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Poultry industry still recovering from the after effects of bird flu outbreak

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Farm gate price of chicken remains low while the volume of supply is still high.

The United Broiler Raisers Association (UBRA) said their fowls have grown overweight. The group added they are expecting a large supply in the coming holiday season.

“Most of the cold storages are full. The competition is tight so recovery might still be delayed,” said UBRA President Elias Jose Inciong.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) wants raisers to take part in the control and marketing of their products.

Secretary Manny Piñol said there are those who are taking advantage of the situation despite the crisis.

“They have a problem right now. Because the price of chicken in the market is around p120-130 [per kilo]. But the farm gate price is P30-50,” said Piñol.

DA also plans to revise the protocol in handling bird flu outbreak due to its impact in the industry after all fowls in 1 km radius were culled.

“If a specific farm is affected, it will only be the one to subject for depopulation. Other farms will just be monitored,” said the agriculture secretary.

Piñol said, aside from the P29M assistance given to the affected farmers, President Rodrigo Duterte also pledged to allot P100-million for their livelihood. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Palace counters Pernia: Federalism won’t harm PH economy

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang reiterated that the shift to a federalism government would not have any adverse effect on the economy. This is after the country’s top economist cautioned that federalism could affect government finances.

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the palace has already clarified the matter with socioeconomic planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia.

“The shift to federalism, we reiterate, would have no adverse effect on the Philippine economy. Our budget would remain the same, as identified national projects would be devolved and transferred to the internal revenue allotment (IRA) of local government units. These projects include maintenance of barangay roads and bridges, water supply services, barangay health centers and daycare centers, solid waste disposal system of municipalities, among others,” he said.

Roque added that “The role of the national government would be to continue to implement Build, Build, Build projects and would hence be concentrated on policymaking.”

During a media interview, Pernia said that federalism could disrupt the administration’s infrastructure projects and the country’s fiscal situation.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to endorse to Congress the draft federal charter during his state of the nation address (SONA) on July 23. – Rosalie Coz / UNTV News and Rescue

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Duterte appoints Antonio Kho as Comelec Commissioner

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Justice Undersecretary Antonio Kho as a new commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

This was confirmed by Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday (July 13)

Kho, who is a bar topnotcher from San Beda College of Law and President Duterte’s fraternity brother, now completes the seven-man commission. – UNTV News and Rescue

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186 local officials stripped of police powers under Duterte admin – DILG

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reported on Friday (July 13) that 186 local officials have been stripped of supervisory powers over the police in their areas of jurisdiction since President Rodrigo Duterte came into office.

According to DILG Officer-In-Charge Eduardo Año, the said local officials have been deprived of police authority because of their involvement in illegal drug trade and failure to curb terrorist activities in their areas. From the said number, eight were governors while 178 were city and municipal mayors.

Meanwhile, ten local executives have been killed so far under the Duterte administration. Three of whom have established links in the illegal drug trade.

DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing said that based on their investigation, the common reasons for crimes against local officials are politics, business, and a love triangle. Densing  suspects that some criminals are taking advantage of the government’s war on drugs to divert public’s sentiments and attention.

“Parang may sumasakay na “Pagkakataon na natin itong patayin ang ating kalaban kasi may namatay doon para i-link doon.” Para kunwari base sa drugs. But for the information of everybody prior to the killing of Mayor Halili, of the 10 killings of the LCE that were killed in the past  two years, tatlo lang po ang may koneksyon sa ilegal na droga,” Densing said.

To date, a total of 156 local officials have been suspended or dismissed for charges of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, neglect of duty, abuse of authority and other irregularities.

The DILG said this proves the effectiveness of the agency’s measures in line with President Duterte’s campaign against errant and corrupt public officials.

“By offering the public mechanisms to report complaints, such as the Hotline 8888 and the Office of the President itself, we were able to investigate and file cases against local officials alleged to be abusive or not performing their job in accordance with their mandate,” Año explained in a statement. – Bernard Dadis / Marje Pelayo

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