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#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/28/20)

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) assured that the SOCCSKSARGEN region — composed of the provinces of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani, and General Santos City — has enough food supply amid the coronavirus pandemic.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (05/27/20)

BOHOL Governor Arthur C. Yap said Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., chief implementer of the national coronavirus response program, has apologized for the sudden return of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to their hometowns without proper notification to local governments.

Maynilad says June water billing to reflect meter reading

WEST zone water concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. said the water bill that its customers will receive for the month of June would reflect the actual billing and consumption for the months of March up to June.

Manila Water unit signs P3-B loan with two banks

A SUBSIDIARY of east zone water provider Manila Water Co., Inc. has signed a loan to fund its capital expenditure programs and expansions projects.

Philippines to join field trials for swine vaccine

THE Philippines is set to take part in field trials for a potential vaccine against African Swine Fever (ASF).

Agri-focused stimulus touted to help economy rebound from virus crisis

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar made his pitch for the role of farming in reviving the economy, claiming that an “agriculture-driven” approach will help the Philippines rebound more strongly from the pandemic.

Garin backs more testing for returning workforce

EMPLOYEES returning to work should be tested for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to minimize possible transmission by asymptomatic persons, a former Health Secretary said.

MPIF, Agrea in produce-buying tie up to support farmer incomes

METRO Pacific Investments Foundation (MPIF) said it entered into a partnership with Agrea Agricultural System International, Inc. to purchase and distribute produce from farmers cut off from their markets by the lockdown.

Q1 metal output drops amid mine closures

THE country’s metal production value fell 10.69% to P24.86 billion in the first quarter from a year earlier as some mining operations were halted amid a coronavirus pandemic, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

Newport Mall to partially open shops, restaurants

RESORTS World Manila (RWM) will partially open Newport Mall, as a number of retail shops and restaurants will resume operations on Friday, with the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila.

Stocks end three-day gains, declines 1.16%

THE LOCAL market fell 1.16% on Friday, ending three consecutive days of gains as worries from investors continue while the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic remains.

SMC buys 69 million kilos of corn to support farmers

SAN MIGUEL Corp. (SMC) said its food unit has purchased 69 million kilograms of corn from farmers to ensure adequate supply and prop up farmer incomes during the market disruptions caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Higher metal output boosts Philex Mining

PHILEX MINING Corp. (Philex) reported a 50.5% decline in its first-quarter net income attributable to equity holders to P102.3 million, while turning in a positive core profit due to higher metal output and better gold prices during the period.

Roxas Holdings cuts losses in second quarter

ROXAS Holdings Inc. (RHI) trimmed its losses attributable to equity holders to P92.75 million during the second quarter of its fiscal year ending March in part after the company reduced some of its expenses.

Central Azucarera de Tarlac net income up 123%

LISTED sugar miller Central Azucarera de Tarlac reported a higher net income in the third quarter of its fiscal year ending March.

Longtime backer of VCO urges clinical trials to test effectivity against...

AN Ateneo de Manila University scientist said he supports clinical trials to study the effectiveness of virgin coconut oil (VCO) in treating coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), calling it a “simple solution” tapping a readily available resource.

Crop damage from Typhoon Vongfong hits P1.56B

Crop damage caused by Typhoon Vongfong has reached P1.56 billion, affecting 45,430 farmers and fisherfolk, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday.

Palay farmgate price rises 0.75% in early May

THE average farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, rose 0.75% week on week to P18.81 per kilogram in the first week of May, with prices climbing 1.95% year on year, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Nationwide round-up

PALACE Spokesperson Harry L. Roque on Tuesday explained that an “expanded targeted testing” is a priority measure to curb coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmissions after receiving public backlash on his Monday statement that the government will not be conducting mass testing.

OFWs offered interest-free loans for agri ventures

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) will offer interest-free loans to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to venture into agriculture-related businesses as part of efforts to boost the economic productivity of rural areas.

DA says crop damage from typhoon hit P1B

CROP DAMAGE caused by Typhoon Vongfong has reached P1.04 billion, affecting almost 22,000 farmers, the Department of Agriculture said on Monday.

UP Visayas develops low-sodium patis made from green mussels

A LOW-SODIUM fish sauce made from fermented green mussels, or tahong, has been developed by the University of the Philippines-Visayas Institute of Fish Processing Technology.

