DA says African Swine Fever detected in another QC village

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2019   •   365

A city veterinarian (R) takes a blood sample from a pig in a backyard piggery to test for African Swine Fever (ASF) in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 17 September 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday confirmed that pigs from another village in Quezon City have tested positive for the African Swine Fever (ASF).

Agriculture Secretary Wiliam Dar said the ASF has already reached the backyard farms of Barangay Tatalon following reports of hog infection.

This brings to three the total ASF-infected areas in Quezon City along with Payatas and Bagong Silangan, which according to city Mayor Joy Belmonte have culled more than 3,000 pigs.

Dar said they have placed backyard hog farms in Barangay Tatalon under quarantine and implemented the 1-7-10 protocol.

The protocol includes the culling of hogs within one-kilometer radius of infected farms and the setting up of quarantine checkpoints in strategic locations to prevent the movement of all live pigs, pork and pork-related products.

Hog farms, particularly backyard operations, within seven-kilometer radius are subjected to continued surveillance procedures and tests to determine the extent of infection in animals.

Swine farms within a 10-kilometer radius, on the other hand, are required to submit a mandatory report on the disease.

Investigation on how the dreaded disease reached the area is also underway.

The Agriculture department earlier said the swine disease was already contained in the regions of Rizal and Bulacan while several hogs in Pangasinan area are still being tested following reports on the presence of the said virus in some backyard farms.

Makabayan bloc condemns arrest of QC residents protesting alleged lack of food relief

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 1, 2020

The Makabayan Bloc has condemned the arrest of several residents of Sitio San Roque, Quezon City who staged a protest on Wednesday afternoon (April 1) for not receiving food relief from the government.

In a statement, Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat said it is the government’s responsibility to provide aid to the poor residents especially those whose jobs were heavily affected by the enhanced community quarantine.

She also called on the Quezon City government to take action and appealed for the 20 arrested residents’ release.

“Nananawagan ako sa mga pulis at kay Mayor Belmonte na pumagitna na sa usaping ito, bigyan ng kinakailangang ayuda ang mga tao ng Sitio San Roque, at pakawalan agad ang lahat ng kanilang hinuli, (We are calling on the police and Mayor Joy Belmonte to mediate in this issue and provide the needed aid for the residents of Sitio San Roque, and release those they have arrested),” she said.

Gabriela Women’s Party also condemned the said arrests and said that state forces are pushing poor families into a more difficult situation for continuing the mass arrests.

The partylist also said there was no need for an arrest since the residents were only asking for food from the government amid the month-long lockdown.

“Using excessive force and detention will not quell the empty stomachs of Filipinos who up to this day remains denied of the promised P200-billion cash aid for the poor,” their statement reads.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has warned anew against public assembly especially during the time of a national health emergency.

PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac reminded residents to just remain in their homes to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Government remains responsive to their concerns, no less than President Rodrigo Duterte has assured that the needy will benefit most of the P200 billion social amelioration program rolled out by the government,” he said.-AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

COVID-19 cases in QC jump to 140, more barangays under extreme ECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   March 31, 2020

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The country’s most populous city has reported a significant rise in number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Monday (March 30).

Based on the latest count form the Quezon City Health Department, the city has a total of 140 COVID-19 cases with 26 deaths and 10 recoveries.

Most cases were recorded in Barangay Bagong Lipunan ng Crame with 9 cases, followed by Matandang Balara with 8 cases; Culiat and Pasong Tamo both with 7 cases; and Batasan with 6.

The rest of the 65 barangays with confirmed cases have fewer than five COVID-19 positive patients.

Of the number of deaths, Barangays Pasong Tamo, Kristong Hari and Fairview reported two deaths each while highest number of recoveries was reported in Barangay B.L. Crame and Bagong Silangan with 3 and 2, respectively.

In a statement, Mayor Joy Belmonte calls on local officials in all 142 barangays in the city to strictly enforce home quarantine and social distancing measures at all times.

Meanwhile, she appeals to residents to follow proper hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The city government reiterates that extreme enhanced community quarantine remains in effect over 18 barangays in the city.

Under extreme ECQ, household members of COVID-19 patients are not allowed to leave their residences and people within the 500-meter radius from their houses will be placed under strict monitoring.

COVID-19 cases in QC reaches 97 with 14 deaths

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 28, 2020

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Authorities have recorded a total number of 97 confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases with 14 deaths in the city.

Based on the latest report on Thursday (March 26), the Quezon City Government announced 10 new confirmed cases and two recoveries from the virus.

The virus has affected 53 villages in the city including barangays Bahay Toro, Mariblo, San Isidro Labrador, San Jose, West Triangle, Bagong Silangan, and Doña Imelda where the new cases were recorded.

Several of these barangays are already under “extreme enhanced community quarantine”.

Meanwhile, decontamination efforts are ongoing to prevent the further spread of the virus. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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