Davao – Mindanao Gold Star Daily https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com Read the Latest News and Updates in Mindanao Fri, 08 Nov 2019 09:18:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-GSD-Browser-icon-32x32.png Davao – Mindanao Gold Star Daily https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com 32 32 Therma South, host societies ink MOA during partners fellowship https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/therma-south-host-societies-ink-moa-during-partners-fellowship/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 20:11:39 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=104515 The host communities of AboitizPower’s Therma South power plant can now directly access their share from the revenue of the facility, thanks to new revisions to Energy Regulation 1-94, implemented by the Department of Energy. PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS. Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte and AP Coal BU President and COO Danel Aboitiz share …

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The host communities of AboitizPower’s Therma South power plant can now directly access their share from the revenue of the facility, thanks to new revisions to Energy Regulation 1-94, implemented by the Department of Energy.

PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS. Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte and AP Coal BU President and COO Danel Aboitiz share a light moment during TSI’s Partners Fellowship Program. The AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI) enters a memorandum of agreement with its host communities Brgy. Binugao and Brgy. Inawayan for ER 1-94 last October 11, 2019. (PR)

In a signing ceremony last October, barangays Binugao, Toril, Davao City and Inawayan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur has agreed to set up their bank trust accounts where TSI will regularly download their revenue shares.

Similar trust accounts will also be set up for the city of Davao, the municipality of Sta. Cruz, and the province of Davao del Sur. The local government units can use the money to fund environmental, livelihood, and electrification projects in their locality.

ER 1-94 is a mandate under the law that requires Generation Companies (GenCos) to remit at PHP 0.01 / kWh of revenue to its host communities.

 AboitizPower Coal Business Unit President and Chief Operating Officer Danel Aboitiz inked the MOA with Brgy Captain Remegio Saniel of Binugao and Brgy Capt. Danilo Baquia during TSI’s Partners Fellowship Program this year.

Now on its second year, TSI’s Partners Fellowship Program aims to gather and show appreciation to the various agencies and groups that have been the company’s partners for progress throughout the years, since the plant’s inception and now during its operation.

Heads and representatives from both Davao and Davao del Sur coming from government agencies, business councils, environmental management groups, the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, the academe, and the Matigsalug tribe among others all participated in the event and bore witness to the ceremonial MOA signing.

“AboitizPower is here for the long-term. We are excited for our host beneficiaries to utilize their ER 1-94 funds and will accelerate what we can to help the communities utilize the available funds that are rightfully theirs,” said Danel Aboitiz.

The company’s good relationship with its partners has allowed them to responsibly operate the 300-megawatt Davao Baseload Power Plant and positively impact its host communities of Barangay Binugao in Toril, Davao City, and Barangay Inawayan in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

Since the start of TSI’s operations, the internal revenue allotment of its host communities has more than doubled. With the trust and support of its partners, TSI has also contributed to the development of Mindanao by providing 260 megawatts of energy to more than 20 electric cooperatives and distribution utilities, all the while doing so with zero exceedance of environmental standards since the start of its operations in 2016.

Wholly-owned AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI) is the owner and operator of the 300-Megawatt Davao Baseload Power Plant located in Binugao, Toril, Davao City. TSI is also certified in three ISO standards, namely Quality Management (ISO 9001:2015), Environmental Management (ISO 14001:2015), and Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHSAS 18001:2007). Along with Therma Luzon, Inc. and Therma Visayas, Inc., the three primary forms the Coal Business Unit of AboitizPower. (PR)

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US embassy hosts space apps challenge in Davao https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/us-embassy-hosts-space-apps-challenge-in-davao/ Tue, 29 Oct 2019 20:05:27 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=104136 The United States Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with Ateneo de Davao University and Central Philippine University, hosted the 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge in Davao and Iloilo earlier this month. Fourteen teams from Davao and ten teams from Iloilo participated in the three-day  program, which included a one-day …

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The United States Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with Ateneo de Davao University and Central Philippine University, hosted the 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge in Davao and Iloilo earlier this month.

Fourteen teams from Davao and ten teams from Iloilo participated in the three-day  program, which included a one-day “data boot camp,” followed by a two-day hackathon.  On the final day, teams pitched their solutions to one of five NASA-identified challenge categories.  Partners in both cities included the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Cebu Pacific, Amazon Web Services, and the U.S. Government Alumni Association.  In Iloilo, the program was incorporated into the “Innovate Iloilo” event, an initiative of DOST, the provincial and city government of Iloilo, and other private partners to promote innovation.

