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Benguet bans Pampanga poultry

BENGUET province is taking proactive measures to curb contamination of Avian Influenza H5N6 in the local poultry industry aside from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and African Swine Fever.

Governor Melchor Diclas issued Executive Order 2020-49, declaring a temporary ban on the entry of live birds, food, poultry meat and its products and chicken dung from San Luis, Pampanga.

"As proactive measure to prevent the avian influenza virus from increasing and contaminating the local poultry and to protect the general public from the ill effects of the disease, there is a need to prevent the entry of live birds, eggs, poultry meat and its products and chicken dung from the infected area into the province," the governor added.

On July 29, the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) confirmed the detection of a highly pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N6 strain in an egg farm in San Luis, Pampanga.

DA culled a total of 38,701 head of layers and disposed them following the protocols under Avian Influenza Protection Program of the government.

The executive order will be lifted until a declaration is made by DA-BAI of the assurance of the safety in the poultry industry.

The Provincial Veterinarian, Animal Quarantine Officers and Inspectors, Municipal Agricultural Offices and the Philippine National Police were tasked to strictly enforced quarantine protocols and food safety measures.

Chief of the Provincial Veterinary Office Dr. Miriam Tiongan said aside from the ban in the area, similar products coming from the rest of the areas in Pampanga need to present certification that their farms are Avian influenza-free.

The order also alerted concerned offices like the Provincial Veterinary Animal Quarantine Officers, and inspectors, Municipal Agriculture Offices including the Police Provincial Office for strict enforcement of quarantine control protocols and food safety measures.

Quarantine checkpoints along Kennon Road, Marcos Highway, San Pascual all three in Tuba, Bayabas in Sablan, Pito in Bokod, and Colalo in Mankayan were already in place.


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