Target na rice self-sufficiency, hindi naabot noong 2013; ngunit ani ng bansa, pinakamataas sa kasaysayan – DA

admin   •   July 21, 2014   •   8770

Isang magsasaka ang nagbubuhat ng isang sakong palay na kaniyangnagapas (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Noong 2013, itinakda ng Department of Agriculture (DA) na mararating ang  target na maging rice self-sufficient ang bansa  sa pamamagitan  ng 19 million metric tons ng palay ang kailangang maani.

Kapag narating ito maaring kumaunti na lang ang aangkating bigas o maaring hindi na mag-import.

Ngunit bago matapos ang 2013, naging malabo ang maisakatuparan ang target na ito ng kagawaran dahil binayo ang bansa ng sunod-sunod na kalamidad.

Ayon sa Department of Agriculture, napuruhan ang mga pangunahing taniman sa bansa ng mga bagyong nagdaan noong 2013 kaya’t hindi nito naabot ang target na rice self-sufficiency sa bansa.

“Nagsisimula palang po ang harvest ng Nueva Ecija. Tinamaan po siya ng bagyo eh. Alam naman po natin rice granary po ng bansa natin yung Central Luzon plus the later part of the year, tinamaan din po ng ilang pagbabaha yung Mindanao plus ito pong Kabisayaan ay hinagupit ng Bagyong Yolanda”, pahayag ni DA Secretary Proceso Alcala.

Sa kabila nito ay ipinagmalaki parin ng DA ang naging  produksyon ng palay sa bansa sa ilalim ng administrasyong Aquino.

“In 2010, ito po’y 82% lang ng sufficiency level natin at ngayon po’y naging 96 nga. Siguro naman po hindi siya ganon naging masama just after 3 years eh.”

Nito lamang Mayo ngayong taon ay inalis sa DA ang pangangasiwa sa 4 na malalaking ahensya nito.

Ang National Food Authority, Philippine Coconut Authority, National Irrigation Administration at Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority.

Itinalagang kalihim ang dating senador na si Francis Pangilinan bilang Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAFSAM).

“Sabi ko nga po di po baga at mas maigi yung 2 kalabaw na kakayod sa ating magsasaka kaysa nag-iisa”, ani Alcala.

“I’m here to clean up this agencies”, saad ni PAFSAM Sec. Pangilinan.

Agad na sinalubong si Pangilinan ng pagtaas ng presyo ng bigas na naglalaro sa 40 pesos at ng pesteng Cocolisap sa mga puno ng niyog at prutas sa iba’t ibang taniman sa bansa. Maging sa biglaang pagtaas ng presyo ng bawang.

Isa sa iniimbestigahan ay kung mayroon bang nangyayaring manipulasyon sa supply at presyo ng bigas.

“Kung merong sabwatan, kung merong coalition, kung meron involve na mga NFA official, kinakailangan silang managot.”

Sa ngayon ay nagdagdag na ng importasyon ng bigas ang bansa samantalang naka-amba naman ang  pagkakaroon ng El Niño phenomenon.

Hanggang sa ngayon ay mababa parin  ang  water level sa Angat dam na pangunahing pinagkukunan ng tubig ng Metro Manila at nagsu-supply sa mga palayan sa Bulacan at  Pampanga.

“It terms of the usual impact of El Niño na less rains than normal. By October, makikita na yung impact”, wika ni Dr. Flaviniana Hilario ng PAGASA.

Problema rin ngayon ng industriya ng niyogan ang pagkalat ng peste na kung tawagin ay coconut scale insect o Cocolisap.

Pangamba ng ahensya na bagama’t maliliit lamang ito ay maaari naman lumumpo sa industriya ng niyog sa bansa.

“If we do not intervene, it can reach Bicol region and Zamboanga peninsula by the end of the year”, paliwanag ni Sec. Pangilinan. (Rey Pelayo, UNTV News)

No food shortage in Odette-hit areas — Dar

Maris Federez   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has assured that the country has sufficient food supply despite the damage caused by Typhoon Odette to the agricultural sector.

Based on DA data, more than 68,000 farmers and fishers were affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in parts of the Visayas and Mindanao.

Around 300,000 hectares of farmland were destroyed and large portions of fisheries were affected.

The coconut and rice industries have also greatly suffered.

“Ang total damage and losses sa agriculture natin sa bansa ay umabot na po ng almost P6 billion pesos, still counting,” said DA Secretary William Dar.

Despite this turn of events, however, Dar assured that there will be no shortage of food supply.

