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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

ASF found in all Cordillera provinces, 146 cases recorded this 2021

Updated: Oct 9, 2021


Tabuk City, Kalinga – The entire Cordillera region is now affected with the African Swine Fever (ASF) with a total of 146 cases of the viral disease cumulatively recorded from all of its provinces from January to September this year.


Apayao, which was recalled to be the sole province in the region that is ASF–free in the previous years, has recorded 88 cases this year, the highest number of cases recorded this 2021.


As for ASF cases in other provinces, 22 were recorded in Abra, 7 in Benguet, 19 in Ifugao, 7 in Kalinga and 3 from Mountain Province.


In a report by Mountain Province Broadcasting Corporation, it said that for this year, additional 13 barangays in the region were infected with the ASF disease. Of these 13 barangays, MPBC said that 9 barangays are within Mt. Province, one from Abra and three from Apayao.

Dr Kevin Jim Luna, Veterinary of the Livestock Division of the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera, has confirmed that 43 out of the 75 municipalities and cities in the region are already affected by the disease this year.


On the other hand, while other areas reported infection, there are those barangays and municipalities that are now declared ASF-free after strict monitoring was conducted by the agency and its partners in combatting ASF.


The latest is the municipality of Kabayan, MPBC said.

DA-CAR, meantime, reported that preparations are now being implemented for a repopulation program through their assistance to those pig raisers who have mother pigs in areas that are ASF-Free.


Added to this, distribution of the indemnification fund is also being conducted for pig owners whose pigs were affected by depopulation.


To further assist swine raisers, they are now urged by the agency to register their pigs at the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC). PCIC is a government-owned and controlled corporation that is in charge of the government's agricultural insurance program.


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