General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera has issued an executive order regulating the entry of imported pork and pork-related products into the city.
Under EO No. 27, series of 2021, which became effective on June 5, 2021, the mayor said imported pork and pork-related products must come from African swine fever (ASF)-free countries as per approval by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Refrigerated container vans carrying pork and pork-related products passing through ASF-infected areas shall not be allowed entry into the city.
Rivera said this also applies to other meat products comingled from pork and pork-related products coming from or those which have passed through ASF-infected areas.
All refrigerated container vans should undergo real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for ASF 12 hours before entering the city and the cost will be shouldered by the importer.
Pork and pork-related products entering the city, either by land, sea or air, that are not declared shall be condemned at sight by the General Santos City ASF Prevention Task Force.
Meat traders and vendors must be fully licensed upon inspection of the pork products.
Frozen pork, whether locally sourced or imported, shall always be sold in a frozen state and not thawed at meat shops, stalls, and public markets.
The EO provides for the fine of as much as P5,000 including confiscation of pork and pork products on the account of the violator and revocation of business license or permit.