Monday, August 11, 2008

No. 16 Uses of Agriculture

Aromatherapy Smells Great!
Odors and Energy
-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
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Each of us has a secret source of energy. You can’t hold it in your hand or see it in a book. Most mysteriously, it can boost your energy, mood and motivation without you even knowing it.

It’s a smell. Not just any smell, but a particular smell that invigorates you. It’s different for everyone. For some, it’s leaves; for others, hay; still others, rubber or smoke. People that turn up their noses at leather may perk right up when they smell motor oil.

The fact that odors can boost energy isn’t any news to people familiar with the basics of aromatherapy. We’ve heard for years about the effects smells have on our brains and bodies. Peppermint, for example, is widely used to increase alertness. In Japan, there’s a company that pipes in scented air to pep up employees. In the morning, cedar and cypress wake them up. In the afternoon, citrus stimulates their senses.

But what’s still unexplored is a type of “Personal Aromatherapy,” in which each person may be physically and emotionally affected in different ways by different smells.

Aromatherapy works in two ways. First, many smells (apple pie, foot odor, perfume) simply produce emotional responses learned through association. Other smells most often used in aromatherapy oils (lavender, vanilla) have real physical effects. They cause the body to produce neurochemicals, such as serotonin, which relaxes and induces sleep.

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Aromatherapy Smells Great!
Odors and Energy
-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
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What’s interesting is that this physical effect may also be learned. In fact, these same “chemicals of well-being” are also released when talking to a lover or listening to music. That’s where the idea of personal aromatherapy comes in.

Personal aromatherapy is a smell that’s closely related to an activity or interest that you’re highly invested in or really enjoy doing. The more “active” this activity is, the theory goes, the more its related smell will boost your energy. The smell and its effect on you are very personal things. If you love working with wood and you use a lot of energy doing it, chances are the smell of sawdust will get you going. Same goes for someone who loves cooking upon entering the spice aisle in the store. When faced with these meaningful smells, you can’t help but feel a little rush of energy and pleasant thought.

So what does this mean for weight loss? Just this: by keeping these personal aromatherapy scents around, you will feel more energized and more positive about staying active.

Of course, these are often smells you don’t want around all the time. (Who wants to live in a workshop?) In fact, they may actually be smells you normally find unpleasant in daily life. But it’s the emotional reminder that’s important, not the smell itself. What activity do you really get fired up for? Does it have a distinct smell that goes along with it? If you can find a way to give yourself a “shot” when you need it, you may have found the secret to staying charged up and motivated every day.
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No. 15 on the list of uses of agriculture


Jatropha-Green Oil-Florida, 30000 acres of land with Jatropha


Corn, Canola, Olive, Rapeseed, Soybeans, Almond, Coconut, Macademia Nuts, Walnuts, Peanuts,

Paper Products

perhaps they will add to the following

How about investing in AGRICULTURE?

Seeds and what to do with them-hybrids anyone?

Roxas City -- The government has earmarked P9 billion for the National
Seed Program in the next two years.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap disclosed that the government is
spending P9 billions for the National Seed Program alone over the next
two years in subsidies coming from the earnings from the Expanded
Value Added Tax (E-VAT) on oil products.

Yap revealed that some P1.68 billion in windfall earnings from the 12%
E-VAT on oil products will augment subsidies for palay farmers
starting this wet season or main crop.

He explained that said subsidies for palay farmers are in the form of
certified seeds to increase rice sufficiency and providing food on the
table of every Filipino family.

Yap said that another P6.5 billion is being allocated by President
Arroyo for the intensified palay procurement program of the National
Food Authority this main harvest season, with the NFA to purchase as
high as 500,000 metric tons (MT) from farmers.

The NFA procurement target, he said, is about 1,460% higher than the
32,044 metric tons of palay it acquires from local growers at the
government support price during the same period last year.

For the dry crop in 2009, which will cover 1.80 million hectares of
land, the DA is poised to distribute seed subsidies to farmers so they
can plant hybrid seeds in some 300,000 hectares and certified seeds in
1.50 million hectares.

