DA confirms arrival of 2,000 hogs from South Cotabato firm at Vitas Port, Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 18, 2021   •   380

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has confirmed the arrival of 2,000 hogs from a South Cotabato firm at the Vitas Port, Pier 18, in Tondo, Manila on Wednesday (February 17).

DA Secretary William Dar said this is part of the sustained efforts of the agriculture department to augment the tight supply of pork and eventually lower the prices of pork in Metro Manila.

He also reported that several markets already adjusted their prices within the price ceiling imposed by the national government.

“We have monitored the situation from February 8 up until now, and the average daily volume of hogs that have reached Metro Manila is 4,560 heads, compared to 4,000 hogs daily. We have more than enough hogs,” he said.

Dar said, South Cotabato firm Biotech Farms volunteered to support and commit to deliver thousands of live hogs regularly to be sold in various Metro Manila public markets.

The DA continues to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) in the mobilization and marketing of pork supply, and provides consumers with reasonably-priced pork. -AAC

COVID-19 Alert Level 3 sa Metro Manila, epektibo na bukas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Simula sa Sabado, Oktubre 16, ay nasa ilalim na ng COVID-19 Alert Level 3 ang Metro Manila bunsod ng patuloy na pagbaba ng kaso ng hawaan sa rehiyon.

Sa ilalim ng Alert Level 3, pinapayagan ang paglabas sa bahay ng mga tao anuman ang kanilang edad, pagbiyahe sa loob at labas ng rehiyon at indibidwal na pag-eehersisyo sa labas ng bahay.

Ito ay maliban na lang kung may ipatutupad na age at comorbidity restrictions ang nakakasakop na local government unit.

Mas marami na ring establisyemento at business activities ang pahihintulutang magbukas maliban sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim ng granular lockdowns.

Bawal pa rin ang pagsasagawa ng face-to-face classes para sa basic education maliban sa mga lugar na aprubado ng pamahalaan.

Hindi rin papayagan ang contact sports pati na ang pagbubukas ng funfairs, kid amusement industries, mga lugar na may live performers at audiences, casinos, horse racing, sabungan, at pagtitipon ng mga residente na may indibidwal na hindi kasama sa bahay.

Sa ilalim ng Alert Level 3, pahihintulutan ang operasyon ng iba pang mga negosyo hanggang 30 percent seating capacity para sa fully vaccinated, at 50 percent outdoor venue capacity, anoman ang vaccination status.

May karagdagang kapasidad din sa mga pinahihintulutang establisimiyento kung may safety seal, at kung naabot na ang higit 70 percent na vaccination rate sa senior citizens at may comorbidities sa lugar.

Para sa mga negosyante, malaking tulong ang pagluluwag sa mga mga panuntunan lalo na sa mga nalalabing buwan ng taon.

Paliwanag ni Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, maisasalba nito ang maraming micro, small and medium enterprises mula sa pagkalugi dahil maraming tao ang gumagastos para sa holiday season.

“What’s more important is really saving this fourth quarter. This is the last stop where people can jump in the bus and move towards next year. But for that to happen, we need to open the economy and safely,” ani Concepcion.

DOT says Alert Level 3 good for tourism jobs and businesses

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday said the easing of quarantine classification to Alert Level 3 is good for tourism jobs and businesses.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) placed the National Capital Region (NCR) under Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31, 2021.

DOT Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat in a statement said the new quarantine classification is timely especially with the approaching holiday season.

“Family gatherings are part of the Filipino culture, which makes this an important period for leisure travels and bookings,” Puyat said

“The resumption of tourism-related activities in select areas will not only aid hotels and establishments in gradually earning revenue, but will also translate into the restoration of jobs for our displaced tourism workers, especially now that the holiday season is fast approaching,” she added.

Under the Alert Level 3 guidelines dine-in services in restaurants as well as venues for meetings, social events, and tourist attraction shall be allowed to operate at a maximum of 30% indoor capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only. Outdoor venue capacity will be at 50% regardless of vaccination status.

Meanwhile, specialized markets of the DOT such as staycations shall be allowed at 100 percent operational capacity under Alert Level 3. Under the amended guidelines, only DOT-accredited staycation hotels with the Safety Seal certification will be allowed to accommodate staycation guests. AAC

WHO supports downgrading of NCR COVID-19 curbs

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday expressed support to the Philippine government’s decision to ease restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“With high vaccination rate in Metro Manila, we believe that we need to adjust and calibrate the restrictions,” said WHO country representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe.

“We support the granular lockdowns, we support the easing of restrictions,” he added.

From COVID-19 Alert Level 4, the capital region will shift to Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31 amid decreasing infection rate.

Under level 3, businesses will be allowed to operate at a higher capacity.

The alert level system, which was first tested in mid-September, is being implemented in the region with granular lockdowns in areas with a high transmission rate.

Abeyasinghe said easing COVID-19 curbs will spur economic activities but he called on local governments to ensure that access to testing is maintained.

He also urged the public to follow health protocols, even those who are already fully vaccinated, and to immediately go on quarantine if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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