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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, February 14, 2020
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Cash reward up for ASF tipsters
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

 

Good news to those who want to participate in the provincial government’s campaign against the spread of the African swine fever in the province. Tipsters can get a cash reward, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.

He said the reward will be given by officers of the Negros Occidental Hog Raisers led by its president, Rey Dela Rama.

He said the group of commercial hog raisers are serious in this move to help the provincial government sustain its efforts and implementation of the ordinance that permanently bans the entry of live pigs and pork products from ASF-affected areas such as Luzon and Mindanao.

“They volunteered with the reward system because they don’t want the province to suffer the same fate as Luzon and Mindanao,” he said.

For Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, the provincial government will continue to stand with its provincial ordinance that will be guided by President Rodrigo Duterte’s Administrative Order 22 that directs all national government agencies and local government units to strictly implement the National Zoning and Movement Plan for ASF.

“We continue to touch base with our hog raisers especially in the private sector...for now, the ban still holds,” he added.

Meanwhile, from September 10, 2019 to February 9 this year, the task force has intercepted P3.323 million worth of pork-related products and canned goods, equivalent to 54,131.

“Unlike other provinces, our provincial government has not only taken preventive measures to safeguard the swine population within our territorial jurisdiction, but it is also resolute to continue the momentum of deployed manpower to prevent the entry of ASF,” he said.

Aside from the deployment of equipped and capable veterinary inspectors, they were also mandated to be on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with shifting, to ensure that all entry points are being manned.

“The surveillance team of the task force also double its efforts in conducting regular surveillance and profiling of swine disease situation in the province, as well as the information campaign in far-flung areas,” he said.

He said the entry points in Negros Occidental are the nine seaports in the cities of Bacolod, San Carlos, Escalante, Sagay, Cadiz, Victorias, and Pulupandan, and the airport in Silay City. He added that they have intensified their checkpoint operations and security measures to keep the province free from ASF.*

 

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