Such subsidies coming from the "Katas ng VAT" will given at an
equivalent of P1,500 per farmer/hectare for those planting hybrid
seeds or P1,200 for those planting certified seeds, Yap said.

He said that each sack of certified palay seeds under the subsidy
program can generate up to 120 sacks of palay or 60 sacks of milled rice.

At the onset of the dry or summer crop, President Arroyo has ordered
the National Food Authority (NFA) to increase the food agency's buying
support price to P17 per kilogram.

The President also directed the DA and NFA to increase the latter's
support price for corn from P8.50 per kilogram to P13 per kilogram for
white corn and from P7 to P10 per kilogram for yellow corn. (PIA)



Roxas City -- The government is set to create more employment
opportunities for nearly 1 million Filipinos.

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) revealed that close to 1
million unskilled workers, farmers and unemployed laborers can expect
new jobs and better livelihood opportunities this year.

NAPC Secretary Domingo Panganiban, in an online news, said that
President Arroyo's administration plans to increase its employment
generation programs this year to reduce hunger and unemployment among

He said that the government aims to generate more than 860,000 new
jobs for poor and hungry folk through the expansion of its micro
finance services, skills training and coconut intercropping programs
in more than 50 priority provinces and the National Capital Region (NCR).

"We will concentrate the bulk of our jobs and livelihood generation
programs in areas that have the highest levels of hunger and poverty,"
Panganiban said.

He added that the government expected its microfinance and
Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) programs alone to produce
some 430,000 jobs for the poor by the end of 2008.

In addition, some 332,505 underprivileged folk will be afforded better
livelihood opportunities through the skills and vocational training
programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
(TESDA) and various other community-based training programs, he said.

Additional livelihood and income for a targeted 67,023 coconut farmers
will be provided through the coconut intercropping program of the
Department of Agriculture (DA) while 37,583 workers will be hired for
public irrigation and roadside maintenance projects.

A report from the National Nutrition Council shows that microfinance
services and rural infrastructure projects under the government's
anti-hunger campaign have already yielded new jobs for around 881,000

The same report says that Apayao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Masbate,
Camarines Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Lanao del
Norte, Sarangani, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Maguindanao,
Surigao del Sur, Tawi-tawi, Northern Samar and the NCR have been
accorded first priority under the government's anti-hunger program. (PIA)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

additional Use of Agriculture

13. Fabrics

The China Fiber Grp. also had its share of investment amounting to $1
billion for thread manufacturing plant using banana and palm fibers to
produce thread that will be used in the manufacturing of clothing and
the plant will be set up in Davao.

14. Walis TingTing

Harry Potter


Uses of Agriculture

1. Energy


Archer Daniel Midland

World Energy

Chem Rez

Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy

National Renewable Energy Laboratories

Question: what to do with Rancid Oil? Ask Industrial Technology Development Institute

Expert: Dr. Maria Natalia Roxas Dimaano on Coconut, Soy Beans, Palm Oil Stearate, Peanut Oil, Corn Oil, etc. Biofuels

keywords: transesterification, methy ester, catalysts


ask Dr. Sheilachu Gomez, University of Florida

ask Dr. Terry Sarigumba, formerly with Georgia Pacific

for emails, look at in the members section or

Coir Dust

2. Foods

3. Dye

Food Dyes

Coconut, Langka, Pineapple, Orange, Cherries, Strawberries, Raspberries, BlueBerries, etc.

Marjorie B. Medina, USDA, PA

Red Fluorescenr Dyes for Immunochemical Detection of Staphylococcal Enterotoxin A

abstract in the PAASE 2008 meeting proceedings

note: PAASE stands for Philippine American Academy of Sciences and Engineering

4. Construction Materials, e.g. Manila Hemp from Abaca

Furnitures made of Rattan, Bamboo, Mahogany

read the abstracts on

Beatriz and Stanley Malab, et al.