Representing Davao are Teams Ad Ultra and Rocketdyne Dynamo.  Team Ad Ultra developed an app that lets users book virtual tours of the “Trans-Neptunian Spaceway.”  Ad Ultra team member, Bruxelles Romuar, explained this will be, “a platform where anyone could learn about space, in a way that is fun, accessible, and up-to-date.”  Rocketdyne Dynamo presented a design for electromagnetic gloves that can reduce the dangerous effects of lunar dust. (usaid)

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Bukidnon footballers bag Mindanao Cup championship https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/bukidnon-footballers-bag-mindanao-cup-championship/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 20:12:55 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=104106 By Jack Biantan, Contributor DAVAO City — The Bukidnon Football Association (Bufa) boys needed a superb performance from their reliables in the second half to trounce Davao White team 4-0, and capture the first-ever Mindanao Cup at the Tionko field. They earned a trip to the Luzon Cup set in Tarlac late next month and …

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By Jack Biantan, Contributor

DAVAO City — The Bukidnon Football Association (Bufa) boys needed a superb performance from their reliables in the second half to trounce Davao White team 4-0, and capture the first-ever Mindanao Cup at the Tionko field.

They earned a trip to the Luzon Cup set in Tarlac late next month and P30,000 worth of football equipment courtesy of organizer and football patron Ricky Yanson of Negros Occidental Football Association.

Star striker Kurbe Dairo once again led the Bukidnon squad which is manned by players from Manolo Fortich Central School, Plantation Elementary School in Camp Philips, Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, and Del Monte School in the second half after a scoreless halftime.

Dairo of Olles, dished two brilliant assists and scored a goal all in the second half to insure their victory.

He whipped a left footed pass to striker Cade Sanchez of Del Monte School who then scored from point blank in the 37th minute.

One minute later, he found midfielder Prince Aseniero of Plantation Elementary School unguarded at the center during a corner kick.

Aseniero then quickly scored a one touch goal to put the Bukidnon boys ahead by two goals.

Dairo then completed his all game brilliant performance with a rocket shot from long distance in the 40th minute to put them beyond reach.

Sanchez then delivered his own long distance shot in the 47th minute to seal the victory and the title.

It was actually a see saw battle in the first half with Davao White taking shots in the offence with Anthony Elorde, Carlos Donado and Mohammad Abutazil leading the charge.

The Bukidnon boys however put up a solid defence with Jim Fabela, Adriel Algador and goalkeeper Jun Melig taking charge of the back to frustrate the host team.

“We needed just a goal and they collapse,’’ said victorious coach Guillier Sumampong of Olles.

He added that this tournament is very useful for the team in their preparation for the NMRAA meet in Tubod, Lanao Del Norte in December.

The Bukidnon boys also brought home all of the special awards except for the Best Striker award which Jedd Gabriel Ceballos of Mt. Apo RFA won then he pilled up a total of 14 goals in the tournament.

Dairo won the MVP award, Melig the Best Goalkeeper award, Algador the Best Defender award, and Aseniero the Best Midfielder award.

The Bukidnon boys advanced to the championship when they downed Mt. Apo Regional FA, 4-0, in the morning while host Davao White advanced when it downed sister team Davao Red, 4-2, in the semifinals.

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Yanson to bring Mindanao champ to Luzon for free https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/yanson-to-bring-mindanao-champ-to-luzon-for-free/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 20:05:01 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=103958 By Jack Biantan, Contributor DAVAO City — The 16 teams joining in the inaugural Mindanao Cup got a sweet incentive after organizer and patron Ricky Yanson Jr. announced that the champion team will get an all-expense paid ticket to the Luzon Cup set on late November. “I did not announce this last night but now …

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DAVAO City — The 16 teams joining in the inaugural Mindanao Cup got a sweet incentive after organizer and patron Ricky Yanson Jr. announced that the champion team will get an all-expense paid ticket to the Luzon Cup set on late November.

