Abono dismayed by non-implementation of MOA on smuggling

April 30, 2012 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ROSALES – The Abono Party- list is dismayed by the non-implementation of the memorandum of agreement between national hog raisers and the Bureau of Custom meant to put a plug on the unabated misdeclaration and smuggling of imported pork

Rosendo So, Abono national chair, said after a week that the MOA was inked during the 21st Hog Convention and Trade Exhibit last April 19 to 21 in Cebu City, there was no single smuggler arrested by BOC.

“They should have already apprehended some smugglers now. Because he (BoC head Rufino Biazon) himself admitted there are smugglers but they (BOC) have not arrested anyone ” he stressed.

So, also a director of the Swine Development Council, blamed not only BoC but the Bureaus of Animal Industry and National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) as responsible for the proliferation of cheap imported pork in the market nationwide.

He said this unhampered and wanton practice has killed already 20 percent of the backyard hog industries in the country.

So also assailed the suggestion of. Biazon that the confederation of national hog raisers’ associations provide a representative to assist the NMIS in checking the importer vans that enter the ports carrying smuggled and misdeclared swine products.

Misdeclaration of pork means good meat like belly and pork chops are declared as offal . Choice pork has been levied a tariff of U.S $40 while offal, composed of butchered pigs’ chopped ears, snout, brain, and others that are not consumed in the U.S and Canada, has been given a tariff of U.S $5 thus not only undermines the price of choice cut of the local product but deprives the government of bigger revenue collections
“Ibig sabihin iyang binabayaran nating buwis ay walang kuwenta, kailangan ay tayo pa ang magbantay. Imagine, ang sinabi niya is dapat may tao tayo roon. Anong klasing government ito (the taxes we paid are useless because as far as Com. Biazon is concerned the hog raisers should send somebody to check if there is smuggling of pork there. What kind of government is this?)” So posed.
He argued that government seems to distrust its people that it needs the participation of the private sector to check anomalies at its ports.
“Sa akin lang, dapat check iyon (pero) hindi naman job ng private sector ang magbabantay doon”.
So said that in 2010 alone BAI records bared there was 105,595,096 kilos that entered the custom’s area. But based on the UN records there was only 56, 447,706 kilos of offal that entered there.
He wondered why an increase of 105,595,096 in the importation of offal when the UN records said the country imported only 56, 447,706 kilos.
Meanwhile,before the weeklong pork holiday that cut off the bulk of supply of pork products in Metro Manila, So underscored the stand of the hog raisers in the country and the 3.5 million of backyard raisers who reeled on the proliferation of cheap imported meat.
“In the market economy we have taken a choice when we sell or not to sell. Decision will be made when to sell based on supply and demand. Bigger production at a loss is not logical thing to do,” he averred.

He said the holiday has been discussed in the Pig Summit last year in Cebu but it was only in the 21st Hog Convention and Trade Exhibit this year that it was given teeth.
Last April 27, the supply of pork and poultry products was tight after hog and chicken growers declared a pork and poultry holiday to protest the government’s incompetence to curb it.

SDC said the operations at some 6,000 commercial farms, including the biggest Monterey and Robina Farms, and some 205 slaughterhouses were halted after 3.5 million backyard growers refused to sell their pigs and chickens.

So said the backyard growers, which account for 70 percent of the daily output of 4.4 million kilos of pork and 2.2 million kilos of chicken, wanted to sell their products instead to the Palace, which they accuse of selling them out to the US government.

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