Inflight wastes from passenger aircraft could be source of ASF virus – DENR

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019   •   1562

MANILA, Philippines – The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) does not impose quarantine protocols when it comes to inflight wastes of arriving aircraft.

Thus, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urges airline contractors in NAIA to conduct waste treatment of all inflight wastes before they are shipped to Payatas dumpsites.

According to practice, inflight wastes are brought to Payatas dumpsites where food leftovers are separated from recyclable items.

Such food leftovers from inbound flights could be the source of African Swine Fever (ASF) that entered the country, according to DENR.

“Itong mga tirang pagkain na ito, ito yung binabalot nila at ibenebenta sa Rizal sa mga backyard (These food leftovers are wrapped and sold to backyards in Rizal),” DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said.

Antiporda argued that passenger aircraft travel to and from different countries so it is possible, he said, that the pig virus could have come from ASF-infected countries and reached the Philippines through food leftovers from these passenger aircraft.

The official said, since the outbreak of ASF surfaced some months ago, the Philippines has placed quarantine measures across the country’s seaports and airports.

“Ang nangyari kasi sa airport may quarantine sa tao pero sa basura wala (What happened was, (our) airports set up quarantine for humans and none for garbage),” Antiporda noted, however.

For now, the DENR is also awaiting the result coming from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) regarding the tests conducted to the recovered pig carcasses in Marikina River and in a creek in Quezon City.

Antiporda expressed concern, meanwhile, of the possibility that the virus could develop into a water-borne disease as this would definitely and hugely affect the environment. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Dolomite beach reopens to public with new regulations

Maris Federez   •   December 28, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday (December 28) opened the Dolomite Beach anew with new regulations set up for visitors.

The DENR said the dolomite beach will be open for two days to test if and how the public will adhere to the said new regulations.

Upon entry to the beach, a public announcement will be heard reminding people to observe social distancing and to wear face shields and face masks.

The number of visitors allowed on the beach is limited to 300, and they can only stay for only an hour.

“We have to be very safe in maintaining yung security, and of course yung kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan, that’s why we limit it to 300. Nakikita natin so far yun ang ideal na makokontrol tapos mamaintain yung social distancing and all this reqiurements sa protocols natin will properly observed,” said Reuel Surilla OIC-Director, Dolomite Beach.

Visitors must first register by scanning the QR Code posted on the DENR Facebook page. On-site registration is also available.

Registration is required to control the number of visitors. This will also serve as a reference for contact tracing.

Only fully vaccinated individuals will be allowed to enter the said tourist destination.

Children 11 years old and below will not be allowed entry; while children aged 12 to 17 will be allowed entry as long as they are fully vaccinated.

Bringing in food and pets, smoking and swimming is not allowed.

The DENR said the two-day temporary operation of Dolomite Beach will serve as a basis for whether the planned full operation of the beach will be pushed through on January 4, 2022.

“Tingnan natin kung ano mga assesment natin for the last two days of the year and we will make some adjustments and open by January 4th,” Surilla said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent JP Nuñez)

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

Manila Bay dolomite beach, sa Disyembre na muling bubuksan sa publiko – DENR

Robie de Guzman   •   November 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi muna bubuksan sa publiko ang Manila Bay dolomite beach habang isinasagawa ang rehabilitasyon sa kabuuan ng baywalk.

Ayon sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), kailangan munang matapos ang rehabilitasyon sa man-made beach bago ito muling buksan sa publiko.

Paliwanag ni DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones, layunin ng pansamantalang pagsasara ng lugar na bigyang-daan ang phase 2 ng rehabilitasyon sa buong Manila Bay dolomite beach na target makumpleto bago matapos ang taon.

Iginiit rin ng DENR na pansamantala lang naman talaga ang pagbubukas ng lugar lalo’t hindi pa rin natatapos ang paglilinis rito dahil sa pandemya.

Ayon kay Leones, manggagaling pa rin sa Cebu ang dolomite sand na itatambak sa bahagi ng Manila Bay sa ilalim ng kontrata ng Department of Public Works and Highways.

“Ang dolomite resources kasi, mga dolomite rocks, di naman siya available sa other regions at pinagkukuhanan po natin, sinisiguro po natin yung pinagkukuhanan natin ay legitimate sources na may permit po sa ating pamahalaan,” ani Leones.

Tiniyak rin ng DENR na tututukan nito ang paglilinis sa tubig sa Manila Bay upang maging ligtas itong languyan ng mga tao.

Isasaayos rin ang drainage system sa Maynila kung saan planong i-divert ang mga drainage sa sewage treatment plant sa lugar.

Plano rin ng DENR na resolbahin ang problema sa mga basurang naaanod mula sa mga karatig-probinsiya ng Cavite, Laguna, at Pampanga.


The Philippine Broadcast Hub

UNTV, 915 Barangay Philam,

EDSA, Quezon City M.M. 1104

(+632) 8396-8688 (Tel) (General inquiries)


UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.