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PCARRD Supply Chain Program Assists in Improving Agriculture Competitiveness

“In other countries, supply chain management application in agriculture is very much popular. Here in the Philippines, it is used mostly in the manufacturing industry”, said Dr. Ernesto O. Brown in an interview over “Bago Yan Ah”, a DZMM teleradio program.

Brown is PCARRD’s Socio-Economics Research Division assistant director and coordinator of the program “Supply chain improvement (SCI) for selected commodities in AFNR (agriculture, forestry and natural resources)”.

“The Philippines is basically an agricultural country. However, the agriculture sector of the country is generally not competitive because of the weak supply chains”, Brown added.

Supply chain is a chain of different players and processes of the industry, from the source of raw materials to production, marketing, and consumption.

The weak supply chain is a development issue that the SCI program is addressing. The program conducts a thorough examination of every stage and process along the supply chain in relation to the var…

ASEAN Eyes Becoming World Class Tourist Destination

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) - The 30th ASEAN Tourism Forum opened here on Tuesday evening, aiming at promoting ASEAN as the world class tourist destination by 2015.


The event under the theme of "ASEAN: A World of Wonders and Diversity" was attended by about 3,000 participants, who are government's top officials, ASEAN tourism ministers, tourism delegates from China, Japan, Korea, India and Russia, diplomatic corps, exhibitors and buyers from around the world.

Speaking during the opening ceremony on Tuesday evening, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that the ATF 2011 will not only help promote tourism products of Cambodia and ASEAN to the whole world, but also show the importance of tourism in contributing to socio-economic development and in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and poverty alleviation of the people in the region and the world.

"ASEAN is seen as a captivating and highly competitive tourist destination for development, based on the un…

Residents from 11 Catanduanes Towns Plant 11,000 Trees for 1.11.11

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Jan. 11 (PNA) -– Thousands of school children, barangay residents and town officials from 11 municipalities in this province went out in the field and to plant 11,000 trees during the 1.11.11 Catanduanes Synchronized Tree Planting Project on Tuesday.

Local offices of national government agencies like the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Environment and Natural Resource s (DENR) were mobilized in the undertaking organized by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento of the province’s lone congressional district.

The DPWH and the Catanduanes Contractors Association were tasked in the hauling and deliveries of the planting materials to the planting site in 11 selected school grounds across the province. On the other hand, the DepEd has directed all public elementary and secondary schools to extend full support to the project.

The Catanduanes State College (SSC) the lone higher education institution run by the government in t…

Gigapan: Metro Manila, Philippines 2011

Here is a sample of a Gigapan photo I mentioned on my previous post. This was taken in Antipolo city, overlooking the metropolitan area last January 1st (New Year) of this year. To navigate on the photo, just double click on the spot where you want to zoom-in, drag to move the photo or just click the navigation keys on the left.

Below is the (geolocated on Google Earth) spot where the photo was taken, on the info window you can see the attribution tags (photographer, links etc.).

By the way if you want to contact the author of the featured photo or wanting to view more Gigapan photos, just click here.