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ASF hits Davao Occidental town

The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region (DA-11) has confirmed that pigs from a backyard raiser in Sarangani, Davao Occidental died from African Swine Fever (ASF).

In an interview on Tuesday (Sept. 21), Dyck John Camillo, officer-in-charge of town’s Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAO), said they got the confirmatory result from the DA on Monday, Sept. 20.

He told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the ASF case – the first in their town – was reported by a hog grower to their office on Aug. 30.

“We were informed that various pigs from a backyard raiser in Barangay Tucal have died. Along with the personnel from the Provincial Veterinary’s Office, we immediately went to the affected area and upon validation, we noted more or less 26 hogs affected,” Camillo said.

He said blood samples from Barangay Tucal or “Ground Zero” and its neighboring barangays were sent to DA-11 and results were released on Monday (Sept. 20).

On Sept. 17, a laboratory test performed by the Philippine Genome Center Mindanao of samples from suspected infected live domestic pigs in Barangay Tucal, Balut Island showed the presence of a viral DNA from the ASF virus.

Camillo said the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian has suggested implementing strict biosecurity measures at the borders of every barangay and a lockdown on all barangays with ASF cases.

“No culling or depopulation was implemented yet. Currently, we are accounting for the affected hog raisers since there is an ongoing validation on the ground,” he clarified.

Upon the receipt of the result from DA-11, Mayor Virginia Cawa issued Executive Order (EO) No. 26 or the temporary banning of the entry, exit, transportation, distribution, and sale of wild/domestic live pigs and their products including pork meat in Sarangani town.

“The stringent implementation of proactive measures and restrictions must be put in place to prevent the widespread of this contagious hemorrhage disease of pigs which may cause a threat to the health of the populace,” Cawa said in the EO.

The EO ordered local officials to be vigilant in the conduct of meat inspection in all establishments that sell meat in all respective barangays of concern, assure proper disposal of condemned carcasses and parts, and deputize Meat Inspection Officers at the Purok [sub-villages] level of each barangays who will report any disease outbreaks in their respective areas.

Concerned officials were also instructed to “establish quarantine checkpoints in all entry and exit points of every barangay municipal-wide and conduct sanitary inspections prioritizing identified affected localities, and ensure said areas are properly decontaminated, and submit a regular report as to the status of operations weekly.” (PNA)


Senate to investigate syndicate

Dar orders probe into ‘tongpats’ scheme

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 March 16, 2021

MANILA – Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar has ordered a probe into a syndicate that is allegedly involved in a money-making scheme within the department.Dar made the directive after Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday pushed for Senate inquiry into a syndicate that stands to… Read More

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PORK CRISIS: Go wants long-term solution; NBI to run after hoarders

 February 8, 2021

MANILA – Saying the price cap on pork and chicken is effective for only two months, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Monday said a long-term solution is needed to address supply shortage of food commodities in the country.“Hindi po natatapos diyan. Dapat po mayroon tayong… Read More

State universities, students enjoy too much freedom: evangelist

 February 8, 2021, 8:55 pm

MANILA– Given their autonomous status, state colleges and universities like the University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), including government scholars have been enjoying too much freedom, a televangelist said.Speaking during the “Ang Dating… Read More

NBI directed to go after profiteers, hoarders of pork

 February 8

MANILA – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate groups or individuals profiteering and hoarding agricultural products, including pork.Under Department Order No. 029 dated Feb. 8, the NBI through Officer in Charge Eric B…. Read More


Traders from Luzon, Visayas and other regions in Mindanao offering competitive prices prompting local producers to raise prices.

NorMin pork prices soar due to high demand

 January 23, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The prices of pork in Northern Mindanao have increased as other areas in the country turn to the region for their meat supply in the wake of the African swine fever (ASF) threat, the Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10) said Friday afternoon.

In a statement, DA-10 noted… Read More


Culling continues in affected areas

 January 20, 2021

DAVAO CITY – Depopulation of pigs infected by the African swine fever (ASF) has continued in the neighboring provinces of Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro, the Department of Agriculture in Region 11 (DA-11) said in a statement Wednesday.DA-11 said it will continue to monitor other ASF cases in… Read More

Davao del Norte village depopulates ASF-infected hogs

DEPOPULATION. Personnel from Braulio E. Dujali, Davao del Norte Municipal Agriculturist Office, prepare the gravesite of the depopulated hogs affected by African swine fever on Wednesday evening (Nov. 4, 2020). The local government of Dujali is targeting some 180 pigs to be depopulated inside the 500-meter radius of the ASF-affected area. (Photo from B.E. Dujali Facebook Page)

The Braulio E. Dujali, Davao del Norte Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAGRO) started Wednesday night the depopulation of African swine fever-infected (ASF) hogs .In an interview Thursday, Mayor Leah Marie Moral-Romano told the Philippine News Agency that some 180 pigs are set to… Read More