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Do not bring pork products, Undas travelers told; gov’t to seize items

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 01:14 PM October 31, 2019
Araneta bus terminal passengers told not to bring pork products 2

Personnel from the Bureau of Animal Industry put up posters at the Araneta bus terminal, urging against bringing pork products in the buses. Photo by Daphne Galvez / INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Travelers going to their respective provinces to observe All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day should not bring along any pork meat products or those would be seized by law enforcers, at least, at the Araneta Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City.

Personnel from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) on Thursday put up posters at the bus terminal, urging travelers to help curb the spread of African swine fever (ASF) by not transporting pork meat products – whether fresh, frozen or processed.

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“Pagtulungan nating sugpuin ang African Swine Fever. Huwag magdala o magpadala ng anumang uri ng karneng baboy (fresh, frozen, processed) sa mga bus, (Let’s help stop the spread of ASF. Don’t bring pork meat products on the buses),” one of the posters read.

“Maaaring maging sanhi ito ng pagkalat ng ASF virus sa iba’t-ibang probinsiya (This could cause the spread of ASF virus to other provinces),” it added.

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This is the first time that such posters were placed at the bus terminal, said Araneta bus station general manager Ramon Legazpi.

Passengers and their luggage will be checked upon entry to the Arante Bus Terminal to make sure they do not carry any pork meat product before they board a bus, according to Legazpi.

“May mga entances tayo so binubuksan naman natin ‘yung ibang mga bagahe nila so nakiusap pa ang Department of Agriculture (DA) for the campaign against dito sa African swine fever, (At the entrance points, our security personnel would open or check the baggage of passengers so DA asked us to help them in their campaign against ASF,” Legazpi noted during interview.

“Ina-advise na nila doon sa mga babiyahe ng meat products ay dapat ma-check ito para hindi natin madala sa probinsya,” he added.

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(Travelers with meat products are already advised upon entry that their items must be checked so those would not be brought to provinces.)

If a passenger was caught bringing any pork meat product, the bus terminal management would refer the matter to the police or DA personnel on standby, according to Legazpi.

“Isasangguni natin sa police help desk natin, may tauhan din naman ‘yung DA na may station dito para sila mismo ang mag-decide on the matter,” he said.

(We will bring the matter to the police help desk, even DA has personnel stationed here so they could decide on the matter.) /kga

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