Deadline for SEARCA PhD research scholarship applications set on May 31

Deadline for SEARCA PhD research scholarship applications set on May 31
(Journal Online) The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has set May 31, 2022 as the deadline of applications for research scholarships of doctorate students whose dissertation topics are relevant to its priority thrusts.

The scholarship is open to Filipinos and other Southeast Asians from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

Headquartered at the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), SEARCA provides research funds not to exceed US$4,500 and optional internship at SEARCA for up to two months.

SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio said those who will avail of the internship may be given additional scholarship funds to cover travel expenses to and from SEARCA, travel and accident insurance, and stipend during the internship period.

“During their internship, the scholars may use the resources and facilities available at SEARCA for their research. They will be able to work with SEARCA staff on common areas of interests in agriculture and rural development (ARD),” Dr. Gregorio said.

He stressed that the research topics of applicants must fall within the following SEARCA priority areas: Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income, Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management, Food and Nutrition Security, Transformational Leadership for ARD, Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD, Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience, and Eco-Health/One-Health Applications to ARD… Read More

Marcos Jr Proclaimed Next Philippine President with Huge Win

Marcos Jr Proclaimed Next Philippine President with Huge Win
(Voice Of America) MANILA — Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was proclaimed the next president of the Philippines by a joint session of Congress on Wednesday following a landslide election triumph 36 years after his dictator father was ousted in a pro-democracy uprising.

The Senate and House of Representatives also declared that his separately elected vice presidential running mate, Sara Duterte, had won by a wide margin. She is the daughter of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, whose turbulent six-year term ends on June 30.

They will lead a nation battered by COVID-19 lockdowns, crushing poverty, gaping inequality, Muslim and communist insurgencies, crime and political divisions further inflamed by the May 9 election.

Marcos Jr., a 64-year-old former governor, congressman and senator, has refused to acknowledge or apologize for massive human rights violations and plunder under his father’s strongman rule and has defended his legacy.

When they take office, Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte will likely face demands to prosecute her father over thousands of killings of mostly poor suspects under his yearslong crackdown on illegal drugs. The deaths are currently under investigation by the International Criminal Court.

Marcos Jr. received more than 31 million votes and Sara Duterte more than 32 million out of more than 55 million votes cast in the election. It was the first majority presidential victory in the Asian democracy in decades… Read More

Marcos Jr. May Have Won This Battle Against the Catholic Church, But the Struggle Isn’t Over

Marcos Jr. May Have Won This Battle Against the Catholic Church, But the Struggle Isn’t Over
(Time) he late Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Manila, Jaime Cardinal Sin (1928-2005), liked playing up to the inevitable jokes about his name. “Welcome to the house of Sin,” used to be his mirthful greeting to guests at his official residence. But there was nothing humorous about his voice when he appeared on Radio Veritas, the Church’s broadcasting arm, on the night of Feb. 22, 1986.

He was not on the air to deliver a homily or prayer. Instead, Sin told listeners that two high-ranking military defectors were holed up in Camp Aguinaldo, a military base just northeast of the Philippine capital. He asked the faithful to surround the camp and protect the men from troops loyal to the country’s brutal dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.

“If any of you could be around Camp Aguinaldo to show your support in this very crucial period, when our two good friends have shown their idealism, I would be very happy if you could support them now,” Sin said… Read More

Philippines: the challenges ahead for the new president Marcos

Philippines: the challenges ahead for the new president Marcos
(The Conversation) The prospects for the Philippines under newly elected president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos have as much to do with a murky past as they do with modern challenges. Electing the son of a former dictator may make no sense to many on the outside, or to the many liberals inside the country who are now doing some deep reflection. But further cold hard truths lie ahead for the Philippines.

The crimes of members of the Marcos clan’s own very recent past still haven’t been fully accounted for. Ferdinand Marcos Snr fled the country following years of a dictatorship that plundered an estimated US$10 billion (£8 billion) of public funds.

There is also a question mark over the Marcos family’s unsettled estate tax liabilities. A 1997 decision of the supreme court had ordered the Marcoses to pay 23 billion pesos (£350 million) in estate tax. Asked about the issue in the run-up to the election, Marcos Jnr dismissed this issue as “fake news”. “Let’s leave it to the lawyers to discuss it.”

But this is only the latest unresolved case against the Marcos clan. The family matriarch Imelda, Marcos Jnr’s mother, still has more than a dozen cases pending against her after being found guilty of seven counts of graft in 2018. But nobody should seriously hope that these will come to any resolution or that Imelda will be held accountable for stealing obscene amounts of the country’s wealth under her husband’s reign, something the family vehemently denies… Read More

Worth revisiting: Old report debunking myths about Filipinos inventions

Worth revisiting: Old report debunking myths about Filipinos inventions
(Interaksyon) An old report about stories on Filipino inventions that turned out to be myths recently resurfaced online.

Esquire Philippines recently shared again its report titled “Filipino Invention Myths We Totally Fell For” which was published in June 2019.

The article listed and explained three widely popular stories about supposed Filipino inventions that were even taught in schools.

Further research about them, however, debunked them as fake claims.

Below are these inventions and an overview of the truth behind their myths:

Fluorescent lamp
Myth: It was invented by a Filipino electrician named Agapito Flores in 1935, hence, the name.

Fact: The fluorescent lamp known today was invented by and co-patented by Edmund Germer, Friedrich Meyer and Hans Spanner in 1927.

The name of the lamp also came from the scientific word “fluorescence,” a form of lighting observed as far back as the 16th century.

Moon Buggy
Myth: The Lunar Roving Vehicle that NASA used for its Apollo missions from 1971 to 1972 was invented by a Filipino engineer named Eduardo San Juan.

Fact: San Juan submitted a lunar transport vehicle design to NASA. However, it was rejected.

Myth: A Filipino inventor named Armando Malite invented the M16 or the armalite during World War II, hence the name.

Fact: ArmaLite is the name of a small arms or weapons manufacturer that produced rifles in 1954. It was closed in 1980 and then revived in 1996.

It produced the AR-15 rifle that was licensed to another manufacturer called “Colt.”

In 1964, it was designated as Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M-16.

Myth: The toy is a pre-colonial weapon used by our ancestors.

Fact: According to the Museum of Yoyo History, yoyos only appeared in the Philippines during the American occupation… Read More

Marcos Jr. eyes ‘partnership’ with India on local manufacturing of generic drugs

Marcos Jr. eyes ‘partnership’ with India on local manufacturing of generic drugs
( MANILA, Philippines — Presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is seeking the help of India to strengthen the local manufacturing of generic drugs in the country.

During his meeting with India Ambassador to the Philippines Shambhu S. Kumaran, Marcos Jr. opened up the possibility of a “partnership” between the two countries to help boost local manufacturing of generic drugs in the Philippines.

Marcos Jr. pointed out that India is one of the largest manufacturers of generic drugs in the world.

“I think I said if we could go into partnership para magkaroon ng production dito sa Pilipinas,” Marcos Jr. said in a press briefing.

“Turuan nyo kami [Teach us] what is the manufacturing technology, what are the necessary things that have to be put in place… In the end, to be able to provide at least the basic lang na mga gamot na dito na nanggagaling [the basic medicines that comes here],” he added.

While Marcos Jr. said he has “no doubt” with local manufacturers here, he said seeking advice from India will help the country.

“Marami na tayong ginagawa pero marami pa ring kulang and kaya naman siguro,” Marcos Jr. said… Read More

Philippines logs record voter turnout for 2022 polls

Philippines logs record voter turnout for 2022 polls
(Head Topics) A tally of 172 out of 173 certificates of canvass indicated that 82.6% of 67.4 million registered voters exercised their right to suffrage in the May 9 polls, beating the record of 81.95% in the 2016 elections. PHVote READ:

Surpassing the previous record is impressive, given that the May 9 vote was the first nationwide electoral exercise to be conducted against the backdrop of a pandemic

A tally of 172 out of 173 certificates of canvass indicated that 55.5 million Filipinos exercised their right to suffrage, or around 82.6% of the 67.4 million registered voters.The highest voter turnout since the Philippines shifted to automated polls in 2010 was recorded in 2016, when 81.95% of registered voters

participatedin the elections.The 55.5 million tally of the Comelec, which sits as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), accounts for 83% of 66.8 million, which is the number of eligible voters covered by the places that the NBOC already included in its official count… Read More


(Politiko) President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday hoped that the Philippines’ postal system digitalization would “bring back the integrity” of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost).

“I hope that these innovations, digital and all, will bring back the integrity of the Post Office,” Duterte said during the launching of the Digital Innovation and Modernization of the PHLPost in Manila City.

“Karamihan kasi dito — noon not now — many years ago ‘yung the complaint of the public was that fundamentally ‘yung mga packages nila nabuksan, nawala, all sorts of you know things that would make a person unhappy,” he added.

The President also commended PHLPost’s efforts towards digital innovations because these help “boost global competitiveness and stimulate economic activity” during the period of recovery and digital transition.

“The modernization efforts of the postal agency are indeed timely and relevant as it facilitates the efficient delivery of communications,” according to him.

Duterte thanked the government-owned and -controlled corporation for supporting his administration’s advocacies and development plan.

“In the past six years, this administration has introduced reforms to further empower government instrumentalities in ensuring the seamless delivery of basic services — all to build a more inclusive and sustainable Philippines,” he said.

“In fulfillment of this administration’s Ease of Doing Business agenda beyond my term, I hope that you will constantly explore innovations and strategies that will further streamline, develop, and improve government services to the people for greater efficiency.”.. Read More