DA confirms ASF case in Davao City

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region (DA-11) confirmed Thursday that this city is no longer free from African Swine Fever (ASF) after two barangays in Calinan District tested positive of the disease.Engr. Ricardo Oñate Jr., regional director of DA 11, said in a press… Read More

Suspected ASF-hit hogs in Koronadal tested negative

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — A suspected case of the African swine fever (ASF) in nearby Koronadal City has turned out negative based on laboratory tests, an official said on Thursday.Dr. Charlemagne Calo, head of the Koronadal City Veterinary Office, said blood samples taken from hogs that had made… Read More

Davao Sur swine auction site shut down

DIGOS CITY – A popular livestock auction site in Sulop town in Davao del Sur has been temporarily shut down starting Wednesday to prevent possible infection and spread of the African swine fever (ASF) in the province.Ricardo Oñate, director of Department of Agriculture in Davao Region… Read More

Davao Sur ASF-free despite proximity to DavOcc

DIGOS CITY — The scare brought about by the African swine fever (ASF) infestation in Davao Occidental has prompted Davao del Sur to devise stringent preventive measures to remain free of the disease.Despite the province’s proximity to the ASF “ground zero,” where thousands of pigs have already died… Read More

ASF quarantine stations set up across NoCot province

KIDAPAWAN CITY – North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco joined the Provincial Task Force on African Swine Fever (ASF) in commencing the operation of the provincial quarantine station in Barangay Bual, Tulunan town on Thursday.The activity also signaled the simultaneous opening of quarantine… Read More

MisOr bans local pork products amid ASF outbreak in DavOcc

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The provincial government of Misamis Oriental has imposed a temporary ban on local pork products from the Davao Region amid the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in Davao Occidental province.In an Executive Order signed by Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano Tuesday, all pork and… Read More

NegOcc sells more swine in auction markets despite ASF scare

BACOLOD CITY — More swine have been sold in livestock auction markets in Negros Occidental last year despite the African swine fever (ASF) scare that hit the country in the latter part of 2019.Figures of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) showed that for swine alone, there was an increase of… Read More

DA monitors farms in SoCot, other areas for possible ASF cases

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The Department of Agriculture (DA) 12 (Soccsksargen) has stepped up monitoring on hog farms in South Cotabato province due to the suspected entry of the African swine fever (ASF).Dr. John Pascual, DA-12 technical director for operations, said Wednesday surveillance teams have… Read More

DA heightens quarantine measures as ASF hits DavOcc

MANILA — To prevent African swine fever (ASF) from further spreading across the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has heightened quarantine measures following an outbreak in Davao Occidental.“Elevated quarantine measures are being worked out by the Department of Agriculture and is… Read More

NMIS heightens alert vs. ASF in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY – The National Meat Inspection Service in Caraga Region (NMIS-13) has heightened its alert level against African Swine Fever (ASF) following the entry of the disease recently in the Davao region.NMIS-13 Regional Technical Director, Dr. Dario Bonifacio Canillas, in an interview with… Read More

DavNor town creates task force vs. ASF

DAVAO CITY — The municipality of Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte has created a task force to protect the town’s swine population from being infected with the African Swine Fever (ASF).Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said in a statement on Tuesday that he issued Executive Order No. 3 creating the… Read More

Mati City strengthens campaign vs. ASF

DAVAO CITY — Following the confirmed case of African swine fever (ASF) in Davao Occidental last week, the Mati City Veterinarian Services Office (CVSO) said it has doubled efforts to prevent the highly contagious hemorrhagic viral disease in the city.Dr. Marites Linsag-Erispe, CVSO chief, said that… Read More

NoCot guv forms TF to prevent ASF infection

COTABATO CITY – Following the discovery of African swine fever (ASF) cases in Davao Occidental, North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco created on Monday the “Task Force on ASF” to prevent the entry in the province of the highly-contagious hemorrhagic viral disease of domestic… Read More

