Stop all agri importation! Group is worried PH gov’t is not capable of preventing G4 from entering PH
An agriculture group is worried that the Philippine government, especially the Department of Agriculture (DA), is not capable of preventing G4, a new swine flu in China that has been killing hogs and making people sick, from entering the country.
Thus, they are calling the DA to temporarily suspend all agriculture imports until it has no concrete strategy against the threat of another pandemic.
Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) said that with the news of a new swine flu (G4) with pandemic potential in China, there is no other way for the Philippine government but to fully implement the First Border Policy of the country’s Food Safety Law.
For SINAG, it is either DA suspends the importation or build the right quarantine facilities for all the agriculture imports entering the Philippines. There is no in between.
The question, however, is if DA’s capable of doing this since it has yet to establish the facilities for such a move.
“What happened to the P2-billion First Border Examination Facilities that was to be established across the country early this year, as boasted by the Department of Agriculture?” SINAG said.
The first border inspection facilities were supposed to be set up in Manila, Davao, Cebu, Batangas and Bataan.
The rationale behind the establishment of these facilities is to make sure all imported agriculture commodities that enter the country have been 100 percent inspected.
The country’s Food Safety Law (RA 10611) was enacted in 2013.