DA Sec. Piñol: “We’re bird flu-free.”

admin   •   September 6, 2017   •   4673

MANILA, Philippines —  Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol considers the country clear of bird flu virus.

However, the official confirmed in a text message to UNTV that quarantine protocols must continue in affected areas, particularly in San Luis, Pampanga and in Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija up to 90 days after disinfection, before allowing poultry raisers to resume operation.

Around 600,000 fowls were culled within the one-kilometer radius in the affected towns.

Meanwhile, Senate Committee on Agriculture chair Senator Cynthia Villar said it is not necessary to conduct an investigation on the outbreak.

Instead, the committee will just wait for the final report of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to assess if there are necessary reforms to be made.

“The intention is to be able to solve the problem that it will never happen again in the future,” said Villar.

Piñol said they will meet with stakeholders this week for a post-crisis analysis meeting to determine what lessons they have learned from the avian influenza outbreak.

Meanwhile, Senator Villar believes that it is necessary to have a thorough study on the country’s mining operations to prevent the industry from dwindling.

She cited illegal mining activities as reasons why the image of the mining industry in the country is being perceived in a wrong perspective.

Villar has no direct answers when asked if she favors the lifting of the ban on open-pit mining, but if it relates to agriculture, the lady senator said,“For them [miners] to be adopted to agriculture, remove the metal then rehabilitate [the land], turn it into an agricultural land. But if there are metal components, that’s what is unfavorable to agriculture,” said Villar. — Rey Pelayo | 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

 

 

Less quarantine days for travelers good for tourism recovery — DOT

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Less quarantine days for travelers would help the country’s tourism industry recover from the negative impacts of the pandemic, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Friday.

DOT Secretary Berna Romulo- Puyat said the department welcomes the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) to reduce the quarantine period for travelers from both “green” and “yellow list” countries or those with low and medium infections.

READ: PH revises testing, quarantine protocols for inbound travelers

“The reduction of the mandatory quarantine period for inbound travelers is an encouraging development for the country’s tourism industry,” she said on Friday (October 8).

“The easing of travel restrictions, particularly quarantine protocols, is a promising development as we inch closer to our goal of making the prospect of travel more appealing to our potential visitors. The faster we are able to adjust to this situation, the faster we can bounce back better and regain our position in the global tourism market,” she added.

Under the IATF resolution, vaccinated travelers can leave quarantine facilities as early as five days after arrival while unvaccinated persons can go home seven days after arrival. Travelers should also have negative result for the RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken on the fifth and seventh day. They can complete their remaining quarantine in their own home.

However, the tourism department clarified that general inbound tourism is still not allowed. Eligible inbound passengers are limited to returning Filipinos and balikbayans, their families, and foreigners with valid visas. AAC

 

Piñol to run for senator, resigns from MinDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines— Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has resigned from his post to vie for a senatorial seat in the 2022 national elections.

In a Facebook post, Piñol announced that he has tendered his resignation which will take effect on October 5.

Piñol served as the Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary from June 30, 2016 to August 5, 2019 and as chairman of the MinDA from August 5, 2019 to October 5, 2021.

“I have reached a decision to vie for a seat in the Philippine Senate to pursue my advocacy to help the Filipino farmers and fishermen become more productive while at the same time ensuring food security and economic prosperity in the country,” he said in his post.

The official added that friends have pledged their support by lending vehicles and volunteering to print tarps and campaign in the field. He will run under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and will pursue programs for farmers and boost the country’s agriculture.

“Our mission is clear and precise: Let us turn the Philippines into a major producer in Agriculture and Fisheries in this part of the world while at the same time create income and job opportunities so that our loved ones do not have to leave home to find work abroad,” Piñol said. AAC

 

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