DA, BAI confirm ASF outbreak; call on public to help prevent spread of pig disease

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2019   •   746

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in a press release admitted that the current African Swine Fever (ASF) episodes in Rizal and Bulacan may be considered an outbreak but not yet an epidemic.

The Department assured, however, that the pig virus has already been contained in Barangay Pritil and Guiguinto in Bulacan as well as in several barangays in Rodriguez, San Mateo, and Antipolo in Rizal.

The agency, through Secretary William Dar, stressed that the outbreak is not affecting the entire country thus it appeals to the public as well as the media not to ignite fear as unverified and unvalidated reports could create irreversible damage to the country’s hog industry which is also the source of livelihood for millions of Filipinos.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) confirmed that the cases of pig deaths in Rizal and Bulacan have been at outbreak level since August this year.

“Basta na-confirm na ito’y tumaas doon sa normally expected na nagkakasakit at normal na bilang ng namamatay, outbreak na iyon. August po iyon,” Director Ronnie Domingo said in an interview on Monday (September 16) when asked as to when the outbreak started.

(If the confirmed number of pig deaths goes beyond the normal number of expected deaths, that’s outbreak already. That was the case in August.)

The agency, meanwhile, doesn’t want to confirm what the Quezon City government announced regarding ASF-positive pigs amid culling operations in the city.

According to Domingo, they are still conducting laboratory tests on the pig samples including those that floated in a creek in Bagong Silangan as well as those recovered in Marikina River.

The official echoed Secretary Dar’s call on hog raisers to report pigs that had gone sick in order to prevent the spread of the deadly swine virus.

“Sana makalaya tayo kaagad in the shortest possible time (We hope to end this (problem) in the shortest possible time),” Domingo said.

“Pero pagka may nagtatago at ganyan na hindi nakikisama, mae-extend ang control measures na ginagawa (natin) (But if there are some who conceal [their hogs], we need to extend our control measures),” he added. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

DA to import pork in February amid shortage

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Agriculture (DA) said they will begin the importation of pork products in February amid supply shortage caused by the African Swine Fever (ASF).

DA Spokesperson Asec. Noel Reyes said they will import pork from countries with no cases of ASF.

“Under the minimum access volume, mayroong pong 54,000 metric tons. So starting February 1st, iyan ay pwede nang angkatin at pwede na po silang mag-apply ng pag-import ng baboy mula sa Europe, US and sa iba pang bansa na walang ASF (We have 54,000 metric tons of pork products starting February 1, that can be imported. [Agriculture companies] can apply and import pork from Europe, United States, and other countries with no ASF),” he said.

He reported that pork supply in the country decreased by an estimate of 10%. Several reports also noted that the supply decreased by 15-16%, he added.

“May kulang po ang suplay ng baboy bunsod ng ASF. Bumaba. Ang taya namin nasa 10%, taya ng PSA, 15-16%. Pero ang taya po ng industriya ay bumaba ng 30% dito sa Metro Manila (There is a pork supply gap due to ASF. It reduced supply. Our estimate is 10%; the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) estimates 15%-16%, but the industry estimates a decrease of 30% in Metro Manila),” he said.

Aside from increasing the supply in the country, Reyes said the DA also aims to normalize market prices. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Presyo ng mga paputok at pailaw sa Bocaue, tumaas na

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tumaas na ang presyo ng mga pailaw at paputok na ibinibenta sa Bocaue, Bulacan ilang oras bago ang pagpapalit ng taon.

Ayon kay Lea Alapide, ang president ng Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturer and Dealer Association, itinaas nila nang bahagya ang presyo ng tinda nilang paputok upang makabawi sa pagkalugi.

Ang dagdag-presyo ay kasunod na rin ng pagpapatupad ng total firecracker ban sa Metro Manila at ilang bayan sa Zambales at Tarlac.  

“Hindi naman po yung talagang mataas na mataas, Kung meron man pagtaas don sa mga dealers na kakaunti yung stock siguro doon sa partikular na produkto. Kung may pagtaas man P1, P2, P5. Mura lang naman po sa maliliit na items, sa malalaki naman meron P50, P100,” ang pahayag ni Alapide.

Ayon naman sa ilang firecracker vendor sa Bocaue, nagmahal na ang kemikal na ginagamit nila sa paggawa ng paputok kaya tumaas ang presyo ng kanilang mga produkto.

Ang mga paputok na tumaas ang presyo ay ang Sawa (2,000 rounds) na ngayon ay P800 mula sa dating P700, Sinturon na nasa P50 mula sa P40, Luces P30 kada 10 piraso, Fountain na nagkakahalaga ng P35, at Aerial na may presyong P5,500 para sa 168 shoots mula sa dating P4,500.

Dahil sa pagtaas ng presyo, binawasan ng ilang customer ang binibiling paputok habang ang iba naman ay mas piniling ibili na lang ng pagkain ang kanilang pera.

Una nang nagpaalala ang Philippine Natioal Police at Department of Health sa publiko na iwasang gumamit ng paputok, lalo na ang mga ipinagbabawal na uri nito upang makaiwas sa disgrasya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Nestor Torres)

Sen. Villanueva, manufacturers to appeal against the total firecracker ban

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Joel Villanueva and other firecracker manufacturers are appealing against President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to totally ban firecrackers in the country.

The senator said the industry has become a part of the country’s culture and suggested fixing the industry instead of totally banning it.

“Aapila tayo sa Pangulo, maipaliwanag nating husto, kung saan tayo nanggagaling. Importante talaga ang maayos na regulation, (We will appeal to the President and carefully explain our side. What’s important is to fix the regulation),” he said.

Fireworks manufacturer Joven Ong said the ban would also affect manufacturing companies that are producing quality fireworks.

“Kami nakikiusap na huwag naman sana lahat ng industry dahil meron naman gumagawa ng kalidad na pailaw, na hindi naman nakakadulot ng pinsala walang nasasaktan (We are appealing not to ban the whole industry because there are those who are manufacturing quality [fireworks] which are not dangerous),” he said. AAC (with reports from Nestor Torres)

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