February 20, 2018, 3:53 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07035 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03736 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0341 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37852 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02417 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0341 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03831 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.58755 Bangladesh Taka
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1 Philippine Peso = 33.54368 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02532 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13142 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06189 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.22893 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18046 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 383.5249 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03827 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02404 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01774 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.3659 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12153 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.27203 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.83966 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.70268 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.39128 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.38755 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.115 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93544 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.16856 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24138 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33716 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52165 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01543 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03813 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01366 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01366 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08656 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89866 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.37548 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14054 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.9364 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14982 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45019 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11447 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.21437 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.80326 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 259.67432 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06787 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23063 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.68199 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 709.84673 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91667 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.39444 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01355 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03307 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.93774 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30544 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.53257 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.57567 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.24138 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.41552 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00573 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01571 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.12088 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.62069 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.83908 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.97165 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.44272 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22308 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0584 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01189 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02534 Libyan Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.31734 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.9454 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.42146 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.82375 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15425 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.68582 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61303 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29828 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.66743 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35467 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07454 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22274 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.87739 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59195 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14901 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 1.96697 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02593 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00737 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06225 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06025 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11398 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0642 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.68774 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06973 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07198 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.08044 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.10153 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07184 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14875 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25546 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34393 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15255 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02511 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01367 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4254 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.16858 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.76628 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 378.35439 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16762 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.86552 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22276 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59923 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04546 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04238 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07167 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12904 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.55669 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.02682 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51715 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.38697 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54521 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 156.47509 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 477.73945 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 434.75095 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01916 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04802 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.11303 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05172 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.11303 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.81628 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.78831 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22279 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.41571 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.93295 Zimbabwe dollar

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THE National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) is conducting its 39th Annual Scientific Meeting today July 12 and tomorrow, at the Manila Hotel with the theme “Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Philippine Fisheries and Other Aquatic Resources 20/20”. For this year, NAST PHL adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to be its overarching theme. The Agricultural Sciences Division, being the host division, agreed to focus on “fisheries” where science is critical. They are also interested in determining how these sectors will impact the achievement of SGDs in the Philippines. This annual activity of the Academy aims to convene a conference to determine how the Philippines will achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 

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The Taguig City local council passed a resolution approving the release of P1.5 Million in calamity assistance to war-torn Marawi. 

Mayor Lani Cayetano: “We are very eager in helping our brothers and sisters. We want them to feel that they are not alone in this battle. We want this simple act to give them hope in their hearts.”

Were all mayors in the thousands of municipalities and cities in the country do likewise: The mayors might urge LGU councils to allot contributions to war-torn Marawi. If every LGU council would make it their mission to help in tragedies such as Taguig has done, recovery and misery would end sooner much sooner for the victims.

Mayor Cayetano and the Taguig council learned of Marawi being under a state of calamity after ISIS-inspired terrorists attacks. Military and police has to engage in gunfights in Barangay Basak Malutlut on May 23. This assault of Marawi is still going on victimizing over 30,000 families or 140,000 individuals displaced as a result and their homes and property severely damaged.

Mayor Cayetano asked everyone “to include the restoration of peace in Marawi City in their prayers, as she enjoined everyone to do what they could to help. 

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The reason there is an excessive loading and unloading of jeepney passengers in the middle of the road is because Filipino passengers are too lazy to walk. There is “Para...” to unload one passenger at the corner. A few steps down the same block, another cries, “Para...” Why didn’t this person get off when the previous person shouted Para...? Too lazy to walk 5 meters, that’s why. Five seconds later, the jeepney swerves and put on his brakes because a passenger signals to get on. 

Finally, MMDA is getting around to implement jeepney stops. “Many passengers get involved in road accidents. This will be similar to buses pero hindi natin ilalagay sa bus stops, para hindi sila magbangaan. This will be separate, it might be near or it might be adjacent, but it will be separate.” 

MMDA’s Thomas Orbos says that jeepney drivers slow down traffic flow when they frequently load and unload passengers in the middle of the road. Jeeney Stops. A need whose time has come.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute is promoting the consumption of brown rice to ensure good health among Filipinos. Can PhilRice do anything about the fact that brown rice is twice as expensive as overly milled white rice? Some can afford the price difference. But most can’t.

PhilRice executive director Sailila Abdula: “We are one in curtailing rice wastage because we believe that every grain our farmers produce means life to a Filipino, and could help in ensuring enough supply of rice for the country.” 

This campaign against wastage might start at kindergarten by teaching children that it is bad to put too much rice and other foods on your plate—half of which are left uneaten. Children should be taught to just put small portions on the plate. And after all is eaten, go and get a little more from the buffet or the kitchen. 

Certain cultures among Filipinos teach that one must not to clean up one’s plate. This might tell those around that you are poorly fed at home. It is right to leave some food on the plate. This is so stupid, and even certain adults believe in this waste. Just watch the leftover food on plates at buffets, weddings, picnics. They rake in the food, but their stomachs can only take in so much. 

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A bill proposing to ban soft drinks, energy drinks and colas in over 46,000 public schools in the country has been filed at the House of Representatives. 1-Ang Edukasyon Partylist Rep. Salvador Belaro, Jr. said he wants to improve the diet of more than 21 million Filipino students enrolled in public schools by banning the sale of sweetened drinks in all canteens of public elementary and high schools in the Philippines. In filing House Bill 4039, Belaro pointed the availability of these drinks, which are considered as major contributors to obesity and diabetes, in school canteens.

“Now that softdrinks are sold very cheap, no wonder it becomes the drink of choice of students during recess time. E para na silang kumakain ng tasa-tasang asukal sa sobrang tamis nitong mga softdrinks na ‘to e,” Belaro said. Bottled drinks made from artificially fruit flavored power should not be mistaken nor called “juice”. Juice is when the drink is squeezed out of a fruit. An orange flavored drink made from power is not juice, because it does not have a hint of fresh fruit. 

An 8-ounce bottle of a popular carbonated cola drink costs between P8 in retail stores. On average, a single bottle of a sugary drink contains around 40 grams of free sugars equivalent to around 10 teaspoons of table sugar, way too high from the WHO recommendation; and contributes to dental caries. Carbonation, the fizz or bubbles have been found to steal calcium away from the bones. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the healthy daily intake of sugars should be below 5 percent of daily energy intake only or just around 6 teaspoons of table sugar for adults.

On average, a single can of a sugary drink contains around 40 grams of free sugars equivalent to around 10 teaspoons of table sugar, way too high from the WHO recommendation. Most soda addicts buy 3 or 4 bottles of drinks a day. Department of Education already issued a department order prohibiting the sale of carbonated drinks, sugar-based synthetic or artificially flavored drinks, junk foods and any food product that may be detrimental to a child’s health in canteens in 2017. 

The partylist solon, however, noted that the softdrinks are still being sold to some canteens in public schools within Metro-Manila, thus stressing the need for a law.

The Duterte administration is also proposing to impose taxes on junk food and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes. 

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Dahliaspillera@yahoo.com
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