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

Maris Federez   •   August 26, 2019   •   1037

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

Jose Abad Santos hospital declares full capacity, suspends admission of non-COVID OB patients

Marje Pelayo   •   August 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Monday (August 10) informed the public that the Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) temporarily stopped admitting new non-COVID OB patients as its occupancy rate has already reached its capacity.

“We closed our acceptance para sa mga manganganak, because we have already breached our load capacity (sa JJASGH),” Domagoso said.

The suspension of admission is indefinite, according to the advisory, also to allow the hospital to decongest, to maintain physical distancing of patients, to avoid potential complications and to protect its staff.

To augment services, Domagoso assured to have the support of adjacent hospitals such as the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in case there is a need for immediate cesarean procedures.

In an advisory, the JJASGH management said that their occupancy rate, as of writing, has already reached 233 percent which means that admitted patients are more than double of the hospital’s capacity, the management said.

“There are six patients waiting to undergo cesarean section, and we have only one operating room. Our other operating room is for COVID-19 patients,” the JJASGH management said.

“Even non-duty OB Doctors are being recalled to help the duty team. There are 31 patients in the Recovery Room with a capacity of only 8,” it said.

Mayor Isko warns to shut down Manila stores violating liquor ban

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Convenience and grocery stores in Manila that will sell alcoholic beverages amid the implementation of a liquor ban will be shut down, City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso warned.

Domagoso said the order prohibiting the sale and distribution of liquor will remain in place despite the city’s transition to general community quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also reminded business owners that the sale of alcoholic beverages is merely a privilege granted by the city government.

“Sa mga convenience store na nagtitinda ng alak, kapag nagtinda kayo ng alak na pansamantala naming pinagbabawal dahil yan ay pribilehiyo lang na ibinigay sa inyo at bina-violate ninyo ito, isasara po namin kayo,” Mayor Isko said.

The liquor ban is provided under Executive Order No. 18 issued by Domagoso in accordance with the President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 922 which declares the country under state of public health emergency due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Mayor Isko also appealed for the public’s understanding and urged them to use the government’s financial aid to buy basic necessities instead of liquor.

“Hindi natin kailangan ngayon yan. Ang kailangan natin pagkakaisa, payapa’t panatag na komunidad,” Mayor Isko said.

“Sana po maunawaan niyo po ako, tutal bisyo lang naman ito, ang hinihingi ko lang naman ay pansamantala. Itong mga salapi na ito na binibigay na ayuda eh yan po ay para meron kayong pambili ng pagkain,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Mayor Isko, pinabulaanan ang ulat na hard lockdown sa buong Maynila

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mariing pinabulaanan ni Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ang balitang isasailalim sa hard lockdown ang buong lungsod sa mga susunod na araw.

“Huwag po kayong magpapaniwala sa mga sabi-sabi na maglolockdown dito maglolockwon doon dahil kung mayroon man pong ganun ay ako po mismo ang mananawagan sa media,” ani Domagoso.

Ginawa ng alkalde ang paglilinaw kasunod ng mga ulat na ilalagay sa lockdown ang maraming barangay kasunod ng pamamahagi ng pinansiyal na ayuda mua sa lokal na pamahalaan.

Ayon kay Mayor Isko, dumadaan sa masusing pag-aaral bago mailagay sa hard lockdown ang isang lugar.

Kailangan ding may mataas na kaso ang isang barangay upang maikunsidera itong isailalim sa mas mahigpit na quarantine measure.

Sa pinakahuling ulat, aabot na sa 1,152 ang nag-positibo sa coronavirus sa lungsod ng Maynila. Tatlumpu’t tatlo rito ang bagong kaso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

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