DOST installs automated weather stations in Quezon province

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently installed automated weather stations (AWS) in the cities of Catanauan, Infanta, San Francisco and Jomalig.

According to provincial civil defense coordinator Dr. Henry Buzar, the AWS that can be accessed through Weather Philippines will provide data on the measurement of rainfall in mm, wind speed, gustiness and humidity.

DOST is also set to launch water level gauges (WLG) in two municipalities in the province after the installation.


Recto: Free college is attainable if gov’t allocates P9.1 B from P3 trillion nat’l budget

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto stressed that Aquino administration can attain tuition-free to all public colleges if they will add P9.1 billion from the P3.002-trillion national budget for 2016.

According to Recto, an economist, the P9.1 billion is equivalent to its water, power, and gasoline expenses in six months.

The national government subsidy to 114 state universities and colleges (SUCs) would reach P47.4 billion this year.

Since the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) handles about P2 billion worth of grants, Recto explained that “not all tuition would come from the students’ pockets.”

The SUCs can offer free college this June due to the start of senior highshool wherein they will have fewer enrollees, Recto said.

In an article on the Manila Bulletin, Recto explained that a substantial amount of the SUCs’ budget may be realigned to subsidize tuition or provide post-graduate grants and trainings to faculty members, since there will be fewer enrollees for first year college this year.

This was his statement after holding consultation-dialogues with administrators and students of the Bohol Island State University (BISU) in Tagbilaran City and the Cebu Technological University (CTU) in Cebu City on March 2 and March 3 respectively.


Korina Sanchez working for DA?

Peter Laviña, spokesperson of presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte criticized the broadcaster and TV personality Korina Sanchez if she is already one of the employees of Department of Agriculture.

This is after her joining the projects of D-A in handling checks worth P611-Million and farm equipment to the farmers in Tagum last Saturday. She also joined same projects in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato and Mexico, Pampanga.

According to Laviña, personal handling of money and farm equipment is an act of bribery and “creative vote-buying” to influence the people to vote her husband liberal party standard-bearer Mar Roxas


Journalist Inday Espina-Varona receives Hildegarde Award

Manila journalist Inday Espina-Varona, who wrote “They’re killing teachers and children, Mr. President” was hailed as a Hildegarde Awardee. Her article about Lumad indigenous people killing is directed to the highest official of the Philippines.

Espina-Varona dedicated the award to provincial journalists who do their best to honestly reflect and write despite the dangers they face, and to the slain Lumad leaders who have not received justice.

She added that the article is special because it best reflects her political and creative bent. Espina-Varona extends her appreciation to Michelle Campos, Jr, Apad, Bandam, Alcadev Lumad Caraga region, and to Lumads from all over the Philippines Surigao up to Davao. “Ang Lumad po ang bayani. Isang karangalan na makilala sila bilang mga kapatid,” said Espina-Varona.


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