DILG to ask LGUs to lift entry ban on pork products from Luzon

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2019   •   1330

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to issue a memorandum circular to encourage local government units (LGUs) to lift their respective bans on entry of pork products coming from Luzon.

The LGUs imposed their own measures to prohibit the entry of pork products in their area in protection against the further spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).

According to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, the DA requested them to allow meat processors to transport their products provided that their products are properly documented, properly processed, and approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Incorporated (PAMPI) argued that so far, 56 provinces have existing import ban on pork and pork items from the Luzon region.

The group added that the meat processing industry would suffer P55-B loss in profit every year should the local governments not heed lifting the import ban.

PAMPI assured that its products are safe for public consumption, therefore, they are confident that they will not cause the spread of the ASF virus. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Ayuda sa mga biktima ng bagyo, dapat maipamahagi ng LGUs sa loob ng 15 araw — DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Labinlimang araw ang ibinibigay na panahon ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) sa mga local government unit (LGU) para maipamahagi ang P5,000 na ayuda sa bawat pamilyang labis na naapektuhan ng bagyong Odette.

Ngayong araw inaasahang matatanggap ng LGUs ang pondo para sa emergency assistance.

Ipagkakaloob ang ayuda sa mga low-income family na direktang biktima ng kalamidad. Isang libong piso ang matatanggap kada indibidwal o maximum ng P5,000 kada pamilya.

“Ang panawagan po ng pamahalaan, ipamahagi ang tulong ng pinakamabilis para magamit agad ng ating mga kababayan,” ang wika ni DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.

Bagaman ang local government unit ang mangangasiwa sa distribusyon, magkakaloob ng technical assistance ang Department of Social Welfare and Development samantalang imomonitor naman ito ng DILG.

Tutulong naman sa mga lokal na pamahalaan para sa additional manpower ang pwersa ng Philippine National Police at Armed Forces of the Philippines kung kinakailangan.

Samantala, inaatasan naman ang mga kinauukulang lokal na pamahalaan na bumuo ng grievance and appeals committee na tatanggap ng mga reklamo kaugnay ng pamamahagi ng financial assistance. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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

Duterte, inatasan ang LGUs na magpasa ng ordinansa kaugnay ng pagpasok ng mga bata sa malls

Robie de Guzman   •   November 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Ipinag-utos ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang paglalabas ng ordinansa kaugnay ng paglilimita sa pagpasok ng mga menor de edad sa mga mall.

Sa kanyang Talk to the People noong Lunes ng gabi, inatasan ng Pangulo ang local government units (LGU) na magpasa ng polisiya na magbabawal sa mga batang may edad 12 pababa na magtungo sa malls at mga katulad na establisimyento.

Umapela rin ang Pangulo sa mga magulang na limitahan ang paglabas ng mga bata bagaman pinapayagan na ito habang nasa COVID-19 Alert Level 2 ang Metro Manila.

Giit ni Pangulong Duterte, mapanganib para sa mga bata na ma-expose sa COVID-19 dahil hindi pa sila bakunado laban sa nakakahawang sakit.

“I am calling all local government units to consider passing ordinances for age restrictions among minors, who can be allowed to go the malls,” ang wika ng punong ehekutibo.

“Certainly, we cannot allow those below 12 years old or those who are still unvaccinated to be exposed to the risk of getting covid-19 in public places,” dagdag pa niya.

Una nang sinabi ni Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairperson Benhur Abalos na bumuo na ng technical working group ang Metro Manila Council kaugnay ng usapin sa paglabas ng mga bata sa Metro Manila.

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