By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN CITY – In order to protect the the hog industry in Samar province from the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus, Governor Milagrosa Tan issued an executive order imposing a temporary ban on the transportation of pork and pork related food products from Luzon.
Executive Order 21, dated September 10, declares unlawful for anyone to bring in pork and pork related food products in any quantity manufactured from Luzon for 100 days from the effectivity of the order.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has recently confirmed outbreaks in Rizal and Bulacan provinces due to ASF-caused hog deaths.
Hog products sourced from other areas in the country are likewise regulated entry into the province, unless they are accompanied by certificates from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and Veterinary Shipping Permits (VSP).
“Any pigs coming from other provinces without documentary veterinary quarantine requirements shall be confiscated and will be disposed accordingly,” the governor said.
Eastern Visayas Police Director Brig. Gen. Dionardo Carlos vowed to support the quick response team created by the DA through checkpoints in various key areas not only in the province, but in key entry points in the region.
“We will provide the manpower, security, and necessary assistance to our partner agencies as part of our public safety mandate, but we also do not want to delay perishable goods so we will make sure that we have the necessary information,” Carlos said.