“I did not announce this last night but now I am announcing it to all of you that the champion team in this competition will earn a ticket to the Luzon Cup which is set in Tarlac in November,” he said during the opening ceremony Wednesday morning at the Tionko pitches in Matina, here in Davao City,

The Negros Occidental Football Association (Nofa) president added that he is now finalizing the schedule of the tournament and the venue with the Tarlac Football Association.

Yanson in his speech before the players, coaches, organizers, FA officials from all over Mindanao and football parents, continued to stress his commitment to ‘Grassroots Development’ which has long been neglected in the country particularly in Mindanao.

“It is our earnest wish that this Mindanao Cup will be the first of the many that Nofa has committed for the development of football not just in Negros Occidental, not just in the Visayas, but also in the entire country,’’ he said.

All the 16 teams from Mindanao saw action the entire day in the elimination round. The elims will resume this morning while the quarterfinals in this 9-aside competition for boys born 2008-2009 will be in the afternoon. The semis will be on Friday morning while the championship, the battle for third place and the awarding ceremonies will be on Friday afternoon.

Aside from the trip to Tarlac, the champion teams and other winners will win trophies and medals.

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The sea, sky, and TSI https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/the-sea-sky-and-tsi/ Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:10:27 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=103817 Dawn crawls over the Davao Gulf, onto the jetty that juts out the border of Davao City and Davao del Sur, and the sun rises behind the iconic coal dome. Birds leave their roosts on ladder rungs and electrical lines to forage for a morsel among the pockets of foliage inside the 75-hectare compound of …

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Dawn crawls over the Davao Gulf, onto the jetty that juts out the border of Davao City and Davao del Sur, and the sun rises behind the iconic coal dome. Birds leave their roosts on ladder rungs and electrical lines to forage for a morsel among the pockets of foliage inside the 75-hectare compound of the 300-megawatt Davao Baseload Power Plant operated by AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc.

Blue Rock Thrush. Supplied photo.

Flocks of birds, lush greenery, sea, and springs teeming with life — this is not the usual scenery that is associated with a coal-fired power plant. But undoubtedly, it is the scenery that we should see more often.

Davao-based birder Peter Simpson spotted and identified 45 different species inside the plant after three birdwatching sessions recently. He believes that with a few more sessions, more species may be discovered.

“TSI is a haven for birds because of the great range of habitats; open sea, the beach, grassland, marshland, and freshwater pools. Even the man-made structures offer an opportunity to the birds as evidenced by house swifts nesting on the sides of the coal dome,” Simpson shared.

AboitizPower has always strived to provide reliable and reasonably-priced power, making sure that all its business units are operated responsibly. Therma South, Inc. or TSI, under its Coal Business Unit, is a prime example of the lengths a thermal power plant would go to protect the environment. (pr)

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Karapatan assails closure of tribal schools https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/karapatan-assails-closure-of-tribal-schools/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:10:14 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=103646 Human rights group Karapatan assailed the resolution of the Department of Education (DepEd) – Region XI ordering the permanent closure of 54 Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers in Davao Region. Palabay “The permanent closure of the said learning centers is a denial of every Filipino child’s right to education. We are enraged by …

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Human rights group Karapatan assailed the resolution of the Department of Education (DepEd) – Region XI ordering the permanent closure of 54 Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers in Davao Region.

Palabay

“The permanent closure of the said learning centers is a denial of every Filipino child’s right to education. We are enraged by the DepEd’s decision to order the closure of the Salugpongan schools based solely on false accusations made by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. This unilateral decision that did not consider the testimonies of teachers, administrators and students is an affront to the efforts of indigenous communities to provide education for their children. This government is once again choosing militarism over education, thus outrightly violating the right to self-determination by indigenous communities,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

The DepEd in Davao region earlier denied due process to the Salugpongan schools after it refused to grant a permit to the schools and then suspended it last July, following a complaint filed by Esperon.

“DepEd officials refuse to fully commit themselves to their mandate of providing quality education when they chose to decide on the matter based on the military’s allegations. We strongly condemn the DepEd’s inaction to first look into the matter before the ruling. Its officials failed to visit even one of the Salugpongan schools to investigate if the accusations are true. When you have militarists running the government, the rights and welfare of civilians and entire communities are neglected and sidelined,” she explained, adding that martial law has made it easier for State forces to further perpetrate rights violations.

