THE local government units in Negros Occidental which are located in the border of neighboring Negros Oriental have tightened their monitoring of the entry of pork and pork products into the province.

Sherwin Sapian, executive assistant of Hinobaan Mayor Daph Reliquias, on Wednesday, May 24, said that the municipal government has reinforced personnel at the provincial border in Brgy. Sangke, the last barangay of the province in the south.

Sapian said they consider the border as the "first line of defense against African Swine Fever (ASF)."

"Personnel assigned at the border has orders from the mayor to arrest anyone trying to treacherously bring in pork and pork products through the border from Basay town, the last municipality of Negros Oriental," he said.

As of May 24, Hinobaan has not recorded any cases of hog cholera, he said.

Prices of pork and pork products have remained stable in our public market, he added.

In Kabankalan City, Mayor Benjie Miranda said the city government has already an existing checkpoint in its border with the town of Mabinay in Negros Oriental.

Additional personnel will also be deployed to augment employees assigned there, Miranda said.

He added that animal checkpoints have also been put up at the city's border with Himamaylan City to the north and at its border with other LGUs in the 6th District.*