Toxic level of methanol found in ‘lambanog’ samples from Laguna

Marje Pelayo   •   December 26, 2019   •   975

MANILA, Philippines – Samples of distilled coconut sap locally known as ‘lambanog’ from three stores in Rizal, Laguna have tested positive of having up to 11% to 18% methanol content.

This was revealed from the results of the laboratory tests conducted by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) following a series of methanol poisoning in Laguna and Quezon that claimed the lives of 15 individuals and endangered several others.

The samples acquired were from the brands, Rey Lambanog, Emma’s Lambanog, and the one being sold by Orlando Mapa Store.

FDA said such level of methanol in alcoholic beverages is highly toxic for human consumption because the normal level should not exceed 1% to be safe.

“Kasi nga nagfo-form ng acid sa katawan ang methanol dahil hindi siya nada-digest ng ating atay. At kapag tuloy- tuloy maaari talagang ikamatay,” explained FDA Officer in Charge Eric Domingo.

Domingo added that excessive consumption of methanol can damage a person’s digestive system and may cause blindness as it also targets the optic nerves.

Study reveals that once ingested, the human body changes methanol into formaldehyde and formic acid.

A buildup of formic acid inside the human body causes serious damage in the body’s central nervous system.

In the case of lambanog, consumption of at least 30ml with such high level of methanol is definitely fatal.

Because of the recent methanol poisoning, the FDA is requiring all manufacturers of alcoholic drinks to secure a license to operate and a certificate of product registration to ensure proper product handling and preparation before they go out in the market.

“May mga produkto kasi na high risk, kasama itong ating mga alcoholic beverage na kung maaari po huwag na tayong bibili at iinom ng mga hindi rehistrado sa FDA (Some products are considered high risk such as these alcoholic beverages. As much as possible, we discourage consumers to purchase and drink products which are not FDA registered),” Domingo advised.

“Kasi ibig sabihin hindi natin namo- monitor ito. Hindi natin alam kung saan gawa, kung paano gawa at mahirap po nating mabigyan ng assurance ng safety ang publiko, (Because without it, we cannot monitor as to where the product is being manufactured or how it is made. It would be impossible for us to provide the public the assurance of product safety),” he added.

The FDA reiterates that consumers must purchase only those food products and beverages licensed and approved by the agency. – MNP (with details from Aiko Miguel)

Libu-libong manok sa Laguna namatay dahil umano sa heat stroke

Robie de Guzman   •   October 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nasa 43,000 manok na inaalagaan sa isang poultry farm sa bayan ng Nagcarlan, Laguna ang nangamatay dahil umano sa matinding init.

Noong Martes ng hapon nagsimulang mamatay ang mga manok matapos mawalan ng supply ng kuryente sa de-aircon na kulungan ng mga ito.

Tunnel ventilation ang gumagana sa poultry farm kaya sobrang init kapag nawalan ng kuryente.

Ayon kay Nagcarlan Municipal Agriculturist Abeth Lucas, may generator naman sa gusali ngunit pumalya ito kaya tuluyang nawalan ng bentilasyon sa kulungan na nagresulta sa pagkamatay ng mga manok.

“Namatay kasi yung ventilator kaya kumbaga nagkaroon ng heat stroke yung mga manok. Stroke siya gawa ng nawalan ng kuryente tapos pinaandar yung generator nag-bog down naman generator, yung mga fan hindi gumana,” ang wika ni Lucas.

Nakatakda na sanang i-deliver ang mga manok nang mangyari ang insidente.

Tinatayang aabot sa P6 milyon ang halagang katumbas ng mga namatay na manok.

Upang huwag masayang, ipinamigay na lamang ang mga manok sa mga residente ilang oras matapos mamatay.

“Hindi lang ho residente dito mga barangay ng Nagcarlan, ibang barangay ng Masiit nga. Tuwang tuwa naman sila,” ang pahayag ni Minda Ido, ang chairperson ng Barangay Maravilla sa Nagcarlan.

Inilibing naman ang mga manok na hindi na napakinabangan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Mac Cordova)

MGen. Magaway released from hospital months after helicopter crash

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Former PNP Directorate for Intelligence Major General Mariel Magaway finally returned home after months of being confined at the Asian Hospital since he figured in a helicopter crash in March. 

This was confirmed by Deputy Chief for Administration Police Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan who was there when Magaway was discharged on Thursday (May 21).

