By Egay Uy
THE Anti-African Swine Fever Task Force which was created by Mayor Oscar S. Moreno through Executive Order No. 172 has been closely monitoring the movements of raw and processed pork products that are being sold in the city.
While certain processed pork product manufacturers may have been financially hit by the total temporary ban of the entry of pork products from Luzon and other confirmed ASF-infected areas what may matter most is to ensure that the ASF virus will never be able to infect locally raised hogs.
It is not only Cagayan de Oro that is taking a very close look at the ASF, but a majority if not all local governments are also ensuring the protection of their respective territories.
It is best to be safe than sorry.
My partners in service at the Department of Trade and Industry-Misams Oriental Provincial Office and the City Price Coordinating Council will soon monitor the prices of noche buena products now that Christmas season is practically here. It may be recalled that the DTI recently issued the Suggested Retail Prices of noche buena products for the guidance of both the sellers and the buyers.
The medical concerns that I have faced the past weeks have not hampered the implementation of the programs and activities of the CdeO CPCC in close collaboration with the DTI. This also goes true to the Joint Inspection Team and the Regulatory Compliance Board.
The JIT has continued to regularly conduct inspections of businesses to ensure their compliance with regulations. The RCB on the other hand, through its Inspectorate Team, has continually rescued minor children from business establishments where they are not supposed to be in at certain hours.
After some “exciting” weeks, my blood chem results showed a dramatic improvement. From an serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) high of more than 800, it has now dropped to within the normal range. Potassium level is now back to normal, so is creatinine. The remaining concern is the 0.4 “excess” of my uric acid reading for which medication is still being administered.
As I have said, I’m not going anywhere, as of yet.
(Egay Uy is a lawyer. He chairs the City’s Regulatory and Complaint Board, co-chairs with the city mayor the City Price Coordinating Council, and chairs the city’s Joint Inspection Team. He retired as a vice president of Cepalco.)