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Flooding and its effects, tackled in an NMIS symposium 

The National Meat Inspection Service- Plant Operation Standards and Monitoring Division (NMIS-POSMD) conducted a seminar to stop flooding recently at Training Room A.

Slaughter house operators, viajeros or livestock haulers from Regions I, III, IV-A and NCR participated in the event organized by POSMD headed by Dr. Edna Y. Gray about flooding or forced administration of water to large animals like cows and carabaos.

During the first lecture, Atty. Heidi M. Caguioa of Animal Kingdom Foundation talked about Animal Welfare wherein she emphasized the animal rights and their five basic freedoms together with the Salient Provisions of RA 8485 or Animal Welfare Act to give the audience an overview on the importance of the seminar being held.

Furthermore, Dr. Rolando M. Marquez, Head of Enforcement Unit explained how flooding violates the Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines and Animal Welfare Act and the respective sanctions and penalties for the violation.

On the other hand, Dr. Roberto Umali shared the experiences of NMIS-NCR Enforcement Team when it comes to monitoring of flooding in slaughterhouses. He presented a number of pictures which showed the cases of flooding in the Philippines particularly in NCR.

When all the lectures were presented, an open-forum was also held to entertain questions from the participants to help them further understand flooding and its danger and effects.

Before formally ending the seminar, Dr. Ernesto S. Gonzales, NMIS Executive Director gave a short message where he asked for everyone’s cooperation in stopping flooding and that NMIS is going to do their part so the slaughterhouse operators should do their part in return.

“Naiintindihan ko yung predicaments ninyo. Sabi ko nga kanina may solusyon naman yan, mag-usap lang nang mabuti “, he finally stated.


 

Pierre Jordan M. Escobar 

Flooding and its effects, tackled in an NMIS symposium