January 18, 2018, 4:06 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07263 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.14992 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03521 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37318 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02474 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03521 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03956 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63687 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03163 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00745 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.63172 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02627 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13568 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06382 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25445 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19324 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 395.96518 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03951 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02456 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01896 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.96895 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12736 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 56.62579 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.15506 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77275 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.40883 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.49743 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1197 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95886 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24462 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25141 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34978 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53817 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01607 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03956 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01433 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01431 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08957 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.9371 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 177.94699 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14509 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.07219 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15475 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46509 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11922 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25771 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.9644 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 263.35047 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06775 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.266 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.41772 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 723.08147 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02255 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.43928 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01399 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18216 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03224 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.37189 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.26622 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.12896 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.80063 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.02452 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00594 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01622 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.47765 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.7856 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.88528 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.04292 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.5093 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24248 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0603 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01227 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02646 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18183 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33356 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98418 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.46361 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.8837 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1593 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.96203 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64676 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30795 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.11195 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37086 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07803 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24161 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.0807 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6072 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15518 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0265 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02715 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0076 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06341 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0624 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18473 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06706 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 110.52215 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07202 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07488 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.11739 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.52987 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07417 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15387 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26503 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13841 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15847 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02609 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01433 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4392 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 150.90981 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.85839 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 393.89636 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17306 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.18552 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24175 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.63054 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04769 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04409 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07507 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13281 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5839 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.34335 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56547 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.79588 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56468 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.81883 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19729 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 449.14952 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0449 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04966 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.5352 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0534 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.5352 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90645 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.94363 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24183 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.64043 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.15783 Zimbabwe dollar

Rice Awareness Month

IN observance of National Rice Awareness Month this November...

Be aware that planting rice is the most finicky, difficult of grains to cultivate, unstable, cost-inefficient, needing heavy inputs, just the right amount of rain, labor intensive (“Planting rice is never fun... bent from morn til the set of sun....”) In Japan, local rice (P200/kilo) is served in tiny bowls, of rationed servings, eaten with reverence. Consider the preferred staples in Africa (millet, sorghum, barley, lentils, yam, tapioca, etc.) most grow even from rocks, without water, and healthier than white rice. 

Be aware that white rice does not have nutrients to keep an organism healthy and alive; white rice is mostly starch. One has to eat almost a kilo of white kanin--a quantity too much for a person--in order to get any hint of protein and nutrients of particular concern for Filipinos. Rice merchants and millers got us accustomed to eating white, not brown rice. Rice shippers and rice millers scrape all the healthy bran and germ from the rice grain. This is to make the rice lacking in nutrition, so that bukbok, bacteria, insects (wee beasties) will die of malnutrition before they can poop, pee and sweat in the sack of rice while at sea voyage. This for a longer shelf life for the rice.

Be aware that wee beasties eating in a bag of white rice will die of malnutrition. With wee beasties dead, a bag of white rice is not defiled with the poop, pee and sweat of the pests. White rice remains good indefinitely because there are no wee beasties. The rotten or spoiled smell of all foods is from the wee beasties that eat, poo, pee and sweat like all living creatures. A bag of white rice will stay clean and edible after months and months in shipment because the wee beasties have died of malnutrition in dry white rice. 

Be aware that brown rice is palay very lightly milled; the reddish-brown coating, bran, and germ where all the nutrients are stored, have not been scraped away. So nutritious, even wee beasties remain healthy eating brown rice. As their millions and millions eat, they poop, pee and sweat, and increase and multiply into that bag of brown rice. The bag of brown rice turns bitter, inedible, bulok, with the smell of acidic poop, pee and sweat of wee beasties. A loss in profit for the millers and merchants who hate brown healthy rice because wee beasties rot it too soon. 

Be aware that rice miller and merchants sacrifice nutrition (bran and germ) for profit. Filipino malnourished children are eating white rice, this nutrient-devoid white kanin. And all the nutritious bran and germs scrapings (darak) from the rice grain is fed to pigs. The Philippines has healthy pigs; malnourished, emaciated children.

In fact, brown rice has a higher milling yield. Brown rice grains may be bigger than white rice grains. This higher yield should allow for the price of brown rice (P60/kg) to get as low as the price of white rice (P40) making brown rice more popular, affordable, healthier for the poor. With the bigger, heavier, more nutritious brown rice grains, Sen. Legarda suggests that Filipinos ought to eat smaller servings/portions of [brown rice] kanin.

Senator Legarda: “Meanwhile, to support our agriculture sector, we must ensure more investments in agricultural research and infrastructure, improve water governance and land use policies, provide better forecasting tools and early warning systems, create a strengthened extension system that will assist farmers to achieve economic diversification, and access to credit and crop insurance.”

The Duterte administration provided for farmers under the proposed 2018 national budget: P2.6 billion, first-time subsidy given to farmers for irrigation; P2.669 billion for small-scale irrigation projects; and P4.281 billion for agricultural machinery and equipment. P20.209 billion for the programs of DA for rice, corn, high value crops development, organic agriculture, and livestock with priority to provinces that are major producers; promotion and development of organic agriculture; and provinces of poor farmers and fisherfolks. 

Disaster-resilient agricultural infrastructure projects development of seeds, seminars and trainings for LGUs and farmers on the importance of rainwater catchments and organic farming, for sustainable land use. P1 billion for Quick Response Fund (QRF) standby fund for seeds and other planting materials, minor repair of small-scale irrigation systems, etc. for people living in communities or areas stricken by calamities, epidemics, crises and catastrophes of 2017 and in 2018.

Legarda: “Our farmers continue to face various challenges, especially with the impact of climate change and stronger natural hazards. Through these budget provisions, we hope to provide the much needed support that our farmers” need. Moreover, by providing stronger support, the government would entice more Filipino farmers to plant rice anew. Through these efforts, we hope for our country to eventually meet our own rice requirements without resorting to importation.” 

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Column of the Day

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