Ilan pang pangunahing bilihin, isinailalim sa price freeze

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2020   •   448

MANILA, Philippines – Ilan pang pangunahing bilihin ay isinailalim na rin sa prize freeze ngayong umiiral ang enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Maliban sa mga produktong gulay, kabilang ang ilang isda gaya ng tilapia at galunggong; karneng baboy at manok; asukal, sibuyas at bawang sa mga produkto na hindi maaring ibenta sa halagang mas mataas sa itinatakda ng Department of Agriculture (DA).

Sakop rin ng price freeze ang imported at locally-grown rice, ang bigas na galing sa National Food Authority o ang tinatawag na NFA rice, itlog at cooking oil.

Pagtiyak naman ng DA na sapat ang supply ng pagkain sa bansa sa kabila nang umiiral na krisis pangkalusugan.

Base sa administrative circular na nilagdaan ngayong Lunes (April 13), inaprubahan ni Agriculture Secretary William Dar ang suggested retail price (SRP) ng mga sumusunod na pangunahing produkto:

• Milkfish (cage-cultured) – P162/kg.

• Tilapia (pond-cultured,  fresh-chilled) – P120/kg.

• Roundscad or galunggong (imported) – P130/kg.

• Pork (pigue/kasim) – P190/kg.

• Pork (liempo) – P225/kg.

• Chicken (whole) – P130/kg.

• Sugar (refined) – P50/kg.

• Sugar (brown) – P45/kg.

• Red onion (fresh) – P95/kg.

• Garlic (fresh, imported) – P70/kg.

• Garlic (fresh, local) – P120/kg.

RICE

• Rice per kilogram (imported): special – P51; premium – P42; well-milled – P40; and regular – P39;

• Rice per kilogram (local): special – P53; premium – P45; well-milled – P40; regular – P33;

• NFA rice, regular-milled per kilogram – P27

• Chicken egg (medium) – P6.50/piece

• Cooking oil (30ml) – P24

• Cooking oil (1 liter) P50.

SOURCE: Department of Agriculture

MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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Former gov’t COVID-19 special adviser calls for voluntary ECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 4, 2020

Dr. Tony Leachon

MANILA, Philippines — Former Covid-19 National Task Force Adviser Dr. Tony Leachon said he recommended the re-imposition of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila when he was invited to the Malacañan Palace on July 15.

Last weekend, medical professionals expressed the same recommendation to the national government in hopes of stopping the mounting coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

But because of economic considerations, the government has decided to reinforce modified ECQ instead.

Leachon said he welcomes this decision.

“The MECQ has activity and mobility of 50 percent. It will not totally stop the transmission,” he noted.

“But we will observe in the next two weeks whether the MECQ will arrest the transmission,” he added.

He explained that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country is alarming considering that there are unreported cases, or even deaths linked to the new coronavirus.

“When they go to the emergency room they are severely sick then would be intubated and they die, or they are rejected from the hospital so they die at home, or they don’t have access to RT-PCR because it’s expensive” Leachon explained.

So ang daming namamatay diyan na ganyan (So, many cases die that way )” he added.

At this point of the pandemic, Leachon is calling on the public to submit themselves to a voluntary ECQ especially the old and the sick.

Tayo na ang magboluntaryo mismo na huwag na tayo makadagdag. Ang lumabas na lang ay iyong talagang kailangang lumabas, iyong 50% ng workforce (Let’s take it upon ourselves not to add to the problem. Only those who need to go out should be outside, such as 50% of the workforce),” Leachon advised.

“Pero iyong iba, iyong 25% doon sa GCQ ay huwag na po. Huwag na, kasi kapag nagkasakit kayo wala ng pera nga ang government tapos baka magkasakit pa ang mga doktor (But others, the 25% in the GCQ areas, it’s better not to go out. Refrain from going out because once you get sick, the government no longer has funds and worse, the doctors might get sick as well)” he stressed.

