MISAMIS Oriental Governor Yevgeny Emano has ordered a temporary ban on the entry of pigs and pork products and by-products coming from backyard farms anywhere in the Philippines to safeguard the residents of the province from the threat of African Swine Fever (ASF).
Emano issued an executive order (EO) after the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Regional Field Office reported a confirmed ASF case in Barangay Pugaan, Iligan City.
Provincial Veterinarian Benjamin Resma said all live hogs, both from commercial and backyard farms, pork and pork product shipment from Iligan City are temporary banned from entering the province.
However, shipment coming from Lanao del Norte, except Iligan City, will be allowed provided that the required fees are paid and they have the necessary requirements.
Among the requirements for live hog shipment are: the live pigs must come from a commercial farm based on the list provided by the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) of Lanao del Norte; must have accompanying valid shipping permit with attached Veterinary Health Certificate duly concurred by a government veterinarian; and must have an accompanying Certification of Freedom from ASF issued by the PVO of Lanao del Norte.
For pork and pork products, the shipment must have accompanying valid Meat and Meat Products Inspection Certification from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and and must be transported in a NMIS accredited Meat Conveyance.
Resma said they have activated the local ASF Task Force to strengthen the prevention and surveillance activities.