No lifting of ASF ban: Sara

Pork vendors in Davao City are now alarmed as they are facing shortage of meat supply and other pork products following the city’s implementation of a total ban on live pigs and pork products coming from Davao Occidental.
The ban was also extended to the municipalities of Sulop and Malalag in Davao del Sur due to their proximity to Davao Occidental.

Despite the shortage of supply of pork and meat products, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio stood pat not to lift the ban to ensure safety of the hog industry in the city.

“Gi-ask nako ang City Veterinarian Office ug sa pagkakaron wala ta’y problema sa supply sa atoang baboy but kung dunay man problema sa shortage, wala pud ta mabuhat ug dili nato puwede i-lift ang ban because there is a problem with ASF. Mas delikado kung makasulod ang ASF diri sa atoa. Madaut ang atoang hog industry ug musamot ang problema,” Mayor Duterte said.

She reiterated that there is still enough supply of pork and meat products in the city based on her information.

The city has imposed banning the entry of pigs and pork related products from Luzon, Davao Occidental and municipalities of Sulop and Malalag in Davao del Sur.

“Ang atong City Veterinarian Office nag-release sila ug ASF advisory nag update sila sa atong ban sa entire island of Luzon and the entire province of Davao Occidental and the municipality of Sulop and Malalag in Davao del sur. These are the four areas wherein we ban the entry of pig and pork products. Initially giapil nato ang entire Davao del Sur but it came out na nag-negative tong suspected na ASF sa Digos,” Mayor Duterte said.

She also urged backyard hog raisers to refrain from swill-feeding in their areas while calling out on Dabawenyos to follow the guidelines issued by the City Veterinarian Office with regards to ASF.