April 19, 2018, 11:42 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07053 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99923 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03418 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38677 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02467 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03418 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03841 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.59228 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03034 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00724 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.62742 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02503 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13175 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06526 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26032 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18403 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 384.48243 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03837 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02421 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01858 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.41406 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12052 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 52.12791 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.7778 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.71039 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.39282 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.39601 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11551 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94891 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1798 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24262 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33916 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52276 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01551 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03865 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01348 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01349 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08525 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89975 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.80584 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14089 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.95007 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15072 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45249 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11491 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24505 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.8093 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.60534 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06739 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26727 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.73862 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 806.60649 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91031 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.37565 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01361 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06171 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92145 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.32194 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.97331 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.61206 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.28442 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.40042 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00575 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01575 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.25043 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.93989 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.9034 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99693 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.50451 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22892 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05855 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01192 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02543 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17577 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31452 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94968 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.52333 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.86134 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15521 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76013 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64144 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29902 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.70175 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35007 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07459 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22915 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.87536 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59554 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14884 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01652 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02629 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00739 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06176 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06241 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21836 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06459 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.04187 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0699 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07223 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.16816 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.22066 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07202 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14768 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25792 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34667 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.161 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02513 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01349 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42646 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.53351 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.79316 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 380.06338 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16804 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.89015 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22917 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.599 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04602 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04292 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07736 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12961 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56365 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.7488 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50259 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.84694 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54158 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 154.65719 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1139.831 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 437.43038 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00538 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04922 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.16881 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05185 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.16881 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.83983 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.79931 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2292 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.66391 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.95026 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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