DA-10 confirms first case of African Swine Fever in NorMin

Published November 19, 2020, 9:24 AM

by Bonita Ermac

ILIGAN CITY — The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO-10) confirmed that serum specimen samples taken from hog livestock from Barangay Pugaan here were tested positive for the African Swine Fever (ASF).

” I would like to inform the public of the first confirmed ASF case in the region, specifically in the backyard farm of barangay Puga-an, Iligan City,” DA-RFO-10 Executive Director Carlene Collado said.

In Talakayan sa PIA, Collado said coordination and ground activities to contain the disease such as isolating the affected area, eliminating the infected animals, and compensating the affected farmers, were conducted with the Regional ASF Task Force and the local government of Iligan City.

“NorMinHog voluntarily compensated the affected hog farmers at P2,000 per culled hog. The Department of Agriculture will provide an indemnity fund of P5,000 per culled hog, and the City Government of Iligan will allocate a certain amount too,” he said.

The P5,000 from the DA will be released upon the submission of complete documents to the DA Central Office.

Collado assured that the Regional ASF Task Force, concerned LGUs, the hog industry, and other stakeholders are doing their best to isolate, eliminate, and compensate (IEC), as well as manage, contain, and control the viral disease.

He called for support in disseminating to the public that ASF is a deadly viral disease to hogs with no vaccine and could greatly affect the swine industry of Region 10 if it is not contained.

“We are appealing to the public to respect and step on the footbath in the respective Animal Quarantine Stations and to refrain from bringing in from ASF-affected areas any pork and its by-products,” he added.

He also urged online sellers of siomai, kekiam, longganisa, and other pork by-products to ensure the origin of their meat and secure business permits from their LGUs. Backyard raisers and all concerned are also advised to refrain from swill feeding.

As of November 18, about 149 farmers were affected due to the ASF while 644 swine were killed and buried in the same barangay.

Iligan City Mayor Celso G. Regencia had earlier ordered the City Veterinarian’s Office and the Iligan City Police Office to restrict animal movement in all parts of the city, especially in Pugaan, including entry to Mandulog, Pala-o, Abuno, and Tipanoy.

He also ordered the strict surveillance and monitoring of the entry of live pigs and pork products into the city.

The Iligan City Information Office said Mayor Regencia initially allocated P1.5 million from the Disaster Fund for financial assistance to backyard raisers in Barangay Pugaan.