Poultry raisers in San Isidro and Jaen, Nueva Ecija not yet operating – Provincial Gov’t

UNTV News   •   September 6, 2017   •   7568

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Poultry farm owners in the towns of Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija are still having problems recovering from the bird flu outbreak.

The provincial government said this is because the cleaning and disinfection of the two towns have not yet been completed.

There will also be a testing process wherein the sentinel birds will be placed in the quarantine within 35 days to determine if there is still bird virus in the area.

If a problem does not occur, only then can the poultry farm owners resume taking care of fowls and quails.

They are hoping that come October, they can finally recover the earnings they have lost and resume operations in November.

Because of this, farm owners and workers engaged in alternative work just to financially survive.

“I work in other jobs like construction when available. Others are just entering other livelihood activities and their wives are doing laundry,” Quali Farm owner Magdalena Nagum said.

The provincial government assured that there is P2.7-million from the calamity fund that can be given to displaced poultry farm workers.

“Now the direction of the financial assistance or support of the municipal government is in the form of cash for work. No it is coordinated with the DOLE, so we could give them funds. The farm workers is that they will receive from disinfection and we will give them cash for work from DOLE,” Nueva Ecija provincial administrator Alejandro Abesamis said.

Meanwhile, aside from chicken farms, suppliers and distributors of eggs are also experiencing the effects.

They said many of the produced eggs in Luzon go to waste due to the existing ban.

They are now forced to lower prices of medium sized egg to P1.50 from P4.50.

“Because it’s not moving. There is a demand in the south they cannot move, they let the eggs rolled in the cages. It goes down and not picking it up because these are already spoiled, they have no area to stock it up,” Philippine Egg Board Association president Atty. Irwin Ambal said.

Poultry farm owners and egg producers are hoping to recover their losses in their earnings as the holiday season draws near.

“Let us assume one cycle of 30-35 days, it should normalize after that hopefully,” United Broiler Association president Atty. Elias Jose Inciong said.

The prices of egg might also increase in the holiday season as its production will take four months.

“My worry is, when the Christmas season comes, it’s always a high season, peak season for eggs. The supply is always lacking, unlike broilers you could harvest after 27 days. With layers you need 20 weeks for the commercial production,” Ambal said. – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

Very close fight: New Leyte town mayor beats rival by 1 point

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2019

San Isidro mayor-elect, Remedio “Wingbebot” Veloso

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday proclaimed Remedio “Wingbebot” Veloso as the new mayor of San Isidro town in Leyte.

The mayoral race in San Isidro was a very close fight as Veloso won against incumbent mayor Susan Ang by just one point.

Based on the partial unofficial election result from Comelec, Veloso garnered 8,829 votes against Ang’s 8,828.

Veloso said this is the first time that a razor-close election race happened in their town.

“Yung one vote na lamang sa akin ‘yun pinakamahirap talaga, tsaka God’s will. One in a million, [and] it happens in my life and also for the needs of the people of San Isidro,” the mayor-elect said.

He added that he is prepared to face any electoral protest that his opponent may lodge against him before the poll body.

Veloso ran under the United Nationalist Alliance banner while Ang sought a second term as mayor of the fourth-class town under the PDP-Laban party.

It can be recalled that on May 8, Ang’s ally and Leyte town administrator Levi Mabini was killed after a gunman strafed the incumbent mayor’s house.

Authorities have yet to identify the person behind Mabini’s killing. (with details from Jenelyn Gaquit-Valles)

PRRD leads distribution of compensation to poultry raisers affected by bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

UNTV News   •   August 28, 2017

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday morning led the distribution of compensation to farmers who have been affected by the bird flu outbreak in San Luis Pampanga.

The total compensation package for the affected farmers is around P29-million.

Poultry raisers in Jaen and San Isidro Nueva Ecija were also among those who got compensated following the immediate culling of all chickens, ducks and quails.

The said amount is just an initial payment to poultry raisers.

President Duterte said it is imperative to conduct strict monitoring of poultry and poultry products that are coming in to the country to prevent the avian flu virus outbreak from happening again.

Highlight of the program was a boodle fight wherein the participants enjoyed chicken barbecue and fried ducks.

“So I came here just to eat the chicken and the eggs and the “baluts” to assure the public na hindi po delikado  (it is no longer dangerous),” Duterte added.

The Pampanga Local Government Unit thanked all entities who helped for their immediate recovery from the crisis.

“Una po sa lahat ibinabalita ko po sa inyo na sa pangunguna ni Sec. Piñol ay na contain napo ang bird flu outbreak na idineklara sa dalawang barangay ng bayan ng San Luis noong Aug.11 na kasaluluyang nagdi-disinfect na ngayon mga poultry farms at kabahayan,” Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda said. (First of all, I am announcing that the bird flu outbreak declared on two barangays in San Luis on August 11,  has been contained under the leadership of [Agriculture] Secretary Manny Piñol. Disinfection of poultry farms and houses are ongoing.)

Poultry raisers also hope that they can soon start anew with their livelihood. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

Authorities completed the culling of more than 70,000 quails in Barangay Imbunia, Jaen, Nueva Ecija

UNTV News   •   August 24, 2017

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NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines — Barangay Imbunia has the highest number of quail eggs in the town of  Jaen, Nueva Ecija now affected by the bird flu virus.

Overall, 12 farms have been affected by the avian influenza outbreak.

“They finished the culling yesterday, the culling of 3 to 4. The last ones were culled earlier this morning and buried. Our problem had been the site where to bury the culled quail eggs,” Brgy. Imbunia Secretary Antonio Veñas said.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) paid P10 for every culled quail egg.

Meanwhile, authorities will try to finish Wednesday night the culling of poultry animals in the town of San Isidro.

“We will finish this until tonight. We will do this even in the backyards, because backyards here have 700 hens. Yes, there are many poultry animals here. What we know is that we have already culled 68568. This is why we can finish it tonight as it is already 57,” San Isidro Municipal Agriculturist Rosanna Calma said.

The culling began from 6 in the morning and ended at nine in the evening, Wednesday.

The Municipal Agriculture Office appealed to owners of poultry farms to cooperate with them for the immediate resolution of the problem and so that the virus will no longer spread to other towns.

“Of course, it’s difficult for poultry raisers because their capital in the farms is huge. So when we properly explained to them the process and how it would be conducted, they have accepted it,” Calma added.

They should cooperate with the army on guard in the affected areas. – Macky Libradilla | UNTV News & Rescue

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