Tons of mackerel tuna swim ashore in Romblon

Marje Pelayo   •   January 17, 2020   •   2302

ROMBLON, Philippines – Tons of mackerel tuna (tulingan) surfaced along the coastline of Barangay Sawang in the town of Romblon on Friday (January 17), prompting cheers of excitement from residents.

According to the uploader of the viral video, they have been observing hundreds of fish swimming near the shoreline since Thursday.

It was not the first time that such a phenomenon happened in the area, though the most recent was many years ago, one resident said.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), meanwhile, said they are still verifying the cause of the incident though the agency explained that fish usually appear near the beach if they find something to feed on.

BFAR warns of shellfish poisoning, red tide toxins in waters of Palawan, parts of Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   February 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has raised the alarm over consumption of shellfish and ‘alamang’ from the coastal waters of Palawan and several areas in the Visayas due to high level of red tide toxin.

Based on the latest laboratory results, the level of paralytic shellfish poison is beyond regulatory limit in the coastal waters of the following:

  • Puerto Princesa Bay (Palawan)
  • Puerto Princesa City (Palawan)
  • Dauis (Bohol)
  • Tagbilaran City (Bohol)
  • Irong-irong Bay (Western Samar)
  • Cancato Bay, Tacloban City (Leyte)
  • Lianga Bay (Surigao del Sur)

Meanwhile, high level of red tide toxin is present in the waters of:

  • Carigara Bay (Leyte)
  • San Pedro Bay (Western Samar)

“All types of shellfish and Acetes s. or alamang gathered from the areas stated above are NOT SAFE for human consumption,” the BFAR said in its advisory.

The agency added, however, that fish, squids, shrimps and crabs in the area are safe for human consumption provided that they are “fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.”

DA estimates Typhoon Tisoy damage, losses

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2019

Fishermen secure boats in anticipation rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Kammuri, in Cavite City, Philippines, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Agriculture on Monday (December 9) released the estimated damage and losses brought by Typhoon “Tisoy”.

The department announced that Tisoy caused damage and losses to around Php 3.70B.

In a statement released on Monday, the DA said: “the volume of production loss on rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock, and fisheries amounted to 195,046 metric tons, affecting 132,166 hectares and 92,701 farmers and fisherfolks.”

It explained that the increase from the initial estimate of Php 1.93B happened when updated and additional reports from Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Ilocos Region, and Eastern Visayas arrived.

The DA added that, “The damage and losses are only equivalent to 1% of the estimated total rice production by the end of 2019.”

Based on the DA’s monthly projection, losses in rice production is only 9% of the projected production for December. The estimated loss in corn production, meanwhile, was only 1.56%.

The Department said it has an available Php 250 million from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) for rehabilitation.

“The Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) allocated PhP 65 million under the Survival Recovery (SURE) Program for assistance. The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will fast-track the release of indemnity to farmers and fisherfolk hit by the typhoon,” the statement added.

It further said that they have prepared a total of 93,711 bags of rice seeds, 17,999 bags of corn seeds, 1,979 kgs of high-value crops seed reserves ready for distribution to affected farmers who are ready to replant.

Moreover, 7,500 coconut seedlings from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and 151,142 bags of RCEF seeds for eligible RCEF beneficiaries from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are also ready for distribution in Region 5.

Affected fisherfolks in the region will also receive relief goods, tilapia fingerlings, and fishing paraphernalia (gill nets, bottom set long line, 30ft fiberglass boat engine) from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 5 (BFAR-5).

The DA also said that the concerned RFOs are still conducting field validation to give more accurate reports regarding the impact of Typhoon Tisoy. —mbmf

Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ cuts power in parts of Oriental Mindoro, Romblon

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Power supply was temporarily cut off in parts of Oriental Mindoro and Romblon provinces as typhoon ‘Tisoy’ (international name: Kammuri) pummeled these areas on Tuesday.

Local disaster officials reported that Tisoy’s violent winds and heavy rains swayed electric posts and uprooted many trees which obstructed some roads going to the city proper Calapan.

Local authorities said swollen rivers that are in danger of spilling over are also being monitored as the typhoon continues to dump rains in Oriental Mindoro.

In Occidental Mindoro, more than 500 families are currently staying in temporary shelters after they fled their homes ahead of the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy.

These residents were evacuated from the towns of Mamburao, Abra de Ilog, Sta. Cruz, Sablayan, Magsaysay, Lubang, Paloan, and Rizal which were heavily battered by the storm.

Violent winds also swept through Romblon, toppling trees and damaging power facilities which prompted power cuts in the province.

Tisoy’s heavy rains also drenched Infanta town in Quezon province and prompted more than 8,000 residents to flee their homes in coastal areas in Batangas.

The evacuees are taking shelter in 55 evacuation centers opened in the province.

“Since kagabi o kahapon ay nagtuloy-tuloy ang ating preemptive evacuation. Ipinakita ng ating mga counterparts yung dedikasyon ating objective na ang ating mga kababayang Batangueño ay maiiwas dun sa maaaring sakunang mangyari,” Joselito Castro of Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said.

Tisoy also pounded and caused flooding in parts of Laguna, particularly in Kalayaan and other portions of the province’s Fourth District.

The power supply was temporarily out, and more than 1,000 individuals were evacuated.

Local officials said a relief operation will be conducted on Wednesday to areas affected by the typhoon.

As of this writing, winds and rains experienced in the said areas have weakened after Tisoy made another landfall around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday over Naujan, Oriental Mindoro.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 2 p.m. severe weather bulletin that Tisoy has further weakened as it traverses the northern portion of Mindoro provinces.

It was last spotted in the vicinity of Baco, Oriental Mindoro, packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, and gustiness of up to 195 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals are still up in a number of areas.

Tisoy is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday morning. — RRD (with reports from Correspondent Sherwin Culubong)

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