Davao City bans entry of hogs, pork products from Luzon, neighboring provinces

Robie de Guzman   •   February 10, 2020   •   897

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Davao has announced that it is banning the entry of live hogs and pork products from Luzon, Davao Occidental, and several areas in Davao del Sur amid the threat of African Swine Fever (ASF).

Mayor Sara Duterte said the ban, which took effect last Monday, February 3, aims to prevent the spread of the swine disease and further protect the local hog industry.

“We do not eat pork that is contaminated with ASF. Although it does not affect humans, it is not also fit for human consumption,” she said.

The move follows reports on cases of ASF infection in two barangays in Davao City – Dominga and Lamanan in Calinan District.

Local authorities said culling operations for the 2,500 pigs in the said areas have already started to prevent the disease from spreading to nearby villages.

The first case of ASF in Mindanao was reported in Don Marcelino town in Davao Occidental in January, several months after an outbreak was declared in Luzon.

Duterte assured that the local government has set aside a P20 million fund to aid hog raisers affected by the ASF.

“We will check, inspect and conduct depopulation if ASF is positive and pay for your pig and piglets. Thereafter you cannot grow pigs for the next 3 months,” she said.

The mayor added that quarantine checkpoints had been set up in the city’s entry and exit points.

She also called on local pig farmers to immediately report to the city’s veterinary office should their hogs show signs of ASF, which include high fever, decreased appetite, heavy discharge from eyes and nose, and red or blotchy skin lesions. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Marisol Montaño)

Sara Duterte tells VP Robredo to ‘refrain from giving advice if she knows nothing’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA —  Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday (June 14) told Vice President Leni Robredo to “refrain from giving advice if she knows nothing about what is happening on the ground.”

This was Mayor Sara’s response to Robredo’s remark about how Davao City could learn from Cebu City as to how it successfully controlled the surge of COVID-19 cases by partnering with the private sector.

Robredo added that the COVID situation in the President’s hometown is quite “alarming.”

The presidential daughter said Robredo should “avoid involving the COVID-19 surge in Davao City in her attempt at politicking.”

“This has been the hallmark of her term as VP, where she puts forth comments on matters and affairs she lacks understanding and knowledge on and does not offer anything helpful to solve a problem,” Duterte-Carpio said in a statement.

She added that Robredo “should not attack the medical community of Davao City as being inactive when they have been silently suffering and working tirelessly to help save lives since March of last year.”

“She should open her eyes to the surge of cases in localities all around the world and she might be able to say that a surge in cases where 85% of the cases are asymptomatic is primarily identified by aggressive testing, coupled with tracing and isolation/quarantining,” she said.

Robredo made her comments after the announcement from 1Sambayan naming her as one of the coalition’s nominees for next year’s election.

Robredo and Duterte-Carpio are among the preferred names for the presidential polls next year.

“There will be a proper time to attack my performance as a [local chief executive] in this pandemic if she dares to run for President,” the younger Duterte said.

To date, Davao City tops the list of local government units with the most new cases of COVID-19 per day for the period of June 5 to 11 based on a report of the OCTA Research group.

Records show that Davao City has an average of 180 new cases per day during the said period followed by Quezon City with an average of 168 new cases per day.

BAI sees drop in cases of African Swine Fever

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) reported a total of 176 cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country in the past month.

The number is lower than the 1,773 cases recorded in August 2020 at the beginning of the outbreak and in April 2021 when the agency logged 520 cases.

As of June 4, there are nine provinces with a total of 19 barangays that still have cases of ASF virus.

These are:
Leyte – 9
Ilocos Norte – 2
Northern Samar – 2
Abra – 1
Apayao – 1
Mountain Province – 1
Cagayan – 1
Eastern Samar – 1
Davao Occidental – 1

“Mahigit 300 (local government unit) na po yung walang reported cases ng ASF for a period ranging from 90 to 180 days ang more,” said Dr. Reildrin Morales, OIC, BAI.

BAI said that areas cleared of ASF may now start repopulating their hogs provided that they coordinate with their local veterinary office or they can visit directly to BAI offices.

Currently, there are 10 farms in Luzon that conducts clinical trial for a potential vaccines against ASF.

“Kung magiging maganda po yung performance nung tina-trial nating bakuna ang isa po sa direksyon natin ay mag mass vaccination tayo lalo na doon sa high risk areas,” Morales said.

As per BAI report, half the number of affected hog raisers have already been compensated which reached a total of P1.55 billion.

BAI projects that it will take about two to three years before the Philippines can finally take control of ASF, especially with the help of local government units.

By declaring a state of calamity due to ASF, the LGUs may now utilize their respective calamity fund for their response efforts against ASF. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Davao City not a new epicenter for COVID-19 amid case surge – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said that the term “epicenter” should not be used to describe Davao City amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH discourages the use of the term in describing the rise of cases in a certain area as epidemic epicenters are “interpreted by some to refer to an area as the source of the infection.”

“It is also meant to connote the area as a hotspot for the infection. We discourage the use of the term ‘epicenter’ in describing the rise of cases in an area,” Vergeire said in a statement.

“These areas are not the origin of the COVID-19 virus. Moreover, using the term ‘epicenter’ detracts from other surrounding areas which may be equally or more affected by COVID-19,” she added.

“Considering this, no, Davao City is not an epicenter,” she further stated.

The DOH issued the statement after a fellow from the OCTA Research Group said Davao City has surpassed Quezon City in terms of having the highest average of daily fresh COVID-19 cases. OCTA noted that Davao City recorded an average of 213 new COVID-19 cases, higher than the 207 cases from Quezon City.

Davao City is currently under modified enhanced community quarantine due to rising coronavirus infections in the area.

“We continue to closely monitor the situation in Davao City due to increasing cases,” the DOH said.

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