July 23, 2017, 8:44 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07443 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.4017 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03628 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.32436 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02723 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03626 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04054 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63579 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03534 Bulgarian Lev
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1 Philippine Peso = 34.60377 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02797 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13904 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06579 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30624 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 405.75598 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04049 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02733 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.57175 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13799 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 58.59343 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.43535 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98075 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47231 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.59951 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13357 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95278 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19181 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.28109 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36583 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46433 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01797 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04244 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01572 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08685 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.91021 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 182.75233 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1491 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.14512 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15784 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47422 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13229 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24625 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.54195 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.57844 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07211 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30521 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.93595 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 657.62059 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.9771 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.6139 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01433 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23666 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0906 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38113 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 81.57681 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 9.12404 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 18.24078 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.6366 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00614 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01662 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.364 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 166.08836 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 30.51277 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.08877 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 1.84435 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25922 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06179 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01258 Latvian Lat
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.36735 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.09972 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.52331 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.27726 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16258 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.25578 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.70024 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31394 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.54094 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37863 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08672 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2604 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.52615 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59972 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17055 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08654 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02835 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00779 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06622 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06654 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11897 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0753 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 112.82935 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0738 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08196 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.14766 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.61897 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.076 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16004 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26836 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13498 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17451 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02797 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45006 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 152.00649 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.08634 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 435.85326 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17678 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.43737 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26014 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6897 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04917 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04647 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0711 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13537 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61011 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 45.17633 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53223 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.78071 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57377 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 77.82732 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20216 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 459.54601 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18241 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05201 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.77483 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05472 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.82205 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.13174 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 5.06546 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25921 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 105.17835 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.33482 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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