Pig scale operators, traders irked over loss of income due to ASF scare
Marje Pelayo • September 23, 2019 • 154
BULACAN, Philippines – Pig scaling and trading posts in the municipality of Guiguinto remain closed due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).
The Provincial Veterinary Office has placed four sentinel pigs in the trading post in Barangay Pritil to observe if the ASF virus still persists in the area despite after disinfection.
“Ini-observe nila kung tatamaan iyon o mayroon pa, (the sentinel pigs are being monitored for infection, to see if the virus persists),” explained Eduardo Jose, the municipal veterinarian.
“Sa ngayon, buhay pa naman iyong mga piglets na nilagay doon. May possibility wala na doon sa area, (So far, the piglets are still alive. Possibly, the virus has been eliminated in the area),” he added.
Since the sentinel pigs remain healthy, traders appeal to the government to allow them to resume their operation as the temporary closure of the trading post has hugely affected their income.
“Pagbigyan ninyo na kami makapag hanapbuhay, (Allow us to earn a living),” Sheryl Santiago Macario, a pig scale operator said.
“May isang buwan na po kaming hindi kumikita, (We’ve had no income for a month already),” she added.
The sentinel pigs will be observed for three months.
After which, the Provincial Veterinary Office will discuss protocols before they declare the municipality free of ASF.
Pig scale operators earn P30 for one pig they are asked to weigh while P20 for each pig being stationed in their post before the animal is delivered to the slaughterhouse. – MNP (with details from Nestor Torres)
NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – The Cabanatuan City Provincial Veterinary Office culled a total of 207 pigs following reports of hog deaths in Barangay Dalampang, suspected to have been caused by African Swine Fever (ASF).
“Nangangamatay iyong aming baboy ngayon. Kinuhanan nila ng blood sample at iyong iba namang mga baboy na nangamatay ay ipinalibing namin (Several pigs have died in our place. Blood samples were taken from some of them, while we buried the others),” said Amang Soriano, the head of Barangay Dalampang.
Because of the incident, the PVO advised residents, especially hog raisers in the area, to immediately report cases of pig deaths so that prompt measures can be taken.
The PVO added that they are being extra cautious because it is the season for increased incidence of vector-borne diseases among livestock.
“Maaraw eh, expect mo na sa stress, marami mamamatay ( It’s been warm lately so expect that stress level would be higher which might result in more deaths),” explained Dr. Jun Romero, head of Nueva Ecija Provincial Veterinary Office.
“Marami kaming kinunan na sample. Akala namin ay suspected na (African Swine Fever). Nag-negative naman sa laboratory (We took samples from several pigs because we suspected it was African Swine Fever. Laboratory tests turned negative),” he added.
The provincial veterinary office is waiting for the result of the laboratory tests conducted on the pig blood samples.
If the result turns out positive for ASF, Romero assured they will impose the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the deadly pig virus.
Hog raisers assured, likewise, that they will abide by the protocol should the tests return positive.
“Kami po talagang sumusunod doon sa patakaran ng ating gobyerno na kung saka-sakaling may mga sakit na gumagala sa aming barangay (We really abide by the government regulations, more so if pig virus is present in our barangay,)” noted hog raisers Miguel Ramos. MNP (with details from Danny Munar)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to issue a memorandum circular to encourage local government units (LGUs) to lift their respective bans on entry of pork products coming from Luzon.
The LGUs imposed their own measures to prohibit the entry of pork products in their area in protection against the further spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).
According to DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, the DA requested them to allow meat processors to transport their products provided that their products are properly documented, properly processed, and approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Incorporated (PAMPI) argued that so far, 56 provinces have existing import ban on pork and pork items from the Luzon region.
The group added that the meat processing industry would suffer P55-B loss in profit every year should the local governments not heed lifting the import ban.
PAMPI assured that its products are safe for public consumption, therefore, they are confident that they will not cause the spread of the ASF virus. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines – Hog raisers affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF) will now get P5,000 for each pig culled within the one-kilometer radius from ground zero where the deadly pig virus was detected.
So far, the Department of Agriculture (DA) already recorded more than 40,000 pigs culled due to ASF.
The DA is now strengthening its quarantine checkpoints in different parts of the country to stop the spread of the ASF virus.
On Friday (October 11), around 700 crates of pig products were seized in San Juanico Bridge in Tacloban City from Bulacan amounting to P1.6 million.
According to the Tacloban Veterinary Office, the products were confiscated for lack of necessary documents.
In his social media post, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Secretary Manny Piñol questioned why such shipment was able to pass the quarantine checkpoints in Matnog in Sorsogon and in Northern Samar.
The DA, meanwhile, said it is conducting an investigation on the matter.
“That is something that we have to find-out kung bakit nakalusot ito (why it passed slip the quarantine checkpoints),” said DA Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan.
Meat processors, on the other hand, fear of possible loss in income of up to P55 billion if the government will not impose a more concrete system in banning the transportation of pork products.
According to the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (PAMPI), their products undergo proper food treatment to eliminate the ASF virus.
“Processed meats are not carriers of ASF,” explained PAMPI Spokesperson Rex Agarrado.
“Processed meats are all processed at temperatures that kill the organism,” he added. – MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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