Red tide alert raised over Bataan and Pampanga

admin   •   November 28, 2018   •   4042

Shellfish

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — A red tide warning has been raised over the provinces of Bataan and Pampanga after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) located red tide toxins in shellfish products last Wednesday, November 21.

According to reports, accumulation of marine toxin, saxitoxin, in mollusks found in said areas has reached up to 500 micrograms per 100 grams of meat.

“Ang required lamang po na limit sa Philippine regulatory limits ay 60, kaya medyo mataas, at inaasahan pa po namin baka tataas pa ito. Kaya minabuti na po ng BFAR na i-maintain at ilabas na ang warning sa lalawigan ng Bataan at Pampanga,” said BFAR OIC division chief, Neil Kenneth Catibog.

The Bureau noted that based on their observations, there is a resurgence of red tide in Bataan and Pampanga every November.

“Nakita namin parang nagigig pattern na nga bakit November. Siguro ho sa panahon. Ito yung panahon na nagiging fertile ang katubigan dahil sa tumataas ang nutrient content. Marami hong factors yung alat ng tubig, init ng panahon yung pag-ulan, yung pag-init,” Catibog explained.

At present, harvest and sale of shellfish such as mussels (tahong), clams (halaan), oysters (talaba) and krill (alamang) are strictly prohibited.

Fish may be consumed as long it is cleaned thoroughly and its entrails and gills are removed

Symptoms of red tide poisoning include nausea, numbness or paralysis which could lead to death.

So far, there have been no incidents of red tide poisoning reported.

Meanwhile, the BFAR will provide assistance to affected fishermen.

“Magbibigay ng ibang kagamitan ng pangisda para hindi lang sila mahinto sa kanilang hanapbuhay dahil ang BFAR po talaga naiintidihan namin ang katayuan ng ating mga nagtatahong at nagtatalaba,” Catibog said.

The BFAR said they will only remove the warning over Bataan and Pampanga if shellfish samples collected from affected areas turn out negative of red tide toxins three times in a row. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

Eleazar orders probe on Pampanga policeman over rape allegation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday (October 12) vowed that the national police will look into the rape allegation against a Pampanga policeman.

Eleazar said he has already instructed the Internal Affairs Service to expedite the investigation based on the victim’s complaint. The policeman involved has been disarmed and placed under restrictive custody pending the result of the investigation.

Based on a report, Police Staff Sergeant Robin Mangaga flagged down the victim’s motorcycle at a checkpoint in Mabalacat, Pampanga on October 8.

The victim admitted that she forgot to bring her driver’s license, but instead of imposing sanctions, Mangaga allegedly sexually abused her.

Eleazar said he is angered over the fact that despite his warnings there are still police officers abusing their authority.

“But this will not discourage us in pursuing our reform program, in fact, this serves as a motivation to continue our internal cleansing,” he said.

He also assured that if proven guilty, Mangaga will be dismissed from service and appropriate charges will be filed against him.

Meanwhile, the PNP chief urged victims of abuse to come forward and seek the help of authorities.

“Huwag kayong matakot na sampahan ng kaukulang reklamo ang sinumang lumabag sa batas, kabilang ang mga pulis. Nakahanda ang PNP na tumulong sa inyo upang makamit ang hustisya at panagutin sinuman ang maysala,” he said. AAC

 

 

PNP chief orders probe into cop’s alleged sexual abuse of quarantine violator

UNTV News   •   August 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar has ordered an investigation into a reported incident in Mariveles, Bataan in which a female quarantine violator was allegedly sexually abused by a policeman.

“Kaagad kong inatasan ang regional director ng Police Regional Office 3, Police Brig. Gen. Val de Leon, na magsagawa ng imbestigasyon upang malaman natin ang buong katotohanan tungkol dito,” Eleazar said in a statement.

Based on the initial report, the policeman and another civilian manning a quarantine control point accosted the victim on Friday (August 27) for violating quarantine rules.

The victim was then taken to the boarding house of the policeman where the two took turns in molesting the victim.