Crop damage from Typhoon Vongfong reaches P185.83M

TYPHOON Vongfong caused about P185.83 million in damages across three regions, destroying rice, corn and high-value crops and killing livestock, according to the Agriculture department.

DA partners with more companies under e-Kadiwa program

On Friday, the Department of Agriculture (DA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with seven companies which will join as sellers under the e-Kadiwa ni Ani At Kita marketing program.

NFA open to probe into smelly rice

THE NATIONAL Food Authority (NFA) said that it is open to any investigation that may be conducted after reports surfaced about the foul odors of rice stock issued to some legislators.

Fruitas to launch chicken line with PeriPeri Corp.

FRUITAS Holdings, Inc. has teamed up with the operator of Eduardo’s Peri-Peri Chicken to launch a new chicken line.

NWRB hikes water allocation for NCR

THE National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has increased the raw water allocation of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) starting May 14 until the end of the month.

Palay farmgate price rises 0.76% in late April

THE average farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, rose 0.76% week-on-week to P18.66 per kilogram in the fourth week of April, with prices rising 1.41% year-on-year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Mining firms can start full operations under GCQ

MINING COMPANIES will be allowed to resume operations at full capacity as long as they follow strict safety guidelines, after the national government began relaxing quarantine restrictions around the country.

UNESCAP sees pandemic ushering in green measures to help oceans recover

THE coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak holds the potential for helping marine environments recover if economies adopt greener practices, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said.

Year-end rice supply projected at nearly 18 million MT, exceeding demand

THE end-of-year rice inventory has been projected at about 3.326 million MT based on supply estimates of 17.994 million MT, sufficient to cover demand of 14.668 million MT, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

DAR allots P300 million to aid agrarian reform beneficiaries

THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has set aside P300 million to aid thousands of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Philippines posts 58 new outbreaks of African swine fever

THE Philippines has reported 58 new African swine fever outbreaks on the main island of Luzon, culling 11,074 more pigs, according to the Bureau of Animal Industry.

Gov’t plans to import 300,000 MT of rice

THE PHILIPPINE government is seeking to import 300,000 metric tons (MT) of rice to boost stocks ahead of the lean harvest season in the third quarter.

WFH during the ECQ: Timson’s Darren Pangan

AS the Philippine workforce has shifted into a work-from-home (WFH) dynamic to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country, Darren Blaine T. Pangan, Head of Online Trading and Trader at Timson Securities, Inc., has been monitoring the local stock market and performing his day to day office duties from the safety of his home.

Q1 farm, fishery sales rise by 12%, buck overall export dip

EXPORTS of agricultural and fisheries products rose 12% to $1.31 billion in the first quarter, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said, citing data from the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Gov’t missed irrigation targets despite higher funding — think tank

THE Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said that irrigation development targets set by the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) were not accomplished even after recent increases in national budget funding.

Palay farmgate price rises 0.71% in third week of April

THE farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, rose 0.71% week on week to P18.54 per kilogram in the third week of April, with prices up 0.32% year on year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

BFAR raises red tide warning over three provinces

THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned consumers against eating shellfish harvested from three areas due to red tide contamination.

Stocks down as investors fear economic impact of pandemic

WORRIES of a worsening economy left investors wary, pulling down the 30-member main stock index to close lower a day after the country saw a contraction in gross domestic product (GDP) that ended a 21-year growth streak.

Manila Water income up 4%

EAST ZONE water concessionaire Manila Water Co. Inc. reported a 4% increase in its consolidated net income to P1.3 billion for the first quarter, despite lower contributions from its domestic subsidiaries.

Nickel Asia posts losses as virus hits global markets

NICKEL ASIA Corp. on Friday reported an attributable first-quarter net loss of P89 million, reversing last year’s profit of P138 million, as the pandemic hit the listed mining company’s investments.

LGUs to take on bigger role in food security plan

THE food security framework adopted by the government will seek to expand the role of local governments in food logistics and distribution, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

LGUs buy P1.58 billion worth of farm produce during ECQ

LOCAL government units (LGUs) have bought P1.58 billion worth of agricultural products from farmers and fishermen for distribution to their constituents since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine on March 15, the Department of Agricuture said.

Regulator says there’s enough supply of water in capital, nearby cities

THE National Water Resources Board (NWRB) on Thursday said there was ample water supply in Metro Manila despite lower water levels in Angat Dam.