DFA upgrades e-passport features

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) made improvements on security features of the new e-passports that will be released next month. Along with the upgrade, they removed the illustration of the Philippine map from the new design of the e-passport.

Foreign Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Frank Cimafranca said that it was because of the Philippine-China dispute on West Philippine Sea.

The new passport features the lyrics of the national anthem and illustrations of tourist spots on its pages.


DENR straps P35 million environmental rehabilitation funds

Department of Environment and Natural Resources needs to raise P35 million to fund rehabilitation of natural parks in Bukidnon, said Director Ruth Tawan-Tawan.

The monetarial support prioritizes the fire regulation in Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Kalatungan natural parks. Natural heat has been alarming due to the ignition of week-long forest fire in grassfire protected areas.


Escudero to push total ban on conversion of irrigated lands if elected VP

If elected, Vice presidential candidate Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said he will push for a total ban on conversion of all irrigated and irrigable lands to residential, commercial, and industry to protect the agricultural lands and help sustain food security of the country.

The ban would ensure that farmers will continue using irrigated farmlands including other support services and subsidies allowing them to produce enough food to feed the population, Escudero said.

According to the senator, the “Gobyernong may Puso” program, headed by his presidential running mate Sen. Grace Poe, will expand 100,000 hectares of irrigated lands in the country apart from imposing a ban on conversion of farmlands for other purposes.


ADMU Lady Eagles hailed as UAAP season ’78 women’s volleyball champions

Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles wins their 11th championship in the UAAP season ’78 women’s volleyball.

The ADMU eagles fought against University of the East lady warriors in San Juan arena where the lady eagles dominated the three sets with the scores 25-15, 25-13, and 25-11.


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