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Bulacan local officials vow to intensify campaign against illegal trade, transport of “botcha”
Thursday, 09 December 2010
CITY OF MALOLOS – Bulacan local officials vowed to intensfy present efforts against transport and trading of double-dead meat or better known as “botcha” during the Conference on Meat Safety held at the Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center, December 8.

Gov. Wilhlemino M.Sy- Alvarado said the province would add “more teeth” to the existing Provincial Ordinance 98-01 by ammending some of its provisions including the penalty and punishment.

According to Section 20 of the said ordinance, the violation is only punishable by imprisonment not exceeding one year or fine not to exceed P5,000 or both in the discretion of the court.

Alvarado also urged other stakeholders present in the said meeting to protect not only the swine but also the livestock and fish industry, as they are protecting the general welfare of the Bulakenyos, and Filipinos in general.

“Trading of hot meat does not only endanger public health, but damages the swine industry in the province, which supplies 60% of pork meat to Metro Manila,” the governor said.

Alvarado also directed Bulacan PNP to intensely monitor and set up check points to immediately stop the illegal operation of meat traders.

“We must act together to stop the transportation and selling of hot meat and ensure that pork meat coming from Bulacan is clean and safe,” Alvarado said.

Meanwhile, Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando, PNP, and Bulacan Mayors’ League represented by Mayor Donato Marcos promised to do their share in the crackdown of illegal meat traders.

Acting provincial veterinarian Voltaire G. Basinang said that they have already established coordination with meat inspectors, slaughterhouse and market supervisors in preventing the smuggling and selling of hot meat.

Basinang also said that they regularly conduct inspections in the different hog farms particularly in the towns of Pandi, Sta. Maria, Angat, and San Jose del Monte City.

He also stressed that Bulacan’s markets are free from hot meat trading adding that hot meat trading was observed only in the markets of Balintawak, Quezon City and Caloocan. ###

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