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Ompong leaves P26-B damage to agriculture

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol confirmed on Monday, September 24, that Typhoon Ompong inflicted P26 billion worth of damages to agriculture.

The country’s rice production was the hardest hit with the destruction of 765,000 metric tons of rice valued at P14.5 billion.

Corn production was the next to suffer with P8.1 billion worth of losses.

This is apart from the damages on irrigation facilities, machinery and other equipment estimated to be over half a million pesos.

Piñol said this has been the biggest agricultural damage after super typhoon Yolanda struck in 2013 causing P35 billion worth of agricultural damages.

Despite this, the agriculture secretary believes that the price of rice will remain stable as the 750,000 metric tons of imported rice are expected to arrive before the year ends.

“I don’t think there will be much movement actually sa palay prices sapagkat mayroon tayong losses sa Ompong, mayroon naman tayong parating na importation. Nasa mga ganoon pa rin, mga 20 (pesos),” Piñol said.

Meanwhile, he said that the department has allotted funds to aid the victims; however, he said that it will not suffice.

Due to this, Piñol is set to submit today, September 25, to President Duterte a masterplan on the rehabilitation of Ompong-affected areas.

“Hindi sapat ang pondo kaya nga gumagawa tayo ng masterplan which we will submit to the Office of the President tomorrow because we are hoping that we will be able to convince Congress to allocate funds.”

The Secretary is also set to convene local officials next month to create the local food security plan that will help the country’s growing population. — Yssa Jalmasco/Asher Cadapan | UNTV News & Rescue

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DA to fast track rice importation, works on offering P38/kg of rice

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The bidding on the next phase of rice importation will open next week.

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol wants to make sure that there will be no more depletion of buffer stocks of rice in National Food Authority (NFA) warehouses.

The Secretary said the importation will be through government to government (G2G) to make the transaction faster.

Last week, the NFA held the bidding for the 250,000 metric tons or 5 million bags of rice to be imported through government to private procurement. However, the agency awarded the contract for 43,000MT only because the bidders couldn’t afford the price offered by the NFA.

By G2G means the Philippine government will directly transact and procure rice from governments like Thailand and Vietnam. This will facilitate speedy processing of the remaining 207,000MT of rice.

After which, the NFA will immediately proceed with the importation of additional 500,000MT of rice or 10 million bags from private bidders.

“We’re still projecting that there would be at least 2 or 3 more typhoons before the end of the year and we don’t want to be caught in a situation where in face of calamities, the NFA will not be able to provide the rice that the DSWD would need,” Piñol said.

Meanwhile, the NFA has already procured 8,000MT or about 160,000 bags of rice from local farmers.

Piñol expects that the government will be able to buy from local farmers 30,000MT before end of 2018.

Meanwhile, the NFA together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) will soon launch the “Presyong Resonable Dapat” program aims at offering P38/kg of commercial rice in local markets.

They will deliver 350,000MT of rice in rice outlets so that consumers will be able to buy much cheaper rice at P38/kg.

This is apart from the implementation of the suggested retail price (SRP) in rice on October 27.

Secretary Piñol as always warns retailers of facing charges should they proceed with overpricing or violating the SRP.

“If they sell a fake Dinorado or if they use the word Senandomeng when the actual rice being sold is not that variety, they will be covered by the price act and the penalty will be between P2,000 to P1M,” Piñol warned. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

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BOC donates smuggled clothes and shoes to Ompong victims

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has officially turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) the smuggled clothes, blankets and footwear that were confiscated by the agency from various ports in the country.

The items will be donated to victims of Typhoon Ompong which hammered Northern Luzon in September.

This is in accordance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to help indigent members of the community and put smuggled products to good use.

Some of the clothes donated by BOC and DSWD are second-hand. Under the Republic Act 4653, the commercial importation of second-hand clothing is prohibited.

But according to the BOC, these are still eligible for donation through the deed of donation.

The items, however, have to go through disinfection first to prevent any health risks that may arise from such goods.

“This can also be subjected to fumigation process pa. Para mas makasiguro pa, we add another layer that this will really be safe for use ng kanyang intended recipient,” Port of Manila district collector, Atty.Erastus Sandino Austria said.

Among the items to be donated are 32 bales of second-hand clothes; 5 bales of brand new t-shirts; and 32 boxes of new shoes.

DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo said, “Upon arrival of the donations it should go directly to the beneficiaries. It will not stay long in our warehouse it will not stay long in anybody’s place.”

This is the sixth time that the BOC has donated seized items to the DSWD.

Other than clothes and footwear, previous donations to calamity victims included rice and other food items. — Joan Nano

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Agri-business exposition seen to boost farmers’ income

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018

More than 50 micro-agripreneurs and farmers are expected to convene at the upcoming Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in Regional Exposition (ASPIRE) in Butuan City on October 12-14

The agri-business exposition is a project of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

The event will feature various processed foods made from high-value crops called “emerging products”.

These include mushroom chicharon sold in several parts of the region.

The project aims to bring the agricultural products closer to consumers in an effort to boost additional income for farmers apart from growing their crops.

“Ito ang matatawag natin na mega exhibit dito sa Caraga kasi lahat ng agencies nandito, kahit kami nasa background lang, pero sasali kami dito kasi ang layon natin dito na ang ating farmers ay maging entrepreneurs at maging mga exporters”,” said DOST-CARAGA Assistant Regional Director Ricardo Varela.

Farmers’ product displays are free-of-charge. The agriculture department also confirmed that products are sold at affordable prices.

the DA said the intensified promotion of emerging agri-products is what sets the mega trade fair apart from all the previous fairs. — Raymond Octobre


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