BFAR hinikayat ang mangingisdang Pilipino na huwag matakot na mangisda sa West PH Sea

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2021   •   197

MANILA, Philippines—Nanawagan  ang Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) sa mga mangingisdang Pilipino na huwag matakot mangisda sa West Philippine Sea.

Ayon kay BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona, dapat maipakita natin sa Tsina na tayo ang nagmamay-ari ng inaangkin nilang teritoryo at dapat lamang na pakinabangan natin ang mga likas na yaman dito.

Tiniyak ng BFAR na pababantayan nila sa mga tauhan ng pamahalaan na nagpapatrolya sa West Philippine Sea ang kaligtasan ng mga mangingisdang Pinoy na magtutungo sa lugar.

“Habang nandoon ang ating mangingisda kailangang bigyan naman natin sila ng pansin at proteksyon in a sense na ang feeling nila at we protect the fishermen, we protect the fishing vessel and we protect the environment,” ayon kay Gongona.

Aniya, malaki rin ang maitutulong sa food security ng bansa ng nasa 324,000 metric tons ng isda na makukuha dito taon-taon.

“Relatively speaking talagang kapag dumami ang supply natin ay bababa ang presyo, supply and demand. Kaya nga ang supply na nanggagaling sa West Philippine Sea ay hindi magkulang” ayon kay Gongona.

Mayaman ang West Philippine Sea sa mga mamahaling isda gaya ng galunggong, sardinas, alumahan, tulingan, makerel, lapu lapu at tuna.

Sa kasalukuyang mayroong 300,000 mangisngisda ang bansa at nasa mahigit 100,000 lamang ang nagtutungo sa West Philippine Sea. Ulat ni Lea Ylagan

Alamin: Mga dapat gawin kapag kinapitan ng dikya o nakalalasong ‘box jellyfish’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Salabay, dikya o box jellyfish ang tawag sa kumapit sa pitong taong gulang na batang namatay kamakailan sa Del Gallego, Camarines Sur.

Lumalaki ang mga ito na kasing laki ng bola ng basketball pero hindi basta makikita dahil transparent ang anyo.

Ayon sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 5, dumarami ang populasyon ng jellyfish na ito sa mga baybayin kapag tag-araw na siyang panahon ng kanilang pagpaparami.

Kung anong lambot ng katawan nito ay siya namang bagsik ng lason na nasa mga galamay dahil sa loob lamang ng 15 minuto ay maaaring mamatay ang biktima kung hindi agad maaagapan.

“Ang unang naaapektuhan talaga yung ating respiratory system at saka sa blood vessels na din natin. Kung titingnan natin doon sa mga causes na inilalagay sa death certificate ng mga namamatay out of box jellyfish, ang usual na nakalagay doon ay anaphylactic shock o kaya anaphylaxis,” ani Nonie Enolva, ang spokesperson ng BFAR-Region 5.

Ano-ano ang mga dapat gawin kapag nakapitan ng box jellyfish?

Una, buhusan ng suka ang naapektuhang bahagi ng katawan.

Ikalawa, huwag didiinan o lalagyan ng pressure para maiwasang sumiksik sa balat ang lason.

Ikatlo, agad na itakbo sa pinakamalapit na health facility ang pasyente para malapatan ng karampatang lunas.

“Iyong nangyari nga doon sa latest na victim ng box jellyfish parang mas nadagdagan pa yun ng pressure sa paraan ng pagkuskos ng buhangin doon sa affected body parts niya. So baka po nakapagpalala iyon or baka nakapag-release pa ng mas maraming lason,” pahayag ng opisyal.

Ayon sa BFAR, mas makabubuti kung magsusuot ng proteksyon ang mga nais mag-swimming gaya ng leggings, jogging pants o rash guard sa mga baybayin.

Para naman sa mga resort owner, maaring maglagay ng net para hindi makapasok ang mga dikya sa lugar ng paliguan. MNP (sa ulat ni Rey Pelayo)

Duterte, Xi call for ‘win-win’ cooperation on 46th anniversary of PH-China ties

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping both call for a “win-win” cooperation in commemoration of the 46th anniversary of Philippine-China relations.

The Philippine President expressed his gratitude for  China’s assistance to the Philippines in the face of challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Philippine-China economic ties are of course the dynamic force that will continue to drive or bilateral relations forward,” Duterte told Xi in a statement.

“I am confident that my Administration’s Build Build Build program together with the Belt and Road Initiative, will reap long-term benefits for our peoples,” he added.

Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to Duterte, the Chinese president acknowledged that in recent years, with concerted efforts of both sides, Philippine- China relations have remained “healthy and stable.”

“I attach great significance to the development of China-Philippines relations, and stand ready to work with you in guiding our bilateral relations to move forward in a sustained and steady manner, so as to achieve greater win-win results and mutual benefits,” Xi said. AAC

 

AFP chief Sobejana visits Pag-asa Island

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Cirilito Sobejana visited Pag-asa Island amid the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China over the West Philippine Sea.

In a statement, the AFP said Sobejana visited the island on Monday along with key officers from the General Headquarters and the Western Command.

The visit was in connection to the conversion of the island into a logistics hub that seeks to sustain the Philippine government forces deployed in the area.

The trip also aims to uplift the morale and welfare of troops securing Pag-asa Island and other communities within the Kalayaan Island Group.

“The AFP will strike a balance between mission accomplishments and looking after the morale and welfare of our men and women,” Sobejana said, addressing the military force manning the Naval Station Emilio Liwanag on Pag-asa Island.

The AFP chief also stressed the importance of the troop’s role in protecting the citizens of Kalayaan Group of Islands and their livelihood as well as guarding the country’s territories in the West Philippine Sea.

The AFP said it recently deployed additional air and naval assets under the operational control of Western Command (WESCOM) in Palawan to support the National Task Force-WPS together with the Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in performing sovereignty patrols in the area.

Prior to visiting Pag-asa Island, the Chief of Staff met with the troops of the 3rd Marine Brigade to extend the AFP’s commendation for keeping the Province of Palawan peaceful, stable and progressive.

He also lauded the unit’s contributions in security operations, civil military operations, stakeholder’s engagement and on COVID-19 mitigation which are vital in the over-all mission accomplishment of WESCOM and the AFP as a whole.

The AFP Chief also visited BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS35), one of the many ships currently deployed at WESCOM while docked at Puerto Princesa City Pier, to commend the their efforts in protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country particularly in the West Philippine Sea.

He likewise lauded the officers and personnel for their role in the successful rescue of 31 fishermen of MB Pauline 2 at Nares Bank, WPS on May 24.

 

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