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Ilocos Norte remains ASF–free

Ilokano hog raisers urged to follow preventive measures

LAOAG CITY — The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) thru the Provincial Veterinary Office intensifies its campaign to keep the province African Swine Fever (ASF)–free.

In the recent bulletin released by the Provincial Veterinary Office dated February 17, hog raisers are advised to follow certain ASF preventive measures.

This entails the reporting of the new arrival of pork stocks in respective jurisdictions, buying of breeder pigs from the Bureau of Animal Industry–certified farms, feeding of plant-based swill, observing biosecurity, putting wheel foot disinfectant bath, and installing effective fly and rodent control system in hog farms. 

Intensive implementation of quarantine guidelines, document compliance of shipments, surveillance sampling, and disease investigation are also conducted to safeguard the province against the possible entry of infected swine products.

“Reporting of unusually high pig mortalities in your area will also help us in our anti-ASF measures,” Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Loida Valenzuela added.

The reoccurrence of ASF, a contagious hemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, has already spread on parts of mainland Luzon and Mindanao.

A temporary restriction of shipments of swine and its products to Ilocos Norte are also imposed on the following ASF-hit provinces: Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Isabela, Benguet, Kalinga, Davao Occidental, Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, and Sulu.

Also included in the list of restricted areas are several towns in Aurora, Cavite, Quezon, Bataan, Pangasinan, and Metro Manila.

“We urge our hog raisers to stay vigilant. Let us maintain Ilocos Norte as ASF-free province,” Dr. Valenzuela noted.

At present, Ilocos Norte is categorized as a “protected zone” according to the zoning plan of the Department of Agriculture–Bureau of Animal Industry.

Moreover, on October 14 last year, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc signed the Executive Order No. 30-19, an Order Creating the Task Force ASF–Free Ilocos Norte, to implement the protective and remedial measures against the adverse effects of the swine disease in the province.