Is importation the key to food security?

It is a sad commentary of our time that importation has apparently become the key to our food security. Walk into any grocery or public market or even a neighborhood talipapa and you will be amazed at the array of imported items lined up for the picking from our basic staple, rice, chicken, pork, fish, fruits, vegetables and even condiments. There is nothing wrong with having these imported goods, of course......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsOct 23rd, 2020Related News

DILG urges LGUs to support the operation of 12 FMAs

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged the local government units (LGUs) on Monday to support the operation of the 12 Fisheries Management Areas (FMAs) in the country. (MANILA BULLETIN) DILG Secretary Eduardo Año issued the call specifically to the localities lying near the coastal areas. He explained that the FMA is a spatial delineation of Philippine waters as a means to manage fisheries at an appropriate scale.  Año noted that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has established 12 FMAs composed of contiguous regions which share the same coasts. The DILG chief also emphasized that the preservation and management of aquatic resources, including coastal and fisheries, like other functions of the government, must not cease despite the COVID-19 crisis. Año said the LGUs should lead in the management of shared coasts and ocean for the benefit of all. “The establishment of FMAs is provided by law and it is the enshrined mandate of LGUs to protect and preserve our natural resources, including all coastal areas,” Año said. The Department of Agriculture had earlier issued  Fisheries Administrative Order (DA FAO) No. 263, s. 2019 which pushes for the creation of FMAs that are fully functional and supervised by a governing body. In support of the DA directive, Año issued DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-121 directing LGUs to be part of  the multi-sectoral Management Board and to work with other sectors in ensuring that the shared resources and fish stocks within the FMAs are properly managed. Año said that “one or more local chief executive (LCE) of LGUs  shall co-chair the said management board, together with the BFAR Regional Fisheries Office.’’ “Aquatic and fisheries resources are aspects of local governance that demand LGUs’ attention and with a representative from the LGUs in the FMA Management Board,’’ he added. “Regional composition of the 12 FMAs are as follows: Regions 2, 3, 4A, and 5 for FMA 1; Regions 8, 13 and 11 for FMA 2; Regions 12, 9 and BARMM for FMA 3; Regions 6, 7, 9, and BARMM for FMA 4; Regions 4B and 6 for FMA 5; Regions 1, 3, 4A, 4B and NCR for FMA 6; Regions 4A, 5, and 8 for FMA 7; Regions 8 and 13 for FMA 8; Regions 7, 8, 9, 10, and 13 for FMA 9; Regions 7, and 8 for FMA 10; Regions 5, 6, 7, and 8 for FMA 11; and, Regions 4A, 4B, 5, and 6 for FMA 12,’’ the DILG said. Año also urged LGUs to participate in the development of the FMA Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Plan or EAFM Framework. He said that this will lay down the policies and strategic actions of the FMA to be implemented by the LGUs and BFAR field offices within the FMA......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleOct 19th, 2020Related News

2 huli sa aktong nag-aabutan ng shabu

Manila, Philippines – Sa kulungan ang bagsak ng dalawang hinihinalang sangkot sa iligal na droga matapos maaktuhan ng mga tauhan ng Maritime Police na nag-aabutan ng shabu sa Navotas Fish Port Complex, Navotas City. Kinilala ni Northern NCR Maritime Police Station (MARPSTA) P/Maj. Rommel Sobrido ang mga naarestong sina Jayson Dirimio, 30, ng Brgy. Tonsuya, […] The post 2 huli sa aktong nag-aabutan ng shabu appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Source: Remate RemateCategory: NewsOct 19th, 2020Related News

