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Takot sa ASF! Mayor Evangelista orders heightened quarantine measures for hogs, pork products

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Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista has ordered the City Veterinarian Office to strictly implement the quarantine measures to prevent the possible entry of African swine fever (ASF) in the city.

“We will establish additional quarantine areas to be manned by the City Government along entry and exit points in the city to contain the spread of ASF,” the local chief executive said.

Evangelista said he would coordinate with the neighboring local government of Makilala to set up quarantine point along its boundary with Davao del Sur to check swine and pork meat products passing the area going to Kidapawan.

All vehicles transporting swine or pork meat products entering the city will be inspected and disinfected, he said.

City Veterinarian Dr. Eugene Gornez said his office will strictly enforce the “ 1-7-10” Protocol to contain possible outbreak of ASF in local swine farms.

This means that within 1-kilometer radius of infected farms, the city government will prevent the movement of all live pigs, pork and pork-related products. All pigs tested positive within the area will be culled.

With respect to swine farms within a 7-kilometer radius, the City Vet will conduct surveillance procedures, test animals to determine the extent of infection and limit animal movement. Finally, in farms within a 10-kilometer radius, mandatory disease reporting and monitoring are required, Gornez said.

Evangelista is planning to hold a dialogue with local pork “lechon” business operators and backyard hog raisers to orient how they can contain the spread of ASF.

Thousands of pigs have been called in San Marcelino and Malita in Davao Occidental due to confirmed cases of ASF.

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