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Zamboanga City to residents: No domestic roasting of pigs, cattle once facility opens

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The city government of Zamboanga is set to open soon a roasting facility for pigs and cattle at the local government’s slaughterhouse in San Roque, an official said.

Once the construction of the slaughterhouse’s roasting facility is completed by the end of July, residents are prohibited from roasting pigs and cattle or lechon in their respective houses, said City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola.

“All roasting must be done at the slaughterhouse to ensure the lechon has passed meat inspection in keeping with the present administration’s priority thrust on health,” he said.

This also means that all the 24 licensed lechoneros in the city must roast their pigs/cattle at the slaughterhouse’s roasting facility, he added.

Violators, or those found roasting pigs at home, will be penalized pursuant to the city’s meat inspection ordinance of January 2017, Arriola said.

Fines range from P3,000 to P5,000 plus confiscation of items and suspension of business, and cancellation for third offense, he said.