Two barangays in Calinan District have been placed underlockdown after the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the City Veterinarian Office (CVO) declared the areas are infected with African Swine Fever (ASF).
The barangays were identified as Dominga and Lamanan.
City veterinarian Dr. Cerelyn Pinili told media that out of six blood samples of the pigs from Brgy. Lamanan they submitted to the Bureau of Animal Industry of DA, three samples were declared positive with ASF while the two blood samples from Brgy. Dominga were all declared positive with ASF.
“Positive po ang Davao City base sa ginawang tests sa mga samples from Calinan with respect to ASF,” said DA 11 regional director Ricardo Oñate, Jr.
The lockdown in the said two barangays prohibits live animals including processed pork and meat by-products from entering or leaving the infected villages.
“Kung natingala mo ngano apil ang luto kay kung ikunsumo sa tao naay sobra asa man na padulong di ba sa lamaw? mao na ang atong gilikayan ang swill feeding,” Oñate said.
Pinili said they submitted the samples from Brgy. Dominga to the Bureau of Animal Industry last January 31 while samples from Brgy. Lamanan were submitted for testing last February 3.
Pinili said the discovery of the disease started when during the second week of January this year livestock inspector requested assistance from the CVO following the report of five ill pigs in Brgy. Dominga. She said out of the five pigs treated by the livestock inspector, three pigs died.
“Katong gi-treat nga mga baboy sa inspector nga naayo gibalikan niya, pagbalik niya natingala siya naa na pud mga patay. Paspas ang pagkamatay sa mga baboy mao to Pag-report niya sa amoa, we decided to get blood samples last January 31,” she said.
Pinili said based on the report of the livestock inspector, in Brgy. Dominga 16 pigs died. She said blood samples from these pigs were submitted to determine the disease.
“Nagba-back trace po tayo kung saan nagsimula ang problema na ito,” Oñate said.
He said they already instituted 1-7-10 protocol in the infected areas to manage, contain and control the disease and stop it from spreading.
The 1-7-10 protocol means that in a one-kilometer radius from the site of infection or ground zero, hogs will be prohibited from entering or leaving the area, and the site is to eventually be depopulated. In a seven-kilometer radius, hogs would be under surveillance with restricted movements, and blood testing would be done. For the 10-kilometer radius from ground zero, mandatory monitoring and reporting of swine disease occurrences shall be implemented.
“Nagpatulong na rin po tayo sa ating PNP with respect to the outbreak,” he added.
Pinili also said they have already coordinated with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to set up checkpoints in exit areas in Lacson, Dacudao, and Brgy. Sumimaw.
She added that as city interventions they will conduct briefing of barangay captains about ASF, what to do if the area is positive, present indemnification program of the government, and prepare logistics for stamping operation.
Other actions to be taken will be identifying a burial site, identification of the dumping site for culled pigs and infected materials on site.
“Then sculling operation will begin followed by disposal, burying of culled pigs, and decontamination and disinfection of the area once pigs are buried already,” Pinili explained.
She added that based on the record of the livestock technician hog population in Brgy. Lamanan is 1,400 while in Brgy. Dominga is approximately 600-these will all be culled.
As assistance to the affected hograisers particularly those backyard raisers, the DA will pay P5,000 per head of culled pig, regardless of age. Aside from the said amount, the city will also pay the price per kilo of the culled pig.
“Yung 20 kilos nga imong baboy multiplied by the prevailing price ihatag to sa imoha plus P5,000 pa plus P5,000 gikan sa DA,” she said.