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Bulacan bans entry of live pigs, pork products

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — The provincial government here has banned the entry of live pigs, pork products and by-products from areas affected by African swine fever (ASF) into the province.

Governor Daniel R. Fernando issued an executive order (EO) on Wednesday (April 12) even though the province had zero ASF cases since the start of the year.

Fernando said the move is to ensure that the effort of the province to repopulate the number of swine will not be affected.

 “Since mayroon pong cases ng ASF sa ibang lalawigan, lalo na sa gawing Visayas at dumadami ang hog traders na nagpapasok ng baboy sa ating lalawigan, kailangan natin itong i-regulate upang masiguro natin na hindi tayo mapapasukan ng mga ASF positive na baboy,” the governor said in a statement.

Under the EO, the province will implement a total ban on live hogs, carcasses, cooked, and processed meats coming from areas affected by ASF declared by the National Task Force for Prevention of ASF and other government agencies.

Shipments coming from pink to green zones or those from the buffer, protected, or free zones must first request a letter of acceptance from the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) accompanied by an ASF negative test result not older than two weeks from the time of shipment before being allowed to enter the province.

Likewise, the PVO is continuously conducting surveillance on backyard raisers from different cities and municipalities while commercial farms are being tested and results are submitted to the PVO.

The PVO also conducted a biosecurity seminar for farmers from all municipalities and distributed disinfectants to help them avoid ASF. (UnliNews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.
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