Author: Raffy Rico

High standards, good practices in livestock industry enables PHL to export meat, poultry-DA

The Department of Agriculture said today that because of the effort exerted by the Department and its National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) in implementing the standards for animal slaughter, mandatory good manufacturing practices, hazard analysis critical control point and humane handling of animals for slaughter, the country is able to export livestock products to several countries. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said, besides exporting chicken yakitori and peking duck to Japan, the Philippines also exports halal beef to Brunei, fresh and frozen halal chicken to the United Arab Emirates,crocodile meat to Slovak Republic and frozen chicken to South Korea. "Let us protect our gains.  We should also maximize our being foot and mouth disease free (FMD) without vaccination and avian flu free status," Alcala said. The Secretary said that we should also expand our export market and continue implementing strict standards for our meat that comply with the export destination requirements and global standards. He added, the DA will continue to strictly monitor local markets to ensure that the meat our countrymen will have on their table is safe. "Palalawakin din po natin ang kaaalaman tungkol sa ligtas na karne at kung paano po ang tamang paghahanda upang hindi maging banta sa kalusugan ng mga mamamayan," Alcala said. The DA earlier recognized the important role the NMIS plays in ensuring the health and safety of meat products and also in...

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Lingkod Bayan 26th Anniversary

In Celebration of the 26th Anniversary of Lingkod Bayan (DWAD Radio), Raffy Rico received the Certificate of Appreciation for his unwavering support, loyalty and dedication as the Lingkod Bayan CHIEF REPORTER for the year 2013-2014.(Jimmy...

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P6 MILLION WORTH OF SHABU INTERCEPTED IN CHECKPOINT Couple, young courier arrested

Methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, with an estimated value of P6 million, was intercepted during a checkpoint operation conducted by anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), in collaboration with local police on October 20, 2014 in Cotabato City. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. said that the illegal drug, weighing approximately one kilogram and placed inside a large transparent plastic sachet, was confiscated from suspects identified as couple Tato K. Felmin, 35 years old; his wife, Alma, 27; and Fahad B. Guiapar, 19, a male from Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. At around 8:00 in the evening, combined elements of PDEA Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA RO-ARMM) under Director Yogi Filemon Ruiz, and teams from Cotabato City Police Station 3 intercepted the suspects on board a blue-colored Elf truck with plate number UEX-220 carrying the illegal drug in a checkpoint at Purok Silangan, Sinsuat Avenue, Tamontaka, Cotabato City. The operation was a result of the information received from a confidential informant reporting that illegal drugs will be transported from Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao to Cotabato City on board a truck. Seized piece of drug evidence was brought to PDEA RO-ARMM Laboratory Office for forensic examination. A case for violation of Section 5 (Transportation of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, is being prepared for...

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DA recognizes important role of NMIS in safety, trade of livestock products

The Department of Agriculture recognized the important role the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) plays in ensuring the (health and) safety and quality of meat products and also in safeguarding the trade of livestock products as the nation celebrates Meat Safety Consciousness Week. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the NMIS will continue in tirelessly performing its regulatory function and will not stop in treading the straight path mandated by President Aquino. "Kung walang batas o malabo ang batas, mahirap magpatupad.  At kung may batas na hindi po matuwid ang pagpapatupad, hindi din po igagalang ng mga dapat sumunod sa batas," Alcala said. He added, the implementing rules and regulations of the Food Safety Law is scheduled to be signed next week. According to the Secretary, he has signed several guidelines, like the one on good hygienic slaughtering practices, and the creation of municipal and city meat inspection services to be institutionalized by LGUs to eradicate meat safety problems. The guidelines on meat market surveillance system is equally important since this ensures that meat in markets are compliant with safety standards, he added. "Anuman ang mangyari sa mga guidelines na ito, we shall conduct a performance evaluation para malaman natin ang impact nito sa publiko at pagasasasgawa ng ating mandato," Alcala said. He added, the Philippines has 382 licensed meat (inspection) establishments and 55 double A slaughterhouses that are still...

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NEWS ALL ABOUT PHILRICE

    PH first nipa bioethanol facility launched Rice farming and coastal communities will soon benefit from the first nipa bioethanol production facility recently launched in Brgy. Cabaggan, Pampalona, Cagayan. Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco Jr., executive director of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), said that the bioethanol project in Cagayan, a province in Northern Luzon with rich source of nipa extracts, may help supply local energy demand. “Fossil resources have been dwindling since the 1970s. This project with the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) will increase farmers` competitiveness as nipa is a renewable energy that can fuel farm machinery...