The Karapatan official likewise slammed NSA Esperon and the whole gamut of the military machinery, particularly the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) for violating the Lumad’s right to education and self-determination: “They have militarized and in effect, displaced indigenous communities. This government has now torn down schools that they did not even give a single cent in building and maintaining. The Salugpongan schools remain as a testament to a communities’ unity and perseverance to advance and actualize their rights. Years of government neglect have led to this unity, and now the Duterte government comes waltzing in with fabricated evidence and perjured testimonies in an attempt to destroy this.”

Palabay reiterated that “indigenous communities have been targeted for their active resistance against anti-people policies and development projects that will ravage ancestral lands. This government wants to maintain a robotic populace who do not think critically. Lumad schools have a specific curriculum that caters to the needs of the communities. The schools have existed for years and have produced leaders and teachers among young students – a generation that has grown up determined to defend their ancestral domain. The closure of said schools do not only violate the Lumad youth’s right to education, but the right to due process and right to self-determination of the communities.” (pr)

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Minda steps in to resolve Tadeco, LGU- Davnor rift https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/minda-steps-in-to-resolve-tadeco-lgu-davnor-rift/ Thu, 10 Oct 2019 20:12:05 +0000 https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=103465 MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol steps in to resolve the row between Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc. (TADECO) and Provincial Government of Davao del Norte due to the planned demolition of the former’s three plantation biosecurity facilities along El Canto road, in a meeting held today at TADECO Road, Panabo City. MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol (2nd …

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MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol steps in to resolve the row between Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc. (TADECO) and Provincial Government of Davao del Norte due to the planned demolition of the former’s three plantation biosecurity facilities along El Canto road, in a meeting held today at TADECO Road, Panabo City.

MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol (2nd from right, facing left) steps in to diffuse the tension between TADECO and the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte due to the planned demolition of the provincial government of the biosecurity facilities of the banana farm as part of the road clearing operations (photo supplied)

“Problem has been resolved. Governor Edwin Jubahib agreed to diffuse the situation by heeding the request of President Rody Duterte, and Senator Bong Go to settle the problem amicably,” Piñol announced.

He further stated that equipment sent by the Provincial Government to destroy the barricades against Panama disease-infected banana farms in the said road were withdrawn already.

“Also, a local court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), but even before the TRO was issued, the Governor already relented,” he emphasized.

Last 7 October, Governor Jubahib agreed with the request of Secretary Piñol to hold in abeyance the scheduled demolition until officials of the two entities have met.

TADECO Assistant Vice President for Human Resource Zeaus Vadil said that the supposed demolition by the Provincial Government is part of road clearing operations, following the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s 60-day order to local governments to clear and reclaim public roads.

On the other hand, Vadil explained that the purpose of the biosecurity facilities is to protect the plantation from the fast spread of Fusarium wilt-infected banana farms, which are just across the El Canto Road where the facilities were established.

“Fusarium wilt is just within our backyard. From the highway to the back of the El Canto road, once you cross that entire deep, you will see all affected banana farms,

banana trees [have been cut down]. It is just a stone’s throw from our farm; it is just across the street,” Vadil explained.

Vadil also shared that the removal of biosecurity measures such as foot and tire baths for “road clearing” means risking TADECO of being infected by the Panama disease.

TADECO is one of the country’s largest banana exporters, managing about 6,000 hectares of banana plantation yielding around 28 million to 30 million of bananas annually, which are all shipped abroad. TADECO alone accounts for at least 11 percent of the country’s total cavendish exports reaching 3.4 million metric tons last year.(PR)

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Davao councilors urged to pass city’s environmental code https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/davao-councilors-urged-to-pass-citys-environmental-code/ Mon, 21 Jan 2019 21:36:59 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=92572 DAVAO City — Environmental advocate here is urging the Davao City Council to pass the city’s Environmental Code, saying it will further spur economic opportunities. Atty. Mark Peñalver of Interface Development Interventions (IDIS).Photo by Davaotoday.com. Interface Development Interventions (Idis) Inc. Policy Advocacy Specialist and lawyer Mark Peñalver said they are pushing for the passage of …

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DAVAO City — Environmental advocate here is urging the Davao City Council to pass the city’s Environmental Code, saying it will further spur economic opportunities.

Atty. Mark Peñalver of Interface Development Interventions (IDIS).Photo by Davaotoday.com.

