There is no more African Swine Fever (ASF) case in Bataan following stringent measures adopted by the Department of Agriculture and the local governments, according to Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Alberto Venturina.
He said, however, that his office had been following up the delayed indemnification package for 35 hog raisers from Dinalupihan, one from Mariveles, and another one from Balanga City, “Bayad na yung mga naunang tinamaan last year,” Venturina explained.
Commercial hog raisers who were not adversely affected by ASF are still operating in Orani, Limay and Mariveles towns.
In a related development, the state-owned Land Bank of the Philippines has launched a P15-billion lending program for hog raisers in need of additional capital to sustain or increase production.
The Department of Agriculture and Landbank last March signed a memorandum of understanding allowing the latter to earmark P15 Billion for the SWINE program.