Mula sa bakuran, kumita ang mga tinamnan na luya

Isa nang household name ang Mira’s Turmeric Product bilang isang organikong tsaa




LUNGSOD NG LIPA–Ayoko na sa baboy, ani Almira Silva, 43, na may babuyan sa isang subdibisyon. Rereklamuhan ako rito, dagdag nya.

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Kakaibang timpla ng itlog na maalat

Sa pagtitiyaga ni Arnel Isaga na magsubok ng kakaibang itlog na maalat, hindi siya inalat. Isang umuusbong na negosyo na puting itlog na maalat —ang Lipeños Salted Eggs— ang inani ni Isaga. (kuha ni Arvel Malubag / The Filipino Connection)

Puti ang kulay ng Lipeños Salted Eggs. Unti-unti, yumayabong ang kakaibang timpla nito



LUNGSOD NG LIPA—May iniwan si Arnel Isaga dito dahil may naamoy siyang maalat.

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Calabarzon economy grew 4.8 percent in 2016


An industrial hub’s growth got a boost from services, agriculture



STO. TOMAS, BATANGAS—Economic growth in the industrial region where Lipa City is situated grew only by 4.8 percent in 2016, and has the agricultural sector to thank.

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Local competitiveness: Will province, Lipa City improve this time?

Charito Armonia of the Philippine Statistics Authority-Calabarzon (standing) and Department of Trade and Industry- Calabarzon Director Malou Toledo (third from left) egged on Batangueño local government planning coordinators and investment officers to submit correct data for the 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index. Data for the 2017 CMCI will cover 2016. (photo from DTI-Batangas on its Facebook page.)



LIPA CITY (The Filipino Connection)–Calabarzon’s Regional Competitiveness Council egged on local government units in Batangas, and the entire province as well, to improve their programs and policies so as to become more economically competitive.

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[Special edition] Lipa’s stinky problem

A member of the Facebook group Lipa City Philippines posed a question to residents while Lipa City is struggling to manage its solid wastes.

LIPA CITY–There’s a pileup of not just trash but of problems on how a progressive urban enclave in Batangas is dealing with solid wastes.

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Budget for hauling Lipa’s trash ‘inadequate,’ says new hauler

The City Council's Committee on Environment hearing held early February heard the plans of 7MG Hauling Services Philippines, Corp. to collect Lipa City's garbage.  The firm led by its President Manuel Guarin, told councilors the city's 2017 budget allocation for garbage collection is inadequate, and it excludes a monthly dumping fee (worth P2 million a month) that the firm pays to the dumpsite. (photo from Luigi Antonio Aception through his Facebook page)

LIPA CITY—This city has a new garbage hauler, but the annual budget for hauling and dumping the trash elsewhere may not be enough.

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Trash hauling: Like in 2016, City Council to add funds

The current City Council of Lipa (taken from the official Facebook page of the city council)


LIPA CITY—An additional budget to cover the spending shortfall for hauling and dumping trash in Lipa City may be the temporary solution to elude uncollected garbage that remain the city’s eyesore.

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[Editorials of The Connection] RA 9003 compliance an indicator of good LGU performance

Uncollected trash i Brgy. Balintawak, Lipa City (photo by Elizabeth Almogia, taken from her Facebook page)

The Department of the Interior and Local Government had been handing out the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) awards for the past two years. This scheme aims to promote sound performance by the country’s over-1,700 local government units.  The SGLG replaced the old Seal of Good Housekeeping when the late Jesse Robredo was then DILG secretary.

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Lack of foresight in changing of garbage haulers?

Uncollected trash at a waiting shed in Lipa City's Barangay 8 (photo by Connie Reyes-Raz through her Facebook account)


MANILA and LIPA CITIES—The changing of contractors hauling a locality’s garbage may inevitably lead to a problem of leaving some trash uncollected. [Read more…]

Legal liability looming for Lipa if RA 9003 not followed?

Environmental Ombudsman Gerard Mosquera (middle) is spearheading efforts by the Office of the Ombudsman to check on local officials' compliance with Republic Act 9003. Local officials founnd not complying with RA 9003 may be sued by the ombudsman. (photo from the Philippine Information Agency)


MANILA and LIPA CITIES—Unless Lipa City, its officials, and its communities and residents fix the city-wide garbage problem, legal issues loom for city officials. [Read more…]