Farmers affected by Taal eruption seek government assistance

Maris Federez   •   January 21, 2020   •   655

Ash-covered cornfield in Brgy. Hornalan, Calamba, Laguna, 21 January 2020. Clinton Anniversario/Photoville International

Laguna, Philippines — Farmers in the province are losing thousands of pesos after their crops had been affected by the Taal Volcano’s eruption.

Hectares of farm lots for corn, tomato, bitter gourd, string beans, squash, and other crops in Barangay Hornalan in Calamba, Laguna were destroyed.

This prompted farmers like Michael Marudo and Frisco Año to call on the government for assistance.

Michael said he cannot sell his vegetable produce as they were all covered by the thick ashes from the eruption.

He claimed to have lost around Php30,000.

“Halos 100% po ‘yung bumagsak wala na pong maani. Kasi lahat po ito binisita namin kasama ‘yung technician ko sa Calamba,” Michael said.

Frisco, on the other hand, said his losses have now reached Php100,000 as his corn and squash produce were ruined.

The animals in his farm were also affected by the ashfall making them weak and sick.

“Ang aming naisip ‘yung pagsisimula ‘yung tulong ng pamahalaan kasi parang ano kami lahat ng ari-arian nasira sa pagkakaputok ng bulkan,” Frisco said.

The farmers in Laguna are asking the government for seedlings and tractors that they can use in farming. — (from the report of Correspondent Grace Doctolero) /mbmf

DOLE assures gov’t assistance for local, overseas workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 27, 2020

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) assured that local and overseas workers affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic will receive government assistance.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III called out to employers in the private sectors as well as OFWs to register to their programs that provide case assistance.

“DOLE’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measure Program or CAMP offers one-time five thousand pesos financial support to employees of companies or business establishments that have adopted flexible work arrangements or temporary closure due to the COVID 19 pandemic,” DOLE said in a statement.

“For the overseas Filipino workers whose employment was affected by the pandemic, DOLE will be also providing a one-time 10 thousand pesos assistance,” DOLE added.

Meanwhile, DOLE is implementing emergency employment assistance for informal sector workers through the TUPAD BKK program or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers – #Barangay Ko Bahay Ko.

“Qualified beneficiaries will receive daily minimum wage for 10 days by disinfecting their houses and vicinity. Aside from the daily wage, workers will get personal accident insurance, personal protective equipment, and cleaning kit,” the Labor Department said.

To avail any of the DOLE programs visit their website, official Facebook page or contact them at DOLE Hotline: 1349.-AAC

UNTV Cup players to join Wish Olympics

UNTV News   •   February 21, 2020

Julius Casaysayan of Agriculture Food Masters

MANILA, Philippines — Players from UNTV Cup – the Liga of Public Servants – are set to join the Wish Olympics, a charity sports and entertainment event for the benefit of the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.

Among the players are PNP Responders’ Mariano “Neil Perez” Flormata Jr. and Anton Tolentino, Julius Casaysayan of Agriculture Food Masters, Rod William Vasallo of PITC Global Traders and Carlo Gonzalez of GSIS Furies.

PBA Legends and UNTV Cup Commissioners Atoy Co and Ed Cordero, as well as PBA Legends Allan Caidic, Johnny Abarrientos, Jayjay Helterbrand, Chris Calaguio, and Willie Miller, will also be gracing the event and extend their support.

Spearheaded by Wish 107.5 innovator and public service advocate, Kuya Daniel Razon, Wish Olympics will be held on February 23, 2020, at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Rod William Vasallo of PITC Global Traders

It is aimed at extending more charity works to the people of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna who have been severely affected by the explosion of the Taal Volcano.

Since the first week of the calamity, UNTV and the Members Church of God International, together with local and national government agencies have been carrying out medical missions and relief efforts for the victims.

Razon said he realizes the enormity of the eruption’s aftermath and that it will take months before the evacuees could carry on again with their normal lives.

This, he said, prompted him to think of ways to better extend assistance to the victims, and such is by way of the said sports and entertainment event.

PNP Responders’ Mariano “Neil Perez” Flormata Jr.

It will be participated in by artists like Morisette, Imago, Clara Benin, Jayda, The Juans, The Wishfuls, Rhea Basco, Mark Herras, JayR, Rayver Cruz, Ejay Falcon, Young JV, Jordan Herrera, Adrian Alandy, James Blanco, Albie Casino, Gerhard Acao and Axel Torres.

Professional volleyball players and TV/movie personalities such as Gretchen Ho, Kathy Bersola, Claudia Barretto, Gwen Zamora, Roma Joy Doromal, Che Sindayen, Jem Ferrer, Patcharee Saengmuang, Sandy Delos Santos, Aya Fernandez, Casey Da Silva, Ana Gopico, Amanda Villanueva, Nicole Tiamzon, Heather Guino-o, and Erika Alkuino will also team up for a friendly volleyball match.

Joint Task Group Taal visits towns severely affected by Taal eruption

Maris Federez   •   February 6, 2020

The Joint Task Group (JTG) Taal is continually monitoring the towns of Batangas that are severely affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.

The group on Wednesday (Feb. 5) distributed relief goods, in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

With the Taal Volcano alert level brought down to 3, the group said it will continue its clearing operations on the streets that were covered by ashfall; cleaning of schools and repairing of establishments in the town of Laurel.

“Nakaready tayo sa lahat ng eventualities pati paglikas siyempre priority rin natin ang paglikas,” said AFP chief Ge. Felimon Santos Jr.

Laurel, Batangas Mayor Joan Amo said they are continuously beefing up their readiness to respond to the possible explosion of Taal.

“Bumuo na kami ng contingency plan para sa disaster plan po namin […] Ang panawagan ko lang sa aking mga kababayan sana po ay seryosohin at makinig nang mabuti doon sa aming itatalagang o ibibigay sa kanilang plano base na rin sa pinag-aralan at pinagkasunduan ng buong nanunungkulan dito sa bayan,” Amo said. — (from the report of Sherwin Culubong) /mbmf

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