GIOVANNI TAPANG, Ph.D.
(AGHAM’s agriculturist, Ms. Finesa Cosico, wrote today’s column for Prometheus Bound.)
AGRICULTURE remains a big challenge for the country as numbers from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics show that corn and palay production contracted last year. From producing as much as 16.8 million metric tons (MT) of palay in 2008, we now only have around 15.8 million MT production for last year. The same thing happened in corn output last year where the total production has gone down by 9.34 percent from 7.0 million MT in 2009 to only 6.3 million MT in 2010. Palay production is on the decline for two consecutive years already.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
The April 12 banner headline of PDI entitled Noy warned of Rice Crisis, sent a strong signal to the government, that this is a serious matter that needs timely and appropriate action given that the Philippines has experienced rice crisis in 1995 and 2008. Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala’s displeased response to the alleged report of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) should not veer away from the reality that the country has gone into a chronic and systemic rice crisis characterized by production shortages, heavy dependence on rice imports, and a market monopolized by a few rice traders.
Last Saturday, October 16, marked the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Food Day with their declaration of the global observance of fighting world hunger at the national, regional, and international levels. Yet despite this yearly reminder, 2009 broke records with one billion hungry people in the world.
This increase has been attributed to the increase in the world food prices and the financial crisis. Back here at home, the prevalence of hunger and malnutrition persists. According to the results of the Second Quarter 2010 Social Weather Survey conducted from June 25 to 28, 2010, hunger has been reported consistently by over 20 percent of their respondents for three successive quarters, the most glaring were 21.2 percent in March 2010 and a record-high 24.0 percent in December 2009. From 1998 to 2010, the incidence of hunger has risen to 13.6 percent which implies the chronic severity of the problem.
"Pagtitiyak ng Produktibidad ng Sakahan at Seguridad sa Pagkain sa Gitna ng Nagbabagong Klima"
As we celebrate Earth Day 2010, let us remember that the state of our environment is tied to the political and economic aspects of our society.
This link is crucial to understand why—in spite of our country’s rich natural resources—we have remained underdeveloped, our people deeper in poverty and has become more vulnerable to the backlash of a destroyed environment.
We are reissuing this statement for the 2010 elections. Bayan Muna is running under the Makabayan coalition who has Rep. Satur Ocampo and Lisa Maza running for Senate.
AGHAM: WE SUPPORT BAYAN MUNA
Scientists group say people has to be first in science and technology
Since AGHAM’s founding in 1999, we have upheld that science and technology development cannot be divorced from the overall people’s development. In our long involvement in political affairs in both the national and international arenas, the partylist group Bayan Muna has proven firm and consistent with their support for the Science and Technology Agenda formulated in 2004 along with the agenda of other sectors of Philippine society.
The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate pattern persists until now over the equatorial Pacific Ocean. This warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean is expected to last into the mid-year. The impact of this phenomenon is not only limited to the Philippines but is worldwide.
Reports nearly a month ago announced the news that the number of hungry people has reached more than a billion people in the world. In the Philippines, recent surveys reflected the effect of the economic downturn on the unemployed, with nearly 17 percent going hungry in the first quarter of this year. Our people have been chronically undernourished and this situation has reached crisis levels (officially) in last year’s rice shortage.
In the Science and Technology STS) class during my undergrad in UP, we read about John Desmond Bernal. It immediately made me wonder if he was related to the acclaimed director of the same surname. It turned out that he was more related to my profession as he was a physicist in the 1930s.
It seems that worrying about your next job isn't just limited to private sector employees anymore. Once Executive Order 366 (E.O. 366) or the Rationalization Plan of the government is implemented around 420,000 government employees, or 30 percent of the workforce in the bureaucracy, will be laid off. The executive order was issued in October 2004 to effect the reorganization and rationalization of the functions of government institutions.