DA, NFA to shed P6B to buy palay from local farmers

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2018   •   4100

FILE PHOTO: Local famers | PVI/Richard Cortez

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in collaboration with the National Food Authority (NFA) is set to launch on Friday (October 12) a massive procurement of locally produced rice in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said they will begin by scouting areas where the price of rice is low such as Mindoro and Bicol with the intention of helping the country’s local farmers.

The NFA will buy each kilogram of rice for P17/kg with incentives of up to P3.70/kg.

“A farmer who brings his rice to the NFA at 14 percent moisture content, will be earning 20 pesos and 70 centavos for every kilo of Paddy rice that he brings to the NFA,” said Piñol.

The DA will station drying facilities in all NFA buying stations across the country which farmers may use for free.

Farmers cooperatives or organization will get certain points for a certain volume of rice delivered to NFA.

Farmers cooperatives may use the accumulated points in exchange of farming equipment from DA such as tractor, rice harvester and solar power irrigation system.

The DA hopes these measures will be able to prevent that impact of unimpeded rice importation ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte to local farmers.

The government has allotted P6B for the entire procurement process of procuring rice from local farmers.

Meanwhile, the government’s rice buffer stock is estimated to suffice the country’s consumption of up to 163 days with the arrival of one million metric tons or 20 million bags of rice to be imported. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

E-dalaw for PDLs in Occidental Mindoro

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 13, 2020

A jail facility in Occidental Mindoro launched an E-dalaw Program for persons deprived of liberty (PDL) to still be able to see their loved ones.

The San Jose District Jail installed computers for PDLs to be able to video call their relatives amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

According to San Jose District Jail Welfare and Development Officer JO1 Archie Familara said the E-dalaw can help the PDLs cope with the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

There are currently 129 detainees inside the jail, 12 of whom have already been released since the implementation of the ECQ.

“Ito ang pinakamagandang activity since wala po tayong contact, wala tayong dalaw na personal (This is the best activity since we have no contact, no personal visits). Mayroon tayong (we have) video conferencing with the family,” he said. AAC (with reports from Von San Pedro)

Wife of missing fisherman in Occ. Mindoro calls for help from LGU

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2020

Alvin Bantugan

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities are still looking for Alvin Bantugan, a crew of F/B Gemver 1, more than a week after the onset of Typhoon Ursula in Occidental Mindoro.

According to his wife Hazel, he was looking after their motor banca when large waves came ashore and washed him away along with the sea vessel.

“Kalmang kalma iyon, tapos biglang dalawang bugso (The sea was calm that day. Suddenly, the waves went wild),” she said.

“Doon po siya naanod, sa unahan daw po siya ng bangkang GemVer 1. Bigla na lang po iyong tumaob. Bukod tangi po siyang hindi nakikita sa mga tauhan, (That’s when he was washed away. The motor banca turned upside down over him. He was the only one left missing),” she added.

Aside from his missing husband, Hazel is also worried because no one would help her repair the damages caused by the typhoon to their house.

“Sana po matulungan ni Mayor kami na makita ang aking asawa, (I pray that our Mayor can help us search for my husband),” she asked.

“At matulungan niya ako dahil sira pa rin po ang aking bahay (I also ask for help in the repair my house,)” she added.

F/B Gemver 1 was the same sea vessel involved in the controversial maritime incident with a Chinese vessel in West Philippine Sea last year.

It took five months to repair the vessel’s damage before it was able to venture out again at sea. – MNP (with reports from Von San Pedro)

‘Tisoy’ leaves P2-B worth of damage to PH agriculture — DA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) announced the overall damage left by Typhoon Tisoy to the country’s agriculture industry.

The DA said almost 21,000 farmers were economically displaced and about 47 hectares of farmland were destroyed by the typhoon.

Among the areas hardest hit were CALABARZON, Bicol, Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, and Western Visayas Region.

Specifically, mostly damaged were high-value crops such as palay and corn as well as agricultural facilities.

The DA said they are ready to distribute the cash assistance to farmers and fishermen amounting to P181-million.

In other regions, more than 14,000 sacks of palay seeds are ready for distribution to the affected farmers. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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