Interface Development Interventions (Idis) Inc. Policy Advocacy Specialist and lawyer Mark Peñalver said they are pushing for the passage of the environment code to ensure that Davao will be a sustainable city under its “Build Build” program which facilitates the entry of infrastructure and agricultural development.

“We are aiming to localize the Sustainable Development Goals in crafting the environment code to ensure Davao City’s development is sustainable,” Peñalver said.

Idis is eyeing the environment code of Davao as the basis to allowing the entry of development without impairing the environmental aspect of the city. It will be a lexicon of provisions for the protection of the environment of a broad sense. (davaotoday.com)

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Davao region cacao industry players meet https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/davaoegion-cacao-industry-players-meet/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:35:51 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=90492 Known to have the biggest chunk of cacao production in the country, Davao region naturally boast of active cacao stakeholders, some of whom gathered in a Cacao Learning Exchange in Davao City. Facilitated by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) that has been at the forefront in supporting social enterprises in the country, the event …

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Known to have the biggest chunk of cacao production in the country, Davao region naturally boast of active cacao stakeholders, some of whom gathered in a Cacao Learning Exchange in Davao City.

Facilitated by the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) that has been at the forefront in supporting social enterprises in the country, the event opened innovations for the cacao enthusiasts.

Over 30 participants from 15 organizations and cooperatives in Davao region came for the two-day activity that culminated with a visit to the Chocolate de San Isidro (CSI), a cooperative in Davao del Norte that has the biggest number of cacao farmer members in Davao.

“We should be ‘risk-takers’, said Lolita Pinoon, one of the participants and general manager of the Rehoboth Agriculture Cooperative, pointing out that the challenges being faced by cacao planters are worth taking for the benefit they could gain.

The participants listened and learned among storytellers in cacao farming and production that discussed among others best agricultural practices adopted by successful cacao entrepreneurs; the problems being faced by the farmers and how cacao farmers can improve the quality of cacao; and strategies that can make a demo farm work.

The event was capped with a visit to the cacao farms and production area of CSI where the visitors were not only treated to steaming hot delicious ‘Sikwate’ but were also shown the cacao hills bearing bountiful fruits.

PEF fosters conversations and learning about a variety of topics of interest to stakeholders and partners in building development models that work. (davaotoday.com)

 

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Duterte counts on tourism for inclusive growth, poverty relief https://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/duterte-counts-on-tourism-for-inclusive-growth-povertyelief/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:34:39 +0000 http://mindanaogoldstardaily.com/?p=90494 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday, reaffirmed the importance of tourism in achieving inclusive growth and reducing poverty by creating more job opportunities for the Filipinos. The Chief Executive made such statement as he graced the launch of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Food and Travel Festival with the theme ‘Kaon Ta!’ at Abreeza Mall. …

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday, reaffirmed the importance of tourism in achieving inclusive growth and reducing poverty by creating more job opportunities for the Filipinos.

The Chief Executive made such statement as he graced the launch of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Food and Travel Festival with the theme ‘Kaon Ta!’ at Abreeza Mall.

In his remarks, the President lauded DOT’s approach in promoting the Filipino cuisine as part of the country’s tourism attraction by making the Philippines as a “center of food and gastronomy in the world.”

He further stressed that such impetus would increase the number of tourists visiting the country and promote empowerment to local communities.

“I welcome this initiative as it harnesses the potential of farm tourism as an effective tool in facilitating the growth of our local communities and promoting sustainable development,” the President said.

“I am glad that this tourism approach has gained increasing popularity with the growing number of Filipinos and foreign tourists aspiring to take a break from the stress of city life and, at the same time, augment their income, help them provide more [for] their families, and improve the crop production,” he added.

He also emphasized that this initiative would help create the image of the Philippines as a great culinary destination by bringing together local chefs, world-class dishes, and other agricultural products. He, however, reminded the participants in the event to ensure the quality of their products to be globally competitive.

“Let this occasion, therefore, strengthen your resolve to develop further Filipino cuisine, agricultural products, and technology that celebrate the best of being Filipino,” he said.

“The unique but truly wonderful Filipino culinary experience is something that we should all be proud of. Let this gathering spark greater appreciation of our diverse cuisine as we steer Philippine agriculture and tourism into even greater heights,” he added. (PCOO)

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