Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Manny Piñol has filed his courtesy resignation, according to Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go on Thursday (June 28).
Based on the letter submitted by Piñol, he asked the president to be relieved from his current post and be transferred to another position that will fit his skills.
“With the best interest of the Department of Agriculture and its stakeholders in mind, may I request that I be relieved from my present position as Secretary of Agriculture and reassign to whichever agency you believe I would be effective including the Mindanao Development Authority,” Pinol said.
According to Senator Go, Piñol’s decision is possibly due to the problems regarding the rice-self sufficiency program of the DA.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is also considering transferring Piñol to the Mindanao Development Authority.
“I cannot see anybody in the horizon except Piñol who knows and grew up in Mindanao. He’s a farmer and governor…and that MinDA position is a Cabinet position,” he said during an interview with reporters on June 27.—AAC
The Department of Agriculture (DA) will compensate the hog raisers in Barangay Cupang, Antipolo City after conducting culling operations.
Several of the small-time hog raisers complained that their pigs were culled despite being healthy.
In a statement, the DA said they directed the Bureau of Animal Industry to conduct culling operations within the 1-kilometer radius of the infected piggery to prevent the spread of disease.
There were reports in the area that there were pigs that died due to suspected disease.
The city government, meanwhile, promised they will pay P3,000 per seized hogs.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar assured that there is a protocol for every culling operation.
Dar also said the department will also provide assistance to the hog raisers aside from the cash assistance from the city government.
“After this, iyong sakit ay na-control na doon sa lugar. Bibigyan natin ng ayuda (the disease was controlled in that area. We will provide aid),” he said.
The agriculture secretary also said there is still no confirmatory laboratory test results so they will continue implementing the prevention, quarantine, and food safety measures.—AAC (with reports from Jennica Cruz)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) maintains that pork items in local markets are still safe for consumption despite reports of sudden pig deaths in some areas in the country.
“We assure the public that the meat in the market today is safe (because) it’s sourced from areas (that) are not infected,” assured Noel Reyes, spokesperson of Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
The Department has already imposed a major disease protocol in the areas of concern though the DA has not yet named where the specific locations are and what have caused the pigs death.
In accordance with the protocol, all pigs within the 1 kilometer radius have already been culled while those within the 7 kilometer radius have been placed under control where entry and exit of pigs are prohibited.
Meanwhile, pig handlers within the 10 kilometer radius from the infected site are obliged to report immediately if there is pig mortality in their area.
Reyes said the DA suspected that the reported deaths of pigs could have been caused by ‘swill’ or food leftovers that’s why the DA advised all hog raisers to refrain from feeding their pigs with swill.
Reyes noted that hog raisers may have resorted to swill because it is cheaper.
The DA sais it may take up to two weeks to three months before the result of the confirmatory test on the infected pigs’ samples is released to determine what type of pig disease hit them.
The department assured that in the next bulletin, they will include details of assistance that affected hog raisers may avail to cope up with the problem. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is being careful when it comes to declaring what virus could have caused the latest infestation of pigs in the country.
According to Agriculture Secretary William Dar, he was informed about the swine deaths last Friday (August 16) but he refused to name the exact location.
He assured, however, that the government is on top of the situation and is working to address the issue.
“Kung ano ang suspected na may disease ay kina-cull-out, inaalis, binu-bury at dini-disinfect ang lugar (The pigs suspected of the disease are culled out, removed (from the herd), and buried; then the place is disinfected),” according to Secretary Dar.
The secretary wants to see the result of the confirmatory test first being done by foreign experts before declaring what type or kind of disease has caused the deaths of the pigs.
The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), likewise, said they cannot risk committing mistakes by making hasty conclusions like what happened to other countries.
“September 2018 ay nagkamatayan din ang mga baboy sa Japan at ito ay naging national issue, naging international issue (In September 2018, swine deaths were reported in Japan and it became a national issue and had gotten international),” explained BAI Director Ronie Domingo.
“(Ang) ginawa nila, ang kanilang laboratory procedures, diagnosed that it was hog cholera. Pero 75,000 na ang kanilang na-cull na baboy, (What they did, based on their laboratory procedures, was diagnose that it was hog cholera. But they have already culled 75,000 pigs,)” he noted.
The confirmatory test may take up to two weeks to three months.
The possibility of African Swine Fever (ASF) infestation surfaced when the Taiwan government beefed up its customs regulations by banning entry of pork products and checking of carry-on baggage of travelers from the Philippines.
The DA maintains that the Philippines remains ASF free and has banned entry of pork products from 19 ASF-infected countries. – MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)
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