Dr. Leachon also highlights the importance of adhering to the minimum health standards, including wearing a face mask and face shield, and using disinfectant for protection. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Metro Manila may revert to ECQ if COVID-19 situation worsens — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   July 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila may return to stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) if the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation worsens in the capital region.

In a televised press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government may possibly reimpose ECQ on Metro Manila if hospitals in the region hit maximum capacity due to surge in COVID-19 cases.

“Pag lumala talaga, at mawalan tayo ng critical care capacity o di kaya ay case doubling rate ay bumalik sa dati na napakabilis, wala po tayong alternatibo,” he said.

“Yun nga po ang pinapakiusap sa ating kababayan, pag tayo bumalik sa mas estriktong quarantine, baka wala na po tayong hanapbuhay na pwedeng gawin,” he added.

Roque issued the statement after the country recorded a record-high 2,434 additional cases on Sunday, bringing the total cases to 44,254. Most of these infections were reported in Metro Manila.

Metro Manila is currently under general community quarantine where public transport and some business sectors have been allowed to resume operations at a limited capacity.

It was previously placed under ECQ for more than two months.

The Department of Health earlier said that the spike in infections was due to increased physical contact of the public following the easing of quarantine restrictions.

But Roque said the government had no choice but to loosen the quarantine measures in order to revitalize the economy.

“Wala naman tayong alternatibo kundi magbukas ng ekonomiya… Kung di pa po natin mabubuksan, mamya buhay nga tayo, mamatay naman tayo dahil wala tayong hanapbuhay,” he said.

The Palace official, meanwhile, belied reports that hospitals in Metro Manila have reached full capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Roque said that as of July 5, Metro Manila’s critical care utilization is still at 63 percent or moderate risk level.

He also clarified that many hospitals have yet to breach the 30 percent hospital bed capacity for coronavirus patients.

“Nililinaw po namin na yung mga kumakalat na fake news na ubos na raw po ang hospital beds sa ating mga ospital, di po yan totoo,” he said.

Roque also revealed that Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega has been designated to head the Hospital One Incident Command which will determine the critical care utilization and hospital care capacity rate. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Disciplinary action recommended against 20 barangay execs for violating quarantine rules: DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   June 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday said it has recommended to the Office of the Ombudsman the imposition of disciplinary action against 20 barangay executives in Metro Manila for allegedly violating the enhanced community quarantine protocols.

“We want to send a message sa mga pasaway na barangay official that the DILG will not tolerate any violation of ECQ protocols. As government officials, we should take the lead in following the law and not in breaking it,” DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said in a statement

“Wala tayong sasantuhin. Patuloy ang pagtanggap natin ng mga reklamo kaya patuloy din ang pagsasampa natin ng kaso sa Office of the Ombudsman,” he added.

The DILG said that of the 20 barangay chiefs, five are from Caloocan City, another five from Quezon City; two from Parañaque City; one each from Mandaluyong, Las Piñas, Manila, Makati, Pasay, Taguig, Marikina and Muntinlupa.

The department said that their offenses involve violations in the implementation of physical distancing in engagements with the citizens of barangays, illegal cockfighting, gambling, poor enforcement of lockdown protocols as children were seen playing in the streets, negligence and gross neglect of duty, among others.

In a letter to Ombudsman Samuel Martires dated June 16, 2020, DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño said that the 20 barangay officials were initially sent show cause orders, pursuant to Administrative Order No. 267 delegating the supervisory powers of the President to the DILG, to seek for their response to the allegations hurled against them.

Finding their response insufficient, Diño said they found enough evidence and ground to warrant their endorsement to the Office of the Ombudsman pursuant to Section 21 and 26 of RA 6770.

“Patong-patong ang mga reklamo at sumbong na natanggap namin laban sa kanila kaya sa kabila ng kanilang sagot sa show cause order ay minabuti naming ipadala pa din sa Ombudsman ang mga ebidensyang aming nakalap,” he said.

Diño assured that more complaints will be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman since the investigation is ongoing against more than a hundred barangay officials for various quarantine violations.

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