MALAY, Aklan – The Caticlan Jetty Port urged local and foreign tourists not to bring canned or processed meat products in Boracay Island.
Atty. Selwyn Ibaretta, Jetty Port administrator, on Thursday said the directive is only temporary to prevent African Swine Fever (ASF) from entering the island which became a threat to countries all over the world.
“Both the Caticlan Airport and the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) have measures in prohibiting the entry of these canned and processed meat food. What we wanted to protect is those going to Boracay via the Strong Republic Nautical Highway and from local transport,” Ibaretta added.
Tourists usually bring canned and processed meat to Boracay as a cheaper source of food but these will be prohibited for a meantime by the port authorities.
Authorities added that tourists can instead buy canned meat and processed food at the local stores in Boracay which passed through strict security screenings. Hotels were advised not to give their spoiled food to hogs, while different restaurants in this island including those of the Chinese and South Koreans will also be subjected to inspections.
Last week, the Department of Agriculture monitored ASF cases in Luzon and authorities try to secure that it will not reach the province.
Reports from the Provincial Veterinarian Office revealed that from January to Sept. 11 this year, the Quarantine Office at the KIA confiscated around 1,342 kilos of processed meat.
The processed meats were confiscated from Chinese and South Korean tourists including returning overseas Filipino workers./PN