Food pass application streamlined

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. He said transporters of these products only need a duly signed inventory of items indicating its origin and destination to get through quarantine checkpoints, while the food pass accreditation can be processed later. “We wish to reiterate that the food pass accreditation and stickers are free of charge. We will accept downloaded forms that are completely filled-out, properly signed, and bearing the DA (Department of Agriculture) logo as temporary pass pending the approval of the application,” Mr. Dar said. The DA is also working with the agriculturist offices of local government units to develop an easier and faster system. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave

Taal Volcano alert level lowered

TAAL VOLCANO is now on Alert Level 1, the lowest level, following reduced activity in the past four weeks, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Thursday. Phivolcs said the daily average of volcanic earthquakes has dropped to 31 during the Feb. 14-March 19 period from 141 during the previous four weeks. Alert Level 1 means that the volcano is still in an abnormal condition and the threat of eruption remains. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas