Hog raisers in Mindanao want quarantine wall vs ASF

Robie de Guzman   •   September 19, 2019   •   277

MANILA, Philippines – Hog raisers in Mindanao are recommending the establishment of a quarantine wall to block the entry of the African Swine Fever (AFS) virus in the region.

During the first Mindanao Hog raisers Forum held in Davao City on Wednesday (Sept 18), Mindanao Development Authority chairman Manny Piñol said stakeholders are proposing that the island have its own quarantine cluster separate from other main islands in the country.

This is to protect Mindanao’s hog industry from the possible entry of pork meats and other pork products from Luzon and Visayas areas reported to have been hit by the ASF.

The areas with confirmed cases of ASF were Rizal and Bulacan.

“Recommendation of the stakeholders yesterday was to set up a quarantine wall to protect Mindanao from ASF entry. At saka wala namang masyadong problema kasi net exporter (they produce in excess) ang Mindanao ng mga meat products eh, ng pork,” he said.

Piñol, a former agriculture secretary, said if the proposal will be granted, areas with critical point of entries such as General Santos City, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga and Surigao del Norte will be strictly monitored for the possible entry of meat products.

The monitoring will include international sea ports and roll-on/roll-off seacrafts.

Piñol said he has been pushing for this measure since the avian (bird) flu outbreak that previously hit parts of Luzon.

“I think every region affected as of the moment should also do that. Even Visayas should do that,” he said.

Aside from putting up a quarantine wall, Piñol said he will also sign an order to temporarily prohibit swill feeding in hog farms. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Mai Bermudez)

Death toll reaches 5 in Mindanao quake

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 17, 2019

An earthquake-damaged house in Labidangan, Upper Bala, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. (Photo: Igie Rezano Laoc Estomo)

The death toll from the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Tulunan, North Cotabato on Wednesday (October 16), has reached five while 53 were injured.

Based on the latest situational report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), three casualties were from Davao del Sur, one was from Cotabato and another one was from Maguindanao.

READ: At least 4 dead in 6.3 magnitude quake in Mindanao

Meanwhile, 53 were injured during the quake and a total of 85 infrastructure in Regions XI and XII sustained damage.—AAC

Duterte orders gov’t agencies to respond to quake-affected residents in Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   October 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte expressed sympathy to those who were affected by the earthquake in several parts of Mindanao, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

In a statement, Panelo said the administration is asking the public to refrain from spreading disinformation which may cause undue alarm, panic, and stress to many.

In view of possible aftershocks, the Palace asks the public to remain calm and vigilant.

Panelo also gave the assurance that the national government, through the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), is closely monitoring the situation and that the President has already ordered concerned agencies to act appropriately in assisting those who were affected.

“The Office of the President has already tasked all concerned agencies of the government to mobilize, respond and provide immediate assistance to those in need, as well as to study plans on how to rehabilitate the damaged areas,” Panelo concluded. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

At least 4 dead in 6.3 magnitude quake in Mindanao

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 17, 2019

Four people died after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked several parts of Mindanao on Wednesday evening (October 16).

Authorities reported that among the four casualties, three individuals in Davao del Sur died due to falling debris and objects during the quake.

A child in Maguindanao also died after a wall collapsed on her.

READ: Magnitude 6.3 quake rocks parts of Mindanao – Phivolcs

Meanwhile, a fire broke out at a mall in General Santos City after the earthquake.

Authorities said the fire started at the ground floor of Gaisano Mall and reached the second floor. However, there were no injuries reported in the incident.

According to General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, they will conduct an inspection in the area on Thursday (October 17).—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

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