The municipality of San Esteban in Ilocos Sur province has temporarily banned the entry and exit of live pigs including pork-related by-products as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF) virus.
In a public statement on Wednesday, Mayor Ray Elaydo II said nearby municipalities in Ilocos Sur have already confirmed cases of ASF hence the need to take some preventive measures.
Elaydo signed an Executive Order No. 37, directing personnel from the Municipal Agriculture Office, in collaboration with the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Philippine National Police, and Punong Barangays to strictly monitor their communities.
In neighboring Ilocos Norte province, provincial veterinarian, Dr. Loida Valenzuela on Wednesday also urged concerned local officials and residents to stay vigilant and ensure that the meat products they are buying are safe.
She said the towns of Tagudin, Suyo, Sta. Cruz and Sta. Lucia have recorded ASF cases.
She added that online meat selling is seen as the culprit for the spread of ASF based on new outbreaks, which were recorded after the community quarantine protocols were relaxed.
“To our online sellers, let us work together and make sure that the pork meat and processed meat products we are selling did not come from areas affected by ASF,” Valenzuela said, noting that Ilocos Norte is one of the few areas in the country with no confirmed ASF yet.
Source: Philippines News Agency