DILG to ask LGUs to lift entry ban on pork products from Luzon
Marje Pelayo • October 15, 2019 • 1206
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to issue a memorandum circular to encourage local government units (LGUs) to lift their respective bans on entry of pork products coming from Luzon.
The LGUs imposed their own measures to prohibit the entry of pork products in their area in protection against the further spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).
According to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, the DA requested them to allow meat processors to transport their products provided that their products are properly documented, properly processed, and approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Incorporated (PAMPI) argued that so far, 56 provinces have existing import ban on pork and pork items from the Luzon region.
The group added that the meat processing industry would suffer P55-B loss in profit every year should the local governments not heed lifting the import ban.
PAMPI assured that its products are safe for public consumption, therefore, they are confident that they will not cause the spread of the ASF virus. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has directed local government units (LGU) to employ advanced approaches to expedite the COVID-19 vaccination process.
In his weekly “Talk to the People” address late Monday, Duterte said LGUs should use “technology and other advanced approaches” to make sure that the implementation of the immunization program is more effective.
He also said that local governments should think of ways to maintain order in vaccination sites to prevent any super spreader event.
LGUs should also implement a system to keep people from lining up for long hours.
“Making them queue for an hour or longer exposes them to other risks. Please use technology and other advanced approaches to make sure the entire process is more effective,” Duterte said.
“Huwag ninyo paglinyahin sa init kasi magkakasakit din ‘yan. Just the same, the very thing you are trying to avoid will happen if you do not do that. Barangay captain has a list of people in his barangay. It behooves upon you guys to make sure that they are given the numbers and appointed time and not make them queue,” he added.
He also called on LGUs to make sure that vaccines are deployed and stored properly to avoid wastage.
“Hindi nyo pwedeng bukas-bukasin yan kasi ang shelf life, yung bakuna will expire on a certain day at nakita ko, the longest is about three or two months. Wala nang bisa yan, itatapon na yan. Just like one instance somewhere in ano, because nawala na yung temperature. Dapat nakabaon talaga yan sa ice and in storage where the temperature is controlled,” he said.
“Failing that, we waste the vaccines, which are important in making the people healthy,” he added.
The Department of Health earlier noted that the vaccine rollout is slow in some far-flung and conflict areas due to some challenges.
The Philippines has so far administered more than five million COVID-19 vaccine doses since the government started the immunization drive in March.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night directed local government officials to strictly implement community quarantine protocols and to prohibit fiesta celebrations in their localities amid the continuing threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
During a pre-taped public address late Thursday, Duterte warned local executives that they would be held accountable if they fail to enforce COVID-19 protocols.
“Ang hinihingi ko is that you only not tone down but forego, kasi may batas, forego to congregrate, to crowd and to hold [fiestas],” he said.
“I will not allow the violations of the guidelines given by the task force. I will hold the local governments, down to the last barangay level, and therefore it could only be the barangay captains, I will hold you responsible for any violation itong mga batas na hindi napatutupad,” he added.
Duterte issued the directive as he approved the easing of quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and other provinces.
Metro Manila and nearby provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Laguna – called NCR Plus – have been shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) “with heightened restrictions” from May 15 to May 31.
Other areas under GCQ during the same period are Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Batangas, Quezon, Puerto Princesa, Iligan City, Davao City, and Lanao del Sur.
Areas placed under modified enhanced community quarantine are Santiago City, Quirino, Ifugao, and Zamboanga City. The rest of the country will remain under modified GCQ.
Duterte emphasized that enforcing health protocols in the localities must be stringent to allow the country to recover from the pandemic and to prevent virus transmission.
He also reminded the public to wear face mask, frequently wash their hands and to stay at home.
“This is really a law so you have to enforce it because if you want this country to recover form the onslaught of COVID-19, you have to be mindful of what is going on and how to prevent it,” Duterte said.
“Nakikiusap ako, there are a lot of fiestas which you would like to hold, the problem is there is also the consequence which we must be mindful of,” he added.
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