Meat and Livestock Inspection Section
As the COVID-19 pandemic continuously beat the Philippine economy, all economic activities seemed to dance akimbo to its tune, however gruelling the choreography is. The slaughtering and consumption of food animals are no different. Moving but merely getting there. Down by as much as 73% compared to the same period last year was the consumption of chevon; followed by pork at 32%, and carabeef at 18%. Of the five major sources of meat being monitored, only one consistently performs as gainer; as consumption of poultry products was up by 14 percentage points in the first quarter this year compared to last year’s. Here are the numbers in table:
Table 1. Slaughtering of Food Animals
Consistent with good hygienic slaughtering practices, meat inspection condemned primal parts of meats which was highest at almost 80% of its quarterly target in carabaos at 797 kilos and lowest in hogs at 13% or an equivalent of 300 kilos. Monthly post abattoir meat establishments monitoring yielded more than 200 kilos of illegally slaughtered hogs which were confiscated. They were taken out of the food chain and donated as animal feed to the Davao Crocodile Park.
Fish Inspection Section
The accomplishment of the Fish Inspection Section covering the month of January, February and March 2021 are as follows: Inspected a total of 1,956,000 kilos and confiscated 99 kilos of illegally caught fish in violation of R.A. 8550 also known as Fisheries Code of the Philippines of 1998 as amended by R.A. 10654. Conducted 6 monitoring activities on illegally caught fish (dynamited) being displayed/offered for sale at public & private markets (Pag-asa/Marfori, Bankerohan, Agdao, Toril, Mintal and Calinan). In relation to monitoring of illegally caught fish being displayed in the public and private markets, court hearing of the 3 fish vendors who violated R.A. 10654 in on progress at Branch 7 of the Municipal Trial Court. Criminal charges were filed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in coordination with PNP-San Pedro Station and this office as the expert witness.
For the Red Tide Monitoring Laboratory, we conducted 319 Mouse Bio-essay Laboratory Tests were conducted with negative results, thus, green mussel (tahong) offered for sale in Davao City was free from Paralytic Shellfish poison (PSP) and safe for human consumption.
For our coordination with the national agency, the office joined mobile checkpoints at TF-Davao Sirawan and TF- Davao Lasang with PNP-Maritime, BFAR and Phil. Coastguard that aims to curb the presence of illegally caught fish in public and private markets. With this activity, it was observed that the display of illegally caught fish was minimized.
Mobile Checkpoint for Fish Inspection in Lasang, Davao City on February 24, 2021 with personnel from the City Veterinarian’s Office, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP-MG), and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)