• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Several Negros Occidental local government units have further tightened their respective biosecurity measures within their respective borders, prohibiting the entry of hogs and pork related products from other towns and cities of the province, following detection of African Swine Fever (ASF) cases in the cities of Bacolod and Victorias, as well as Pulupandan town.
These are the cities of Himamaylan and San Carlos, as well as towns of La Castellana, Isabela, and Moises Padilla.
In executive order issued June 9, Mayor Alme Rhummyla Nicor Mangilimutan ordered the imposition of border control of checkpoints in all entry and exit points of La Castellana, aimed at preventing and controlling the spread of hog cholera and ASF, thereby facilitating the recovery of the swine sector.
There is a need for all live pigs, boar semen, pork and pork processed products from any other cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental to be banned from entering the municipality of La Castellana, since there were already detected positive cases of ASF in the neighboring towns, Mangilimutan said.
Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson, on the other hand, said “There is a need to protect and preserve the swine-raising industry in the City of Himamaylan against the fatal effects of ASF and hog cholera, especially the backyard farmers.”
Isabela Mayor Irene Montilla, in a memorandum dated June 7, also prohibited the entry of live pigs, pork and pork-related products “due to the increasing number of ASF cases in the province of Negros Occidental.”
San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo had issued an executive order on May 31, banning the entry of live pigs, pork products and other pork-related food items from places affected by ASF and hog cholera.
Moises Padilla also enforced a total ban on the entry of live hogs and pork meat products from other municipalities and cities, after cases were detected in Bacolod City in the last week of May.
Mayor Nadie Arceo reported that initial results from the Provincial Veterinary Office on blood samples taken from hogs in two lockdown barangays of Anahaw and Cambaog in Hinigaran, indicated that it tested negative for ASF.
Seven of the 15 hogs that were transported to the Victorias Food Corporation slaughterhouse in Victorias City, came from Brgy. Anahaw, Hinigaran, and tested ASF positive, as disclosed earlier by Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez.
Arceo, however, said that the initial results were forwarded to the Bureau of Animal Industry diagnostic laboratory in Iloilo for validation.
As of June 8, hog deaths in Negros Occidental, mainly attributed to hog cholera and other swine diseases, have further increased to 11,367, with total losses valued at P128 million, affecting 2,088 hog raisers in 125 barangays of 16 local government units.*