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DAR authorized to issue checkpoint passes for farmer beneficiaries

THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has been authorized to issue quarantine passes to agrarian reform beneficiaries to ensure they can continue farming during...

Seed industry complains of LGUs blocking cargoes

THE seed industry is asserting its status as a provider of critical agricultural goods during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency, citing uneven enforcement...

DA regional offices ordered to assist with farm logistics

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) ordered its regional offices to facilitate the transport of agricultural products to markets during the Luzon-wide lockdown to contain...

DA approves P1-billion loan program amid pandemic

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA), through its Agriculture Credit Policy Council (ACPC), has approved an initial P1 billion for loans to help the sector amid threats to food security caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

PHL to be among ‘first to know’ of new Vietnam rice...

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar said Vietnam has issued assurances on its intent to supply rice to the Philippines, its biggest foreign market, after Hanoi suspended export clearances in late March pending a review of its own domestic requirements during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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PRESIDENTIAL Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco B. Belgica said they will not investigate Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo over initiatives in helping respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, contrary to a statement by another PACC commissioner.

Miner asks for exemption

THE OPERATING arm of Global Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. has appealed to the local government of Surigao del Norte and the municipal mayor of Claver to issue an exemption from the temporary suspension of mining activities amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Palay output estimate for first quarter slashed by 6.7%

PRODUCTION of palay, or unmilled rice, in the first quarter of 2020 is now estimated at 4 million metric tons (MT), 6.7% lower than the previous projection, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

More Metro Manila LGUs to host mobile markets

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) will open more mobile produce markets sourcing directly from farmers to ensure sufficient food for the Metro Manila during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

PHL plans rice imports amid lockdown

THE government is planning to import 300,000 metric tons (MT) of rice to ensure there is enough domestic supply as Luzon remains under enhanced community quarantine.

Nickel Asia units suspend operations

TWO SUBSIDIARIES of mining company Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC) announced the temporary suspension of their mining operations, amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Poultry, pork supply deemed ample amid checkpoint snags

AGRICULTURAL groups said the poultry supply is ample despite worries over the flow of food to locked-down cities during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) imposed to contain coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

P31 billion allocated for food sufficiency measures

THE government is allocating P31 billion for measures that would ensure there is enough food supply during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

ASF outbreaks spread on Luzon; nearly 42,000 hogs culled

THE AFRICAN Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak has widened with an additional 41,953 hogs culled, according to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).

Manila Water, Maynilad to extend bill deadlines during ECQ

METRO Manila water suppliers said they are providing relief to customers experiencing difficulties paying their bills during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed on Luzon.

NFA still buying palay; stocks good for 14 days

THE National Food Authority (NFA) said it is still buying palay, or unmilled rice, and could see its procurement budget doubled soon in response to the enhanced community quarantine implemented in Luzon.

Palay farmgate prices rise in mid-March

THE average farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, rose 0.1% week-on-week to P16.26 per kilogram in the second week of March, with prices down 14.2% year-on-year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Councils reactivated to monitor local food prices

GOVERNMENT agencies have reactivated a price coordination council to monitor prices of basic commodities in Metro Manila and other urban areas during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Palay farmgate prices rise 0.9% in late Feb.

THE average farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, rose 0.9% week-on-week to P16.18 per kilogram (kg) in the fifth week of February, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Stocks down 2.5% as fears persist over rising COVID-19 cases

LOCAL shares closed the week on a negative note as the country continues to record more cases of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), prompting investors to book gains while wary of the impact of the pandemic on the economy.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/26/20)

THE Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the food resiliency protocol endorsed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) for faster movement of major food commodities to Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.

Harvest means rice inventory ample until June — Agriculture dep’t

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar said the dry-season rice harvest will make inventories of the staple sufficient to meet demand until June.

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law on Tuesday Republic Act No. 11469, or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act,” which gives him emergency powers in managing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country.

