Village execs urged to intensify campaign vs ASF

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By Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Barangay officials had been advised to intensify the campaign against African Swine Fever (ASF) which has affected the hog industry here.

An emergency meeting was called recently by the city government to discuss ways to curb the spread of ASF.

Recently, Mayor Ronnie Dadivas issued Executive Order No. 10 urging local officials to stop the spread of ASF in the city.

The executive order was issued following reported cases of ASF that victimized hog raisers in some barangays here.

Under the executive order, border checkpoints at Barangays Banica, Cogon, Punta Cogon, Dumolog, Gabuan, Mongong, and Milibili should be strictly implemented.

It was learned that several hogs were killed in the said barangays due to ASF.

Manuel Victoriano of Altavas Subdivision here complained to the City Agriculture Office that 33 hogs he owned suddenly died.

Victoriano said he is very stressed by the situation as this is the first time that he experienced such a problem in his more than 10 years as a hog raiser.

Meanwhile, Kagawad Mike Zander Agrasada of Brgy. Banica here reminded his constituents with piggeries to be responsible in disposing of deceased piglets or hogs as it might contribute to the spread of the disease.

“Kung sin-o man gapanag iya sini nga mga piglets nga gin pang hal-id lang sa kalinghutan, tani ginpanumdom nyo man nga pwede maapektohan ang iban nga breeders sa palibot kag naka apekto man ang foul smell sini sa mga kaingod nyo. Makadali malang tani magkut-kot kag ilubong mahuya man tani kita nga iban nga tawo pa malubong sang kalat nyo,” Agrasada said in his Facebook post the other day.