During the meeting of the African Swine Fever (ASF) Task Force presided by Dinalupihan Mayor Gila Garcia and Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Albert Venturina held yesterday, March 4 at The Bunker, measures to further strengthen the fight against the spread of ASF were discussed, among which are the procurement of additional 5,000 test kits to monitor hogs in backyard farms and slaughter houses, as well as the continued manning of checkpoints in different exit and entry points in the province.
Mayor Gila Garcia encouraged municipal mayors and concerned officials present to assist commercial and backyard hog raisers who were affected due to depopulation and ban of restocking hogs within 1,000 days based on an ordinance being enforced in the province.
Coordination with DOLE and DSWD is on-going to provide assistance and alternative livelihoods to workers employed by commercial farms, who might lose their jobs due to ASF infestation in the province.
Also in attendance were hog raisers, representatives from PNP, MDRRMO, MBDA and veterinarians from different municipalities and city of the province.
with report from Eunice Ordonio