A TOTAL of 519.445 kilograms of illegally-slaughtered meat were seized by the Task Force Botagoy in various public markets in Bacolod City from November 28 to December 31, 2016.

Rex Juplo, head of Task Force Botagoy, said Wednesday the “hot meat” were confiscated from 11 stall owners in various satellite markets of Barangays 35, Granada, Sum-ag, Bata, Mandalagan, Singcang-Airport, and Burgos Public Market.

Juplo said these mostly included swine and horse meat sold at P180 per kilogram. The total cost of confiscated “hot meat” was P93,500.10.

The illegal meat did not undergo inspection in the city’s AVM Bernardo slaughterhouse.

Juplo said the names of the violators were already forwarded to the City Legal Office for the filing of charges.

The confiscated meat were burned and buried at the city’s slaughterhouse grounds.

As a result of the task force’s massive operations, the production of the city’s slaughterhouse also increased, Juplo said.

In the fourth quarter of 2016, AVM Bernardo slaughtered a total 36,031 heads of animals, or a total of 2,975,619.0 kilograms compared to only 32,493 heads of animals, or the total of 2,727,744 kilograms in 2015.

“We will continue our monitoring to arrest erring meat vendors and to stop the illegal slaughtering for the health benefits of the consumers,” Juplo said.

On October 7, 2016, Mayor Evelio Leonardia reconstituted the Task Force Botagoy led by Juplo with members Councilor Bartolome Orola, chair of committee on markets and slaughterhouse; Ernie Pineda, cluster head on markets; Bacolod City Police Office; City Legal Office; Dr. Olga Lucas of National Meat Inspection Service; and Public Information Officer Danny Dangcalan.