Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista has issued an order declaring a temporary ban on the entry of live hogs, frozen pork and other processed pork products in the city from areas in the country affected by African Swine Fever (ASF).
Under EO No. 057, Evangelista said the transportation of any and all kinds of pork and pork-related food products, in whatever form and quantity, including those which are purely used for consumption purposes, known to be manufactured in or sourced from ASF-infected areas in the Philippines is prohibited, until such time that the Department of Agriculture declares that these areas are free from ASF-infection.
He directed the Office of the City Veterinarian to furnish his office a verified updated list of all ASF-infected areas in the country as regularly as may be necessary.
Pork and pork-related products from other areas may be permitted entry in the city if accompanied by “applicable documents” duly issued by authorities sanctioned in the point of origin.
“All shipments with falsified and/or tampered documents shall be confiscated and disposed of immediately, without prejudice to the filing of pertinent criminal charges against those that authored and used the said falsified and/or tampered documents,” the EO read.
Pork and pork-related products to be sold in the city without the appropriate documentary requirements shall be ordered removed from the shelves and confiscated and disposed of accordingly.
To ensure the proper implementation of the EO, Evangelista ordered the authorities, led by the City Veterinarian, to establish biosecurity checkpoints in established strategic locations within the city.
He also urged hog farmers to strictly implement the biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of ASF.