RA 10536 Amends RA 9296
May 27, 2013
House Bill No. 5490 (introduced by Representatives Mark Llandro L. Mendoza, Nicanor M. Briones, Cesar G. Jalosjos, Romeo M. Acop, and Anthony G. del Rosario on December 15, 2011) and Senate Bill No. 3388 (filed by Senators Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes, Francis N. Pangilinan, and Manny B. Villar on January 22, 2013), which was passed by both Houses on 3rd Reading on February 4, 2013, was approved by H. E. President Benigno S. Aquino III last May 15, 2013 into law as Republic Act No. 10536 entitled: “An Act Amending Republic Act No. 9296 otherwise known as ‘The Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines’”.
This new law is published today, May 27, in two newspapers of general circulation, namely: Manila Bulletin and Philippine Star and it shall take effect 15 days thereafter.
The NMIS Executive Director - Dr. Minda S. Manantan stated that the enactment of the Republic Act (RA) No. 9296 in 2004 did not include sanctions and penalties to persons who are in conflict with the law. She said that though confiscation of the unsafe meats being sold to the consuming public was allowed under RA No. 9296, it did not deter the unscrupulous sellers from peddling “hot meat”. She explained that under RA No. 10536, the definition of “hot meat” was expanded to include “botcha”, cold slaughter or “double dead” (meat from diseased and dead animals) as well as illegally imported meat and meat products, both of which were not penalized under RA No. 9296 but which RA No. 10536 now considers as an offense against the people carrying not only fines but imprisonment as penalties.
(Shiela B. Endrina - Public Relation Officer II/ Admin Officer IV)