Benguet lifts ban on live pigs
BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 21(PIA) - The temporary lockdown on the entry of live pigs in the province is now lifted following the actions of the Benguet Provincial Veterinary Office to prevent the spread of the African Swine Fever and on the request of the city government of Baguio.
Governor Melchor Diclas lifted the temporary lockdown thru Executive Order No. 2020-11 he signed on February 14. He issued on Feb. 5 EO No. 020 - 010 declaring the temporary lockdown on the entry of live pigs into the province of Benguet.
Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Merriam Tiongan explained that the lifting of the lockdown was recommended after proper prevention and control measures that includes the depopulation at least 600 pigs in the three affected barangays in Tuba, La Trinidad and Itogon, were undertaken.
The Provincial Veterinary office has also disinfected the ground zero of the ASF disease in the said barangays and will continue to conduct cleaning and sanitation in the areas in the next five months to ensure that the ASF virus would be cleaned.
Information education campaign on the prevention of ASF as well as procedures to be undertaken by the provincial veterinarian office in the next months to ensure that ASF will be prevented, are continuing. So with disease surveillance and the animal quarantine checkpoints in various entry and exit points in Benguet.
Another consideration in the lifting of the ban was the request of the Baguio City Veterinary Office noting the low supply of pigs at the public market.
Baguio City Assistant Veterinarian Silario Bested said the city government of Baguio and the market vendors clamored for the lifting of the lockdown of pigs to ensure adequate supply of pork in the city.
He explained that city is consuming 300 to 350 pigs daily coming from the lowlands and Benguet towns and the city felt the lack of supply following the lockdown order with only at least 150 pigs delivered to the city only from February 7 to 14 coming from some Benguet towns only.
Tiongan a said other municipal government units that have banned entry of live pigs in their areas have been notified and are expected to lift the ban immediately. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)