Mariano Marcos State U, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Improving Productivity of Unmanaged Kawayan Tinik Bambusa Blumeana Shultes Plantation for Poles and Shoots.

wear working gloves so you do not get tinik

abstract in the PAASE 2008 meeting proceedings

5. Trees for Timber for building houses, e.g. Gawad Kalinga

6. Musical Instruments: Reeds, Flutes, Drums, Guitars, Rondalla Instruments: Octavia, Banduria, Mandolin, Cello, Violin,

ask: Children Orchestra Society(re: Michael Dadap and Dr. Yeou Cheng Ma), Philippine Montessori Ensemble, Philippine Chamber Rondalla of New Jersey(reto: Clarita Ramos--my husband Dr. Edward Arthur Christman, MS, PhD, CHP, is the Board of Trustees Chairman) (latest CD available with me, Florence Cua Christman, MS3, PhD, hon from England multinational and PAASE incubatora since 1976)

Kawayan for Antipolo Bamboo Pipe Organs

7. ARTS--finger painting with dyes from fruits and vegetables, fibers for fabrics,

8. Cornstarch with Soil for time lapsed in the case of flood and drought

9. Herbal Medicine

Lunasin from SoyBeans, re: Dr. Benito Lumen, UC Berkeley, California

abstract available in PAASE 2008

10. Enhacing Recovery of Rice Hull, Chichacorn and Bamboo Processing Wastes as BioEnergy Source and Environmental Mitigation

by Stanley and Beatriz Malab, et al. Mariano Marcos State University, Batac City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

abstract available with the PAASE 2008

11. Composting for Fertilizers, a-natural or with microbes added

12. Wormburgers

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

[kgma] PGMA orders procurement of equipment for mass production of vegetable flour

PGMA orders procurement of equipment for mass production of vegetable
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the immediate
procurement of the equipment needed for the mass production of flour
made from vegetables.

The President issued the directive to the Department of Science and
Technology (DOST), Press Secretary Jesus Dureza told a media briefing
in Malacanang this afternoon.

Dureza said the mass production of flour made from vegetables
would cut down significantly the country’s importation of the costly
wheat flour.

“The President has directed the DOST for the immediate procurement of
equipment for the production of vegetable flour,” Presidential
Management Staff (PMS) chief Secretary Cerge Remonde said.

Remonde and Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III were with Dureza at
the press briefing.

Remonde said flour from cassava, squash and other vegetables and crops
would augment the supply of flour

Commercial bakers have already raised the prices of their products
such as “pan de sal” and loaf bread due to the high cost of imported
wheat flour.

“We can make flour out of indigenous materials and at least mix it
with (wheat) flour,” Remonde said.

Remonde said Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favila will also hold
continuing dialogues with bakers and flour millers in an effort to
prevent further price increases and support the government’s Tinapay
ng Bayan program.

Tinapay ng Bayan is a joint initiative of the Philippine Flourmillers
Association, Inc., the Chamber of Philippine Flourmillers and the
Department of Agriculture (DA) to sell cheaper bread and pan de sal, a
popular breakfast food among ordinary Filipinos.

Aside from the mass production of vegetable flour, the President also
launched recently the mass production of more nutritious vegetables
noodles from the Benguet State University to help cushion the impact
of soaring food prices on poor families.

The mass production of vegetable flour and vegetable noodles will
definitely boost the farmers’ income, provide an alternative market
for local vegetables, and lower prices due to lesser dependence on
imported and costly wheat flour, the DTI said.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

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Answer: It can be quite rewarding to see ladybeetles, praying mantis, and lacewings in the garden, munching on pest insects. If there is pesticide residue it could be a problem. But over time, if you refrain from spraying insecticides, the beneficial insects will arrive on their own to consume the pests. Whiteflies can be tackled with strong blasts of water from the hose on a daily basis, or with a soapy water spray, which is less toxic to other insects. Also, be aware that there must be pests for the beneficials to consume when you release them, or they will go elsewhere, which is sometimes disappointing to gardeners.

