QC families conduct preemptive evacuation in light of Typhoon Tisoy

Maris Federez   •   December 3, 2019   •   103

Residents of Barangay Roxas District in Quezon City flock to their designated evacuation center since Tuesday (Dec. 3).

Some of them admitted that they are used to leaving their homes and seeking safer grounds during typhoon season as they are situated in a flood-prone area.

“Minsan po kasi hanggang bubong po eh. 2nd floor po kami umaabot po ng hanggang bubong hanggang sa amin. Kasi nung habagat inabot po iyong bubong naming,” a resident identified as Vivian Naquin said.

The evacuees stayed in 27 modular tents. They were also handed out food packs.

“Pagka may mga disaster na ganito bumababa dito ang mga social workers may mga dala silang mya cooked food but now nagset up sila dito ng kitchen so ang dala nila last night is bigas tas dito sila magluluto,” said Barangay Captain Tatta Gotladera. (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

DA estimates Typhoon Tisoy damage, losses

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2019

Fishermen secure boats in anticipation rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Kammuri, in Cavite City, Philippines, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Agriculture on Monday (December 9) released the estimated damage and losses brought by Typhoon “Tisoy”.

The department announced that Tisoy caused damage and losses to around Php 3.70B.

In a statement released on Monday, the DA said: “the volume of production loss on rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock, and fisheries amounted to 195,046 metric tons, affecting 132,166 hectares and 92,701 farmers and fisherfolks.”

It explained that the increase from the initial estimate of Php 1.93B happened when updated and additional reports from Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Ilocos Region, and Eastern Visayas arrived.

The DA added that, “The damage and losses are only equivalent to 1% of the estimated total rice production by the end of 2019.”

Based on the DA’s monthly projection, losses in rice production is only 9% of the projected production for December. The estimated loss in corn production, meanwhile, was only 1.56%.

The Department said it has an available Php 250 million from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) for rehabilitation.

“The Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) allocated PhP 65 million under the Survival Recovery (SURE) Program for assistance. The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will fast-track the release of indemnity to farmers and fisherfolk hit by the typhoon,” the statement added.

It further said that they have prepared a total of 93,711 bags of rice seeds, 17,999 bags of corn seeds, 1,979 kgs of high-value crops seed reserves ready for distribution to affected farmers who are ready to replant.

Moreover, 7,500 coconut seedlings from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and 151,142 bags of RCEF seeds for eligible RCEF beneficiaries from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are also ready for distribution in Region 5.

Affected fisherfolks in the region will also receive relief goods, tilapia fingerlings, and fishing paraphernalia (gill nets, bottom set long line, 30ft fiberglass boat engine) from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 5 (BFAR-5).

The DA also said that the concerned RFOs are still conducting field validation to give more accurate reports regarding the impact of Typhoon Tisoy. —mbmf

DOH releases tips to avoid illnesses in calamity-stricken areas

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2019

A handout photo made available by Greenpeace-Philippines shows villagers working among damaged houses in the aftermath of Typhoon Kammuri in Legazpi city, Albay Province, Philippines, 03 December 2019.

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Health on Monday (Dec. 9) issued warnings on the possible illnesses that might spread brought about by Typhoon Tisoy, particularly in Southern Luzon, and the continuous rains experienced in Isabela and Cagayan.

The health department said illnesses such as coughs and colds, flu, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis, hepatitis A, hypertension, dengue, and malaria are not uncommon during calamities.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, nevertheless, assured that the department is ready to respond to the medical needs of the residents in areas severely affected by the climate disaster.

“Kumpleto tayo sa gamut. Kumpleto tayo ng mga tao […] Siyempre bumuo rin tayo ng mga teams, health emergency medical teams. They are the ones providing the care. Iyong tinatawag natin water, sanitation, and hygiene. The mental and psychosocial health services and all the logistics and supplies,” said Duque.

To avoid these diseases, the DOH advises the public on the following:

  • to get water only from safe sources. And if in doubt, boil the drinking water for two minutes;
  • make hand-washing a habit – use alcohol or hand sanitizer if the water is not available, before eating and after using the comfort room;
  • always cover food to protect them from flies, cockroaches, and mice;
  • refrain from wading through floodwaters, especially when with open wounds to avoid leptospirosis;
  • immediately change rain-soaked clothes to avoid coughs and colds that could lead to flu and/or pneumonia;
  • most of all, stay indoors and keep dry

The public is also advised to take heed of the authorities’ instructions and experts’ advice, particularly when there is a calamity that is expected to hit the country.  (with details from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

Price hike of prime commodities to take effect this month – DA

Maris Federez   •   December 6, 2019

(FILE) A Filipino vendor bags vegetables for a customer at a public market in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – With the spike in the prices of fish and vegetables in the market due to the low supply caused by the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy in Luzon, the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Friday announced an impending price hike of prime commodities this holiday season.

The department said it is currently processing the importation of 45,000 metric tons of small variety of fish such as galunggong and mackerel.

This is seen as a way to increase the supply of galunggong and help decrease its price in the next two weeks.

The department also expects the lowering of the price of vegetables as the harvest season has started and will go on until February 2020.

Despite this, the DA said it expects that prices of other price commodities will take a spike this month.

Agriculture secretary William Dar explained that the consumers’ buying power gets stronger with the release of their 13th-month pay and bonuses in preparation for the holiday season.

This, the department said, affects the movement of the prices of goods in the market.

“Number one, again, demand. Number two, supply always has to be a factor. Number three, yung (the) weather. So, it’s a confluence of events,” Dar said.

Secretary Dar, meanwhile, urged consumers to buy pork and other pork products to help hog raisers cope with the season and ensure a price cut on these commodities.

The DA said that although there is an over-supply of pork meat in the market, its price is still relatively high as sale of these products is still low.

The DA official also allayed consumer fears on the threats of African Swine Fever (ASF) as this is not contagious to humans, especially when the pork meat products go through the correct process. (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

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