Couple goals: Husband plants trees with wife to celebrate her 75th birthday

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 7, 2019   •   178

Jose Jr. surprised his wife Teresa with a tree planting activity for her 75th birthday. Despite the uphill climb, the couple successfully reached the top of the mountain, and proceeded with tree planting and nurturing.  (Courtesy: Masungi Georeserve)

The couple smiled triumphantly to the camera while showing the contribution they made to preserve the forest.

Jose Jr. surprised his wife, Teresa to a tree planting activity in Masungi Georeserve in Rizal to celebrate her 75th birthday last October.

Despite the steep and long travel, they were able to reach the top of the mountain, proving that love can really conquer mountains.

They were able to share their love for each other to the environment by doing their part to save it.

“They celebrated Teresa’s birthday by leaving a lasting legacy. Moments like this show that anyone, no matter what age, can contribute to the movement to restore our forests,” according to the post of Masungi Georeserve.—AAC

Pig samples in Rizal tested positive for African Swine Fever – DA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 9, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Officials and staff of the Department of Agriculture (DA) led by Secretary William Dar and Department of Health (DOH) led by Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday (September 9) led a boodle fight of different pork dishes to show the public that pork meat bought in local markets in the country is safe amid the African Swine Fever (ASF) scare.

(L-R) Department of Agriculture (DA) led by Secretary William Dar and Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III on September 9, 2019, led a boodle fight featuring pork dishes to show the the public that pork meat in local markets are safe for consumption.

“Kung dalawang doctor ang nagsama, talagang safe na safe itong mga putahe na galling sa pork, (Two doctors joined us here to verify so we can be sure that these dishes made from pork meat are safe to eat,)” Sec. Dar said.

“Kinakailangan po ang wastong paghahanda, malinis na pamamaraan sa paghanda ng ating pong mga pagluto ng karneng baboy, (What’s needed is proper handling and cooking pork,)” Sec. Duque noted.

“Kinakailangan na ito ay hindi half cooked, (Make sure that the pork is not half cooked,)” he added.

During the event, however, Secretary Dar announced the result of the confirmatory tests on pig blood samples extracted from reported infested pigs in the provinces of Rizal and Bulacan.

The result, Dar said, revealed that 14 out of 20 blood samples sent to the laboratory in the United Kingdom are positive of the deadly pig disease, African Swine Fever (ASF).

Secretary Dar named the seven areas where hog disease was reported which include: San Jose, Macabud, San Isidro, San Rafael, and Cupang, Antipolo in Rizal; and Guiguinto and another area in Bulacan.

Despite this, the official said pork meat in markets are still safe for consumption.

The DA is still awaiting the result of the UK test to determine what strain infested the pigs in country as there are a total of 35 strain of ASF.

Dar reported that they have culled a total of 7,416 pigs within and outside the one-kilometer radius from ground zero.

Thus, the official reiterated the Department’s strong campaign against swill (kaning baboy) feeding as they suspect the contamination comes from it.

Dar said protection measures are in place to make sure that pork meat being distributed in local markets are safe.

The DA advised consumers to look for the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) seal which proves that the slaughtered pig is free from pig diseases.

Secretary Dar vowed to provide piglets to affected hog raisers to compensate for their losses. The piglet is aside from the P3,000/head of the infected pigs.

The government has already spent P25-M to address the problem. The amount will be increased to P82-M to make sure that the country’s hog industry will remain protected. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Eco-shop sells plant-able pencils

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2019

Eco-shop, Eco Hub Cebu, sells pencils you can turn into plants.



Yes. According to Eco Hub Cebu, these pencils can become a symbol of sustainability. These pencils will be planted “when it is too short to write or color with. This gives it a new lease on life. Instead of being thrown away.”

These pencils do not contain lead and are 100% natural and non-toxic. The seeds used are non-GMO seeds. People can buy or order them online.

Eco Hub Cebu also provided a step-by-step guide on how to plant the seeds.

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AFP foils NPA extortion, seizes arms cache in Rizal

Marje Pelayo   •   May 20, 2019

Courtesy: AFP-2DPAO

RIZAL, Philippines — Elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 80IB recovered assorted fire arms and ammunition during an intelligence operation against members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the province last week.

According to the information from 202nd Brigade spokesperson and 2DPAO Chief Army Capt. Patrick Jay Retumban, soldiers were able to seize three firearms, five hand grenades and a rifle grenade in Sitio Batangasan, Barangay San Andres in the municipality of Tanay on Thursday (May 16).

80IB Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Diaz reported that “the war materiels belong to the terrorists’ extortion group who were targeting the farms in the area and, for the longest time, have been threatening the people of Tanay,”

“Your soldiers are, and will always be, ready to respond to any NPA terroristic actions,” Diaz assured the public while asking for the community’s continued support, cooperation and vigilance.

Meanwhile, Acting Commander (2ID) BGen. Elias Escarcha lauded the success of the troops’ operations against the NPA terrorists branded “enemies of the state”.

“The fact that the NPA terrorists left these war materiel as they tried to leave the area in a hurry is a manifestation of the NPA’s prevailing fear upon the government’s military might and their diminished will to fight,” Escarcha said.

202IB Commander BGen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, who has jurisdiction over CALABARZON, commended the operation saying “this accomplishment is a product of our former rebel engagements” wherein those who surrendered “actively participate in the government’s campaign against the NPA terrorists”. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Jennica Cruz / 2DPAO)


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