The Department of Agriculture (DA-XI) has implemented key points from Memorandum Circular No. 09 to ensure the public that food activities will not be hampered despite the COVID-19 crisis. Memorandum Circular No. 09 contains these guidelines:

>Ensure unhampered movement of cargoes, agriculture, and fishery outputs and other food products;
>Stabilize prices of agri-fishery inputs and other food products;
>Agricultural supply stores/outlets and animal clinics must be allowed to operate;
>Inclusion of copra and coconut by-products except for lumber;
>Priority entry of truckers/suppliers with Food Pass on Cargo Lane;
>Continuance of farming and fishing activities; and
>Exemption of farmers, farm workers, fisherfolk, and agribusiness personnel from home quarantine provided that they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19 and observe safety protocols such as social distancing.

“For DA-XI employees, the skeletal workforce and work-from-home scheme was implemented on March 23, 2020 with employees observing the proper safety measures within the office. IATF-EID IDs have also been issued to employees for the checkpoints within the city,” said DA Regional Director Ricardo Oñate, Jr.

Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2020-01 of DOH, DA, and DOH on price freeze for basic commodities will be in effect until May 15, 2020. DA XI-AMAD provides the current market price of agricultural commodities at Bankerohan Public Market which serves as the baseline for the market price of agri commodities in the region. AMAD also caters to complaints over overpriced agri products.

“The application for the food pass accreditation was transferred online in adherence to the social distancing guidelines and for the safety of the employees and the applicants. As of March 25, DA-XI AMAD has issued 3,427 food passes to applicants,” Oñate added.

DILG has also provided an advisory for the unrestricted movement of food supply by reiterating points from Memorandum Circular No. 09 such as the continuance of farming and fishing activities and the exemption of farmers, farmworkers, fisherfolk, and agribusiness personnel from home quarantine

Davao Region COVID-19 Task Force has issued Order No. 2020-001-B pertaining to revised guidelines for cargo vehicles which include the following:

>No one is allowed to enter Davao Region except cargo vehicles with 1 driver and 2 assistants given that
*Driver and assistants aren’t allowed to go down from the vehicle and must not come in contact with other individuals.
*Cargo vehicles must not deviate from the declared destination and swiftly load/unload the cargo.
*Cargo vehicles must never carry passengers.
>Cargo is limited to animals, vegetables, and all other food products.
>Cargo vehicle destinations must be within Davao Region.
>Empty cargo vehicles can pick up cargo with 1 driver and 2 assistants. | via RAFIS11


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