Press Releases

Lim to botcha dealers: Stop selling or get banned
September 13, 2011
By: Itchie Cabayan

ALARMED over apparent attempts to flood Manila’s markets with double dead pork and chicken, Mayor Alfredo S. Lim yesterday warned that those caught selling such kind of meat will be forever banned from peddling or operating in the city and even arrested and charged accordingly.


Crack down on ‘botcha’ sellers
September 7, 2011
The People’s Journal
By: Bernadette E. Tamayo

Senator Francis Pangilinan pushed for the immediate passage of his proposed, measure amending the Meat Inspection Code. His bill imposes stricter penalties against individuals selling ‘botcha’ or double dead meat.

He made the appeal to colleagues in the upper chamber ‘to put an end to the never-ending cycle of raids and seizure of botcha’ by authorities by imposing stiffer penalties of fine and imprisonment on those responsible for the proliferation of “hot meat” in the market.


Gov’t on bird flu watch
September 5, 2011
By: Madel R. Sabater

Malacañang said Saturday that the government has intensified its monitoring efforts against bird flu.

The Philippines remains one of the countries that are bird-flu free. Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the government is implementing stricter measures to ensure that the bird flu virus will not spread in the country.


400 kilong botcha nasabat sa Divisoria
September 5, 2011
By: Marjorie Dacoro

NASABAT ng awtoridad ang may 400 kilo ng “botcha” o “double-dead” na karne ng baboy na sakay ng isang pedicab sa Divisoria, madaling-araw ng Lunes, Setyembre 5.

Ayon sa report ng dzBB, nakatanggap ang city veterinary office operatives ng tip na may binabiyaheng botcha sa may kanto ng Dagupan at C.M. Recto.


400 kilos tainted pork seized in Manila
September 5, 2011
GMA News Online

Some 400 kilos of "botcha" or "double-dead" (tainted) pork aboard a pedicab were seized in Manila's Divisoria district before dawn Monday.

City veterinary office operatives acting on a tip intercepted the pedicab at the corner of Dagupan and C.M. Recto Streets, radio dzBB's Paulo Santos reported.


Deadly Bird Flu Virus Watch On
September 2, 2011
By: Joel dela torre

AGRICULTURE Secretary Proceso Alcala has ordered a strict watch at all ports of entry to keep out the deadlier new mutant stain of bird flu which experts say has no cure yet.

Alcala said poultry product coming from countries Vietnam, Hong Kong Laos and Cambodia, where the strain of the killer flu virus allegedly originated must be barred from entering the country.


Killer Flu - No cure for deadlier strain of bird flu virus
September 1, 2011
People's Journal

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned about a new mutant strain of the deadly bird flu H5N1 virus in China and Vietnam ,saying there could be a major resurgence” of the disease .

The Rome-based organization said it was concerned about “the appearances in China and Vietnam of a variant virus able to sidestep the defences provides by existing vaccines,” adding that the new strain was known as H5N1 –


Pasig sets strict rules for transport of meat, poultry products
September 1, 2011
The Manila Bulletin
By: Francis T. Wakefield

Efforts by the local government of Pasig city to strengthen guidelines for the transport and sale of meat products, aquatic and agricultural products within the city got a big boost following the passage of an ordinance by the City Council.


Bird flu not a cause for alarm-DOH
September 1, 2011
The Philippine Star
By: Shiela Crisostomo with Delon Porcalla

The Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday that there is still no cause for alarm over the mutant strain for bird flu virus (H5N1) found in some poultry farms in northern and central Vietnam, adding that the Philippines remains free from bird flu.