Davao City bans entry of hogs, pork products from Luzon, neighboring provinces

Robie de Guzman   •   February 10, 2020   •   1061

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Davao has announced that it is banning the entry of live hogs and pork products from Luzon, Davao Occidental, and several areas in Davao del Sur amid the threat of African Swine Fever (ASF).

Mayor Sara Duterte said the ban, which took effect last Monday, February 3, aims to prevent the spread of the swine disease and further protect the local hog industry.

“We do not eat pork that is contaminated with ASF. Although it does not affect humans, it is not also fit for human consumption,” she said.

The move follows reports on cases of ASF infection in two barangays in Davao City – Dominga and Lamanan in Calinan District.

Local authorities said culling operations for the 2,500 pigs in the said areas have already started to prevent the disease from spreading to nearby villages.

The first case of ASF in Mindanao was reported in Don Marcelino town in Davao Occidental in January, several months after an outbreak was declared in Luzon.

Duterte assured that the local government has set aside a P20 million fund to aid hog raisers affected by the ASF.

“We will check, inspect and conduct depopulation if ASF is positive and pay for your pig and piglets. Thereafter you cannot grow pigs for the next 3 months,” she said.

The mayor added that quarantine checkpoints had been set up in the city’s entry and exit points.

She also called on local pig farmers to immediately report to the city’s veterinary office should their hogs show signs of ASF, which include high fever, decreased appetite, heavy discharge from eyes and nose, and red or blotchy skin lesions. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Marisol Montaño)

Pagbabawal sa non-essential face-to-face gathering sa Davao City, pinalawig hanggang Sept. 2022

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

Pinalawig pa ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Davao City ang pagbabawal sa non-essential physical gatherings sa mga opisina ng gobyerno sa lungsod.

Sa bisa ng Executive Order No. 69 na nilagdaan ni Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, extended hanggang Setyembre ngayong taon ang pagbabawal sa mga non-essential face-to-face events sa lahat ng opisina ng gobyerno dahil na rin sa banta ng paglitaw ng Omicron at iba pang variant ng COVID-19.

Sakop ng kautusan ang mga barangay, local, national government offices, agencies at instrumentalities, gayundin ang Government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCC).

Layunin ng kautusan na maiwasan ang hawaan at muling pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa lungsod.

Suspendido rin kahit ang mga maituturing na essential activities gaya ng face-to-face trainings at seminars, kung ito ay hindi naman emergency.

Ang pamamahagi ng food o non-food items na walang kaugnayan sa kalamidad at mga emergency na sitwasyon ay dapat ring ipamahagi via house-to-house sa pamamagitan ng contactless delivery.

Ang tangi lamang pinapayagang pagtitipon sa local government agencies ay ang pagsasagawa online ng mga sumusunod na aktibidad:

  • inauguration
  • anniversary
  • thanksgiving
  • ribbon-cutting
  • blessing
  • turnover
  • groundbreaking activity
  • launching program
  • salo-salo
  • birthday
  • press conferences
  • oath taking program
  • photo opportunity
  • retirement honors
  • welcome honors
  • testimonial programs
  • summer outing
  • team building

Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa 79 ang aktibong kaso ng COVID-19 sa Davao City.

Pero pinaghahandaan na ng lokal na pamahalaan ang posibilidad ng pagdami ng kaso sa susunod na mga linggo dahil sa kakatapos lamang na holiday season at posibleng pagpasok ng Omicron variant sa lungsod. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lucille Lloren)

Phl inflation slows down in November — PSA

Maris Federez   •   December 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The inflation rate in the country slowed down in November, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported Tuesday (December 7).

The PSA said the country’s inflation “continued to exhibit a slower pace as it eased further to 4.2 percent in November 2021, from 4.6 percent in October 2021”.

The average inflation from January to November 2021 remained at 4.5 percent. Inflation in November 2020 was posted at 3.3 percent.

The reason behind the downtrend in the overall inflation in November 2021 was the slow movement in the price index of food and non-alcoholic beverages at 3.9 percent inflation.

“Ang dahilan ng pagbagal ng antas ng inflation nitong  Nobyembre 2021 ay ang mas mabagal na paggalaw ng presyo ng food and non-alcoholic beverages na may 3.9 % inflation at  93.2 % share sa pagbaba ng pangkalahatang inflation sa bansa,” PSA national statistician Dennis Claire Mapa said.

In addition, lower inflation was also recorded in the price of alcoholic beverages and tobacco at 7.5 percent, and furnishing, household equipment, and routine maintenance of the house at 2.4 percent.

A downward trend was also registered in the inflation for food index as it slowed down further to 4.1 percent in November 2021, from 5.6 percent in the previous month.

By specific food item, the annual growth rate of vegetables dropped by -1.8 percent during the month, after posting a double-digit annual increase of 11.4 percent in October 2021.

Moreover, annual increases in the indices of meat and fish, slid at 10.7 and 7.9 percent, respectively.

However, on a month-on-month basis, both meat and pork recorded positive inflation at 2.4 and 4.2 percent, respectively.

“Pork prices continuously went down month-on-month from July to early-October. This means that our policy to temporarily import pork has been effective. However, the uptick in prices in November shows that we need to further ease administrative requirements for the unloading and distribution of stocks to encourage more importation and help bring back pork prices to their pre-African Swine Fever level,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said.

On the other hand, the PSA also noted that non-food inflation slightly rose to 4.1 percent from 3.8 percent for the same period.

This was caused mainly by high international crude oil prices, which drove up transport inflation to 8.8 percent from 7.1 percent.

Slight increase in inflation was also reflected in housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels at 4.6 percent from 4.4 percent. —/mbmf

Mayor Sara Duterte posts several appeals to supporters, media

Maris Federez   •   November 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Friday posted on Facebook several appeals to her supporters regarding the upcoming 2022 national and local elections.

Mayor Sara particularly appealed to her supporters and the members of the media who would camp out in front of the Commission on Elections office in Manila.

“Sa lahat ng aking mga taga-suporta, pati na po sa mga miyembro ng media — nakikiusap po ako sa inyo na sana ay huwag na kayong mag-camp-out sa labas ng Comelec,” Mayor Sara said.

“Nakikiusap din ako sa mga nasa probinsya na huwag kayo bumiyahe papunta Manila nandito lang po ako sa Davao City dahil sa sunod-sunod na pag-ulan at pagbaha,” she further appealed.

Duterte reiterated that camping out in front of Comelec is not necessary, considering that there are still the threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the country’s extreme weather conditions.

“Hindi na kailangan mag-camp-out pa dahil meron pang pandemya at ayoko kayong magkasakit. Ulan at init ng araw ang inyong kalaban. Isipin nyo rin po sana ang kalagayan ng inyong mga pamilya,” she warned.

The local chief executive, meanwhile, lauded her supporters, as well as the members of the media, for their dedication.

“Sa aking mga supporters, humahanga po ako sa tibay ng inyong puso. Sa mga kasapi naman ng media, humahanga rin ako sa inyong dedikasyon sa trabaho,” she said.

Duterte directed the media and her supporters to her social media pages for official statements, photos, and videos on certain issues. The same will also be distributed by her spokesperson. —/mbmf

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