Pag-aangkat ng 500-libong metriko tonelada ng bigas, isinalang sa pre-bidding ng NFA
admin • August 11, 2014 • 3209
Ang pre-bidding conference na isinagawa ng National Food Authority na dinaluhan ng mga international traders mula sa Thailand, Cambodia at Vietnam para sa aangkating 500,000 metriko tonelada ng bigas. (UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines – Aangkat ang National Food Authority (NFA) ng panibagong batch ng bigas na aabot sa 500-libo metriko tonelada at nagkakahalaga ng P10.2 billion.
Ito’y base na rin sa pahayag ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa kanyang nakaraang SONA.
Ayon sa NFA, magsisilbi itong buffer stock o reserba ng pamahalaan sa buwan ng Setyembre hanggang Nobyermbre kung kailan madalas nagkakaroon ng kalamidad.
Nitong umaga ng Lunes, nagsagawa ng pre-bidding conference ang NFA na dinaluhan ng mga international traders mula sa Thailand, Cambodia at Vietnam.
“Siyempre kailangan meron tayong buffer stock lalong-lalo na yung last quarter marami tayong bagyo ay matutugunan natin yung pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan,” pahayag ni NFA Spokesperson Rex Estoperez.”
“Kapag dumating ang karagdagan nating inaangkat, mapupuwersa na ngayong magbenta ang mga hoarder ng bigas na nakatago sa kanilang mga kamalig. Sa mga hoarder na ito: Kung gusto ninyong makipagmatigasan, okay lang, subukan ninyo ang estado,” pahayag ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa kanyang SONA.
Nagdagdag na rin ang NFA ng supply ng bigas sa mga pamilihan sa Metro Manila bilang pantapat sa mahal na commercial rice.
Ayon sa NFA, 33-libong sako ng bigas ang isinu-supply ng ahensya sa Metro Manila kada araw, ngunit hindi pa rin nito napabababa sa P40.00 ang bawat kilo ng commercial rice sa mga pamilihan.
“Sa NFA na lang kami bumabawi kahit na humina yung commercial sa NFA ang dami namang bumibili talaga,” ani Jane Romano, tindera ng bigas.
Sa kabuoan ay aabot na sa 1.3 million MT ang naaangkat na bigas ng bansa kabilang na ang unang 800-libong MT na matatapos ang delivery sa Setyembre, bukod pa rito ang 400-libong MT na inangkat noong nakaraang taon subalit nai-deliver lamang sa unang bahagi ng 2014. (Rey Pelayo / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
Schools across Thailand re-opened on Wednesday (July 1) with coronavirus prevention measures in place, following months of closure.
Nearly 5,000 students returned to Sam Khok school, about 50 km north of Bangkok, wearing face masks and receiving face shields and temperature checks from the school.
“Once students arrive at school, teachers hand face masks to them because it’s mandatory to wear them. We (school) are also providing face shields for students’ project presentations or for eating,” said principal Chuchart Thiengtham.
He added that students were told to stay in home quarantine for 15 days before school re-started as an extra precaution.
The school has also turned old ballot boxes into classroom partitions to enforce social distancing between students.
“I feel safe, but annoyed at the same time because partition blocked my view,” said 17-year-old student, Soponwich Thianthong.
Thailand on Wednesday marked 37 days without a case of local transmission. The coronavirus has killed 58 people among its 3,173 infections.
The country has extended an emergency decree until the end of July in a bid to avoid the risk of a second wave of the coronavirus, although it is also set to ease more restrictions on Wednesday, including reopening bars and allowing some foreigners into the country. (Reuters)
No more touching in the elevators as a Thai shopping mall in Bangkok installed foot pedals for customers to step on instead of pressing the buttons, lowering the risk of having to be exposed to germs.
“Now everyone is worried about getting infected with the COVID-19 and the easiest way to get infected is that when you touch an object that has been contaminated with the COVID-19 virus, and then eventually touch your face and the virus will go into your mouth, your eyes or whatever. So, we came up with this idea of hand-free foot-operated elevator,” said Prote Sosothikul, the vice president of Seacon Development PLC which oversees the mall.
The foot-operated elevator pedal system is also welcomed by mall customers, saying they felt safer to use the lift without actually touching the buttons, reducing the risk of getting infected.
“I think they did a good job in preparing this. I feel much safer… Now that we can use our foot to press the elevator, it’s really great,” said 26-year-old Watcharaporn.
Thailand on Sunday (May 17) reopened malls and department stores for the first time since March in its second phase of relaxing measures as the number of new cases slowed.
Thailand has reported a total of 3,034 cases of the coronavirus and 56 deaths. (Reuters)
There were no Filipino nationals harmed during the shooting incident in Thailand, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
In a statement, the DFA said no one from the nine reported Filipinos was harmed when a shooting incident occurred in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand, from the evening of February 8 until the early morning of February 9.
“The Philippine Embassy in Bangkok dispatched First Secretary and Consul General Val Roque posthaste to Nakhon Ratchasima to check on nine Filipinos who were reported to have been trapped in the mall at the time of the incident and had been able to escape and confirmed to be well and safe,” the statement reads.
The Philippine government and the Filipino people, meanwhile, offer their condolences to the Thai people, and in particular to the victims and their loved ones.—AAC
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