“We do not have a big problem in terms of rice. Rice is so much available in most of the areas. But, of course, there are those areas that are slightly affected because of logistics,” he said.

Meanwhile, the department allotted Php2.9 billion to procure and distribute seeds for sowing and fishing boats.

This is to assist farmers and fisherfolks to get back on their feet and start anew. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)

PAGASA raises signal no. 3 as Odette moves towards Palawan

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — State weather bureau PAGASA has raised tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) number 3 over parts of Palawan as Typhoon Odette approaches the province.

In its 2 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Odette has maintained its strength, with maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center, gustiness of up to 215 km/h, and central pressure of 955 hPa.

It was located at 130km southwest of Cuyo, Palawan or 155 km east northeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. It is moving westward at 25 km/h.

TCWS no. 3 is up in the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Araceli, Dumaran, Roxas, San Vicente, Puerto Princesa City) including Cagayancillo and Cuyo Islands.

TCWS no. 2 has been raised over the following areas:

  • southern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Bulalacao, Mansalay, Roxas)
  • southern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Calintaan, Rizal, San Jose, Magsaysay)
  • central portion of Palawan (Narra, Sofronio Española, Quezon, Aborlan, Rizal, Brooke’s Point) including Kalayaan and Calamian
  • southwestern portion of Negros Occidental (Cauayan, Candoni, Ilog, Hinoba-An, City of Sipalay)
  • Antique
  • the northwestern and western portions of Aklan (Malinao, Madalag, Libacao, Buruanga)
  • southwestern portion of Capiz (Jamindan, Tapaz)
  • central and southern portions of Iloilo (Bingawan, Calinog, Dueñas, Lambunao, Badiangan, Janiuay, Cabatuan, Mina, New Lucena, Maasin, Alimodian, Leon, Zarraga, Pototan, Santa Barbara, Leganes, Iloilo City, Pavia, Oton, San Miguel, Tigbauan, Igbaras, Tubungan, Guimbal, Miagao, San Joaquin)
  • Guimaras

Meanwhile, signal no. 1 is up in the following areas:

  • Batangas
  • southeastern portion of Quezon (San Francisco, San Andres, San Narciso, Mulanay, Catanauan)
  • Marinduque
  • Masbate (Esperanza, Mandaon, Palanas, Baleno, Placer, Cawayan, Milagros, Dimasalang, Uson, Cataingan, Pio V. Corpuz, Balud, City of Masbate, Aroroy, Mobo)
  • Romblon
  • western portion of Bohol (Getafe, Talibon, Trinidad, Bien Unido, San Miguel, Dagohoy, Carmen, Dimiao, Danao, Buenavista, Inabanga, Sagbayan, Clarin,
  • Catigbian, Batuan, Bilar, Lila, Loay, Loboc, Sevilla, Tubigon, Balilihan, San
  • Isidro, Calape, Loon, Antequera, Maribojoc, Cortes, Corella, Sikatuna, Alburquerque, Baclayon, Tagbilaran City, Dauis, Panglao)
  • Siquijor
  • Cebu including Bantayan Islands
  • the rest of Negros Occidental
  • Negros Oriental
  • the rest of Capiz
  • the rest of Iloilo
  • the rest of Aklan
  • northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte (Baliguian, Gutalac, Kalawit, Labason, Liloy, Tampilisan, Salug, Godod, Bacungan, Sindangan, Siayan, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Pres. Manuel A. Roxas, Katipunan, Sergio Osmeña Sr., Dipolog City, Polanco, Piñan, Mutia, Dapitan City, La Libertad, Sibutad, Rizal)
  • the northern portion of Misamis Occidental (Don Victoriano Chiongbian, Aloran, Oroquieta City, Lopez Jaena, Concepcion, Sapang Dalaga, Calamba, Baliangao, Plaridel)

PAGASA said Odette is forecast to make landfall in the vicinity of northern or central portion of Palawan on Friday afternoon.

It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday.

Odette continues to weaken while passing over Sulu Sea

Maris Federez   •   December 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Odette is now passing over the Sulu Sea between Cuyo and Cagayancillo Islands, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 8 AM advisory.

As of 7 AM, the center of the eye of Typhoon Odette was located based on all available data at 155 km West Southwest of Iloilo City or 90 km South Southeast of Cuyo, Palawan with its maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 235 km/h, and a central pressure of 955 hPa.

