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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Abra town gets rid of ASF-infected pigs

Abra, Philippines – As a measure to prevent the further spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in this province, the municipality of Malibcong has initiated a five-day depopulation of infected pigs in the locality starting from April 23 to April 27.

Culling will cover those within the 500 meter radius from ASF-infected areas.

The measure, the Provincial Government of Abra (PGA) said has been explained in a meeting held on Thursday, April 22, 2021 with the punong barangay and Indigenous People Mandatory Representatives (IPMR) of said communities.

“Napagnunumuan iti nasao a taripnong a mabukel ti Municipal ken Barangay ASF Task Force tapno masierto a maipatungpal dagiti biosecurity measures a nailanad iti Executive Order AP-03, s. 2021 nga inyulog ni Governor Joy Bernos,” the PGA reports.

“Daytoy a task force ket buklen dagiti SB members, barangay captain, ken municipal office heads nga idauloan ti mayor kas chairperson,” it added.

Part of the biosecurity measures to be conducted is the disinfection of infected areas, monitoring of sick or dead pigs, collection of swine samples and culling of infected pigs.

Data of the Municipal Agricultural Office of Malibcong showed that 74 out of the 287 total numbers of domestic pigs in Barangays Lat-ey, Pacgued and Gacab have already died due to ASF.

Other measures for recommended for implementation is penalizing individuals who will be hunting wild pigs in the forests within the areas and those who will be transporting pigs or pork meat to other barangays. Individuals residing in affected communities are also prohibited to travel to other barangays.

This shall take effect as soon as an Executive Order or ordinance will be issued by the local government unit concerned.

As recalled, an ASF outbreak was declared in Tineg, Malibcong and Daguioman towns following the detection of the disease from the collected samples of wild and native pigs in both areas.



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