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National Newsbits for July 28, 2014

HEALTHIER RICE

Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, chairperson of the Senate Agriculture and Food Committee, has lauded the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) based in Los Baños, Laguna, for enhancing the nutritional content of rice eaten not only in the Philippines but in other parts of the world. Speaking on “The Role of Agriculture in Nutrition” at the IRRI celebration of the 2014 Nutrition Month, Villar said healthier rice varieties boost efforts to improve public health. Villar said agriculture plays a significant role in improving public health and nutrition by addressing cases of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency. (Mario B. Casayuran)

FULL DISCLOSURE

The Department of Justice (DOJ) supports a proposed law requiring full disclosure of sources of funds used for public survey. In an two-page opinion, the DOJ said House Bill No. 4475, the Act Mandating Full Disclosure of the Source of Funding and Financing of Survey, is consistent with government’s policy of transparency. “Disclosure would prevent confusion and the general public would be spared from misleading surveys. Revealing the true source of funding and financing of surveys will inform the public of who is behind the same and the intention of such survey,” read the opinion signed by DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima. (Leonardo D. Postrado)