Obando LGU declares state of calamity over massive fish kill

admin   •   May 16, 2018   •   3895


The fish kill has affected millions of milk fish in the area.


BULACAN, Philippines – The municipal government of Obando declared a state of calamity Tuesday, May 15, due to massive fish kill that began on May 5.

The fish kill has affected a total of 233 hectares of fish ponds, killing millions of milk fish in the area.

According to Mayor Edwin Santos, the declaration will provide financial assistance to affected fishpond owners and fishermen to recover from their losses.

“Malaking lugi so kailangan natin tulungan para makabawi…Pwede silang humingi ng tulong sa bangko at makapag loan para mabigyan sila ng pagkakataon. Pwede rin matulungan sila ng ating (Bureau of) Fisheries mabigyan sila ng binhi,” Mayor Santos said.

(It’s a big loss so we need to help so that they can recoup their investments…they may seek bank loans to start over. The Bureau of Fisheries may also assist them by providing fingerlings.)

Following the declaration of state of calamity, fish pond owners and fishermen may request additional fingerlings to the initial 3,000 provided by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR.)

BFAR released on May 10 the result of its examination of water samples from Obando fish ponds.

The agency found that extreme hot temperature is causing lack of oxygen and production of amonia in fish ponds in the area resulting in fish kill.

Meanwhile, the municipal government of Obando is planning to establish a laboratory that would study and monitor the state of fish manufacturing in the town to prevent another massive fishkill in the future.— Nestor Torres | UNTV News & Rescue

PNP to require travelers to present COVID vaccination card in NCR, Bulacan border checkpoints

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reminded the public to always bring their COVID-19 vaccination cards especially when traveling towards Bulacan and Metro Manila areas.

In a statement, the PNP said motorists and commuters may be asked to present their vaccination cards at the border control points.

This is in compliance with the directive of local government units of Bulacan and Metro Manila cities for police personnel to check inbound travelers for proof of vaccination.

“Those without vaccination cards will be barred from entering and will be asked to go back,” PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said.

The policy comes after Metro Manila mayors approved a resolution restricting the movement of unvaccinated persons within the region.

The first day of implementation of this policy in Bulacan had caused traffic congestion, but the PNP believes that this is only a direct result of the strict inspection measures to curb the possible spread of the coronavirus.

“The PNP is fully aware that movement must not be hampered, but non-essential travel can be controlled. Just stay at home at this time when you have nothing important to do outside,” Carlos emphasized with hopes that this can alleviate the problem on traffic jams.

The PNP assured it will continue to assess the situation amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.

“If needed, more police personnel can be deployed to checkpoints with a heavy volume of vehicles,” Carlos said.


Bulacan, Cavite at Rizal, isasailalim na rin sa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 simula Enero 5

Robie de Guzman   •   January 4, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Isasailalim na sa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 ang mga lalawigan ng Bulacan, Cavite, at Rizal simula sa Miyerkules, Enero 5 hanggang Enero 15.

Ayon sa Malakanyang, inaprubahan ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) ang rekomendasyon ng sub-technical working group on data analytics sa gitna na rin ng mabilis na namang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19.

Ang hakbang ay kasunod na rin ng paglalagay sa alert level 3 sa kalapit na rehiyon ng Metro Manila bunsod ng lumulubong coronavirus infections.

Sa ilalim ng Alert Level 3, pinapayagan ang paggalaw ng mga tao subalit maaaring magpatupad ng makatwirang restrictions ang mga lokal na pamahalaan.

Ang mga indibiduwal na may edad 18 at pababa, at mga nasa vulnerable population gaya ng senior citizens at immunocompromised persons, ay papahintulutang maka-access sa pangunahing pangangailangan, serbisyo at trabaho.

Papayagan rin ang individual outdoor exercises anuman ang vaccination status.

Ipinatutupad ang maximum 30% on-site venue o seating capacity para sa fully vaccinated, at 50% outdoor capacity naman sa mga pinapayagang establisyemento at aktibidad.

Ipinagbabawal naman ang mga business establishment at activities na itinuturing na high-risk sa hawaan ng COVID-19 tulad ng face-to-face classes sa basic education liban na ang mga aprubado ng IATF, contact sports, funfairs o perya, kid amusement industries, venues na may live performers at audiences, casinos, horse racing, cockfighting, at mga pagtitipon sa mga bahay ng mga indibidwal na hindi magkakasama sa magkaparehong household.

Ngayong araw, nakatakdang magpulong ang IATF upang pag-usapan kung may mga panuntunan bang dapat na baguhin sa COVID-19 alert level 3 lalo na’t mataas ang vaccination rate sa Metro Manila at ilan pang probinsya. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

IATF places Bulacan, Apayao, Capiz under GCQ beginning October 18

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines— Quarantine restrictions in the provinces of Bulacan, Apayao, and Capiz have been downgraded, Malacañang announced Sunday.

“The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved the recommendation to place the said provinces under general community quarantine (GCQ) from October 18 to October 31, ” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Bulacan and Apayao were initially placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) while Capiz was previously under GCQ with heightened restrictions.

Under GCQ, any person below 18 years old, above 65 years old, including those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women, shall be required to remain in their residences at all times, except for obtaining essential goods and services, or for work in industries and offices.

Entertainment and recreational venues, casinos, and outdoor sports are sill not permitted to operate during GCQ. Face-to-face or in-person classes for basic education shall be suspended. AAC


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