Undocumented fish imports seized in Malabon City

Marje Pelayo   •   December 2, 2020   •   347

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 467 boxes of imported fish of different species were seized from two dealers during a recent market denial operation in Malabon City.

In a report published on Wednesday (December 2), the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) said the illegal packages were seized by the agency’s team of law enforcers and fisheries inspectors in an operation held on Monday (November 30).

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.

Malabon City Mayor Oreta gets COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   March 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malabon City Mayor Lenlen Oreta on Tuesday confirmed he tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Nagpa swab test tayo as part of contact tracing. Today, lumabas sa resulta na positive ako sa Covid-19,” Oreta wrote on his Facebook account.

The mayor said he is asymptomatic and will be working at home in the following days.

Nagpa swab test tayo as part of contact tracing. Today, lumabas sa resulta na positive ako sa Covid-19. Bagamat wala…

Posted by Lenlen Oreta on Monday, March 22, 2021

An ongoing contact tracing is also being conducted for those he interacted with in the past few days, he said.

Oreta reminded the public to strictly observe health protocols to help prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

“This only shows na matindi pa rin ang epekto ng COVID-19 sa Malabon. Matinding pag-iingat ang kailangan lalo na ang pagsunod sa mga health protocols,” he said.

“On behalf of the city, we would continue to ensure that we bring down the cases ng COVID dito sa ating siyudad,” he added.

Red tide alert raised over 10 areas in PH – BFAR

Robie de Guzman   •   March 11, 2021

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

#RedTidePH

Shellfish Bullentin No. 06
Series of 2021
March 10, 2021

Based on the latest laboratory results of the…

Posted by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Central Office on Wednesday, 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 vaccination plan targets 180,000 residents to receive vaccine

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 2, 2021

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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