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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Agri laborers exempted
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BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

 

Even with the community quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), agricultural work is not suspended to ensure continuity in food production, Remelyn Recoter, director of the Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas, said yesterday.

Recoter said the DA has released an order on food resiliency protocol to continue farm activities, such as the movement of essential commodities so every household has access to safe and affordable food in the markets.

Agricultural workers are exempted from home quarantine, provided that they do not exhibit Covid-19 symptoms, as well as work at a minimum number and observe safety protocols like social distancing, she said.

“All farmers, fisherfolk and livestock raisers could continue to work at their farmlands to ensure continuity in food production,” she added.

The new DA memorandum circular set the guidelines for the smooth transport, working protocols, as well as to stabilize prices of all agricultural inputs and food products in the country, she said.

Under this protocol, movement of cargoes, agri-fishery inputs, and other food products to and from the National Capital Region and the rest of the country shall be allowed unrestricted in all quarantine checkpoints on condition that proper documentations are available upon inspection, she said.

She added that the operation of all agricultural supply outlets and animal clinics must also be allowed for farmers, fisherfolk and livestock raisers to be able to provide sustenance in the production of agri-fishery products.

She also said that agri-product suppliers and truckers with DA food pass will be given priority at checkpoints.*

 

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