3 Negros LGUs declared pinks zones, or ASF free

Three local government units in Negros Occidental have been  declared Pink Zones or  African Swine Fever (ASF)-free,  Provincial Veterinarian,  Dr. Placeda Lemana, said on Wednesday, May 29. 

The LGUs that were downgraded from  Red to  Pink Zones are Pulupandan and Hinigaran towns, and Silay City. 

The Department of Agriculture said if an  LGU is declared a Pink Zone, it can start the sentineling program and it will be the basis of the  Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation to resume insurance coverage to affected farmers. 

The declaration of Pink Zones came after series of surveillance activities like blood collection for laboratory tests coupled with submission of required documents, Lemana said. 

She added these LGUs can declare locally that they are ASF-Free and they can apply for recognition of active surveillance as a requirement for shipment of pigs outside the province. 

After the Pink Zone, they can upgrade to the Yellow Zone where repopulation and breeding will be allowed after an LGU ordinance.* 

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