Mayor Relampagos orders temporary ban vs pigs, pork products from ASF-affected areas

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Panabo City Mayor Jose E. Relampagos has ordered a temporary ban of all live pigs, pork, and pork-related products and by-products from areas affected by the African swine fever (ASF).

The city government said that the importation of such products would be in violation of Executive Order No. 16, series of 2020.

“To protect the public and swine industry from ASF in the city of Panabo, there are precautionary measures to be implemented and a Task Force created for a more effective campaign,” it said.

The Task Force will be headed by Relampagos with City Administrator Pedrito A.Misoles as his co-chairperson. City Veterinarian Dr. John Ray Bautista and City Agriculturist Alejandro R.Mayato are the vice-chairpersons.

Members are composed of executive officials from the local government and heads of Panabo-based national agencies, and private sector representatives of hog raisers.

Quoting the Department of Agriculture, the city government warned hog raisers to avoid feeding hogs with food wastes or “lamaw.”