By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN City – With the continuing discovery of positive cases of African swine fever (ASF) in Luzon and Mindanao, Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado has issued an executive order extending the total ban of pork and pork-related products manufactured and sourced from these areas.
Effective February 4, the order stated that all shipments without the required shipping or handling such as refrigeration and without proper documents would be confiscated immediately.
“All shipments with falsified and tampered documents will be confiscated and disposed of immediately without prejudice to the subsequent filing of the necessary charges in connection thereof.”
It also declared unlawful for anyone to bring to the province hog and hog-products including boar semen from said areas in whatever form and quantity until they are declared ASF-free by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Pork and other pork products coming from other areas in the country aside from Luzon and Mindanao are likewise regulated unless they are accompanied by necessary documentary requirements.
The order also provided for the removal or confiscation of all pork and pork containing products and by-products in wholesale or retail stores in the province manufactured in and sourced from Luzon with the production date starting July 2019 up to present without appropriate documents.
Since 100 days have already lapsed, the provincial government deemed it necessary to extend the total of pork and pork-products coming from Luzon and Mindanao in order to protect their local hog industry and prevent ASF from spreading.
On September 23, 2019, an executive order was issued by the governor regulating the entry into the province of live hogs, pork, pork-related products, and by-products.
Said executive order provided for the temporary total ban on transportation of pork and pork-related products manufactured in and sourced from Luzon into the province for 100 days from the effectivity of said order. (Marie Tonette Marticio)