• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Provincial Veterinarian Office reported the confiscation of P1,773,590 worth of poultry and its related products from February 4 to 10 at the BREDCO and Banago Ports in Bacolod City, and animal quarantine checkpoints in Kabankalan City and Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.
The confiscations were in line with the campaign of PVO and Bacolod City Veterinarian Office to protect Negros Occidental from bird flu, which included the ban on the entry of live birds and by products from Panay, Guimaras, Luzon and Mindanao.
From January up to February 10, Provincial Veterinarian officer in charge Dr. Placeda Lemana reported that the confiscated poultry products have reached to an estimated market value of P2,072,346.
In her report to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Lemana also reported that P49,539 worth of prohibited pork and pork related products, with no shipping permits, have been also confiscated from hand carried baggage and cargo items at the Banago Port in Bacolod City, and from the port in Escalante City, Negros Occidental, for the period of February 5 to 11 this year.
Negros Occidental and highly urbanized Bacolod City have also banned the entry of pork and its related products from Panay and Guimaras, in line with their campaign against the African Swine Fever (ASF).
The provincial government of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City have declared they are not taking chances in their campaign against bird flu and ASF, which may endanger its hog and poultry industries that are worth billions of pesos.*