“Buy local. Help local particularly agri products and meat products. The more we support them, the more it will be cheaper,” Moreno said.
The Manila Veterinary Inspection Board has already assured the public that consuming pork is safe because the “African Swine Fever” can only be transmitted to pigs, not humans.
Moreno also said the agri products from North Luzon are still welcome and can still consider the city as their selling point. He said he allows selling of products from Sagada, Benguet, and Nueva Ecija until night time.
However, Domagoso said he will be relentless in going after illegal activities involving the importation and reselling of meat products that are supposedly to be disposed.
During the recent visit of Agriculture Secretary William in Manila, he expressed his support for the establishment of state-of-the-art and functional slaughterhouses in the city of Manila.
In July of this year, the mayor shared his plan to build a complex to replace the beatdown Vitas slaughterhouse in Tondo.
The city government also plans to establish a Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita to sell major agricultural goods at reasonably low prices to help poor Filipino households in the city.
Domagoso also joined a “boodle fight” with Dar and members of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura and National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc. to show to the public that pork and pork products are safe to eat.
Dar, in his message, thanked the city mayor for his actions against the trading of illegal meat products in the city.
“If we have local government leaders like Mayor Isko, then the problems affecting the hog industry, particularly containing and controlling the African Swine Fever (ASF) will be easily resolved,” the agri chief said.
“The majority of the pigs were from Bulacan and the areas were already quarantined including nearby areas of Pampanga,” Dar said.
He added that from the reported hog cases, only one-third were affected with ASF virus. (PIA-NCR)
By Susan G. De Leon