Gatchalian cites need to monitor pork dishes in school canteens

Published November 7, 2019, 3:19 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Hannah Torregoza 

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to be vigilant about students’ consumption of pork in schools amid the growing concerns on the African Swine Flu (ASF) outbreaks.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Gatchalian, chair of the Senate basic education, arts and culture committee, said DepEd should heighten precautionary measures and prevent students’ consumption of ASF-positive pork products following reports that imported processed pork were tested positive for ASF.

The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) also confirmed that skinless longganisa and hotdog from Mekeni in Pampanga were tested positive for ASF.

“Mahalagang mag-doble ingat ang mga paaralan lalo na’t mahilig ang mga bata sa ganitong  klase ng mga produktong positibo sa ASF (It’s important for us to be very careful especially in schools especially since school children like these kind of food),” Gatchalian said in a statement.

“Sa mga feeding program na isinasagawa ng DepEd, halimbawa, dapat siguruhin ng ating mga guro na gumagamit sila ng malinis at mapagkakatiwalaang mga produktong ipakakain sa mga bata, (During DepEd’s feeding program, for instance, our teachers should ensure they are using safe, and clean products to feed the children),” Gatchalian added.

Earlier, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported that 13 ASF outbreaks were confirmed in four provinces: Pangasinan, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Rizal.

This resulted in more than 20,000 hogs culled to contain the virus. A third or more than 6,600 of these pigs were infected with ASF while the rest were culled as part of government control measures.

While ASF does not pose a threat to human health, Gatchalian said schools should still raise awareness and take sanitary measures to protect students from ASF-positive products.

At the same time, Gatchalian strongly advised DepEd to involve parents in efforts to raise awareness on sanitary practices and preventive measures.

 
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Gatchalian cites need to monitor pork dishes in school canteens

Published November 7, 2019, 7:19 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to be vigilant about students’ consumption of pork in schools amid the growing concerns on the African Swine Flu (ASF) outbreaks.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Gatchalian, chair of the Senate basic education, arts and culture committee, said DepEd should heighten precautionary measures and prevent students’ consumption of ASF-positive pork products following reports that imported processed pork were tested positive for ASF.

The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) also confirmed that skinless longganisa and hotdog from Mekeni in Pampanga were tested positive for ASF.

“Mahalagang mag-doble ingat ang mga paaralan lalo na’t mahilig ang mga bata sa ganitong  klase ng mga produktong positibo sa ASF (It’s important for us to be very careful especially in schools especially since school children like these kind of food),” Gatchalian said in a statement.

“Sa mga feeding program na isinasagawa ng DepEd, halimbawa, dapat siguruhin ng ating mga guro na gumagamit sila ng malinis at mapagkakatiwalaang mga produktong ipakakain sa mga bata, (During DepEd’s feeding program, for instance, our teachers should ensure they are using safe, and clean products to feed the children),” Gatchalian added.

Earlier, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported that 13 ASF outbreaks were confirmed in four provinces: Pangasinan, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Rizal.

This resulted in more than 20,000 hogs culled to contain the virus. A third or more than 6,600 of these pigs were infected with ASF while the rest were culled as part of government control measures.

While ASF does not pose a threat to human health, Gatchalian said schools should still raise awareness and take sanitary measures to protect students from ASF-positive products.

At the same time, Gatchalian strongly advised DepEd to involve parents in efforts to raise awareness on sanitary practices and preventive measures.

 
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