Category Archives: AQUAMARINE


Mati Bay in Davao Oriental is among coastal areas in seven provinces that are positive for red tide, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said on Friday. 

The other affected areas are the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental; Daram Island, and Zumarraga, Cambututay, Irong-irong, San Pedro, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; Calubian, Carigara and Ormoc Bays, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City, Leyte; Balite Bay, Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte; and Lianga and Bislig Bays in Surigao del Sur.

BFAR said latest results inthecoastal areas indicated paralytic shellfish poison (PSP), or the toxin that causes red tide, is beyond the regulatory limit.

BFAR warned that all types of shellfish and “alamang” (tiny shrimp) gathered from said areas are unsafe for human consumption.

Fish, squids, regular shrimps, and crabs are safe to eat provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly.

Internal organs such as gills and intestines must also be removed before cooking.

Eating shellfish products with red tide can cause death. Early symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning include tingling of the lips and tongue, which may begin within minutes of eating poisonous shellfish or may take an hour or two to develop. (PNA)

Sardine fishing ban declared in East Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait, and Sibuguey Bay

BFAR-9 deploys 6 vessels for closed sardine fishing season

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-9 (BFAR-9) has deployed a six-vessel Fishery Protection Regulatory Group (FPRG) to ensure compliance with the three-month closed sardine fishing season in East Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait, and Sibuguey Bay.

The annual closed season from December 1 to March 1 is based on BFAR Administrative Circular (BAC) No. 255, which established the closed season for the conservation of sardines within the country’s three territorial waters.

90-day campaign for nat’l posts starts today, Feb. 12

The 90-day campaign period for senators and party-list representatives will officially start on Tuesday, February 12.

With this, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded candidates and their supporters to observe the rules in campaigning as provided by law.

Campaign materials

Considered as lawful campaign materials are pamphlets, leaflets, stickers or other printed materials not exceeding 8 1/2 by 14 feet; handwritten or printed letters; posters made of cloth, paper, cardboard not exceeding 2 x 3 feet; streamers not bigger than 3 x 8 feet at the site of public rally or meeting shall be removed within 24 hours after the said activity; mobile units and vehicles used in motorcades of all types.

Also allowed are paid advertisements in broadcast, internet, mobile, print or outdoor media subject to the requirements in Section 9 in the Fair Elections Act.

Social media posts, whether original or re-posted from some source, which may either incidental to the poster’s advocacies of social issues or which may have, for its primary purpose, the endorsement of a candidate only is acceptable. In the headquarters and residences of candidates, lawful elections paraphernalia may be displayed.

Candidates and parties are also required to incorporate sign language interpreters and closed captioning in broadcast election propaganda intended for exhibition on television and/or the internet, and are encouraged to ensure the availability of their respective printed campaign materials in Braille.

Prohibited materials

Candidates are not allowed to print, publish, post or distribute any newspaper, newsletter, newsweekly, gazette or magazine advertising, pamphlet, leaflet, card, decal, bumper sticker, poster, comic book, circular, handbill, streamer, sample list of candidates or any published or printed political matter and to air or broadcast any election propaganda or political advertisement by television or radio or on the internet for or against a candidate or group of candidates to any public office, unless they bear and be identified by the reasonably legible, or audible words “political advertisement paid for” followed by the true and correct name and address of the candidate or party for whose benefit the election propaganda was printed or aired.

It is also unlawful to publish, print or distribute said campaign materials unless they bear, and are identified by, the reasonably legible, or audible words “political advertisements paid by,” followed by the true and correct name and address of the payor.

The Comelec said all campaign materials donated for a particular candidate cannot be printed, published, or broadcasted unless they are accompanied by a written acceptance by the said candidate or party.

It is prohibited to show, display, or exhibit publicly in a theater, through a television station, a video sharing site, social media network, or any public forum any movie, cinematography or documentary, including concert or any type of performance portraying the life of biography of a candidate, or in which a character is portrayed by an actor or media personality who is himself or herself a candidate.

It disallows for any newspaper or publication, radio, television, or cable television station, or other mass media entity, or any person making use of the mass media to sell or give free of charge print or advertising space or airtime for campaign or election propaganda purposes to any candidate or party in excess of the size, duration or frequency authorized by the law.

It is also banned for any radio, television, cable television station, announcer or broadcaster to allow the scheduling of any program, or permit any sponsor to manifestly favor or oppose any candidate or party by unduly or repeatedly referring to, or unnecessarily, mentioning his name, or including therein said candidate or party.

