Temporary pork ban awaits Mayor’s nod

A proposed Executive Order (EO) that will temporarily ban all pork products and by-products coming from Luzon and other African Swine Fever (ASF) infected areas is now awaiting signing by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

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City Veterinarian Chief Dr. Cerelyn Pinili said they have submitted the EO to the City Legal for review last Friday and is now waiting for approval at the City Mayor’s Office (CMO). The proposed order will also prohibit all backyard hog raisers to do raw swill feeding.

“It is one of our recommendations, the EO. We have already forwarded to the City Legal for review. Lumabas na siya at waiting na lang sa CMO for signature,” Pinili said.

Once approved, according to Pinili, all pork products and by-products such as longganisa, tocino, and ham coming from Luzon and other ASF infected areas will be banned temporarily in Davao City.

Armie Capuyan, regional ASF focal for the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA 11), said currently it is only Davao Oriental from among all LGUs in the region that has issued an ASF-related EO that bans pork and its by-products.

“I have a copy of the EO provided by Davao Oriental. Any products na papasok sa kanila from Luzon and ASF affected areas ay ipinagbabawal na.  In Davao Region, merong EO on the banning is the Davao Oriental pa,” Capuyan said.  

Meanwhile, to monitor the entry of all live animals (livestock) in Davao City, the City Veterinarian Office has already set up an animal quarantine area with foot bath in Barangay Lasang in coordination with Task Force Davao.  

Pinili said they will also set up animal quarantines in Sirawan and Lacson, Calinan.  She said these quarantines will be operating 24/7.

For those individuals entering the city with live animals are required to show documents like veterinary health certificate issued by a veterinarian, animal inspection certificate from a livestock technician of the province or municipality, and a shipping permit issued by the Veterinary Quarantine Service.

“These animal quarantines operate 24/7. All livestock coming from outside Davao City will pass through the checkpoint. Kung walang dokumento, ipabalik namo ang mga hayop kung asa gikan., Dili jud sila makasulod,” Pinili said.

The City Vet office also implemented measures against ASF such as creating a Task Force that is comprised of technical teams such as rapid action team, census team, surveillance team, quarantine team.

Currently, Pinili said they are conducting information education campaign to backyard hog raisers by giving them lectures on biosecurity and the prohibition of swill feeding.

“Kay basi ang lamaw naay infected na meat then mapakaon sa baboy ang mahitabo ma-infect ang baboy. Naa tay mga lectures ana sa atong mga barangay. We have livestock technicians in Davao City nga conduct ug seminar regarding ASF to the backyard hog raisers,” she said.

For disease surveillance, Pinili said everyday they monitor slaughterhouses and requiring them to get an animal inspection certificate.  

“Kung wala to nga certificate dili pud sya puwede mamatada, no animal certificate, no slaughtering because dili ta assured that those animals ang healthy enough for slaughtering,” she said.

Livestock technicians are also active in monitoring backyard raisers in various barangays.

“Everytime naay report na nagkasakit or naay namatay gina-paadtuan namo para ma-verify. Once verified, mu-submit sila ug report sa among office, then we will submit the report to the Bureau of Animal Industry,” Pinili said.