Agri dep’t seeks extra P32-B budget to ensure food security

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has requested a P32 billion supplemental budget to ensure food security for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Agri dep’t agencies to host Kadiwa farmers’ markets

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar has instructed various agencies of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to designate portions of their compounds as markets for agricultural products.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/24/20)

THE FOUR persons arrested for selling overpriced thermal scanners and medical masks were presented for inquest Monday, an official of the Department of Justice said.

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THE WORLD Health Organization’s (WHO) Philippine representative has called on the private sector to help in the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers, citing a global shortage problem as the new coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, continues to spread around the world.

LGUs preparing food packs urged to buy local, use more fresh...

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) urged local government units (LGUs) putting together food packs for their more vulnerable citizens to source food from local farmers to stabilize the market for fresh produce during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Water firms to apply average billing during lockdown

THE Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) has authorized water concessionaires to apply average billing to their customers, as community quarantine measures on Luzon prevent them from sending out meter readers.

Pork, poultry supply estimated good for five months’ consumption

PORK and poultry producers said the supply of their produce is ample for Luzon, especially Metro Manila, with large inventories in cold storage supplementing available livestock estimated as good for five months’ consumption.

Maynilad, Manila Water suspend meter reading, billing

WATER concessionaires Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) and Manila Water Company, Inc. (Manila Water) have temporarily suspended their meter reading and billing activities amid the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

NFA assures enough rice supply for NCR

THE National Food Authority (NFA) has completed the prepositioning of rice stocks and is now awaiting delivery and disbursement in strategic areas across Metro Manila amid the enhanced community quarantine measures implemented in Luzon, the agency said Sunday.

DA seeks extra P1 billion for food supply efforts

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar has requested a supplemental budget of at least P1 billion to support his department’s food resiliency and price control activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/19/20)

THE APPLICATION for food passes has been streamlined to ensure continuous movement of food, agri-fishery products and inputs in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, according to Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar.

DA organizing LGU-based food distribution for locked-down communities

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is organizing a food-supply system for locked-down communities linking produce suppliers with local government units (LGUs), which will be responsible for estimating the community’s food requirements and delivering rations to households.

Manila Water extends payment date for bills

WATER CO., Inc. has extended the due date for the water bill payments of its customers in response to the month-long “enhanced community quarantine” set by the government on Luzon.

Checkpoint procedures set for vehicles carrying food

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said accredited cargo vehicles delivering food into Metro Manila can pass through checkpoints and use special lanes if they present passes and display decals, while drivers and passengers must also present accreditation documents and ID.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (03/17/20)

THE NATIONAL Water Resources Board (NWRB) has guaranteed that water supply is sufficient in Metro Manila amid further decline in the water level of Angat Dam.

Food shipments into NCR to be assigned special lanes

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar said the government will permit cargo vehicles delivering food to use special lanes to ensure Metro Manila is adequately supplied during the COVID-19 lockdown.

DA confirms bird flu outbreak in Nueva Ecija

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said confirmed an outbreak of H5N6 Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) at a quail farm in Nueva Ecija.

PhilRice to train more farmers in higher-value production methods

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture’s Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said it will bring its agroenterprise development program to more than 3,000 new farmers to promote higher-value products like special varieties of rice and byproducts.

Stocks rise 1% as investors, pension funds snap bargains

LOCAL stocks ended on a positive note on Friday, capping a wild week that saw the equities market reel from the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic.

Nickel Asia posts 11% income slide

NICKEL ASIA Corp. reported an 11% decline in attributable net income last year to P2.68 billion after the listed miner and ore exporter recorded a drop in its share from two mining investments.

NCR residents warned against excessive food stockpiling

THE Department of Agriculture said Metro Manila’s population of around 14 million need not maintain more than their usual supplies of food as major commodities like rice are readily available.

Metro Manila water providers to adjust rates in second quarter

METRO MANILA water concessionaires secured the go signal from the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to adjust rates in the second quarter.