DAGUPAN CITY – The Dagupan City government, represented by City Agriculturist Emma Molina and City Health Officer Dr. Ophelia T. Rivera, filed formal complaints before the City Prosecutor’s Office against suppliers and truck and van drivers who recently attempted to bring fish that died from the fish kill into the city on June 6.
The complaints were filed against Artemio Carolino, Jr., Andy Credo, Isagani and Nancy Rirang, Perfecto Cacho, Richie Cano and Lorence Espinocilla, all of Anda and Alaminos, Pangasinan for violations of Article 12, Section 37 of the Food Safety Act of 2013, the Sanitation Code, Article 40 of the Consumer Act of the Philippines and Section 73 of the Fisheries Code of Dagupan City.
These were immediately filed after the City Agriculture Office, together with the Dagupan PNP, apprehended several vehicles containing an estimated 25 tons of spoiled and contaminated bangus that were already unfit for consumption on June 3 and 4.
The confiscated produce was found to be in various decomposition stages as the fishes have developed allergens which put to risk the health of the consumers.
The apprehended drivers also failed to comply with the City Ordinance No. 1768 as they could not present auxiliary invoices issued by Municipal Agriculture Offices at the source before they can transport fishery products.
Meanwhile, the local government has increased its surveillance efforts 24/7 on vehicles transporting fishery products into the city in the wake of fish kill incidents in Anda and Bolinao.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez held talks with Consignation Market operators and vendors to ask for their cooperation by refusing to sell any product originating from the fish kill-affected towns as these could risk both the lives of Dagupenos as well as the bangus industry.
City Agriculturist Emma Molina is now urging all fishery stakeholders to learn from this incident by being honest in the pursuit of their livelihood.
“Gawin na lang nating tama. Maging honest tayo at kung alam nating makakasira sa kapwa natin, hwag na nating gawin. Kung gusto nating kumita nang maayos , gawin natin ito nang malinis para mas marami pa yung darating na blessings.” said Molina. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)