concept. As a social enterprise, it provides agricultural financing in exchange for fresh and organic produce grown on farms.

What it isGood Food Community is what you might call a benevolent middleman. It connects a community of farmers with health-minded individuals who commit to finance an entire harvest in return for the fresh, organic produce grown on the farm. The concept, ...

by KC Calpo  | June 23, 2014 02:00:00