The Task Force Botagoy will start its operation against illegal slaughtering in Bacolod City after Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued Executive Order No. 20 dated October 7 reorganizing the task force.
Executive assistant Ernie Pineda yesterday said the task force will convene this week and start its operation against illegal slaughtering since the city is serious in its campaign against the activity. They have monitored and identified those engaged in illegal slaughtering, he said.
The task force is headed by Rex Juplo of the Office of the City Veterinarian, with Councilor Bartolome Orola, chair of the Sangguniang Panlugsod Committee on Markets and Slaughterhouse, executive assistant Ernie Pineda, head of Cluster on Markets;
Senior Supt. Flynn Dongbo, acting city police director; Dr. Olga Lucas, acting regional director of National Meat Inspection Service; Joselito Bayatan, head of City Legal Office, and Danny Dangcalan, acting head of Public Information Office, as members.
In a press conference yesterday, Juplo said the illegal slaughtering of animals, especially pigs, are rampant in the city, based on their monitoring. There is a need to stop it to ensure the health and welfare of consumers, he said.
Juplo said they will confiscate not only meat but other paraphernalia used by those engaged in illegal slaughtering including their vehicles.
He said they have been monitoring major markets, talipapas or satellite markets in the barangays and major supermarkets and malls for any distribution of illegally slaughtered meat.
They will also request the City Veterinarian to accompany them to the malls in monitoring meat products or processed foods, Juplo said.
City Veterinarian Dr. Ma. Agueda de la Torre said their operation against illegal slaughtering is based on R.A. 9496 or the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines as amended by R.A. 10536, that increased the penalties for illegal slaughtering to as high as P1 million.
The task force will not be limited to illegally slaughtered meat but will include other meat products like hotdog, chorizo, and other processed meat, she said.
In Bacolod, there is no direct importation of meat but there are products being transshipped from Cebu and Manila. Based on information they have received there are some that reach the markets, De la Torre said.
As long as it is not mechanically deboned meat and buffalo meat, this can be sold in the market, she said.
They have also monitored illegally slaughtered meat being delivered to the major markets, Agueda said.
Pineda said if there is illegal practice of slaughtering it can be determined based on the number of animals being slaughtered at the Bacolod Slaughterhouse.
If there is a decrease in the number of animals being slaughtered at the slaughterhouse, it means illegal slaughtering activities are going on, he said.
Pineda said the reorganization of Task Force Botagoy is in line with the observance of the Consumer's Welfare Month. So the Mayor issued an executive order to protect the consumers.
In his EO, Leonardia said there is a need to reorganize the Task Force Botagoy to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of City Ordinance No. 459 dated February 27, 2008 that established the guidelines and policies in the apprehension and confiscation of illegally slaughtered animals, including slaughtering paraphelnalia, in the city of Bacolod.
The task force was created to strengthen the capability of checking illegal slaughtering and meat distribution within the city.*CGS
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