Joint efforts urged against ASF threat

City Councilor Marissa Salvador Abella has urged all government agencies to pool their efforts and resources to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Davao City and environs.

Abella, the food and agriculture committee head made the pitch in a privilege speech Tuesday at the regular session of the City Council.

Specifically, she called the attention of Bureau of Customs, Department of Agriculture (DA)-Bureau of Animal Industry-National Veterinary Service, National Meat Inspection Service and City Veterinarians Office to protect and strengthen the local suppliers, after the issuance of temporary ban of pork was issued by the Department of Agriculture.

“I am also requesting DA and City Veterinarians Office to reinforce and fortify information dissemination about the threat and educate them on biosecurity measures to prevent contamination,” Abella said during her privilege speech at the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

The councilor said that most ports in Luzon had already intensified their efforts. She expressed hope the locality will do the same.

DA has issued Memorandum Order 22 or the Prohibition on the Use of Catering Food Wastes/Left-Overs from International and Domestic Airpots and Seaports as Swine Swill Feed Throughout the Country.

The agency also issued Memorandum 23 series of 2018, temporary banning all importation of domestic and wild pigs and their products including pork meat and semen originating from ASD affected countries, such as Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and China.

We cannot wait for ASF to enter our country before we act. China is just close by and a simple disregard of biosecurity protocol could bring tremendous economic crisis,” Abella said.

The World Organization for Animal Health issued a warning after ASF affected countries suffered tremendous deaths of domestic and wild pigs.

ASF is a highly contagious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, which is responsible for serious economic and production losses.

According to the Livestock and Poultry Situation Report of the Philippine Statistics Authority 11 (PSA11), as of January 1, 2018, Davao region has reached 904,900 total number of hogs.