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However, it could be a fungal or bacterial disease. The wet scar formed when the flower detaches from the fruit is a prime site for infection if conditions are right. Cultural techniques like not overwatering, using a drip watering system rather than constant overhead sprinkling (wet plants create a perfect environment for disease), and growing vines on a trellis to improve air circulation all will help significantly. Mulching with a layer of dry organic material such as straw can help reduce the problem somewhat but is not a 100% solution. Try these cultural practices and see if there's improvement.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

[kgma] Eastern Visayas awaits PGMA's SONA 2008

Tacloban City -- Eyes and ears of Eastern Visayans will be glued to
the radio and television sets in the afternoon of July 28 as they
eagerly await on the message President Arroyo will give as she
delivers her 2008 State of the Nation Address at the Joint Opening of

All government and private radio and television stations in Region 8
will air and show the much awaited event of the year where the
President reviews her administration's performance vis-à-vis her SONA
the year before, and then voices her aspirations for the country for
the coming year.

A proof of how important the President's SONA is to the Eastern
Visayans, three members of the Eastern Visayas media have applied for
accreditation so that they could cover the proceedings right at the
Session Hall of the House of Representatives at the Batasan Complex.

The three local media people will report live through the Radio DYDW
in Tacloban starting at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon. The coverage
will be anchored by Regine Olimberio, station manager Fred Balbuena
and PIA Director Olive Tiu. They will be joined by guests who will
help them discuss the President's SONA.

To disabuse those who are already betting as to what color the gown of
the President will be, the Office of the Press Secretary has already
announced that the President is expected to arrive at 3:30 in the
afternoon at the Batasan Complex, garbed in a reddish-pink Filipiniana
attire of native silk from Misamis Oriental in Mindanao and pineapple
fiber from Aklan in the Visayas.

The President who will be accompanied by the First Gentleman, Atty.
Jose Miguel Arroyo, will troop the line with the Armed Forces Chief of
Staff and the sergeants-at-arms of the two Houses of Congress.

Senate President Manuel Villar and House Speaker Prospero Nograles
will receive the President.

By 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon, the second joint regular session of
the 14th Congress shall be opened, with the President's SONA as its

The President's SONA which was reported to be initially 10 pages long,
is expected to focus on disaster management as with the recent
tragedies that beset the country, the President wants to ensure that a
repeat of such incident in the future could be prevented through
intensified disaster preparedness programs and updated rescue and
relief operations guidelines.

The speech is reported to discuss the government's social welfare
program in response to the current global crisis stemming from the
rising prices of oil and food.

The Eastern Visayans will surely listen intently and watch closely the
President as she delivers her State of the Nation Address. More than
commenting on the President's gown, the Eastern Visayans will surely
await for any mention of projects or places or people in the Region,
by the President.

After the President's SONA, the coverage will continue in order to get
the reactions of government officials and private individuals who are
at the Session Hall. (PIA 8)


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Coloring from Coconut Husk

The information that such a dress costs US$ 3,000 here is absurd. A
friend of mine in the US said that the demand for natural products
with a tropical appeal is quite high where he lives. I suppose as
people abroad are willing to pay that much for a beautifully crafted
outfit, it is immediately presumed that it'll cost that much here too.

The creation of the piña cloth has been a pride to many of our
countrymen. I think it's a brillant move to market it, bringing many
investment and income generating opportunities for those who practice
the craft.

--- In, "kgma_news" wrote:
> Made from pineapple strands and dyed with the natural color of
> coconut husk, the rose-colored pina dress worn by President Gloria
> Macapagal-Arroyo to the 50th foundation anniversary of the
> of Science and Technology (DOST) turned out to be a walking
> of the Philippine fabric's bright potential in the world market.
> Delicately woven by weavers of Aklan province in the island of
> in the Visayas, the pina cloth was later embroidered by
> from Lukban, Quezon, itself famous for its creations from native
> The cloth was produced with technology earlier created by the
> Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), according to Press
> Secretary Jesus Dureza.
> The Press Secretary revealed that DOST Secretary Estrella `Nina'
> Alabastro had related to him that a New York-based Filipino
> Anthony Legarda, had made it his dream project to design a dress
> President Arroyo.
> The special design of Legarda, who said he could fetch up to
$3,000 in
> the United States for such exotic creations -- was then executed by
> couturier JC Buendia, added Dureza who clarified that the dress did
> not actually cost the President $3,000.
> "DOST Secretary Alabastro said the fabric and the embroidery would
> cost only around P3,500-5,000 in the Philippines," Dureza added.
> The Press Secretary enthused that the presidential attire gives
> to people in the fabric and design industry to "take advantage of
> waste material like coconut husk dye" to cash in on the growing
> international demand for "environment-friendly fabrics and
> local-crafted wear.
> "This has great value in the United States and in the countries in
> European Union," Dureza said.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

