The local business community is pushing for establishment of African swine fever (ASF) testing center in Davao Region as it continues to wreak havoc in several countries including the Philippines.
The said center will test if hogs are infected with ASF and can also help prevent other hogs from getting infected with the disease.
Dr. Malou Monteverde, president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., (DCCCII), said there is also a need to form a monitoring body that will look into the distribution, selling, and testing of pork products within the city.
Monteverde said these were discussed during the Committee Hearing on Agriculture last March 3, 2021.
She said it was also discussed during the meeting, which was attended by Davao Agri Trade Expo (DATE) chair Cherrylin Casuga, the proposed ordinance on the “Prohibition of selling or entry of pork and other pork by-products originating from ASF-infected areas.
Monteverde said imposing penalty from P5,000 to P10,000 was also recommended for the violators of the proposed ordinance, which is up for second reading at the City Council of Davao.
Meanwhile, the Hog Farmers Association of Davao Region Inc., (HogFADI) is also pushing for the approval of the said ordinance.
“Example, we still see a lot of imported meat coming from infected countries, pumapasok at naka-display. The department issued penalties on infected meat for local producers but I don’t see any penalties or smugglers that’s been arrested even before when in fact there are already regulations prohibiting the importations of meat from infected countries,” said Eduard So, president of HogFADI.
So said the group is hopeful for Davao City to become a model city in prohibiting the entry of meat products from ASF infected countries.