‘Plastic pollution’ hits fishermen in Quezon Province

Marje Pelayo   •   June 22, 2018   •   5385

File Photo: Garbage patch

 

 

QUEZON PROVINCE, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Quezon province calls on local government executives to strictly implement proper solid waste management system.

The agency said it is necessary to prevent pollution especially of plastic wastes that would possibly affect and kill the province’s fishing and tourism industry.

“Kulang pa iyong effort. Kung mai-implement talaga iyong mga batas ng gaya ng Solid Waste Management Act. Doon pa lang sa bahay mama-manage na iyong basura, walang makakarating sa dagat,” said BFAR Region 4A Director Wilfredo Cruz.

Aside from waste pollution, fishermen in the province expressed concern over rampant illegal fishing activities that kill corals and worsen the effects of climate change.

Fishermen blamed the lack of action by the local government on their appeals.

“Ang talagang nawala ang suporta ng ating mga locale executives…Di ko po nilalahat pero iyon po ang pagkakataon na medyo nagkaroon ng kabiguan ang ating mga mangingisda,” lamented Ramon Grimaldo, president of a local environmental group Tanggol Kalikasan.

Meanwhile, BFAR vows to continuously find ways to help the local fishermen in the province.

The Philippines is third among the countries with the highest volume of plastic wastes in the world following China and Indonesia. – Japhet Cablaida / Marje Pelayo

Quezon LGU ensures physical distancing at Typhoon Ambo evacuation centers

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2020

LUCENA CITY, Philippines – The Quezon provincial government on Thursday assured that physical distancing will be observed in evacuation centers in areas affected by Typhoon ‘Ambo’ (international name: Vongfong).

The Quezon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said that the physical distancing measure will be implemented on a per-family basis to ensure that the dreaded novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will not spread among the evacuees.

The Quezon Province is among the areas that are on the track of Typhoon ‘Ambo’.

According to the 5 p.m. severe weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the southernmost part of Quezon Province, including Tagkawayan, Calauag, Lopez, Macalelon, General Luna, Catanauan, Buenavista, Guinayangan, Mulanay, San Narciso, San Andres, and San Francisco have been placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3.

Other areas under signal no. 3 are:

  • Sorsogon
  • Albay
  • Masbate including Tucao and Burias Islands
  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Sur
  • Camarines Norte
  • Northern Samar
  • The northern portion of Eastern Samar (Jipapad, Arteche, Maslog, Dolores, Oras, San Policarpio, Can-avid, Taft, Sulat, San Julian, Borongan City, Maydolong)
  • The northern portion of Samar (Calbayog City, Sta. Margarita, Gandara, Pagsanghan, San Jorge, Matuguinao, San Jose de Buan, Catbalogan, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, Tarangnan, San Sebastian, Hinabangan)
  • Biliran

Meanwhile, signal no. 2 was hoisted over:

  • Southern portion of Quezon (Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Tayabas, Dolores, Candelaria, Sariaya, Tiaong, San Antonio, Lucena, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Pitogo, Quezon, Alabat, Perez, Real)
  • Marinduque
  • Romblon
  • Laguna
  • Southeastern portion of Batangas (Padre Garcia, Ibaan, Batangas City, Taysan, Rosario, Lobo, San Juan)
  • Northernmost portion of Leyte (Calubian, San Isidro, Tabango, Leyte, Capoocan, Carigara, Barugo, San Miguel, Babatngon, Tunga, Alangalang, Sta. Fe, Tacloban City, Jaro)
  • The rest of Samar
  • The rest of Eastern Samar

Signal no. 1 was raised over the following areas:

