Moreno orders to revoke permits of market stalls illegally selling imported meats

Maris Federez   •   August 26, 2019   •   532

At least 60 kilograms of banned Chinese meat products worth more than P20,000 were seized by elements of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB) Special Enforcement Squad and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) at Aranque Market in Binondo, Manila on Saturday afternoon, August 24. (Photo: Manila PIO)

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has ordered to revoke the business permits of market stalls that are illegally selling imported meat products.

This, following the recovery of the more than 60 kilos of meat products imported from China that were seized in a market in Manila.

“Lahat ng tindahan na mag ca-cater ng iligal na karne lalo na yung galing sa China na hindi allowed , babala ko po sa inyo wi-widraw ko po ang bussiness permit ninyo [This is my warning to all stalls that would cater illegal meats from China, I will revoke your business permits],” said Mayor Isko.

The Manila Veterinary Inspection Board on Saturday conducted a monitoring operation in Aranque Market and has seized 65 kilos of pork, beef, and Peking duck products worth more than P20,000.

The inspection was in coordination with the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) under the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The NMIS said China is not authorized to export the said products to the Philippines.

Mayor Moreno ordered to revoke the business permits and file appropriate cases against all stalls where the illegal meat products were seized.

“Tuluyan niyo na ‘yung mga negosyante. Tama na ‘yung patawad. Puro kasi patawad ang ginagawa natin, puro kumpiska lang eh. Oh ngayon, ‘yung negosyo na nila ang itigil natin, ‘di ba? Eh total mahilig sila mag-iligal eh [File a case against the business owners. Enough with being easy on them. We’d been giving them slack, and just confiscate (the products). Now, we are putting a stop on their business, as they would rather do things illegally,” Mayor Isko added.

Since July, the Veterinary Inspection Board has confiscated more than 2,000 kilos of double dead and hot meats in several markets in Manila.

A special enforcement squad has been created to closely monitor all the markets in Manila to ensure that meat products being sold are of good quality.

The government has started the construction of the new Vitas Slaughterhouse compound in Tondo, Manila which is expected to be in operation in the next six to eight months. (with details from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

Vegetable, livestock prices affected by ASF outbreak – DTI

Maris Federez   •   September 16, 2019

The African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak has already affected the prices of vegetable, fish, chicken and other livestock, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez said the price of chicken has gone up by P10 per kilo.

Lopez, however, said this can be counteracted if there will be a low demand for chicken, as what happened in the case of pork products which prices have decreased by P10 to P20 per kilo due to low demand.

The DTI official added that processed meat products sold in marketplaces must go thru the close inspection of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), especially now that there are areas that are confirmed to have ASF outbreak.

“Sabi namin ‘oh i-audit niyo rin iyong mga ginagawa ng meat processors para masigurado na iyong ginagawa nilang meat products [We tell them audit the meat processors so that we will be assured that the meat products they processed] are certified also by NMIS,” Lopez said. (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

Mayor Isko threatens closure of malls, establishments selling stolen mobile phones

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2019

Stolen smart phones being sold at some commercial establishments in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has warned malls and commercial establishments across the city not to sell stolen cellular phones.

This, after about 148 units of alleged stolen phones were confiscated by the Manila Police District – Special Mayor’s Reaction Team at two known malls in the city.

The Mayor presented before the media on Monday (September 16) five suspects who were arrested in the act of buying and selling alleged second hand but stolen cellphones.

Domagoso said such an act is a violation of Presidential Decree No. 1612 or the Anti-Fencing Law.

“Tigilan ninyo na ang pagtitinda ng mga nakaw na bagay (Stop selling stolen items),” he warned.

“Huwag ninyong sasabihin sa amin na hindi ninyo alam (Don’t tell us that you are not aware of it),” he added.

The official has given the management of Tutuban Center Mall and Isetann Recto Mall three days to check on stall owners and seek legal permits for the used items they are selling.

Otherwise, they will be asked to close down, Domagoso warned.

Earlier, the management of Tutuban Center Mall immediately heeded to Domagoso’s order.

He also calls on consumers to stop patronizing stolen items.

He said theft is one of the common problems among minors, such as the case of a teen who was nabbed for snatching cellphones and is now under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Manila office.

“Ayaw kong may iiyak na namang nanay, may iiyak na namang tatay, dahil nasaksak ‘yung anak niya, namatay ‘yung anak niya dahil inagawan ng cellphone (I don’t want to hear another mother or father grieving for their child who died because someone snatched their cellphone),” the Mayor noted.

The Manila Police has launched a manhunt for alias “Bebeng” who is said to be the receiver or seller of the snatched mobile phones.

Meanwhile, Domagoso has ordered the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office to inspect all malls across Manila to determine and report those who sell snatched mobile phones. – MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

Consumers advised to look for NMIS seal before buying pork meat

UNTV News   •   September 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) advises consumers to make sure that the pork meat they are buying has passed the agency’s safety inspection.

This goes with processed or pork-based products that are made available in local markets.

The NMIS said, whether the pork comes from commercial or backyard farms, the process of inspection remain the same before the pigs are slaughtered and sold to the public.

Pigs will not be processed at slaughterhouses without veterinary health certificate and shipping permit.

The animal will have to be checked first if it is healthy and free of abnormalities before it is slaughtered.

After the pig is slaughtered, its meat or pork will also be checked before they are sent out to public markets.

“Hindi po kinakatay sa mga katayan ang mga baboy na walang tamang dokumento, (Pigs will not be processed at slaughterhouses unless they have proper documents),” said NMIS Executive Director Reildrin Morales.

The NMIS said consumers should see the agency’s seal at market stalls and on the pork meat itself as proof of safety.

“Huwag po tayong bibili sa kung saan-saan lang kasi doon po ang nagiging problema, (Do not buy [pork] from just anywhere because that’s where the problem begins),” Morales said.

“So meron pong by visual makikita po natin ang stalls pa lang dapat dini-display na ang NMIS certificate nila (Stores should put on display their NMIS certificate as a visual indicator),” he added.

The agency also do not allow backyard raisers to slaughter their animals on their own at home.

Pigs should be transported and slaughtered at accredited slaughterhouses, the agency said.

“Hindi po dapat nagkakatay doon sa backyard slaughtering (Refrain from backyard slaughtering),” Morales called on hog raisers.

“Kasi iyan din po kasi ang magiging problema natin doon sa monitoring, (Because that would cause problem in monitoring),” he added.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) is in need of 46 livestock inspectors as part of its program of preventing the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).

These livestock inspectors will be deployed at disease investigation units, surveillance, animal checkpoints, quarantine stations and documentation among other units within the agency. — MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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