The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist is intensifying its surveillance and campaign against crop pests and diseases after the presence of army worms infesting 11.3 hectares of rice fields in Barangay Caningay, Candoni, Negros Occidental, was reported last weekend.
Although the army worms reoccurrence in Caningay was only a minor infestation, OPA is alerting all crop protection personnel in local government units and local farmer technicians to conduct massive surveillance although the harvest season is approaching, Armando Abaño, senior agriculturist and provincial crop protection coordinator, said yesterday.
He said nine farmers were affected by the pests, luckily, only 30 percent of the total rice fields was affected as the crops were already at the ripening stage and some farmers have started harvesting.
Avoid contracted workers
All the remaining labor contractor and subcontractors have to do is improve their services, and for establishments to avoid hiring employees for only five months, and instead, reward deserving workers with regular jobs, a local business leader said yesterday.
Frank Carbon, regional governor of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Western Visayas and Negros Island, said compliance to labor laws must be focused on since Negros Occidental has more than enough service contracting companies already.
Pursuant to Department Order No. 162 series of 2016 signed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Department of Labor and Employment-NIR Director Jonathan Cañete recently directed focal persons in both Occidental and Oriental to suspend registration of new applicants as contractor or subcontractors in the region.
PRC in Bacolod Sept. 5-9
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