  • Aurora
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Bulacan
  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Bataan
  • Pampanga
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Eastern portion of Pangasinan (Lingayen, Bugallon, Aguilar, Mangatarem, Binmaley, San Carlos, Urbiztondo, Basista, Bayambang, Bautista, Calasiao, Alcala, Malasiqui, Sta. Barbara, Dagupan, Mangaldan, San Jacinto, Mapandan, Manaoag, Urdaneta, Villasins, Sto. Tomas, Rosalies, Balungao, Umingan, San Quintin, Sta. Maria, Natividad, Tayug, Asingan, San Nicolas, San Manuel, Binalonan, Laoac, Pozorrubio, Sison, San Fabian)
  • The rest of Quezon
  • The rest of Batangas
  • Rest of northern portion of Leyte (Villaba, Kananga, Matag-ob, Palompon, Ormoc, Merica, Isabel, Albuena, Pastrana, Dagami, Tanauan, Tabontabon, Tolosa, Barauen, Julita, Dulag)
  • Northeastern portion of Capiz (Pilar)
  • Northeastern portion of Iloilo (Carles, Balasan, Estancia, Batad)
  • Northern Cebu (Medelin, Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Santa Fe)

The PDRRMO assured they are ready to help and that there are enough relief goods for all families evacuated from their homes.

As of posting time, heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Ambo have begun lashing parts of Quezon.

PAGASA said Typhoon Ambo is packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour (kph) with gustiness of up to 255 kph. It is moving west at the speed of 15 kph.

The state weather bureau warned that the typhoon may bring heavy to at times intense rains that may induce flooding and landslides.

Storm surges of up to 4.0 meters may be experienced over the coastal areas of Northern Samar, Samar (west coast), Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Quezon, and Aurora.

PAGASA said that along with large swells, this storm surge may cause potentially life-threatening coastal inundation. – RRD (from the report of Correspondent Japhet Cablaida)

Lambanog producers seek gov’t support to convert products into disinfectants

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 27, 2020

Lambanog producers in Tayabas City, Quezon Province are seeking government support to convert their products into rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizers, and disinfectants.

The industry is experiencing a huge drop in sales brought by the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

Distilled coconut wine producers are now thinking of ways on how to help with the depleting supply of disinfectants in the country.

Isabelita Capistrano, owner of the Capistrano Distillery, is calling out to concerned government agencies to coordinate with them to make sure that their process will fit health standards and would be legal.

Capistrano said they are willing to cooperate with whatever plan the government deems necessary with the industry.

“The DTI [Department of Trade and Industry], DOST [Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Agriculture, kung iyan ay magtutulong-tulong, palagay ko ay anuman ang mapagplanuhan […] ay talagang makakaigi, (if they will help together, I think whatever they plan is, it would be for the better)” she said.

Quezon Province health officer Dr. Grace Santiago previously said the use of lambanog is a good alternative disinfectant to prevent spread of the coronavirus. AAC (with reports from Japhet Cablaida)

Supreme Court bans single-use plastics in its offices

Robie de Guzman   •   March 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday announced it has implemented an “outright ban” on single-use plastics in its offices in line with efforts to promote sustainability.

In a Memorandum dated February 28, the Supreme Court said it is adopting the solid waste avoidance and waste management strategy of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The NSWMC last week approved a Resolution No. 1363 banning “unnecessary” single-use plastics, covering national government agencies, local government units, and other government controlled-offices.

The resolution directs the DENR to “prepare and implement” the ban on single-use plastic products, including cups less than 0.2 millimeter in thickness, drinking straws, coffee stirrers, spoons, forks, and knives.

The ban also covers “labo” or thin and translucent plastic bags, and thin-filmed sando bags lower than 15 microns.

The commission said the move is seen as a major step to curb the use of single-use plastic items that “pollute our waterways, kill marine life and contribute to our country’s increasing solid waste.”

“This directive is consistent with the Court’s efforts towards sustainability,” the high court said in a statement.

The SC also revealed that in October 2019, it has presented a construction project of the Manila Hall of Justice (MHOJ), which is certified as the first green courthouse in the Philippines.

The project, which will feature three environment-friendly and green-certified interconnected buildings, is set to be completed by 2022.

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