Presidential Decrees

Presidential Decree 7

Prescribing The Orderly Marketing Of
Livestock And Animal Products And New
Regulations On Animal Feeds

MALACANANG

MANILA

Presidential Decree No. 7

 

PRESCRIBING THE ORDERLY MARKETING OF LIVESTOCK AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS AND NEW REGULATIONS ON ANIMAL FEEDS

WHEREAS, the prices of meat and other livestock products have been increasing to the detriment of our people inspite of government efforts to expand the production of livestock and animal products;

WHEREAS, the livestock and poultry industry is one of the major agricultural industries of the Philippines and its accelerated development would mean the increased production of meat and other animal products necessary to improve health of the people and to bolster the national economy;

WHEREAS, producers and marketers of livestock and animal products encounter numerous legal and illegal fees and charges in the production, transport and marketing of their products;

WHEREAS, these fees and charges operate to increase Livestock production and marketing costs and therefore increase meat prices;

WHEREAS, the livestock industry also largely depends upon the quality of animal feeds and therefore a stricter law to control and regulate the manufacture, importation, sale and distribution of animal feeds is imperative;

WHEREAS, there were pending before Congress prior to the promulgation of Proclamation No. 1081, dated September 21, 1972, certain priority measures vital to the livestock industry;

NOW, THEREFOREI, Ferdinand E. Marcos, as Commander In-Chief of all the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and pursuant to Proclamation No. 1081, dated September 21, 1972, and General Order No. 1 dated September 22, 1972 as amended, in order to effect the desired reforms in the social, economic, and decree that, with the exception of ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection fees, as well as delivery, stockyard, and slaughter or fees as may be authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources the collection of all other fees and charges including reinspection fees, inventory fees, certificate of ownership fees, transfer certificate fees, Mayor�s permits, City Hall fees, custom fees, shipping certificate fees, and checkpoint charges are hereby terminated.

Ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection of animals and their carcasses done by duly designated veterinarians in the employ of national government shall be valid when the said carcasses are transported from any accredited slaughterhouse in the Philippines to any trading center in the country, provided the safeguards for the proper transport of the meat are undertaken. Any additional post-mortem inspection if deemed necessary are to be done by only at the request of the buyer and only by veterinarians in the employ of national government or by veterinarians duly accredited by the National Meat Inspection Commission to be organized as specified hereunder.

The Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources is hereby authorized to establish a National Meat Inspection Commission which shall promulgate, with his approval, specific policies and procedures governing the flow of livestock and livestock products through the various stages of marketing and the proper preservation and inspection of such products. Such policies and procedures shall thereafter have the effect of law and shall be implemented by the Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources, by the National Meat Inspection Commission, by the Bureau of Animal Industry, and by all other agencies and instrumentalities of the National, provincial, city and municipal governments.

I also hereby order and decree that Senate Bill No. 627, as hereto attached and entitled �An Act to Amend the Title and certain sections of Republic Act numbered one thousand five hundred fifty-six, otherwise known as the Livestock and Poultry Feeds Act, and to provide funds therefore�, shall be adopted and approved, as it is hereby adopted, approved, and made as part of the law of the land.

Done in the City of Manila, this 30th day of September in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-two.

 

(Sgd.)  FERDINAND E. MARCOS

                     President

        Republic of the Philippines

Presidential Decree 914

Creating The Livestock Development Council,
Defining Its Powers And Providing Funds Therefore

MALACANANG PALACE

MANILA

 

PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 914

 

CREATING THE LIVESTOCK DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, DEFINING ITS POWERS AND PROVIDING FUNDS THEREFOR

 

WHEREAS, it is the Government� policy to encourage agricultural production in order to achieve food self-sufficiency;

 

WHEREAS, Without a unifying authority, the activities of several government agencies with inter-related functions have sometimes led to duplication and unintegrated functions which frustrate government and private efforts toward the attainment of self-sufficiency in food of animal origin;

 

WHEREAS, the organization of the National Food and Agriculture Council has made substantial gains in the administration and implementation of food crops production, particularly for rice, corn and other crops;

 

WHEREAS, there is an urgent need for a coordinating body similar to the National Food and Agriculture Council that shall oversee, unify and integrate the administration and implementation of the livestock industries and allied industries� development and rationalization.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution, do hereby order and decree the following:

 

Section 1. Declaration of Policy � It is the declared policy of the State to promote the development of the livestock industry in order to increase the supply of livestock and livestock products and to attain self-sufficiency in food commodities of animal origin.