The accused policeman, who has a rank of patrolman and was assigned to the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, is currently under restrictive custody and has been ordered to respond to the allegation against him.

The PNP chief expressed his condemnation of police personnel who abuse the authority entrusted to them.

“Walang lugar sa PNP ang mga pulis na ginagamit ang kapangyarihan na ipinagkaloob ng taumbayan para magsamantala at mang-abuso ng ating mga kababayan,” he said.

“Marami na tayong naparusahan at natanggal sa serbisyo ng mga ganitong uri ng pulis at hindi tayo titigil hanggang hindi nauubos ang mga tiwali sa aming hanay,” he added.

The PNP chief reiterated his directive to police personnel to be courteous at all times and respect people’s rights when implementing quarantine protocols.

“Noon pa man, mahigpit ang bilin ko sa ating kapulisan tungkol sa pagrespeto ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang pagpapatupad ng quarantine protocols sa gitna ng banta ng COVID-19,” he said.

Eleazar vowed to monitor the investigation of the case and assured to file appropriate charges if the allegations are proven to be true.

“Makakaasa ang ating taumbayan na tutukan ko ang kasong ito at kung lumabas sa imbestigasyon na totoo ang akusasyon, tinitiyak ko sa inyo na hindi lang matatanggal sa serbisyo ang pulis na ito dahil sasampahan din natin siya ng patong-patong na kaso,” he said.

 

 

MECQ sa Metro Manila at Laguna, simula na bukas pero non-essential activities, limitado pa rin — Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Simula sa Sabado, Agosto 21 ay ilalagay na sa modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) ang Metro Manila at Laguna.

Ngunit ayon sa Malakanyang, mananatili pa ring limitado ang non-essential trips at activities sa ilalim ng nasabing protocol.

Hindi pa rin papayagan ang indoor at al-fresco dine-in services, pati na ang personal care services gaya ng beauty salon, parlor, barbershop at nail spa.

Bawal pa ring magbukas ang entertainment venues gayundin ang outdoor at indoor sports courts at venues, indoor at outdoor tourist attractions, pati na ang venues para sa meetings, conferences at iba pa.

Mananatili ring virtual o online ang religious gatherings.

Sa Agosto 23 naman magsisimula ang pagpapatupad ng MECQ sa lalawigan ng Bataan.

Kasabay nito, inaatasan ang mga lokal na pamahalaan sa mga lugar na ito na paigtingin pa ang kanilang vaccination efforts, gayundin ang prevent-detect-isolate-treat-reintegrate o PDITR strategies at ang pagpapatupad ng minimum public health standards.

Limitado ang onsite operations para sa mga manggagawa at dapat ding magpatupad ng istriktong granular lockdowns sa Metro Manila, Laguna at Bataan kung kinakailangan.

Bagaman pinahihintulutan naman ang necrological services, burol, inurnment at funerals sa non-COVID-19 deaths, limitado lamang ito sa immediate family members.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, kinakailangang maging madiskarte ang lahat upang mapigilan ang pagkakaroon ng COVID-19 outbreak.

“Ang mga miyembro ng IATF ay nagdesisyon na kinakailangan nating ng panibagong istratehiya at paraan para magawa ang ating trabaho para makontrol ang lalo pang pagkalat ng COVID-19 ng mga variants. tandaan na ang community quarantine ay hindi nag-iisang solusyon sa pandemiya,” ani Roque.

Samantala, batay naman sa napagkasunduan ng Metro Manila Council, pananatilihin ang unified curfew sa lahat ng lungsod at munisipalid sa rehiyon mula alas-otso ng gabi hanggang alas-kwatro ng madaling araw.

Papayagan na rin ang outdoor exercises subalit maaari lamang itong gawin mula alas-sais lamang hanggang alas-nuwebe ng umaga.

Paalala ng Palasyo, limitado pa rin ang paglabas ng bahay at ang pagbiyahe lamang para sa mga pangunahing pangangailangan, serbisyo at trabaho sa mga pinahihintulutang industriya ang papayagan sa MECQ areas. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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