Bayambang declares State of Calamity in 7 barangays

October 27, 2019 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment


BAYAMBANG – The local government of this central Pangasinan town declared seven barangays under a State of Calamity to help backyard hog raisers who were affected after 30 hogs raised in one barangay were found positive for African Swine Fever (ASF).

Mayor Cesar Quiambao said the declaration would enable the municipal government to give one sack of rice (50 kilos) for each culled pig. This is in addition to the P5000 per head of culled swine to be given by the Department of Agriculture.

Recall that the “entry” of the dreaded hog disease resulted in the culling of more around 500 heads of swine in four barangays covered by the one kilometer radius from Apalen where the first ASF case was seen, said Quiambao.

The one kilometer radius would cover the adjoining vllages of Apalen, Tatarac, Carungay and Inirangan.

The committee is also undertaking blood test sampling of the hogs within the seven kilometer radius.

Quimbao said hogs inside the seven-kilometer radius would also be culled if blood samples  taken from them would be found positive for ASF, to contain the spread of the disease. 

He said at least 30 heads of swine in the farm of Doctorio Caneso of Apalen village died of ASF on October 17, prompting the Provincial Government of Pangasinan to cordon off the village to stop the spread of the disease.  The blood test of the affected hogs were done by the Department of Agriculture Region-1.

Caneso claimed that his pigs were “homegrown” and were given only commercial feeds.

Quiambao said the pigs may have been contaminated after two traders from the village reportedly brought swine from the provinces affected by ASF. He identified the traders as Richard Sagun and Domingo Sagun.

Quiambao theorized that the possible source of ASF could be the vehicles used by the swine traders to transport the hogs from one area to another, as the vehicles may not have been disinfected.

He said he ordered the farms of Caneso and the two Saguns closed last week as they were found operating without business permits.

“We are investigating if the farms of the two traders were the source of ASF contamination, and we may file cases against them,” he said.

On October 19, Quiambao issued Executive Order non 45 declaring a temporary ban on the entry and exit of live pigs, fresh and frozen pork in the town.

Under the order, hotels, restaurants and other food establishments are prohibited from selling or giving their leftovers or spoiled food to backyard hog raisers.

Recall that the leftovers, known as “swill” is one of the identified causes and means of transmission of the ASF virus.

Veterinary authorities here said that the number of barangays affected by ASF will increase after the 1-7-10 protocol is implemented.

Under the protocol, all hogs in the one kilometer radius should be destroyed and buried while the owners will be compensated by the government. Movements of the swine in the seven kilometers outside the one kilometer radius would be monitored by authorities while in next ten kilometers radius the owners report to the government any symptoms of the pigs.

Through the State of Calamity, officials of the LGU here could easily extend financial and technical help to the beleaguered hog raisers especially those whose swine were culled.

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