ASF border checkpoints beefed up, IMT sets transboundary guidelines

The checkpoint in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental, prohibits the entry of pigs and pork products from Negros Oriental.*

Officials of Negros Occidental towns and cities have beefed up their African Swine Fever (ASF) checkpoints to prevent the entry of pigs and pork products from Negros Oriental and areas where hog deaths have been reported.

Stepped up biosecurity measures have been put in place after ASF cases were confirmed in Dauin, Negros Oriental.

The Negros Occidental Animal Biosecurity Incident Management Team has also set the guidelines to arrest the spread of transboundary animal diseases in the province, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, Incident Management Team action officer, said Wednesday, April 24.

Guidelines on the proper disposal of dead pigs and contaminated pork have also been issued, he said.

The IMT is also updating the mapping of hog cases with the help of Disaster Risk Reduction Management personnel, he added.

The Provincial Veterinary Office estimated the accumulated damage to the Negros Occidental hog industry at P63.5 million as pig deaths continued to rise on Tuesday.

Hog deaths from various diseases in Negros Occidental have increased to 5,252.

Kabankalan Mayor Benjie Miranda said he has added checkpoints at the boundaries between his city and Himamaylan and Ilog as a precaution against the spread of hog diseases.

He has also added personnel at the ASF checkpoint between Kabankalan and Mabinay in Negros Oriental.

Hinoba-an has also beefed up its ASF checkpoint at Barangay Sangke at the border with Basay, Negros Oriental, Sherwin Sapian, executive assistant to the mayor, said.

Other local government units in Negros Occidental have also set up similar checkpoints.*

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