Literary Fiesta

Filipino dining in Philippine literature Pahiyas festival, illustration by Manuel Baldemor It’s not Pinoy dining if it’s not a feast. And our Philippine literature has told many stories that illustrate our healthy appetite, traditional palayok (clay pot) cooking, siesta, fiesta, flavors, and fusions.  Doña Victorina fans herself amid the smoke of a roasting pig. Her guests are coming, their noses up in the air sniffing the flavors. On the table, adorned with gilded copa de vino (wine glass) and plato, are sinigang na dalag with alibambang leaves, callos, adobo, tinola, and pochero. Everybody was in high spirits. Never mind if the doña is broke (to begin with). At least her guests are full. Jose Rizal drew a perfect picture of the Pinoy fiesta and salu-salo (gathering) culture. Our national hero himself loves to eat. He prefers a hefty serving of champorado and tuyo for breakfast. For dessert, he likes minatamis na santol (sweetened santol) made from boiled santol slices soaked for three days in hugas bigas (water used to wash rice). Before starving in Europe, where he published El Filibusterismo, Rizal would feast in carneng asada (beefsteak with sauce), made from lean meat marinated in olive oil, lime juice, and parsley and served with fried potatoes. Gabriela Silang loved pinakbet. Emilio Aguinaldo listed sardines with tomatoes among his favorites. Marcelo H. del Pilar would die (pun intended) for his apparent favorite, pochero, the local version of the Spanish cocido. Andres Bonifacio got his strength and protein source in nilitsong manok sa zaha (grilled chicken wrapped in sampaloc and banana leaves). The Filipino salu-salo Never mind if some of our celebrated dishes are not “purely” Pinoy. “What is Filipino food and how does food become Filipino?” asks the late food critic Doreen Fernandez. She argued that food only became Pinoy by process of indigenization, like patis (fish sauce) put in a foreign dish. And this is how Pinoy fusion came to life. What we have on our modern plates are many fusions, crazy or ingenious, like paella with lechon, sinigang na steak, adobong tapa, pancit with kangkong. Yes, you get the picture.  Could their favorite Filipino flavors be the reason behind the intelligence and nationalism of our heroes Rizal and Bonifacio? Too bad, many young Pinoys nowadays barely know what minatamis na santol is, or any Pinoy traditional merienda for that matter. What replaced maruya, nilagang kamote, turon, kutsinta, and ginataang mais are French fries, burger, pizza, and pasta. You know what they say: You are what you eat.   In another table setting, Padre Damaso looks across the dining table. Everybody’s enjoying tinola, a stew of chicken and green papaya, but not him. Who wants chicken neck for lunch? He didn’t finish his plate. And this, people, was how the concepts of degustation and small plates were born. They’re not, after all, a French discovery or New York’s. We can blame our mañaña habit. We’re too slow to grab the credit. And oh, we are pioneers of the culture of not finishing plates, too. Blame these all to Padre Damaso (or Jose Rizal?). The tinola brouhaha scene in Noli Me Tangere started it all.  Lechon haus mural by boonsai While it’s rude in other cultures not to devour all the food served on the plate, in the Philippines, it’s not. Pinoy eating tradition tells you it’s okay to have leftovers. Telenovela , movies, and literature are great examples. When a family fights over the dining table, the father (or any member) walks away with an unfinished plate. In Ibong Adarna, over a scrumptious dinner, the brothers were all too busy planning how to catch the elusive bird that they forgot to finish their plate.       Besides books, paintings also tell our delicious food experience. Fernando Amorsolo captured Pinoy eating habits in his painting Afternoon Meal of the Rice Workers. It shows Pinoy families cooking meals in a palayok and eating under the shade of a tree, seemingly ready to sleep after an afternoon feast. With all the food trends coming and going on our plates and literature pages flying off to oblivion, what remains steadfast in our eating habit is this: Siesta. –NICKKY FAUSTINE P. DE GUZMAN.....»»

Source: NewsOct 18th, 2020Related News

QC wildlife park reopens for shooting photos, videos

Planning to capture a special moment with the calming nature reserve as backdrop? (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) The Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) in Quezon City has just reopened its doors to private and commercial video and photo shoots. To schedule a photo/video shoot, it is encouraged to contact the Park Information Office at 8924-6031 local 236 or send an email at prior to the target date of the activity. The park administration reminded that walk-ins will not be accommodated and health and safety protocols must be observed at all times. Applicants will be sent their approved requests via email, while corresponding fees will be paid at the Park Information Office prior to the commencement of photo/video shoot. A printed or an electronic copy of the request approval message will be presented at the gate on the day of the photo/video shoot. The 23.85-hectare NAPWC, under the supervision of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB), is a legislated protected area found in Quezon City. With the passage of the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018 or Republic Act (RA) 11038, an amendment to the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) or RA 7586, the NAPWC became one of the 94 protected areas legislated in Congress, and classified as national park. More than 3,000 individual trees can be found within the park wherein 13 species are found to be endemic to the Philippines including Katmon, Kamatog and Antipolo. Various species of animals also inhabit the park. The arificial lagoon found in the park serves as habitat to a number of fish species like tilapia, catfish and snakehead, among others. It is also a venue for recreational, civic, religious and educational activities on biodiversity conservation, as well as for special and milestone events. Another frequently visited site within the Park is the Wildlife Rescue Center that serves as temporary shelter and rehabilitation facility for confiscated, donated and/or abandoned indigenous and exotic wildlife. The Wildlife Rescue Center also serves as training ground for practitioners and students of veterinary medicine, zoology, biology, botany, and natural science. .....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: EditorialOct 13th, 2020Related News

