Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday that business establishments and merchandisers have assured him of their support in the implementation of the permanent ban on pork imports from Luzon and other African swine fever-affected areas.
The Provincial ASF Task Force, co-chaired by Decena, earlier warned establishments in the province, including Bacolod City, to pull out pork products from Luzon that are displayed in their grocery shelves.
But he was assured that they will support the implementation of the ordinance that was passed this week to keep the province safe from the dreaded virus, he said.
“The business establishments and merchandisers have fully understood that it would take years to eradicate the disease. They assured us of their full support,” he added.
He said Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who chairs the task force, will sign the ordinance on Tuesday, after which, it will be published in a local newspaper before implementation.
He said the ordinance strengthens the 90-day ban on the entry of live pigs and pork products from Luzon and ASF-affected areas to the province.
The temporary ban will end on December 18.
Under the ordinance, the task force can pursue apprehensions against violators and will have jurisdiction over Bacolod.
Bacolod, being a highly-urbanized city, is not under the provincial government.
Also, under the ordinance, violators will pay fines ranging from P1,000 to P5,000, and face jail time of six months to one year, while a P500,000-budget will be allocated annually for the enforcement, operation, and implementation of the ordinance.*
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