NegOcc bans pigs, pork from Davao Region

BACOLOD CITY — The Province of Negros Occidental has prohibited the entry of live pigs, pork products and pork-based items coming from Davao Region after a positive case of African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in Davao Occidental.In Memorandum No. 20-001 issued on Monday, Governor Eugenio… Read More

Davao City bans pigs, pork products from neighboring provinces

DAVAO CITY – The city government here has banned the entry of live pigs, pork meat and other pork-related products coming from two neighboring provinces beginning Monday.Mayor Sara Duterte said the move was necessary following the confirmed African Swine Fever (ASF) case in Davao Occidental… Read More

GenSan bans entry of pork, live hogs from ASF-hit areas in DavOcc

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The city government has banned the entry of all pork meat products and live hogs from Davao Occidental and other areas in the wake of the confirmed cases of the African swine fever (ASF).Dr. Antonio Ephrem Marin, head of the City Veterinary Office, said Monday they have sealed… Read More

DA on top of ASF incidence in DavOcc

MANILA — Upon receiving reports of African Swine Fever (ASF) incidence in Davao Occidental, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar immediately issued directives to manage, contain and control the disease while awaiting confirmation by the DA’s Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in Quezon… Read More




Incoming DA chief eyes street dwellers for green house agri program
By Lilian C. Mellejor

The incoming Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA) will engage the street dwellers in highly-urbanized cities to do the green house agricultural farming to make them productive and push food sufficiency.

This will also be a step towards reducing poverty incidence of the country’s growing population.

But first, incoming DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol will embark on a nationwide feeding program through “Lugawan” which is anchored on the President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s principle: “No one must sleep hungry”.

Piñol said this could be a venue to develop a data base of people, who have become unproductive and stay only in the streets. These people especially their children are vulnerable to insecurity.

It may be recalled that Duterte as mayor of the city, has an ongoing Lugawan program at Rizal Park for street dwellers although some other people who cannot buy food go to the park to eat at sunrise and at sundown.

Piñol said this will be copied on national scale but the targeted people will have to be registered for data base. He however clarified the program does not promote “dole out principle”.

Piñol in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), targets July 6 to start the “Lugawan” in one of the public parks in Manila.

According to him, the data base will be used to identify and locate these people and train them for livelihood particularly on the agriculture innovative technology offered by an Israeli investor. This will make them productive and self-sufficient.

When asked about the possible areas, Pinol said the project does not require vast lands so it could be in any vacant lots nearer to the targeted beneficiaries.

Last year, the project was discussed with the mayor, who then offered one area in Mintal for one module of the agricultural Greenhouse with a size of 272 square meters as pilot area.

Piñol introduced to Duterte, Eyal Ben Ari, president of the Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry and owns GurLavi Corporation, which brings the Greenhouse Israeli Agro-Innovative Technology in the Philippines.

The Greenhouse Israeli Agro-Innovative Technology is a solution aimed at helping the country’s agricultural sector increase quality and quality of crops. Greenhouse is practiced by growers in different parts of the world and possible in all types of climatic conditions. He said it is widely practiced in Israel due to scarcity of water and land.

The company’s agronomist, Beatrice Cortez, said earlier that the intention is to help the agriculture industry of the country and other cities like Davao and other places in Mindanao. Cortez, a Filipina working for GurLavi said the green house and its technology model was set up in Tagaytay.

Greenhouse is a structure where plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers are grown. It attracts heat because the sun’s electromagnetic radiation warms the plants. It has climate control features such as computerized greenhouse, regulated light ad photosynthesis, controlled humidity and air circulation and ventilation.

Among the benefits of the greenhouse technology is income generation for farmers, land utilization, raising any crop, anywhere and anytime, produce high quality products and increased crop production by as much as 500 percent. It is equipped with an installation system where the operation is programmed as to light, humidity, temperature, irrigation and others. (PNA)