Mod­ern­iz­ing pork pro­duc­tion

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Business -

ADOPT­ING mod­ern pig farm­ing prac­tices is one way to lift the coun­try’s food suf­fi­ciency level.

Of­fi­cials of Ex­cel­sior Farms Inc. yes­ter­day said meat pro­duc­tion re­mains in­suf­fi­cient for a coun­try like the Philip­pines, which has a high pop­u­la­tion growth and ex­pand­ing mid­dle class.

This is the rea­son the coun­try con­tin­ues to im­port meat de­spite it be­ing rich in agri­cul­tural re­sources.

“The big­gest chal­lenge is on tech­nol­ogy. At the rate we are grow­ing, we can’t stick to the old ways of rais­ing pigs,” said Paul Ho­laysan, pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Ex­cel­sior Farms Inc., ad­ding that adopt­ing mod­ern best prac­tices in rais­ing pigs is vi­tal in pro­vid­ing food for the next gen­er­a­tion.

Ex­cel­sior Farms Inc. op­er­ates a 20-hectare pig farm in Pi­na­munga­jan, Cebu.

Ac­cord­ing to Pa­trick Ty, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of BD Agri­cul­ture (Philip­pines) Inc., the coun­try is not self-suf­fi­cient in meat yet, prompt­ing in­dus­try play­ers to im­port.

He said meat im­ports now may have gone up by 30 per­cent from last year.

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MANILA -- Five com­pa­nies have sub­mit­ted bid­ding doc­u­ments for the award­ing of the new ma­jor player in the lo­cal telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try as the Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (DICT) have started the se­lec­tion process on Mon­day.

Among the com­pa­nies that ex­pressed their in­ter­est to bid are a com­pany headed by former Ilo­cos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson, which part­nered with TierOne Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Inc., Udenna Cor­po­ra­tion of Davao-based busi­ness­man Den­nis Uy, Now Cor­po­ra­tion of busi­ness­man Mel Ve­larde, Nor­we­gian tele­com op­er­a­tor Te­lenor and an­other firm, which re­fused to be iden­ti­fied.

The com­pa­nies bought bid­ding doc­u­ments worth PHP1 mil­lion at the of­fice of the Na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion in Que­zon City.

“May isa or dalawa ang in­aasa­han pa namin na sasali within this week ay mag­babayad sila (We are ex­pect­ing one or two com­pa­nies that have ex­pressed in­ter­est to buy bid­ding doc­u­ments within this week),” DICT Act­ing Sec­re­tary Eliseo Rio Jr. said in a ra­dio in­ter­view on Tues­day.

Par­tic­i­pants must also post a PHP 700-mil­lion par­tic­i­pa­tion se­cu­rity to qual­ify in the bid­ding process to en­sure that they have the ca­pa­bil­ity to com­pete with ex­ist­ing play­ers PLDT and Globe Tele­com, Rio said.

In­ter­ested bid­ders may sub­mit their bid­ding doc­u­ments un­til Novem­ber 7. The bid­ding for the third telco player will be held on the same date based on the time­line set by the DICT.

The new ma­jor telco player is ex­pected to be iden­ti­fied by De­cem­ber.

“By De­cem­ber maaward na ang mga fre­quen­cies, per­mits at lisen­sya para maka­pag­op­er­ate na sila at pwede nang mag-roll­out ng kani­lang­in­fras­truc­ture. (By De­cem­ber, the fre­quen­cies, per­mits and li­censes will be awarded for them to op­er­ate and roll­out their in­fra­struc­tures),” Rio said.

He said an im­prove­ment in com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices is ex­pected by the first half of next year as the new telco player starts to gain sub­scribers.

“Pa­pa­sok ang third telco na walang wala the only way na makaakit nila ang sub­scribers ng Globe and Smart na pumunta sa kanila ay gagan­da­han ang ser­bisyo nila at ibaba ang presyo ng ser­bisyo nila (The third telco will en­ter in the mar­ket with no sub­scribers the only way they can get sub­scribers from Globe and Smart is to of­fer qual­ity ser­vices at an af­ford­able cost),” Rio said.

The third telco player will be se­lected based on its high­est com­mit­ted level of ser­vice or its fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­ity to ef­fi­ciently de­liver com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices to the pub­lic, based on a me­moran­dum cir­cu­lar re­leased by the DICT last Septem­ber 21.

Points will be given through the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria: na­tional pop­u­la­tion cov­er­age, cap­i­tal and op­er­a­tional ex­pen­di­tures and min­i­mum aver­age broad­band speed.

Among the com­pa­nies that have ear­lier ex­pressed in­ter­est to join the bid­ding are the Philip­pine Tele­graph and Tele­phone Co., Now Corp., Con­verge ICT So­lu­tions, Tran­sPa­cific Broad­band Group In­ter­na­tional Inc. and Easy Call Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Philip­pines.

Some of the for­eign in­vestors ex­press­ing in­ter­est in the project in­clude China Tele­com, Surya Tele­com of In­dia, LG Uplus Corp. of South Korea, KDDI Corp. of Ja­pan and Vi­et­tel Group of Viet­nam. (PNA)

THE CAMIGUIN Food Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion (CFPA) in Pobla­cion, Mam­ba­jao, Camiguin re­ceives a Food Pro­cess­ing Shared Ser­vice Fa­cil­ity from the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI)-Camiguin Pro­vin­cial Of­fice.

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