Ilocos Sur remains bird flu-free

By: April M. Montes-Bravo, PIA, Ilocos Sur

VIGAN CITY – The provincial government of Ilocos Sur assured that the province remains free from avian influenza, also known as bird flu, and urged Ilocano residents to support the local poultry industry.

Governor Ryan Luis Singson led provincial officials, poultry growers, provincial government employees and media in a boodle fight recently the Capitol Hall, sharing a meal with chicken adobo and roasted chicken as viands to show that the province is free from the dangers of the avian flu.

With confirmed cases of avian influenza in Nueva Ecija and Pampanga provinces, the province of Ilocos Sur is feeling the effect of the scare affecting the sales of chicken, eggs, and other poultry products in the area.

Singson said, “Our province-mates are scared of buying chicken due to cases of bird flu which have been reported in the Central Luzon provinces, so to ward off bird flu stigma, we showed them that it is safe to eat chicken here in Ilocos Sur.”

“There is nothing to worry about our poultry products since there is no outbreak of avian flu in the province,” he added.

Martel Quitoriano, quarantine focal person from the Provincial Veterinary Office, said that despite this assurance, his office has formed a task force to implement stringent quarantine inspection and checkpoint activities to bar possible entry of contaminated poultry and poultry products in the province.

He also enjoined everyone to practice proper hygiene and maintain a clean environment at all times for them to stay away from avian flu.#