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Bulacan intensifies the anti-botcha campaign this christmas season
Friday, 11 November 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS - In anticipation of the high demands for meats in the coming holiday season, the Provincial Government of Bulacan has intensified its campaign against the smuggling of hot meat by increasing checkpoints and strict monitoring of slaughterhouses and meat stalls in different public markets in the province.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado also wrote all the municipal and city mayors as well as the Bulacan police director Senior Supt. Fernando H. Mendez Jr., to support the provincial task force against the illegal trading of hot meat.

The governor also distributed copies of the recently approved provincial ordinance otherwise known as the Provincial Hot Meat Ordinance, an ordinance prohibiting the transportation and distribution of double-dead meat and urged local executives to strictly implement it including the closure of slaughterhouse that will be found violating the anti-hot meat measure.

Alvarado said that under Section 4 of the provincial ordinance, slaughtering of animals outside government designated slaughterhouses is strictly prohibited. He also said that vehicles carrying meats should have Livestock Handlers License from the Department of Agriculture and that animal traders should have veterinary health certificate from licensed veterinarians and should have shipping permit from the Provincial Veterinary Office.

Provincial veterinarian Dr. Voltaire Basinang has reported that the PVO in coordination with the Bulacan Provincial Police Office and the Provincial Public Safety Company headed by Supt. Fitz Macariola has apprehended and charged 10 hot meat traders passing through Bulacan for violation of the said ordinance.

He also said that aside from conducting checkpoints to apprehend and deter traders and smugglers of hot meat, the PVO is conducting regular inspection of slaughterhouses and markets to ensure that they are hot meat- free.

The provincial veterinarian also advised the public to look for the seal of inspection and meat inspection certificate before buying from any meat vendor.

“If they are using colored lights or if their prices are too low, chances are it’s hot meat so don’t buy from them,” Basinang said.###

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