God's Pharmacy!

A friend sent this to me. It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish... all before making a human. He made and provided what we'd need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We're such slow learners... God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body! God's Pharmacy! Amazing!

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (mo dern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actual ly bal ance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries

Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just l ike the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

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Further Uses of Fruit and Vegetables

Dole Pineapple Philippines sell Pineapple-Mango Juice and I add Coconut Milk; also Ginger with Coconut Juice or Ginger with Orange Juice is great;

Aveeno uses YlangYlang, Chamomile and Lavender; sometimes Oat Meal is used but for cleaning the face...

Also, the Soft Soap are sometimes Mango and Pomegranate; i wonder if Pomegranate and alcohol mix well? no need to drink

Coconut Suave or Gugo shampoo is nice scented; Orange and Ginger Shampoo and Soft Soap too.

lye should not be placed too much, if at all, in soap, e.g. sampaguita soap etc.

Monday, July 21, 2008

KGMA News 7/22/08 Jatropha

PGMA inspects backyard Jatropha farm in GenSan City

GENERAL SANTOS CITY - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inspected
today a backyard or community-based jatropha plantation here to
showcase the potential of jatropha as the foremost feedstock for
biodiesel under the government's alternative fuels program.

The President arrived 10 a.m. in Sitio Lanton, Barangay Apopong here
at the plantation of the family of Datu Sabel Utap, a partner grower
of the Philippine National Oil Company-Alternative Fuels Corporation
(PNOC AFC) which was mandated to accelerate the utilization and
commercialization of alternative fuels in the country.

Welcoming the President were some 300 farmer/growers and local
officials led by City Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr., City Lone District Rep.
Darlene Antonino and Barangay Apopong Chairman Ruel Pacquiao, younger
brother of people's champ Manny pacquiao.

The President was briefed by PNOC AFC Chairman Renato Velasco on the
status of jatropha production in the SocSKSarGen area.

She was informed that some 411 hectares were already planted to
jatropha in SocSKSarGen; 140.57 hectares in GenSan; 238.36 hectares in
Sarangani; 17 hectares in South Cotabato and 15 hectares in Sultan

Jatropha planters now earn some P35 per kilo of jatropha seeds in the
sub-region which can still open up hundreds of thousands of
non-agricultural lands for jatropha production.


[kgma] RP endorses UN action plan on global food & energy crisis

RP endorses UN action plan on global food & energy crisis

NEW YORK—The Philippines has joined calls for the United Nations
General Assembly to endorse the Comprehensive Framework for Action on
the Global Food and Energy Crisis before its current session ends in

"Today, the General Assembly can literally make a world of difference
in this most pressing issue of global food and energy crisis,"
Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., Philippine Permanent
Representative, said in the statement he delivered during the Plenary
Meeting of the General Assembly on the Global Food and Energy Crisis
held on Friday, 18 July.

"By endorsing this Comprehensive Framework for Action and implementing
the proposals contained therein, the General Assembly, as the largest
legislative body in the world, will be able to provide a coherent and
coordinated response to the immediate needs of the many millions
adversely affected by high food and energy prices," Ambassador Davide
said. "More importantly, the General Assembly will lay the foundation
for continued stable and rational markets in the food and energy sectors."

The Comprehensive Framework for Action was recently finalized by the
High Level Task Force on the Global Food Crisis established and
chaired by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and composed
of the heads of the UN specialized agencies, funds, and programs; the
World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the World Trade
Organization; and relevant parts of the UN Secretariat.

