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Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

READ: China drought to hike the price of rice

An official of the Department of Agriculture or DA warned on Tuesday that a drought, being experienced in China, could jack up the prices of imported rice.

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READ: DA admits garlic in short supply

The DA reported on Tuesday a shortage in garlic supply in the country, saying for 2022, the agency expects at least a 63,000 metric ton or MT deficit in the commodity.

READ: Stakeholders pushed 300K MT imports ‒ ex-sugar exec

Resigned Sugar Regulatory Administration administrator Hermengildo Serafica revealed on Tuesday that almost all stakeholders had recommended the importation of 300,000 MT of sugar.

READ: Asean committed to tackle marine pollution ‒ official

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or Asean is committed to address marine pollution, among the fastest-growing threat to human health and economic development not just in the region, but globally.

READ: Govt set to release P5K aid to farmers

The DA and the Land Bank of the Philippines are working together to hasten the processing and release of financial assistance to beneficiaries of the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance program.

READ: Stop PAP importation from ASF-hit countries

Agriculture industry leaders and animal health experts urged on Tuesday President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to recall a memorandum order, issued by resigned Agriculture undersecretary Leocadio Sebastian that allowed the importation of processed animal protein or PAP from countries affected by African swine fever or ASF.

READ: Court halts NCAP

The Supreme Court has temporarily stopped the implementation of the no contact apprehension policy or NCAP, being implemented in five Metro Manila cities.

In regional news,

READ: Davao City imposes strict curfew on minors

Col. Alberto Lupaz, chief of the Davao City Police Office or DCPO, said the DCPO would intensify the implementation of curfew hours for minors in the city to ensure their safety and protection.

In world news,

READ: 'Third of Pakistan now under water'

Aid efforts ramped up across flooded Pakistan on Tuesday to help tens of millions of people affected by relentless monsoon rains that have submerged a third of the South Asian country and claimed more than 1,100 lives.

READ: Ukrainian forces launch bid to retake Kherson

Ukrainian forces pressed their counteroffensive to retake the Russian-occupied southern region of Kherson while a team of United Nations experts was on its way to inspect the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which was targeted by fresh shelling over the weekend.

In business,

READ: Digitalization key to financial inclusion

Financial inclusion in the country has been improving over the years, according to the Bangko Sentral in Pilipinas.

And in sports,

READ: TNT, SMB go for broke in Game 5

Chot Reyes returned to the TNT Tropang Giga camp in Game Four and immediately picked up from where he left off in the series opener.

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are the featured columnists on the front page of The Times.

Tiglao wonders

READ: What happened to the P12B allocated to modernize sugar industry?

Fr. Ronquillo gives an

READ: Unsolicited proposal to Sen. Robin Padilla

In The Times editorial, it is lauded that a

READ: PPA revamp a strong step forward

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This is Dafort Villaseran reporting. Have a great day ahead.