By Ivy Tejano
MATI CITY — Government authorities on Wednesday, January 15, confiscated three illegally-slaughtered hogs in two barangays in Mati City in a joint operation conducted by local veterinary office and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) in Davao Region.
The operation was headed by Sofronio M. Lago Jr. of the NMIS and the Dr. Marites Linsag-Erispe of the Task Force Bantay Karne of the City Veterinary Office.
Erispe said they were able to confiscate two illegally-slaughtered hogs from Rolando Escalante at Tagbobolo in Barangay Sainz, and Melanie Valles, of Magapo in Barangay Central, both in Mati City.
Lago said they were conducting a routine inspection around the slaughterhouses and stalls selling meat products in the city, until Escalante and Valles were found selling hot meat in their respective areas.
The officials noted that the confiscated slaughtered hogs did not undergo inspection at the city’s slaughterhouse. The vendors also failed to present inspection certificates.
The NMIS and the Task Force Bantay Karne started conducting their operation on Wednesday morning in pursuant to NMIS Administrative Order No. 6 series of 1975.
“We will continue our monitoring to stop the illegal slaughtering of hogs in the city. Our vendors should follow the proper procedure to ensure that they are selling good meat,” Erispe said.
Escalante and Valles violated Presidential Decree No. 7 which prescribes the orderly marketing of livestocks and animal products; Republic Act 9296 or the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines; and the Amended City Ordinance No. 71, series of 2011 for having no meat inspection certificate.