ASF alert: NegOcc beefs up southern border control
Decena cited the assistance andcooperation of concerned local government units as well as transport companiessuch as Vallacar Transit Inc., which have also been strictly requiringpassengers’ compliance with necessary permits in transporting meat products. Dr. Renante Decena, provincialveterinarian and task force co-chair, said they have deployed additionalveterinary inspectors, specifically in Kabankalan City, to strictly enforceanimal quarantine in the south. “This is a form of cooperation withthe government efforts in sustaining the status of the province as ASF-free,”Decena said. (With a report from PNA/PN) Decena also said human and animalvaccines transported and packed in styro boxes are now required to bepre-inspected at the ASF Task Force headquarters in the PVO building here. The preventive measure imposes the banon all live pigs and pork products from Mindanao ordered by Gov. Eugenio JoseLacson last month after cases of the deadly pig disease have been reported inDavao Region. Figures of the Provincial VeterinaryOffice showed that between February 24 and 29, inspectors have seized more thanP763,000 worth of pork and pork-related products from hand-carried, checked-inbaggage and cargo trucks or containers that arrived in various points of entryin Negros Occidental. He urged travelers to secure necessarypermits and declare any pork products they may bring for inspection. The city’s Hilamonan village is one ofthe identified routes used for the transport of live pigs and pork productsinto the province from Mindanao. In Hilamonan alone, some P95,783 inbanned pork products have been confiscated. “We do this to avoid damage onvaccines and delay of transport,” he added. BACOLOD City – TheNegros Occidental Provincial African Swine Fever (ASF) Task Force furtherreinforced its animal quarantine checkpoint in the southern part of theprovince – considered as the usual entry point of cargoes from Mindanao. “The checkpoint in Barangay Hilamonanis fully operational,” Decena said.