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DA-BPI partnered with Nestle Phils for Agri-Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan Project

The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) has partnered with the Nestle Philippines Incorporated to boost the campaign for the agency’s Agri-Pinoy Gulayan sa Paaralan Project that aims to promote vegetable production and consumption among schoolchildren. On October 20, 2014 BPI Director and DA Assistant Secretary Paz Benavidez signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nestle Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs Edita de Leon at the BPI Office, Quezon City for the production and packaging of a harmonized manual on school gardening to be used by DA trainers and school teachers for the school veggie gardening project. Benavidez said that the partnership confirms that the government and the private sector can collaborate to attain unified objective—in this case, to reduce the number of malnourished children and attain food security in the country. To come up with the “Masustansiyang Pagtatanim” book, the DA-BPI has formed a technical working group assigned to formulate a single manual which will be used by different regions in training teachers on vegetable gardening. Nestle on the other hand designed and packaged the manual into a colorful book that contains steps on gardening, making compost, as well as recipes that can help entice children to eat more vegetables. Benavidez said that it is important for children to appreciate the importance of vegetables in their diet through planting even if there are only small...

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Bansang Italya Naglaan ng P2.5- Bilyong Pisong Proyekto Para sa mga Magsasaka sa Mindanao

Inihayag kamakailan ni Italian Assistance to the Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program o IARCDSP Project Manager Pabil Marohomsalic ang pagsisimula ng isang proyektong makatutulong sa mga magsasaka natin sa gawing Hilaga ng Mindanao. Ayon kay Marohomsalic, may kabuuang P2.5- Bilyong pisong halaga ang inilaang tulong ng pamahalaan ng Italya, sa ilalim ng IARCDSP ng Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR ang tinanggap ng may 53,000 na pamilyang magsasaka sa mga mahihirap na komunidad sa Mindanao. Nakapaloob sa naturang proyekto ang pagtatatag ng 50 organisasyon ng mga magsasaka, pagsasasanay para sa pagnenegosyo, paglalaan ng mga kagamitan sa pagsasaka at pagpapatayo ng mga ibat-ibang imprastraktura para sa kapakinabangan ng mga benepisyaryo at ng komunidad doon. Ayon naman kay Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, ang joint Philippine-Italian poverty alleviation program na ito ay parte ng pagsisikap ng European Unions na patibayin ang kapayapaang isinusulong ng pamahalaang Pilipinas sa Moro National Liberation Front at ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front sa Mindanao. Sinabi pa ni Marohomsalic na nasa pre-implementation stage na ang proyekto at inaasahang magsisimula ang implementasyon nito sa susunod na taon....

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PAJ extends Binhi Awards contest deadline

The submission of contest entries to the 2014 PAJ-SMC Binhi Awards, sponsored by the Philippine Agricultural Journalists, Inc. (PAJ) and San Miguel Corporation, has been extended to Friday, October 24, 2014, to give contestants additional time to submit their respective entries. PAJ president and Philippine Star business editor Roman Floresca said with the extension, “we will be able to encourage more contestants to vie for this year’s contest, which was revived and expanded with bigger prizes of as much P50,000 cash for the winners of major categories.” This year’s contest features 15 individual and institutional categories, with three major winners each for the outstanding agricultural journalist, agribeat reporter and environment journalist. The top three winners for each category will receive P50,000, P30,000 and P20,000 cash and a trophy, respectively, said contest chairman Noel Reyes, PAJ vice president, and former information director at the Department of Agriculture. The PAJ has conducted the contest since 1978 in cooperation with institutional supporters like the SMC to recognize efforts of print and broadcast journalists, who continue to churn out comprehensive and quality reportage of the country’s agriculture, fishery, environment, agrarian reform, food and agribusiness sectors. Another corporate sponsor, Bayer Philippines, has again pledged its support to the PAJ and Binhi Awards. The other individual categories are agri broadcast journalist, agri photo journalist, agri news story, agri feature story, and environment story, where the...

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SSS projects P14M contributions from cooperatives

The Social Security System expects to collect an additional P14.4 million in contributions annually after accrediting nine new cooperatives as partners in collecting member-contributions and in providing other social security services. SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio S. De Quiros Jr said, “Collectively these nine cooperatives have a total of 90,377 members, and they have committed to enroll 7,050 new members to the SSS annually.” De Quiros said that the SSS continues to find ways to make social security services more accessible to its members. The accreditation of these new cooperatives will provide members in their respective areas of jurisdiction a more convenient way of transacting with the SSS. Recently accredited are Sta Cruz Savings and Development Cooperative (SACDECO) and Sacred Heart Savings Cooperative (SHSC) in Ilocos Sur, Pintuyan National Vocational School Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PNVSMPC) in Southern Leyte, Pinoy Lingap Damayan Credit Cooperative (PDLCC) in Catanduanes, Tubungan Employees Development Cooperative (TEDCO) in Iloilo, Alicia Neighborhood Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ALNEMPCO) in Zamboanga-Sibugay, Gata Daku Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GDMPC) in Misamis Oriental, Guadalupe Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GCPMC) in Cebu, and Alalay sa Kaunlaran Inc Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ASKI MPC) in Nueva Ecija. Among the nine newly-accredited cooperatives, Southern Leyte’s PNVSMPC and PDLCC in Catanduanes will act as SSS’ collecting agents for member contributions, loan payments as well as payments for miscellaneous transactions such as collection of fees for replacement of UMID cards. Aside...

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