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Ilocos Sur intensifies checkpoint operation against ASF

VIGAN CITY — The provincial government of Ilocos Sur has intensified checkpoint operations to sustain the status of the province as free from animal disease particularly the African Swine Fever (ASF).

Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson said the provincial government, through the local quarantine operatives, is strictly implementing the checkpoint operations on the entry of all types of meat and processed meat products to the province.

The initiative will ensure the safety of the province from infection of any animal disease like the ASF.

“Our province remains free from ASF disease or any animal disease,” said Singson. 

Singson had issued an executive order banning temporarily the entry of live hogs, pork and by-product to the province amid reports on prevalence ASF disease.

Recently, joint operatives from the police and the quarantine office of Ilocos Sur have confiscated 700 kilograms hot pork meat in an entrapment operation along the national highway in Barangay Catayagan, Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur.

According to provincial quarantine officer Martel Quitoriano, the Toyota Hi-Ace van was trapped through the hot pursuit operation after it ran over the quarantine checkpoint in Tagudin town.

“The van had long been under surveillance after we received a report that it has been used for transporting hot meat to Vigan City,” said Quitoriano.

During the inspection, the lawmen found out that the meat came from Bulacan and transported without shipping permits. The meat was also placed in eight (8) unsanitary plastic drums.

The occupants of the vehicles are now under police custody. They were identified as Neneth Santos, 38, businesswoman residing in Barangay Upig, San Ildefonso, Bulacan and the driver of the Toyota Hi-Ace Van with plate number ZBY 146; and its passengers namely: Elizabeth Tomas, 54, businesswoman residing of Poblacion, Valencia, Bukidnon; and Mark Jerome Igna, 37, businessman from Barangay Upig, San Ildefonso, Bulacan but presently residing in Barangay San Julian, Vigan City.

Quitoriano said they are facing charges in court for violation of section 4 of the Provincial Ordinance Number 15-06, Series of 2015. (PIA 1)