TACLOBAN CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA) -- Abuyog, Leyte Mayor Lemuel Traya announced that experts and authorities have confirmed that there is indeed an African Swine Fever outbeak in the municipality.
Immediately, the Office of the Municipal Mayor created a task force to control and prevent the escalation of ASF in the municipality. The Barangay Chairmen of the municipality, with the active support of ABC President Dario P. Lleve, were convened to discuss some measures to counter the ASF.
Among the measures adopted that will be implemented are the following:
Movement Restrictions and Limitations. No movement of swine and hogs shall be allowed into and from our town for the period of January 14, 2021-February 15, 2021. Swine/hogs should be strictly confined in the respective barangays where they are being raised either, for private or commercial purpose;
Depopulation. Culling or depopulation of swine should be imposed to areas or barangays where swines are infected with ASF. From an infected swine as point of reference, any and all swines within five hundred (500) meters radius have to be culled.
Indemnification. The process of depopulation and counting of animals depopulated shall be under the supervision of the PATF/RATF. Determination of the recipients and the amount of indemnification shall be according to the rules and regulations of the Department of Agriculture to be conducted by the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist, Municipal Accountant, Office of the Municipal Treausrer and finally, by the Office of the Municipal Mayor.
It was learned that there has been an alarming series of deaths of domesticated swine in several barangays of Abuyog. Said reports were verified, upon investigations and laboratory reports, to be caused by African Swine Fever.
African Swine Fever is a contagious, viral disease that affects domestic pigs and wild boar, leading to high mortality. It does not however, infect people.
As of Wednesday, January 13, 2021, several meetings with authorities, Abuyog PNP headed by COP Anthony M. Angcay, 14th IB of Philippine Army headed by Commander Roberto B. Obaob and experts from the office of the Department of Agriculture headed by Regional Director Angel C. Enriquez convened to discuss intensified and rigid precautionary measures to combat this outbreak. (PIA8)