The operation is in line with the directives from BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona to intensify efforts against illegal importation.
According to the report, one of the fish dealers was unable to present the necessary importation documents of fish intended for wet markets when asked by authorities.
The required documents include Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Certificate, delivery receipts, and transport clearance, without which is a violation of Sec. 105 or unlawful importation and exportation of fish or fishery species of Republic Act (RA) 8550, as amended by RA 10654 and in relation to FAO 195.
Meanwhile, the delivery receipt presented by the second dealer does not match the delivery receipt being issued by the alleged importing company, as per verification with the importer.
Notices of Violation for the filing of administrative cases were already issued to the dealers of imported fish.
The seized items, which include boxes of galunggong, mackerel, squid, yellow tail salmon, and moonfish, are kept in a storage facility under the custody of the apprehending team.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Thursday warned the public against collecting and eating shellfish gathered from 10 coastal areas in the country due to red tide toxins.
In its Shellfish Bulletin No. 6 dated March 10, BFAR said its latest laboratory tests on shellfishes collected from several coastal waters in various parts of the Visayas and Mindanao indicated positive results for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.
These coastal areas include:
Coastal Waters of Inner Malampaya Sound, Taytay in Palawan
Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon
Coastal Waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol
Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental
Coastal Waters of Calubian, and Cancato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte
Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur
Murcielagos Bay (Sapang Dalaga and Baliangao) and Coastal Waters of Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental
Taguines Lagoon, Benoni, Mahinog in Camiguin
Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental
Lianga Bay and Coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur
Shellfish Bullentin No. 06 Series of 2021 March 10, 2021
BFAR said that all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from the areas mentioned are not safe for human consumption.
On the other hand, fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe for human consumption, provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking, it added.
MALABON, Philippines — Malabon City targets 180,000 of its residents to get inoculated with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), the vaccination program of Malabon can begin in March or April once the procured vaccines arrive in February.
Malabon procured P50 million worth of COVID-19 vaccines. The city already designated 11 vaccination sites and also targets to inoculate 1,100 individuals per day. Medical frontliners and the elderly are the main priority of the city’s vaccination program.
Malabon Mayor Antolin Oreta will also voluntarily get vaccinated to encourage his constituents to receive the vaccine. He reported that only 30% of the residents are willing to get inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We still have to convince the masses na kailangan, importante magpabakuna. Maybe set an example papabakuna din tayo (that it is necessary, important to get vaccinated. Maybe set an example, we will also get inoculated). I think that’s one aspect of it,” he said.
Oreta is also open for Malabon residents to choose the brand of the vaccine they want to receive. -AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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