Cascolan said Magaway is in good shape and his memory remains sharp though he needs to go through physical therapy to improve his mobility.

“Two weeks to one month therapy kayang-kaya na niya yun,” he said. 

“Inaalalayan lang siya syempre kasi ikaw ba naman na more than two months [sa ospital] tapos masakit likod mo, may mga bali pa sa buto pero ok siya, ” he added.

General Magaway was among the eight passengers of the ill-fated Bell 429 that crashed at the PNP impounding area in San Pedro, Laguna minutes after taking off. 

Other passengers in the flight were PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa and his aide, PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, two pilots and former Directorate for Comptrollership PMGen. Jovic Ramos who is still recovering in a hospital. MNP (with inputs from Lea Ylagan)

Bagyong Ambo papalapit na sa hilagang bahagi ng Quezon-Laguna

Marje Pelayo   •   May 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Umuusad na ang Bagyong Ambo patungo sa hilagang bahagi ng Quezon at Laguna habang patuloy na nagpapaulan sa hilagang bahagi naman ng Bondoc Peninsula  sa Southern Quezon. 

Ayon sa weather bulletin ng PAGASA kaninang ika-11:00 ng umaga, Biernes (May 15), namataan ang mata ng Bagyong Ambo sa lugar ng Catanauan, Quezon, taglay ang lakas ng hangin na aabot sa 125 km/h malapit sa gitna at pagbugso na aabot sa 165 km/h.

Patuloy itong kumikilos patungong hilaga-kanlurang direksyon sa bilis na 20 km/h

Dahil dito, nakararanas ng katamtaman hanggang malakas na pag-ulan sa mga lugar ng Bicol Region, Quezon, Aurora, Marinduque, Laguna, Rizal, maging sa Metro Manila, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, at Quirino.

Pinapayuhan ang mga residente sa mga nasabing lugar na mag-ingat at maghanda, makipagugnayan sa lokal na pamahalaan sa mga kaukulang paalala at patuloy na i-monitor ang pagkilos ng bagyo sa pamamagitan ng mga advisory ng PAGASA. 

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #3:

  • Quezon kasama ang Polillo Island
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • Timugang bahagi ng Aurora (Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis, Dingalan)
  • Kanlurang bahagi ng Nueva Ecija (Licab, Quezon, Santo Domingo, Talavera, Llanera, Rizal,Bongabon, General Mamerto Natividad, Aliaga, Zaragoza, San Antonio, Jaen, Santa Rosa, Cabanatuan, Palayan, Laur, Gabaldon, Peñaranda, San Leonardo, Cabiao, San Isidro, Gapan, General Tinio)
  • Silangang bahagi ng Bulacan (San Miguel, San Ildefonso, Dona Remedios Trinidad, San Rafael, Angat, Norzagaray, San Jose Del Monte)
  • Kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Norte (Santa Elena, Capalonga, Jose Panganiban, Paracale, Labo)
  • Dulong kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Libmanan, Cabusao, Pasacao, Pamplona)
  • Marinduque

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #2:

  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • La Union
  • Benguet
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Aurora
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Camarines Norte
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Nueva Ecija
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Bulacan
  • Burias Island
  • Silangang bahagi ng Pangasinan (San Nicolas, Natividad, San Quintin, Umingan, Balungao, Sta. Maria, Tayug, Asingan, San Manuel, Binalonan, Laoac, Urdaneta, Villasis, Rosales, Sto. Tomas, Alcala, Bautista, Bayambang, Urbiztondo, Basista, Malasiqui, Sta. Barbara, Manaoag, Mapandan, San Jacinto, San Fabian, Pozorrubio, Sison, Mangaldan, Dagupan, Calasiao, Binmaley, Lingayen, Bugallon, Aguilar, San Carlos, Mangatarem)
  • Kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Sur (Siruma, Tinambac, Calabanga, Bombon, Naga, Magarao, Canaman, Camaligan, Gainza, Milaor, San Fernando, Minalabac, Pili)

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1:

  • Cagayan kasama ang Babuyan Islands
  • Isabela
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Pangasinan
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Abra
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Zambales
  • Bataan
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Romblon
  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Nalalabing bahagi ng Camarines Sur,
  • Hilagang bahagi ng mainland Masbate (Aroroy, Mandaon, Balud, Milagros, Baleno, Masbate City, Mobo)
  •  Ticao Island

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