At least 264 hog raisers most of them engaged in backyard hog-raising received P5,000 each as indemnification for those affected by the African swine fever (ASF) virus.
Mayor Gila Garcia said combined efforts of municipal and provincial governments and the Department of Agriculture poured almost P8 million to indemnify the first batch of affected hog
raisers in different farming villages of Dinalupihan.
The government allows only up to 20 affected pigs to be indemnified. “The second batch of beneficiaries from Dinalupihan of DA’s indemnification program will come next thus will require a
total funding of more or less P16 million.
“Aside from the coronavirus pandemic, we have this ASF burden to carry on our shoulder and so it requires more hard work on our part and more so with the understaff agriculture office,”
Garcia said in an interview.
Albert Venturina, the provincial veterinarian, said there is now a need to conduct blood testing on all pigs in the province. “Every household cannot engage in hog raising activities without seeking permit from our office and the local government units (LGUs). “The problem now is for the LGUs to pass an ordinance requiring all backyard and commercial
hog raisers to conduct blood testing on the hogs,” said Venturina.