 

Section 2. Creation of the Livestock Development Council � There is hereby created a body called the Livestock Development Council. Hereinafter referred to as the �Council� which shall be under the administrative supervision of the Department of Agriculture.

 

Section 3. Powers and Functions - The Council shall have the following powers and functions:

 

a.  to formulate and establish comprehensive policy guidelines for the development of the livestock industry in all its aspects.

 

b. To formulate the long and short range programs calculated to achieve major self-sufficiency, efficiency, and stability in food commodities of animal origin.

 

c.  To coordinate, integrate and supervise all policies and programs of all government agencies charged with the implementation thereof.

 

d. To evaluate the activities and accomplishments of all agencies of the government charged with the implementation of the different aspects of the livestock development programs.

 

e. To assist, coordinate and integrate private sector activities with that of the government sector with the purpose of involving the private sector in the food development programs of animal origin and allied industries.

 

f.  To call on any department, bureau, office, agency and other instrumentalities of the government in the form of personnel, facilities and other resources as the need arises in the performance of its functions.

 

g. To perform such other functions as maybe necessary to attain the objectives of the livestock development programs.

 

Section 4. Composition of the Council. The members of the Council shall be composed of the following:

 

1.     Secretary, Department of Agriculture

 

2.     Secretary, Department of Agrarian Reform

 

3.     Secretary, Department of Industry

 

4.     Secretary, Department of Local Government and Community Development

 

5.     Secretary, Department of Natural Resources

 

6.     Director General, National Economic Development Authority

 

7.     Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

 

8.     Director of the Bureau of Animal Industry

 

9.     Chairman, Board of Investments

 

10.     Administrator, National Grains Authority

 

11.     Director, Central Bank Department of Rural Banks

 

12.     President, Food Terminal Inc.

 

13.     Director General, Philippine Council for Agriculture

 

14.     President, Land Bank of the Philippines

 

15.     President, Philippine National Bank

 

16.     Governor, Development Bank of the Philippines

 

17.     Executive Director, Livestock Development Council

 

18.     Chief, Philippine Constabulary

 

The Heads of Offices from the Government sector may appoint his/her representative to the Council from among his/her senior officials.

 

B. From the Private Sector:

 

1.             President, Federation of Cattle Raisers Association of the Philippines (FCRAP)

 

2.             President, Philippine Poultry Industry Association

 

3.             President, Philippine Association of Hog Raisers, Inc.

 

4.             President, Contract Growers Association of the Philippines

 

5.             President, Food Processors Association

 

6.             President, Philippine Association of Meat Importers

 

7.             President, Philippine Association of Feed Millers, Inc.

 

8.             Representative of Small Poultry Raisers

 

9.             Representative of Small Hog Raisers

 

10.           Representative of Small Cattle Raisers

 

The Secretary of the Department of Agriculture or his duly designated representative shall be the Chairman of the Council. Representatives of small poultry, hog and cattle raisers, shall be appointed by the Chairman upon recommendation of the Council. Other government agencies, associations, organizations or institutions not otherwise included in this Decree shall be given representations in the Council upon approval of the Council.

 

Section 5. Executive Staff � The Council shall have an Executive Staff which shall function under the supervision and control of an Executive Director. The Council shall select their executive staff in accordance in accordance with the approved staffing of government agencies and their salaries and remunerations including per diems and allowances of personnel, subject to existing provisions of the law. However, technical positions shall be exempt from WAPCO. The Chairman shall appoint the personnel of the Executive Staff.

 

Section 6. Livestock Development Fund - The amount of three pesos (PhP 3.00) shall be collected as registration fees for large cattle. Of the fee collected, one peso (PhP 1.00) goes to the municipality where the registration takes place and two pesos (PhP2.00) for the Livestock Development Council Fund, one peso (PhP 1.00) shall be used to carry out the functions of the Council and the other one peso (PhP 1.00) shall be used to assist accredited private organizations or associations in their development work in the livestock industry.

