Issue of May 13, 2018
     
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Penal provision of Benguet’s edict on quarantine suspended
by Ofelia C. Empian

The impositions of penalties under the Animal Quarantine Ordinance of the province of Benguet is suspended until May 30 pending revision of the policy. 

The suspension  was contained in a memorandum issued by Gov. Crescencio Pacalso in response to the request of local businessmen engaged in the chicken dung trade for further consultations.

“All the other provisions of the ordinance, however, including the imposition of regulatory fees shall remain in full force and effect,” the memorandum stated.

Benguet Board Member Robert Namoro said the revision of the Animal Quarantine Ordinance is ongoing, particularly on the reduction of fees and penalties.

Namoro, chair of the provincial board’s committee on agriculture, said the committee is also working to clarify the manner of payment of the fees.

He said they are  also engaging businessmen in Baguio and Benguet who are involved in the trade of meat and its by-products and not only the chicken dung traders.  

“We already had several meetings with the city government regarding the revisions to be made,” he said.

The ordinance covers all animal traders; handlers of meat, meat products and its by-products; fish and aquatic products; and bee and its products in the province and those who will enter the province.

Owners of livestock businesses using entry points in the province are also required to present an animal health certificate and a veterinary shipping permit for live livestock.

For processed products, a license to operate from the Food and Drug Administration and a certificate of product registration are required.

For fish, an auxiliary invoice should be secured. 

For the chicken dung, a health certificate and veterinary shipping permit is also required.

“We must admit that it is hard to implement the ordinance at first. We anticipated na mahihirapan talaga that’s why we are open to amendments and revisions if there are any loopholes,” Namoro said.


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