BY GERRY LEE GORIT
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Following the first confirmed case of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Barangay Pandan, Mambajao, July 2, and other cases detected, July 6, the Provincial Government of Camiguin takes immediate control measures and calls for cooperative efforts among residents.
Last July 6. we received the results of the tests conducted by the Department of Agriculture Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory on the blood samples taken from the pigs of backyard raisers in Soro-Soro, Balbagon, and Poblacion, Mambajao. Unfortunately, the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus was detected in samples from these three barangays,” Gov. Xavier Jesus Romualdo said.
Accordingly, following ASF control protocols, depopulation shall be conducted in the infected premises and all areas within 500 meters from the infected premises. Thus, the provincial government requests for the full cooperation of those affected by the depopulation measures to be conducted.
DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene Collado said that coordination and ground activities to contain the disease were conducted with the Regional ASF Task Force and the local governments of Camiguin and Mambajao.
“Biosecurity measures should be strengthened on the remaining GREEN ZONE AREAS in the said province. Rest assured that the Regional ASF Task Force, concerned LGUs, private stakeholders are doing their best to isolate, eliminate and compensate, manage, contain and control this viral disease,” Collado said.
The provincial government also issued Executive Directive No. 2 to all municipal mayors of the province, which prohibits the transportation and movement of pigs and locally produced pork and pork products outside of each municipality, effective July 2, 2022.
Likewise, the conduct of swine treatment, artificial insemination, boar services, and other related services and activities by animal feed producers, animal health or pharmaceutical companies, and hog farmers or raisers, including their agents and employees, are temporarily prohibited under Executive Directive No. 3 dated July 4, 2022.
“All persons in the province who are raising pigs are requested not to engage in swill feeding or the feeding of food scraps to pigs and adopt appropriate biosecurity measures,” Romualdo added.
Pig raisers in the province in areas with no confirmed ASF cases are also highly encouraged to obtain livestock insurance from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation.
For his part, Mambajao Mayor Yñigo Jesus Romualdo issued Executive Order No. 14 series of 2022, an order for temporary prohibition of online selling of pork and other pork products.
“The prohibition from online selling shall be enforced at all times when traces of ASF cases are still detectable in the Municipality of Mambajao or any municipality in the Province of Camiguin,” Mayor Romualdo added.