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BFAR raises red tide alert over Tacloban’s Cancabato Bay

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Manila, June 3 — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has imposed a shellfish ban in this city’s Cancabato Bay due to the recurrence of the red tide bloom.

BFAR found the red tide toxin in both shellfish meat and seawater of Cancabato Bay after a series of laboratory analysis.

BFAR Regional Director Juan Albaladejo said in a mobile phone interview on Wednesday that the presence of red tide in both meat and water calls for the prohibition of gathering, trading, and consumption of shellfish from Cancabato over the possibility of shellfish poisoning.

He told the Philippine News Agency that the mixing of warm and cold water due to sudden heavy rains triggered the phenomenon.

This is the second red tide recurrence in Cancabato this year with the first recorded in early February.

BFAR conducts weekly monitoring of seawater in bays hit by red tide in the past, but for positive areas, authorities examine water and meat samples three times weekly.

The fisheries bureau advised the public to refrain from eating, harvesting, selling, and buying shellfish products and Acetes sp. (small shrimps) from the affected bay until such time that the shellfish toxicity level has gone down and the authority will lift the shellfish ban.

Fish caught in these areas are safe for human consumption provided that these are fresh, washed, and cooked thoroughly, according to the BFAR advisory.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
Copyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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PBA awaits IATF nod on return to practice

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Manila, June 4 — The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is set to submit a list of guidelines regarding how teams can practice again during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas said this following the board’s first physical meeting Wednesday at its office in Quezon City. He said that Commissioner Willie Marcial may submit the protocols to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) as early as Thursday.

“There are some people who offered to help us to follow this up with the IATF,” Vargas added.

The proposed guidelines are said to be stricter than the rules provided by FIBA regarding the resumption of training.

Marcial said that only six people, four players, one trainer, and another staff member, will be allowed to practice at a certain time.

Once their time is up, they must quickly leave the practice facility to make way for the next batch of players and staff members.

“It’s a process; dahan-dahan lang (we’re taking it slowly),” said PBA board vice chairman Bobby Rosales.

The practice hall should also be disinfected before and after training.

Vargas and Rosales added that players who have not yet been tested for Covid-19 are not allowed to join the practice.

“Testing is a must. Hindi puwedeng bumalik kung walang testing (They cannot return if there is no testing),” Vargas said.

Players from the San Miguel Corporation-owned clubs have already tested negative for Covid-19, while testing will also be done to the players of the MVP Group-owned teams by next week.

Once approved, teams can return to practice by the end of June provided that all the players are free from the virus.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
Copyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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House panel okays extension of Duterte’s special powers

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Manila, June 4 — The House of Representatives Committee of the Whole on Wednesday night approved a measure to extend President Rodrigo Duterte’s special powers under Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Law for another three months or up to September 30.

The lower House constituted itself into a Committee of the Whole to approve a substitute bill consolidating House Bills 6811, 6868, 6952, and House Resolution 910.

The special powers granted to the President to combat the Covid-19 health emergency is only valid for three months, unless extended by Congress. The law was signed on March 24, 2020.

Another provision specified in the proposed measure is a PHP162-billion standby fund to support response measures to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

This standby fund includes PHP12 billion for the procurement of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and extraction kits; PHP18 billion for the implementation of the cash-for-work program; PHP5 billion for the implementation of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation Program; PHP21 billion for the unemployment or involuntary separation assistance for displaced workers; and PHP50 billion for the infusion of capital to government financial institutions.

Also included in the funding are various forms of financial assistance for affected sectors: PHP21 billion for the agricultural sector; PHP21 billion for the transportation industry; PHP10 billion for the tourism industry; and PHP4 billion for the education sector.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
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Warm, humid weather in Luzon, Visayas on Thursday

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Manila, June 4 — Warm and humid weather, with chances of thunderstorms especially in the afternoon or evening will be experienced over Luzon and Visayas on Thursday, a weather specialist said.

Samuel Duran of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Mindanao, on the other hand, will experience fair weather with chances of thunderstorms.

This weather condition is caused by the easterlies affecting the eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao, he said.

Light to moderate winds with slight to moderate seas will prevail over the whole country.

Duran said the low-pressure area (LPA) that PAGASA has been monitoring has a low chance of becoming a typhoon.

The LPA, last spotted 510 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes or 595 kilometers east northeast of Calayan, Cagayan, may dissipate in the next hours, he said.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
Copyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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