Mga paraan sa pagsugpo ng “Cocolisap”, iprinesenta ng DOST at PCA

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Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Sec. Kiko Pangilinan (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Ipatutupad na ng pamahalaan ang bago nitong protocol sa pagsugpo ng Coconut Scale Insect o “Cocolisap”.

Matapos ang ilang pagsusuri at sa pamamagitan ng DNA testing ng DOST, mas natukoy ang uri ng insekto na sumisira sa mga puno ng niyog na ngayon ay umaabot na sa 2.1 million.

Unang naminsala ito noong 2010 sa probinsya ng Batangas at ngayon ay kumalat na sa 4 na probinya at 87 munisipalidad sa CALABARZON.

Tinatayang nasa .6% ng kabuoang bilang ng mga niyog sa bansa ang naapektuhan ng Cocolisap at patuloy ito sa paglaganap.

“So you can imagine if it travels 400m a month outward malaki ang infestation niya that’s why we have to address it immediately,” pahayag ni Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Sec. Kiko Pangilinan.

Sa bagong protocol sa pagpuksa sa Cocolisap, unang tatabasin ang mga apektadong dahon, susundan ng trunk injection ng insecticide at pagkatapos ng 30 araw ay i-espreyan ng oraganic pesticide.

Pagkatapos naman ng dalawang linggo ay pakakawalan ang predator o kaaway nitong insekto para makontrol ang pagdami ng Cocolisap bago lagyan ng pataba ang mga puno.

“When you prune, you reduce the infestation population by up to 15% and so when the injection comes as a 2nd protocol, as a 2nd stage it will focus on the remaining 50% and so the treatment will be more effective,” pahayag pa ni Pangilinan.

“Yung pruning and let say trunk injection if they reach 65% that’s the number where in biocontrol would be be effective na to be able to control the remaining 35%,” saad naman ni DOST Secretary Mario Montejo.

Sa loob ng anim na buwan ay inaaasahang makababawi na ang napesteng puno.

Isinantabi naman ang pagputol sa mga punong naapektuhan ng Cocolisap dahil maghihintay pa ng 3 hanggang 7 taon bago lumaki at mapakinabangan ang mga punong bagong tanim.

Pinondohan na ng ₱750 milllion ang pagsasalba sa mga napesteng puno. (Rey Pelayo / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

‘Auring’ weakens into tropical storm; seen to reintensify prior to landfall

Freema Gloria   •   February 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The weather disturbance located east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur weakened into a tropical storm on Friday (February 19) afternoon.

But according to state weather bureau PAGASA, tropical storm Auring may re-intensify into severe tropical storm prior to its landfall over Caraga Region on Sunday (February 21).

PAGASA noted also that the possibility of TS Auring developing into a typhoon is now less likely.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 1 (30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours) remains in effect over the following areas:

• Visayas
Southern Leyte and the southeastern portion of Eastern Samar

• Mindanao
Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao City, Camiguin, the western portion of Misamis Oriental and the western portion of Bukidnon)

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and monitor updates through PAGASA’s official website regarding the weather system.

Virgin coconut oil shows potential vs. COVID-19 based on DOST-funded study

Marje Pelayo   •   October 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A research study conducted in Singapore and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, has revealed the potential of virgin coconut oil or VCO, in treating COVID-19.

The research showed that the COVID-19 virus count is reduced by 60 to 90 percent when subjected to invitro clinical trial of derivatives of virgin coconut oil. It also helps with the protection of cells and generation of antibodies.

Number one, nakakababa ng virus count ang pagpapa-react with the derivatives of coconut oil. Number two, meron siyang parang ability to preserve the cell that is being attacked by the virus. And number three, it has the ability also to regulate the generation of antibodies,” DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña explained.

The official said they are still waiting for the statistical analysis of the clinical trial of VCO conducted on 56 symptomatic volunteers at a hospital in Laguna.

Dela Peña added that all the participants have been sent home already.

“The fact na nakauwi silang lahat, bumuti na. Magandang indication. Of course hindi natin alam pa kung iyong mga bumuti ay iyon bang nakatanggap ng VCO,” he said. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

DOST names 13 hospitals involved in WHO COVID-19 vaccine solidarity trials

Robie de Guzman   •   September 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Tuesday announced that 13 hospitals will be involved in the solidarity trials of the World Health Organization (WHO) for potential novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines in the country.

In a statement, DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) has adopted the agency’s recommendation for zoning on the solidarity trials for the vaccine candidates against COVID-19 which will be conducted this year.

Dela Peña said the vaccine candidates will be tested in eight trial zones, involving a total of 13 hospitals.

He identified these facilities as the Philippine General Hospital, Manila Doctors Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Makati Medical Center, The Medical City, and St. Luke’s Medical Center-BGC, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in Cavite, and Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.

The WHO solidarity trials will start this October and expected to be completed by the second quarter of the following year.

The DOST chief also confirmed that the Philippines is in agreement with five COVID- 19 vaccine developers that will enable clinical trial data sharing.

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