Aquaculture boost needed to fill fish supply gap

An improved local aquaculture sector is seen filling the gap in the country’s fish supply instead of just relying on the importation of the commodity......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceOct 12th, 2020Related News

Ludon t : Catching rare President s Fish prohibited until mid-November

Ludong is rare and indigenous to the Cagayan River and the Abra River systems in Northern Luzon......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 4th, 2020Related News

Ludong fishing season closed

Authorities are watching the Abra River and its tributaries to prevent anyone from catching Ludong fish......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 4th, 2020Related News

North Korea flouting nuclear sanctions

North Korea is violating international sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear program by exceeding a cap on petroleum imports and sending its workers overseas, including a former Juventus footballer, the United Nations said. Pyongyang is subject to a range of restrictions imposed since 2017 that limit its oil imports and ban exports of coal, fish, […] The post North Korea flouting nuclear sanctions appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsSep 29th, 2020Related News

Fishery in food security highlighted in FishCon Week

BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 24(PIA) - - The Fish Conservation Week celebration from September 14 to 18 highlighted the role of fish farming in increasing the availability and sufficiency of food supply espe.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsSep 24th, 2020Related News

Hontiveros urges NBI to charge masterminds of BI pastillas scam

A lawmaker is calling on authorities to identify and file charges against the so-called big fish behind the “pastillas” scheme which allowed the unchecked entry of foreigners, most of whom were Chinese, into the country in exchange for bribe money......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 22nd, 2020Related News

That fish kill in Manila Bay

  HUNDREDS of dead fish started floating to the surface of Manila Bay near the Baseco compound in Manila Bay Thursday morning, September 17, after a night of heavy rains over Manila. Because of the recent controversy over the dumping of crushed dolomite to look like white sand along Roxas Boulevard, it was suspected by some that the […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsSep 21st, 2020Related News

From arms to farms, from ARMM to BARMM, from revolution to reformation: The struggle for peace and development& rdquo;

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is one of the wealthiest in the Philippines in terms of natural resources. An “Eden’ on Earth—the region boasts of hydroelectric power from Lake Lanao; plentiful banana, coconuts, mangosteen, and durian plantations; fish and seaweed from the oceans; and mineral treasures in the form of basalt, chromite, manganese, gold, silver and copper......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsSep 21st, 2020Related News

BFAR: Seawater upwelling choked Manila Bay fish

An oceanographic phenomenon called upwelling caused the fish kill in Manila Bay along the Baseco seawall in Tondo, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said over the weekend......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 20th, 2020Related News

Manila asks BFAR: Probe bay fish kill

The city government of Manila has asked the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to look into the fish kill in Manila Bay along the Baseco seawall in Tondo that groups blamed on the dolomite sand project, an official said yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 19th, 2020Related News

& lsquo;Fish kill not linked to Bay rehab& rsquo;

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Friday denied allegations that the fishkill near Baseco compound was caused by the crushed dolomite used in the Manila Bay beach ‘nourishment’ project......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsSep 18th, 2020Related News

DENR on fish kill cause: Dolomite? Impossible; Sabotage? Maybe

It is impossible to link the overlaying of artificial sand made from pulverized dolomite rocks to fish dying in Baseco because of the distance to the baywalk area, the direction of the wind and the presence of a breakwater, DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 17th, 2020Related News

Region 1 remains self-sufficient on fish supply amid pandemic

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Sept. 14 (PIA) -- Ilocos Region remains to be self-sufficient on fish supply amid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, an official from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquat.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 15th, 2020Related News

Excess catch in Olango leads Lapu to put up new fish port

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Lapu-Lapu City government is planning to put up a fish port on a portion of Barangay Mactan to address the surplus of fish harvested from Olango Island. Mayor Junard ‘Ahong’ Chan, in a press statement issued on Sunday, September 13, said the local government would be building a fish port […] The post Excess catch in Olango leads Lapu to put up new fish port appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 13th, 2020Related News

& lsquo;Animal, avian population down by 70% in 50 yrs& rsquo;

Global animal, bird and fish populations have plummeted more than two-thirds in less than 50 years due to rampant over-consumption, experts said Thursday in a stark warning to save nature in order to save ourselves......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsSep 10th, 2020Related News