Lambanog producers seek gov’t support to convert products into disinfectants

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 27, 2020   •   958

Lambanog producers in Tayabas City, Quezon Province are seeking government support to convert their products into rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizers, and disinfectants.

The industry is experiencing a huge drop in sales brought by the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

Distilled coconut wine producers are now thinking of ways on how to help with the depleting supply of disinfectants in the country.

Isabelita Capistrano, owner of the Capistrano Distillery, is calling out to concerned government agencies to coordinate with them to make sure that their process will fit health standards and would be legal.

Capistrano said they are willing to cooperate with whatever plan the government deems necessary with the industry.

“The DTI [Department of Trade and Industry], DOST [Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Agriculture, kung iyan ay magtutulong-tulong, palagay ko ay anuman ang mapagplanuhan […] ay talagang makakaigi, (if they will help together, I think whatever they plan is, it would be for the better)” she said.

Quezon Province health officer Dr. Grace Santiago previously said the use of lambanog is a good alternative disinfectant to prevent spread of the coronavirus. AAC (with reports from Japhet Cablaida)

DA sees Quezon Province as emerging cacao hub in Luzon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) sees Quezon Province as an emerging powerhouse for cacao production in the country.

According to the agriculture department, cacao farming is being promoted in nine towns in the province. The department also inaugurated a cacao facility in Gumaca, Quezon where they launched a range of “Tangerine” chocolate products of the Four K Kakao Farm.

DA Secretary William Dar lauded the skills, diligence, and resilience of cacao farmers who are behind the success of the “Tangerine” brand.

“We must endeavor to make farming a profitable venture. Farmers should be open to and adopt innovative ideas and technologies. This is our vision—to modernize and industrialize Philippine agriculture,” he said.

Secretary Dar eyes expanding the Gumaca facility to include a coconut processing facility, and a banana tissue culture laboratory that will provide farmers free seedlings. AAC

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Thousands flee homes in Quezon province due to Typhoon Quinta

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2020

A large number of residents were evacuated to temporary shelters as strong winds and heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Quinta (international name: Molave) battered the Quezon province.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said more than 20,000 individuals left their homes during pre-emptive evacuations on Sunday from different towns in the province.

The evacuees are currently staying in temporary shelters, mostly schools, and covered basketball courts, as they wait for the storm to pass along with the flooding it may bring to parts of the province following pouring rains.

According to Melchor Avenilla Jr., Officer in charge of Quezon PDRRMO, the local government has already started clearing operations to remove uprooted trees, felled electrical posts and other debris strewn on roads.

Initial reports reaching his office also stated that national and provincial roads in their area are now passable and floods reported in some areas have begun to subside.

“Sa magdamag nating pagmomonitor, wala po tayo masyadong naitala na pagtaas ng tubig. Kahit po dun sa Lopez and Calauag areas, hindi naman po tumaas yung level ng tubig,” Avenilla said.

They are still awaiting the assessment report from far-flung municipalities in the Bondoc Peninsula on damages left by typhoon, he added.

“Ang inaatabayanan lang po namin na baka may mga posibleng tahanan na nagkaroon ng damage lalo na yung may light materials pero as of now wala pa po eh,” he said.

Avenilla said relief operations are underway to aid residents in areas heavily-pummeled by Quinta. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Japhet Cablaida)

FDA, nagpaalala sa tamang pag-iimbak ng alcohol at sanitizer upang makaiwas sa sunog

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpaalala ang Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sa publiko hinggil sa wastong pag-iimbak ng rubbing alcohol, sanitizer at iba pang uri ng disinfectant dahil posible umano itong pagmulan ng sunog.

Ayon kay FDA director general Eric Domingo, flammable o madaling masunog ang mga ganitong uri ng materyal dahil sa taglay nitong mataas na antas ng alcohol at iba pang kemikal.

Maliban sa rubbing alcohol at sanitizer, kabilang din sa flammable products na kalimitang nakikita sa bahay ay ang aerosols katulad ng hairspray at anti-perspirant sprays, fabric softener, nail polish remover, cooking oil, at harina.

Ginawa ni Domingo ang paalala sa gitna ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic kung kailan marami ang gumagamit ng alcohol at iba pang disinfectant upang makaiwas sa COVID-19.

Ayon sa FDA chief, dapat ilagay sa maayos na lugar ang mga bote ng disinfectants at malayo sa apoy o sa mga bagay na may matataas o maiinit na temperatura.

“Gusto natin sa temperature na mababa, hindi pwede sa mainit, wala sa direct na araw. At syempre gusto natin sa mga lugar na maaliwalas, hindi sa mga confined,” ang wika ni Domingo.

“Kapag ganito, may posibility na pwede siyang ma-ignite o masindihan at hindi lang masunog, maaring sumabog,” dagdag pa niya.

Dapat rin aniya ay may maayos na label ang mga produkto at may sapat na babala at impormasyon para sa mga gagamit nito.

“Meron tayong mga labelling requirements na nakalagay. And in fact, pag alcohol, nakalagay diyan may warning na probable o maaaring masunog at of course maaaring sumabog ang ganitong produkto,” ang wika ni Domingo.

Paalala rin ng opisyal sa publiko na sundin ang mga direksyon sa pakete hinggil sa paggamit at pag-iimbak nito upang makaiwas sa aksidente. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

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