Climbers are prohibited from bringing pork products to Mt. Apo, the Kidapawan City government said.
The local government issued the advisory to prevent the possible spread of African swine fever (ASF) in the area where a warty pig or baboy ramo was recently spotted.
Baboy ramo is a vulnerable species facing extinction.
“Maari kasing makain ng mga baboy ramo ang pork products na kontaminado ng ASF at magresulta sa pagkakahawa ng ibang kahalintulad na hayop na maituturing na endemic sa lugar,” the city government explained.
City Tourism Supervising Officer Gillian Lonzaga said the local government will strictly monitor the climbers who will pass through the Kidapawan trail to ensure that they will not bring any pork products.
Lonzaga said they will confiscate the pork products and violators will be fined.
Similar ban will also be implemented in other areas with trails going to Mt. Apo, the official added.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XI discovered the existence of the Philippine warty pig with scientific name Sus philipppinensis during the recent Mt. Apo Summer Climb.