 

Section 7. Appropriation of Funds. The Department of Agriculture is hereby tasked to appropriate and release sufficient funds for the organization of the Council for their initial operations. Henceforth, funds sufficient to fully carry out the functions and objectives of the Council shall be appropriated every fiscal year in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

 

Section 8. Repealing Clause - All laws, decrees, executive orders, administrative orders and regulations, or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with any provisions of this Decree are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

 

Section 9. Separability Clause � If any provision of this Decree shall be invalid, the remainder shall continue to be operative.

 

Section 10. Effectivity � This Decree shall take effect immediately.

 

 

Done in the City of Manila, this 29th day of March, in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-six.

 

 

 

(Sgd.) FERDINAND E. MARCOS

President

Republic of the Philippines

 

Presidential Decree 915

Granting Emergency Incentive Allowances For
Personnel Holding Veterinary Positions In The
Bureau Of Animal Industry And In The National Meat
Inspection Commission And Appropriating Funds Therefore

MALACANANG PALACE

MANILA

 

PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 915

 

GRANTING EMERGENCY INCENTIVE ALLOWANCES FOR PERSONNEL HOLDING VETERINARY POSITIONS IN THE BUREAU OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY AND IN THE NATIONAL MEAT INSPECTION COMMISSION AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR

 

WHEREAS, the Bureau of Animal Industry and the National Meat inspection Commission are charged with the vital function of protecting the lives of economic animals and the health of the people in the country;

 

WHEREAS, economic animals constitute an important part of the basic food industries of the Philippines and without proper protection, such industry as a whole may suffer;

 

WHEREAS, it has been observed that due to the shortage of veterinarians in the country, coupled with the low salary level allocated to veterinary positions in the Bureau of Animal Industry and the National Meat Inspection Commission, the veterinarians of the country have become too timid to accept positions in these agencies as a result of which, such agencies have been handicapped in the prosecution of their role in the Government�s food production campaign; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the duty of the government to provide sufficient incentives for government workers performing vital technical functions so as to encourage their stay in the service for the good of the country.

 

NOW, THEREFORE I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution, do hereby decree and order the following as part of the law of the land:

 

Section 1. All personnel of the Bureau of Animal Industry and the National Meat Inspection Commission holding the following veterinary positions shall receive monthly incentive allowance in accordance with the following:

 

            POSITIONS                             MONTHLY INCENTIVE ALLOWANCE (PhP)

 

1. Regional Veterinarian 357.00
2. Regional Veterinary Quarantine Officer 318.00
3. Supervising Veterinarian 318.00
4. Senior Research Veterinarian 272.00
5. Research Veterinarian 226.00
6. Senior Veterinarian 226.00
7. Provincial Veterinarian 303.00
8. Meat Control Officer 300.00
9. Veterinarian 247.00
10. Supervising Meat Control Officer 318.00

Section 2. In order to carry out the provisions of this Decree for the Fiscal Year ending in December 31, 1976, the sum of PhP 300,000.00 is hereby appropriated from the National Treasury. Thereafter, the sum needed shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA).

 

Section 3. All laws, rules and regulations in contravention herewith are hereby modified or superseded accordingly.

 

Done in the City of Manila, this 29th day of March, in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-six.

                                                               (Sgd.) FERDINAND E. MARCOS

                                                                                       President

                                                                       Republic of the Philippines

Proclamation No. 1941

Declaring The Third Week Of February Of
Each Year As Veterinary Medicine Week

MALACA�AN PALACE

Manila

 

PROCLAMATION NO. 1941

 

DECLARING THE THIRD WEEK OF FEBRUARY OF EACH YEAR AS VETERINARY MEDICINE WEEK

 

WHEREAS, it is desirable to underscore the role played by veterinarians in nation-building particularly in improving human nutrition and augmenting rural family income through increased livestock and poultry production.

 

WHEREAS, the Veterinary profession safeguards not only animal health but also human health through the control of zoonotic disease; and

 

WHEREAS, it is also fitting and proper to focus public attention on the shortage of veterinary manpower, and therefore, to encourage the youth to pursue veterinary medicine as a career.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare the third week of February of each year as Veterinary Medicine Week under the auspices of the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) and other concerned entities.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

 

Done in the City of Manila, this 25th day of January in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and eighty.

 

 

 

(Sgd.) FERDINAND E. MARCOS

  President of the Philippines