The Comprehensive Framework for Action is intended to promote a
coordinated response among agencies, national governments, donors,
civil society and the private sector to the global food crisis and
develop a plan of action.

It describes actions to be taken urgently to meet immediate needs and
to contribute to sustainable food security. It is intended to be a
guide for global and national actors, both institutions and
governments, and a catalyst for action that needs to start now.

"The decision must be made now," Ambassador Davide said. "The
Philippines joins the rest of this august body in making that decision
today or, at the latest, at any time during the 62nd Session of the
General Assembly."

In his statement, Ambassador Davide also cited the recommendations of
the Philippines to address the food crisis, particularly the creation
of a global grains reserve to protect both importing and exporting
countries from sharply fluctuating prices. He said the Philippines has
also embarked on a biofuels program using non-food sources and has
called for increased funding for global research and development,
particularly for the International Rice Research Institute.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

KGMA News 7/10/08 VCO

Roxas City -- It's "eureka" time for the science and technology sector
with the national government now giving it greater attention.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, keeping the momentum of her goal to
make the Philippines reach First World status in 20 years, announced
that the government is investing a special P3-billion fund in research
and development (R&D) technology between 2007 and 2010 including the
Science and Technology complex at the University of the Philippines
(UP) headed by scientists from the Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN).

President Arroyo said this is to promote engineering R&D activities in
the country at a significant scale in order to modernize every aspect
of the economic underpinnings of the Philippines to propel economic

The message was conveyed by the Chief Executive at the July 7 opening
of the 8th ASEAN Science and Technology Week and National Science and
Technology Week and 50th DOST anniversary celebration in Metro Manila.

The special fund is in line with the S&T strategy in the Medium-Term
Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) which seeks to further S&T and
mobilize advances through a four-pronged approach: first, enhancing
the competitiveness of the human capital; second, developing a
critical mass of scientists and R&D personnel; third, speeding up
knowledge creation and dissemination to push productivity; and fourth,
improving the mechanisms that promote technology-based entrepreneurship.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is at the forefront of
this effort.

One of present concerns wherein S&T would be harnessed is ensuring
food on the table for Filipinos and putting more money in poor
people's pockets so that they can afford the higher price of food.

The programs of DOST include improving productivity in coconut areas,
wherein there are a million farmers, and harnessing alternative
products from coconut including virgin coconut oil (VCO).

The agency is speeding up the development of physico-chemical and
biological studies for VCO to ensure its high quality in international
and local markets. "We want virgin coconut oil to be as familiar in
kitchen cabinets as olive oil," stressed the President.

Through research projects carried out in various laboratories such as
those of DOST's own Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI)
and Ateneo de Manila University, the DOST is also carrying out
clinical tests to verify the therapeutic claims for this very simple
yet very useful coconut derivative.

In this year's national budget, President Arroyo pointed out that the
DOST received the largest percentage increase – 51 percent. She added
that R&D efforts will prioritize food and agriculture, energy, public
health, information and communication technology, and the environment
including disaster prevention. These shall advance the three priority
Es of the country – Economy, Education and Environment.

She emphasized that modernization will need a critical mass of R&D
capable manpower to bring the country to First World status. Since
last year, an S&T consortium of universities headed by UP has been
offering scholarships under the R&D program for master's and doctorate
degrees in Science and Engineering.

DOST is also granting the DOST-Science Education Institute Scholarship
for college and at the Philippine Science High School to deserving
students. Scores of students in Capiz have already availed of the
scholarship program. The Capiz National High School also has a Special
Science and Technology Class to encourage the youth to pursue S&T.

Likewise, DOST said it is ready to help inventors who have developed
new processes, products and gadgets that would help push the S&T
sector and contribute to economic development. (PIA-JSC)

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

KGMA News 7/8/08 Composting

Roxas City -- The government is pushing for the conversion of market
wastes into organic fertilizers.

According to Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, the use of vegetable
wastes to produce organic fertilizers is part of the Department's
"Organikong Magsasaka" program, which promotes sustainable agriculture
through the use of non-chemical inputs in planting crops.

