No smuggler sued yet – Sinag
DAGUPAN CITY – Since the law on smuggling as economic sabotage became a law, no suspected smugglers have been sued by the Bureau of Customs for violating the law.
EXPIRED MEAT. Engr.Rosendo So, founding chairman of the Abono Partylist and president of the Samahang Industriya sa Agrikultura(SINAG), explains the process on disposal of expired,smuggled meat during the regular forum of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas(KBP) Pangasinan chapter at the Philippine Information Agency(PIA) office in Dagupan City last October 13.CESAR RAMIREZ
Rosendo So, Abono partylist group chair,, said three consignees of garlic and onions that entered the country through the Manila pier, and three to four consignees of rice and sugar that were brought into the country through Zamboanga port, are already covered by the law.
The smuggling as economic sabotage was signed into law by former President Aquino last April, two months before he stepped out of Malacanang.
Under the law P5 million worth of rice and P1 million worth of under agricultural products are considered as economic sabotage.
But So said Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon could still be busy with administrative concerns like putting CCTVs at the bureau’s offices to ensure that the employees do not engage in nefarious activities.
Maybe he would look into the smuggling issue later, he said during a forum of the Kapisanana ng Broadcasters sa Pilipinas Pangasinan chapter on Thursday.
So said the Abono and the Samahang Industriya ng Magsasaka are focusing on the disposal of 183 containers vans of expired imported meat that are still the Manila International Container Port.
The container vans contain 5.38 million kilos of smuggled meat from the United States, Europe and Canada. They are part of the 203 container vans originally held at the BoC in Manila, deemed already as expired and could endanger the health of consumers.
They were seized starting in 2014, and even if frozen, there is a warning on each of the
boxes that they should be consumed before February 2016.
The first plan was for the rotten meat to be disposed of through meat rendering. But the process will take more or less 366 days as only half of the contents of the container van could be rendered in a day. A van contains 29,400 kilograms of rotten meat.
Last September, six vans were slated for disposal through rendering, but only two underwent the process and four were brought to the Wacuman landill facility in Norzagaray, Bulacan.
On October 11, six vans were brought for burial at the facility but the Sinag complained why the meat were not defrosted and still wrapped.
The disposal were stopped because of Sinag’s complaint.
“We were afraid that the meat, if still frozen and wrapped in plastic, could find their way to wet markets and if consumed, could endanger the health or even lives of the consumers,“ he said.
The meat, which are sprayed with enzymes, will be composted for three months at the landfill, after which they would be distributed to the farmers.
So said the Departments of Health and the Environment and Natural Resources were included in the group that is in charge of disposal for health and environment concerns.
So said 143 container vans were consigned to Lean Pasture Trading, Lucky Sisters Meat Trading and Jcore Enterprises. The owners of 40 containers are still to be identified.
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