The typhoon is moving westward at 25 km/h with strong winds or higher extending outwards up to 480 km from the center

Signal No.3 remains in the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Araceli, Dumaran, Roxas, San Vicente, Puerto Princesa City) including Cagayancillo and Cuyo Islands in Luzon.

The same cyclone signal is still raised in Guimaras, the southern portion of Iloilo (Tigbauan, Leon, Tubungan, Guimbal, Igbaras, Miagao, San Joaquin), the southern portion of Antique (Patnongon, San Remigio, San Jose, Belison, Sibalom, Hamtic, Tobias Fornier, Anini-Y) in the Visayas.

TCWS No.2 remains hoisted in the southern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Bansud, Bulalacao, Roxas, Bongabong, Mansalay), the southern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Rizal, San Jose, Magsaysay, Calintaan, Sablayan), the western portion of Romblon (Looc, Ferrol, Santa Fe, San Jose, Alcantara, Santa Maria, Odiongan, San Agustin, San Andres, Calatrava), and the central portion of Palawan (Narra, Sofronio Española, Quezon, Aborlan, Rizal, Brooke’s Point) including Kalayaan and Calamian Islands in Luzon.

Signal No. 2 is also battering Aklan, Capiz, the rest of Iloilo, the rest of Antique, Guimaras, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, and the southern portion of Cebu (Toledo City, Pinamungahan, San Fernando, City of Carcar, Aloguinsan, Barili, Sibonga, Dumanjug, Argao, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal, Badian, Dalaguete, Alegria, Alcoy, Malabuyoc, Boljoon, Oslob, Ginatilan, Samboan, Santander) in the Visayas.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 is hoisted over the following areas:

Luzon

The western portion of Camarines Sur, Albay (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Libmanan, Cabusao, Calabanga, Bombon, Magarao, Canaman, Pamplona, Camaligan, Gainza, Pasacao, Naga City, Milaor, San Fernando, Pili, Ocampo, Sagñay, Buhi, Iriga City, Baao, Bula, Minalabac, Nabua, Balatan, Bato), Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Marinduque, the southern portion of Quezon (San Antonio, Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya, Dolores, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Atimonan, Agdangan, Unisan, Gumaca, Plaridel, Pitogo, Lopez, Guinayangan, Buenavista, Catanauan, General Luna, Macalelon, Mulanay, San Narciso, San Andres, San Francisco, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, City of Tayabas, Perez), the rest of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Islands, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, the rest of Palawan, the rest of Romblon, and Batangas.

Visayas

The western portion of Northern Samar (Lope de Vega, Catarman, Bobon, San Jose, Rosario, Lavezares, Biri, Allen, Victoria, San Isidro, San Antonio, Capul, San Vicente), the western portion of Samar (Calbayog City, Santa Margarita, Gandara, Pagsanghan, Tarangnan, San Jorge, City of Catbalogan, Zumarraga, Daram, Talalora, Villareal, Santa Rita, Santo Niño, Almagro, Tagapul-An), Bohol, Biliran, Leyte, the western portion of Southern Leyte (Sogod, Tomas Oppus, Bontoc, Malitbog, Padre Burgos, Macrohon, City of Maasin, Limasawa), the rest of Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, and Siquijor

Mindanao

The northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte (Baliguian, Gutalac, Kalawit, Labason, Liloy, Tampilisan, Salug, Godod, Bacungan, Sindangan, Siayan, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Pres. Manuel A. Roxas, Katipunan, Sergio Osmeña Sr., Dipolog City, Polanco, Piñan, Mutia, Dapitan City, La Libertad, Sibutad, Rizal), and the northern portion of Misamis Occidental (Don Victoriano Chiongbian, Aloran, Oroquieta City, Lopez Jaena, Concepcion, Sapang Dalaga, Calamba, Baliangao, Plaridel)

The state weather bureau said that Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals hoisted in areas that are no longer on the list are now lifted.

PAGASA added that heavy to torrential rains over Western Visayas, Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Cagayancillo Islands, and Negros Oriental. Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over the Bicol Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, Quezon, and the rest of MIMAROPA. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains over the Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Aurora, Lanao del Sur, and the rest of Visayas,

Under these conditions, scattered to widespread flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are expected especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps, and in localities with significant antecedent rainfall.

PAGASA further warned that there is a moderate to high risk of storm surge of up to 3.0 m in height in the next 24 hours which may cause life-threatening flooding in the low-lying coastal areas of Negros Provinces, Iloilo, Antique, Guimaras, and several localities in the northern portion of Palawan (including Calamian, Cuyo and Cagayancillo Islands).

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