In this effort, the DA is tapping local government units (LGUs) in
carrying out an ecology-friendly project to convert vegetable wastes
from public markets and trading centers into organic fertilizers.

This is in line with the ongoing DA initiatives to encourage farmers
to use non-chemical inputs to help pull down food production costs and
promote sustainable agriculture, Yap said.

Accordingly, the DA official explained that vegetable wastes from
trading centers and public markets, particularly in Metro Manila,
remain high at 20-30% of the total volume delivered or put up for
sale, it would be better to put these losses into good use by
converting them into raw materials for the production of organic

Yap said that the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) is
eyeing the LGUs to help set up projects in their respective localities
to convert vegetable wastes into organic fertilizers.

He stressed that there are local technologies that can be tapped to
convert vegetable wastes into organic fertilizers, aside from just
letting it decompose naturally to produce compost.

In Capiz, most of the LGUs here have been utilizing their market
vegetable wastes as organic fertilizers for communal vegetable gardens
and farms.

Other LGUs in the province also opted to sell at a reasonable price
their locally produced organic fertilizers to farmers here.

Meanwhile, the DA's "Organikong Pagsasaka" (Organic Farming) program,
which has an allocation of P500 million this year, forms part of
President Arroyo's P43.7-billion FIELDS initiative to further boost
palay yields and guarantee food security amid the emerging global food
crunch. (PIA)


KGMA News 7/8/08 Fabric

From: "kgma_news"
Date: July 8, 2008 2:12:02 AM EDT
Subject: [kgma] PGMA promotes Philippine products at 8th ASEAN S&T Week

MANILA (PNA) -- Taking advantage of the occasion as an opportunity to
showcase to the world the various advances the Philippines has
achieved in the field of science and technology (S&T), President
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Monday attended the 8th ASEAN (Association
of Southeast Asian Nations) Science and Technology Week and the 50th
anniversary celebration of the Department of Science and Technology

The President wore a tailor-made coat and dress ensemble made of piña
(pineapple) cloth dyed from young coconut husk that resulted in old
rose color.

In her speech, the President said that "one sample of coconut
derivative is this dye that went into this particular dress I'm
wearing. This is one example of how an indigenous product like coconut
can make its mark in this modern day and age."

She said the event is a great opportunity to remind people and keep
them aware of the latest breakthroughs in the field and their
implications in our daily lives.

"It is also a good opportunity to highlight our milestones and
accomplishments as well as discuss the issues and challenges facing
the advancement of science and technology in the country," she added.

The President's knee-length coat had designs of Vanda, an orchid
flower that is endemic to Mindanao.

US-based designer Anthony Cruz Legarda designed the President's gown.

He said he collaborated with the Philippine Textile Research Institute
(PTRI), an attached agency of the DoST, to come up with the clothing

PTRI supports the local textile and allied industries to achieve
global competitiveness through utilization of indigenous resources,
and development of technical competence in textile production and
quality assurance.

Legarda, who is known to use indigenous materials in his clothing,
said it took him two days to dye the President's dress.

"Right now, organic is very big. Piña is unique in the fashion world.
Definitely, with the help of the PTRI we will be able to develop more
designs," he said.

He, however, acknowledged that his clothes were on the high-end,
citing President Arroyo's knee-length coat that costs US$ 2,000 and
the dress underneath is US$ 1,000.

ASEAN ministers who attended the event and even officials of the DoST
wore Barong Tagalogs and dresses made of indigenous materials.

"It's part of our promotion to use natural dye. We have been using
this for a long time but this is a very good opportunity to promote it
in a big way," Alabastro told reporters in an interview.

She said the Barong Tagalog of the ASEAN ministers have been
personalized in such a way that there were embroideries and designs
that reflect the symbol of their respective countries.

Alabastro said they plan to promote the line of clothing especially to
the European market.

"Alam mo sa Europe, very environment conscious ang mga tao. They want
green products and this is certainly a green product, natural dye ang
ginamit," she said. (PNA)