Thursday, July 31, 2008

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Thursday July 31, 2008

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Q&A: Residual Pesticides Harmful To Beneficial Insects?
Q&A: Deformed Summer Squash
Tip: Cover Crop with Buckwheat
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Q&A: Residual Pesticides Harmful To Beneficial Insects?

Question: Last year I sprayed my garden with insecticides to rid it of a very bad white fly infestation. This year I would like to tackle the problem with beneficial insects. Will the pesticides I used last year harm the good insects I bring into my garden this year?

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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Q&A: Deformed Summer Squash

Question: Ours and our neighbor's summer squash have gnarled and lumpy blossom ends. What is wrong?

Answer: A few possibilities come to mind. If the baby squash are just emerging, it could be that the female blossoms weren't pollinated. This sometimes happens early in the season, before the male blossoms appear. It can also happen during cool spells when pollinators are less active.

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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Tip: Cover Crop with Buckwheat

Bridge the gap between early crops and later plantings by planting a soil-improving cover crop of buckwheat. Buckwheat germinates and grows quickly in warm soil, maturing within 40 days. Cut and till it under just before flowering.

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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)