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Mayor Climaco seeks insurance registration of Zamboanga City hog raisers

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Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco has asked hog raisers in the city to register for insurance in order to receive an indemnity for every animal culled due to African swine fever (ASF).

The mayor made the call after she met on Tuesday, May 17, Department of Agriculture (DA)-9 Executive Director Rad Donn Cedeño, Assistant Regional Director Melba Wee and staff, City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola, and Livestock and Poultry Board Chairman Eric Harina in the effort to contain the spread of ASF in the city’s affected villages, particularly in Canucutan in Pasonanca and Mangusu.

“We coordinated for registration of livestock raisers because we really want to mitigate (the ASF) and assist our hog raisers,” Climaco said.

The insurance program is a relaxed version of the DA’s regular livestock insurance program, offering free premium payments for backyard raisers and discounted premiums for commercial hog raisers, and increased indemnity payments for culled hogs.

The insurance premium is free. Hog raisers just need to register to avail the program. With the increased indemnity, hog raisers are encouraged to report affected pigs, thus controlling the ASF from spreading.

So far, the city government said that only Canucutan in Pasonanca and Mangusu are affected by the ASF. Tight security measures are being implemented at the city’s entry points on the east and west coasts and the local ports.

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