The Comelec also prohibits the posting, displaying or exhibiting any election campaign material outside of authorized common poster areas, in public places, or in private properties without the consent of the owner and to print, publish, post, show, display, distribute, any election campaign or propaganda materials that violates gender sensitivity, obscene or offensive, or constitutes violation of Magna Carta of Women.

Prohibited places

The Comelec reminded national candidates that propaganda materials are not allowed in publicly-owned electronic announcement boards, such as light-emoting diode (LED) display boards located along highways and streets, and liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors posted on walls of public buildings and other similar devices which are owned by local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, or any agency or instrumentality of the government.

Campaign materials are not allowed to be posted on government vehicles, public transport vehicles owned and controlled by the government such as the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Philippine National Railway trains.

They should not also be posted on waiting sheds, sidewalks, street and lamp posts, electric posts and wires, traffic signage and other signboards erected on public property and other similar government infrastructures such as pedestrian overpasses, underpasses, and school buildings.

Meanwhile, common poster areas, where candidates can post posters, will be put up which will be located in public places such as plazas, markets, barangay centers and other areas with heavy pedestrian or vehicular traffic in the city/municipality as approved by the Election Officers (EOs).

Posters and tarpaulins may also be posted in private properties, provided that the posting has the consent of the owner.

The Comelec added that candidates for national posts are allowed not more than a total of 120 minutes of television advertising, on a per station basis, whether appearing on national, regional, or local, free or cable television, and 180 minutes of radio advertising, on a per station basis, whether airing on national, regional, or local radio, whether by purchase or donation.

For published or printed campaign materials, candidates are only allowed a maximum size of 1/4 page in broadsheets and 1/2 page in tabloids but not more than three times a week per newspaper or magazine.

The Comelec added that campaigning is prohibited on Apr. 18, 2019 (Maundy Thursday), Apr. 19, 2019 (Good Friday), May 12, 2019 (eve of election day), and on May 13 (election day).

Campaigning abroad will be only until April 12, as the one-month voting period by overseas absentee voters will start on April 13.

Campaign violations constitute an election offense, which carries the penalty of one to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote, and disqualification from holding public office. (PNA)

Davao vice mayor to public: Cooperate with security checks

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DAVAO CITY  Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag has called on the public to cooperate with the strict security measures implemented by the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and Task Force Davao in the city.

Al-ag is calling the shots at City Hall with Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in the contingent of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Israel and Jordan.

Al-ag said the stricter measures are being implemented following the two recent bombing incidents in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.

Al-ag, who is acting mayor, said the security measures are aimed at ensuring security, not only for residents but also the city’s visitors.

“We ask for your understanding and please just submit yourself for inspection and cooperate to avoid any delay,” he said.

The vice mayor said the public should expect random checks, especially at the boundary areas where police and soldiers have established checkpoints.

Aside from the inspection at the entry points to the city, Al-ag said there are also random checkpoints inside the city.

“Kung pangayoan mo og ID, please, just give your ID para magpakita sa imong identification because very important sa atoa nga kaila ta mga tao nga mosulod sa atoa (If you are asked to show your ID, just show it because it is very important to us that we know the profile of the people going inside the city),” he said.

Earlier, DCPO Director, Senior Supt. Alexander Tagum, declared a full alert status and tightened security in places of convergence such as malls, areas of worship, bars and even Internet cafes. (PNA)

Punta Dumalag fish pens blamed for massive pollution


It is not only fishermen who are rising up in arms against fish pens sprouting in Punta Dumalag.

The Department of Health also blamed the fish pens for the rise of e-coli bacteria in the Punta Dumalag sea to threaten the health of bathers. The shorelines of Punta Dumalag, along with Times Beach in the Matina Aplaya area, is home to beach resorts.

About 120 fish pens illegally operating in Punta Dumalag dump into the pens thousands of kilos in fish meal every day to pollute the sea. Fishermen depending for livelihood on Punta Dumalag complained their catch has been dwindling due to marine pollution from the fish cages.

If the pollution is not stopped, fishermen feared a fish kill could happen not only in Punta Dumalag but also the Davao City side of the Davao Gulf. Also to be threatened is the Marine Turtle Sanctuary  located in kidney-shaped Punta Dumalag that juts out of Matina Aplaya. Beach resort owners in Punta Dumalag and Times Beach are already reporting about bathers complaining about skin irritations that could only be traced to the pollution of the sea caused by tons of  artificial feeds dumped into the fish cages.

The fish pens are said to be operated by businessmen who are not from Davao City who do not pay taxes.   

City councilor Leonardo Avila said the Davao City government is determined to stop the operation of the fish cages.

Avila is also the vice chairman of the Davao Gulf Management Council.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants the closure of the fish cages, said Avila.

A study by the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) showed that E. coli bacteria in the area has increased.