(Mayor Allan Gamilla leads the inspection in public market. Photo by Armand Galang)
BONGABON, Nueva Ecija – The municipal government intensified its monitoring of meat amid concerns over the African Swine Flu (ASF) that affected a few hogs in some parts of the country.
A team led by Mayor Allan Gamilla has been visiting the market to ensure that no meat of doubtful sources will be sold to the buying public.
“Hindi pwedeng mabigla tayo. Napakahigpit ng pagbabantay ng gobyerno,” Gamilla said Wednesday noting however that no case of ASF has been recorded in this agricultural municipality. “Nag-iingat lang para sa kaligtasan mg lahat,” he stressed.
At dawn on Sunday, town officials stopped the distribution of 15 boxes, with kilos each, of pork which turned to have come from a country from where importation is now banned. He did not identify the state.
Gamilla explained the pork was marked with the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS) though. “Pinayuhan na lang namin yung mga magtitinda na huwag na muna,” he said.
They did not confiscate the meat.