Palace assures gov’t action for sufficient supply of pork

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 10, 2021   •   484

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang has assured the public that government agencies are taking steps to ensure that the supply of pork products will be sufficient amid the ongoing pork holiday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said government agencies including the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are looking into various approaches to ease the effects of limited pork supply.

The DTI said it will prevent and apprehend price manipulators and supply hoarders, while the DA will begin repopulation efforts of hog raisers, including breeders and multiplier farms. 

“Patuloy po ang ginagawang hakbang ng ating gobyerno para makatiyak na may sapat na suplay ng baboy sa ating mga palengke. Kasama sa ating gagawin ang ‘repopulation’ na may nakalaan na PhP600-M na pondo (The government continues its response to ensure there is enough pork supply in our markets. This includes allotting P600 million budget for repopulation),” he said.

Roque added that the government also launched the Bantay ASF sa Barangay program where the DA will provide LGUs with test kits to detect the swine flue faster.

He also reiterated the imposition of a mandated price ceiling on selected pork and chicken products in the National Capital Region. –AAC

Laguna, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro placed under ECQ starting August 6

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 5, 2021

Laguna, Iloilo City, and Cagayan de Oro will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting August 6.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to place the said areas under ECQ beginning August 6 until August 15. This is amid the continuous threat of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant.

Cavite, Lucena City, Rizal and Iloilo Province, meanwhile, will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from August 6 to August 15.

Batangas and Quezon, on the other hand, shall be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions from August 6 to August 15. AAC


Palace sees eased quarantine restriction in NCR Plus

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said quarantine restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus might ease next week.

On Thursday, Roque announced that community quarantine classification in NCR Plus might ease beginning June 15 due to the low attack rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and health care utilization rate. He reported that the hospital care utilization in Metro Manila remains very low or at 53% in ICU beds.

“I would say in fact that based on the figures, Metro Manila Plus might be looking at de-escalation. It might not be to modified general community quarantine [MGCQ] but it could be to ordinary general community quarantine [GCQ] because ang GCQ natin ngayon ay mayroon pang restrictions (because the current GCQ still has restrictions),” he said.

Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) will discuss whether to  reopen gyms and fitness centers.

The NCR Plus, which includes Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, is currently under GCQ with restrictions until June 15. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Palace says Duterte welcomes suggestion to amend Baselines Law

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes the suggestion to amend the Baselines Law, according to Malacañang.

At a virtual public briefing on Thursday (June 10), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the Office of the President will thoroughly review the suggestion of retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza to amend the country’s Baseline Law.

“He [Duterte] immediately asked that it be subjected to complete staff work and he was very appreciative of the suggestion,” he said.

“It is subjected now to complete staff work because the request is for it to be certified it as urgent and I made an additional request that if the president so agrees, then it should also be included in the SONA [State of the Nation Address] para malakas ang mensahe sa Kongreso na this will really become a priority bill, (for a stronger message to Congress that this will become a priority bill),” Roque added.

Jardeleza wrote to the President suggesting to amend the Baseline Law in order to define the 128 maritime features in the West Philippine Sea. He said this is a way to enforce the Hague Ruling, which the Philippines won against China in 2016.

Under the Republic Act No. 9522 or the Philippine Baseline Law, the Philippines has sovereignty over the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG).

Meanwhile, Roque also agrees with amending the said law.

“Isa sa pinakamalakas na ebidensya ng soberanya ay ang batas na kumbaga nagdidikit sa Kalayaan Group of Islands sa teritoryo ng Pilipinas sa pamamaraan na sang-ayon po sa United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” he said.

(One of the strongest evidence of sovereignty is a law that would put the Kalayaan Group of Islands under Philippine territory in a manner that conforms with UNCLOS.)  AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)


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