April 25, 2018, 10:18 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07044 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01285 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03414 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3869 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02498 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06531 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26103 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02447 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.4346 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12071 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 52.91139 Colombian Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 3.39145 Djibouti Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.24445 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33832 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52167 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01562 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03879 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01369 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01368 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08493 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89893 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.6122 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1407 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.94879 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15041 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4519 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11558 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23341 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.85501 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 266.4557 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06754 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26972 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.70809 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 805.52361 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92079 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.37438 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01359 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06782 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91408 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.31497 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.83161 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.65286 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.26122 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.47315 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00575 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.25738 Kazakhstan Tenge
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1 Philippine Peso = 28.8646 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99962 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.50441 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23188 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 25.29728 Myanmar Kyat
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.75105 Mauritania Ougulya
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.35542 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07476 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23032 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.88531 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59455 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15025 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02693 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02661 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00738 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06167 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06232 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21711 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06525 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 105.81128 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06981 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07297 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.17426 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.19889 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07192 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14921 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25758 Seychelles Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02526 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01369 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42589 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.33679 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.79785 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 382.92676 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16782 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.87687 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2317 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60153 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04709 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04287 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07793 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12937 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56552 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.65171 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50153 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.73264 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54066 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 154.48792 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1138.30075 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 436.67051 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02071 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04846 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.24242 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05178 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.24242 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85386 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.79287 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23169 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.53011 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.94093 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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