Gov’t, public urged to buy local fish amid problems in demand

Marje Pelayo   •   September 14, 2021   •   76

MANILA, Philippines — Around 1,000 fish cages in Taal Lake were affected when Tropical Cyclone Jolina battered the country recently.

Mario Balazon, the Director of Taal Lake Aquaculture Alliance Incorporated, however, said that this will not result in a decrease in the supply of tilapia as the fish can also be caught in the lake.

“Katulad din ito noong nangyari noong pagputok ng Bulkang Taal, naglubugan ang mga cages. Ang mga isda’y nakawala at hinuli na rin. Siguro pagkatapos ng isa o dalawang buwan ay naibalik na ulit yung dami ng supply ng isda,” Balazon said.

But despite the steady supply of tilapia, the group complains about low demand during the pandemic.

“Because of the pandemic mas maraming nawalan ng trabaho. Ang purchasing power ng tao ay bumaba talaga wala talagang pera at saka yung mobility ng tao medyo kontrolado,” Balazon said.

The group is asking the government and the public to help them recover by buying locally produced fish.

UNTV brought this to the attention of the Department of Agriculture (DA) which promised to support the fishermen in marketing their products.

“We have to make sure na makarating po sa palengke ang mga isdang yan, whether sa ating mga pampublikong palengke or iyong Kadiwa. Iyon ang ating gagawin ngayon,” assured DA Undersecretary Kristine Evangelista.

Meanwhile, the government is set to import additional 6,000 metric tons of round scad locally known as galunggong to stabilize the price as it increases by P40 per kilogram. -MNP (from the report of Rey Pelayo)

Mga isda mula sa Taal Lake, ligtas pang kainin – BFAR

Robie de Guzman   •   July 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Maaari pang kainin ang mga isdang nakukuha mula sa Taal Lake kahit pa nag-aalburoto ang Bulkang Taal.

Ayon sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), normal pa rin naman ang oxygen level sa lawa at wala pa namang napapaulat na anumang harmful event na maaaring makaapekto sa kalusugan ng tao kapag kinain ang mga isda mula sa Taal Lake, batay sa kanilang mga pagsusuri.

Kailangan lamang linisin at lutuing mabuti ang mga isda mula sa Taal Lake bago kainin.

“Similar po doon sa previous nating advisory kung ligtas po bang kainin ang tilapia o isda na manggagaling sa Taal Lake. Then similar to the advisory noong nakaraang pagputok po ng Taal Volcano at sinasabi natin na safe na kainin ang mga isda na mangagaling sa Taal Lake. Siguraduhin po natin yung normal po nating ginagawa, linisan po natin ng maayos,” ani BFAR region 4A director Sammy Malvas.

Tiniyak naman ni Malvas na agad silang maglalabas ng abiso kung magbabago ang sitwasyon sa lawa batay sa isinasagawa nilang water sampling at monitoring ng oxygen level.

Patuloy rin ang pagha-harvest ng mga isda roon gaya ng tilapia at bangus at maayos pa naman ang transportasyon nito kaya hindi dapat tumaas ang presyo nito sa mga pamilihan.

Sakaling lumala ang sitwasyon, tiniyak naman ng Department of Agriculture na may iba pang mapagkukunan ng supply ng bangus at tilapia, kabilang na ang mga palaisdaan sa Central Luzon at sa Region 1. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent JP Nunez)

Residents on Taal Volcano island evacuated over seismic activity

Marje Pelayo   •   February 16, 2021

BATANGAS, Philippines — Authorities started evacuating residents on Taal Volcano island over the recent seismic activity and changes in the volcano’s main crater lake.

They live within the island which is supposed to be a ‘no man’s land,’ particularly those in two communities in the municipality of Talisay.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the evacuation was a precautionary move.

Science and Technology Undersecretary and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) OIC Renato Solidum said that he recommended the restriction of people on the whole island.

Earlier, Phivolcs has recorded 98 volcanic tremors in the past 24 hours having durations of five to 12 minutes.

The agency also monitored an increase in acidity and temperature of the Taal Volcano’s main crater lake.

Alert level 1 (abnormal) remains in effect with the possibility of sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal expulsions of volcanic gas occurring and threatening areas within the Taal Volcano island.

Phivolcs strongly advised the public against entering the Taal Volcano island, its permanent danger zone (PDZ), especially its main crater lake and fissures in Daang Kastila, due to the danger posed by the volcano’s recent activities. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

PNP gives evacuees chance to check homes; patrols Taal Lake to bar anyone from fishing

Maris Federez   •   January 16, 2020

Local resident Erwin Apilo walks near a damaged house in Agoncillo, Batangas, Philippines, 16 January 2020. EFE/EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is implementing maximum tolerance and permitted the evacuees who had been insisting to go back and check their homes despite the lockdown being implemented in several towns due to Taal Volcano’s continuous activities.

The five towns that had been locked down were Lemery, Agoncillo, Talisay, Laurel and Balete.

More than 2,000 police are stationed at the five towns’ entry and exit points.

PNP Calabarzon director PBGen. Vicente Danao, Jr. clarified that they only allowed those who have very important things to get back to in their homes, and only for a limited time.

“May limited time lang kaming ibinigay kasi sabi namin sa kanila hindi namin kayo dyan pwedeng payagan forever.  What is the use of evacuation kung lahat naman babalik? So, the same people naman na hahakutin na naman natin lahat e dapat siguro in every family isa, dalawa lang. Hindi yung buong pamilya ang babalik,” Danao said.

Army BGen. Marceliano Teofilo said it will create bigger problems for them if they will allow all residents to go back to their houses.

“Ang iba kasi nagbabalikan. Yun ang challenge na tinitake natin. Kaya yung mga pulis ay nag establish ng checkpoint para ma-avoid na nila ang pagpunta doon. Kasi ang inaavoid natin pag may pumasok. That would be another problem lalo na pag pumutok na, mahihirapan yung mga rescuer na pumasok din,” Teofilo said.

To date, around 1,000 military personnel and 99 vehicles are being used in the rescue operations.

The PNP-Maritime group is closely patrolling and strictly monitoring the Taal Lake for those who will try to fish.

“May patrol craft kami don na umiikot sa Taal Lake to make sure na walang bangka na lalaot towards the volcano at any civilian along the coastline. Wala dapat makikitang civilian along the coastline,” said PNP-Maritime director PBGen. Rwin Pagkalinawan.

They are also conducting rescue operations on animals that were left behind by their owners.

“In order to appease those owners, sige ikarga natin sa barges yung inyong mga kabayo, aso at baka para lamang umalis kayo dyan,” Pagkalinawan added.

In total, around 29 horses and 3 cows were rescued since Wednesday (Jan. 15).

Authorities appeal to the public to cooperate on the rules that they are implementing to avoid dangers and untoward incidents. — (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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