The Department of Agriculture- Cordillera urges the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Cordillera to strictly implement and comply with the National Zoning and Movement Plan for African Swine Fever (ASF).

Under the zoning plan, provinces and regions would be classified based on their ASF status, which entails corresponding guidelines to the extent that they can transport and sell hogs, pork and pork products.

In the Philippines ASF Zoning status, there are 16 municipalities in CAR declared as red zones which include 5 municipalities in Kalinga (Tabuk City, Pasil, Tanudan, Pinukpuk, Balbalan and Tinglayan); 4 in Benguet (La Trinidad, Tuba, Kabayan and Itogon); 4 in Ifugao (Asipulo, Kiangan, Lagawe and Banaue) and 2 in Mt. Province (Bontoc and Sadanga).

Abra and Apayao remain ASF free of the disease and are maintaining strict biosecurity measures to prevent the entry of ASF.

DA-CAR OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron P. Odsey encourages red zone municipalities to strictly and follow the biosecurity measures and prohibit the entry of live pigs and pork by-products in their jurisdictions.

Likewise, he also urges ASF free municipalities of Apayao and Abra to maintain status and for affected provinces to improve their zones (red to pink, and pink to green) through the intensive implementation of ASF control protocols and through weekly monitoring, intensive biosecurity and quarantine measures.

He also encourages everyone to help in reporting unusual swine and mortalities in the area to enhance the monitoring and reporting system on ASF.

Dr Mirriam Tiongan, Benguet Provincial Veterinarian said they are strictly following the said zoning plan to control the spread of ASF in the province and urging livestock raisers to register their hogs to the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian for inventory and monitoring.

“Strong engagement and oneness of stakeholders – the DA, LGUs and hog raisers is one of the keys in flattening the curve of ASF,” she added.

Meanwhile, issuance of Administrative Order No. 22 Series of 2020 stated that 1-7-10 guidelines on swine depopulation of affected cases are no longer applicable. The depopulation was lessened to 500 meters radius and only those pigs showing signs and symptoms are slaughtered.

The department continues its monitoring and surveillance, field investigation and IEC campaign to flatten the curve of the ASF in achieving an ASF free region.

Graphic Courtesy: DA – Bureau of Animal Industry