Board Member Abe Pangilinan of Municipality of Paluan wonders if Provincial Veterinarian Office (ProVet) is aware that traders from Oriental Mindoro is carting out swine in different municipalities in Occidental Mindoro.
Thus, BM Abe Pangilinan directed his inquiries to Provincial Veterinarian Kristofferson Gonzales during Sangguniang Panlalawigan Regular Session, March 3.
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Following up his lead, BM Pangilinan then asked if Oriental Mindoro is from African Swine Fever (ASF) and if their swine is safe for delivery to Occidental Mindoro municipalities.
ProVet Gonzales answered in affirmative. Oriental Mindoro is not infected with ASF. However, having said the Province is ASF-free, swine traders must have the necessary shipping documents and clearances from concerned agencies which may vouch for the safety of their swine.
BM Abe Pangilinan pushed further by citing a scenario. He said there is still a possibility that the swine being delivered to Occidental Mindoro are being sourced out from Batangas and were channeled only through Oriental Mindoro.
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- Batangas confirms first case of African swine fever
- 300 pigs culled in ASF-hit barangay in Laurel, Batangas
- Unang kaso ng ASF sa Batangas, naitala sa bayan ng Laurel
On February 28, the Provincial Government of Batangas confirmed their first case of African Swine Fever in the town of Laurel after blood samples taken from a hog livestock tested by Bureau of Animal Industry turned up positive of ASF virus.
The Batangas provincial government confirmed Friday, February 28, that blood samples taken from hog livestock from Brgy. Molinete of town of Laurel and tested by the Bureau of Animal Industry turned up positive of the African swine fever virus.
ProVet Gonzales at one end defended that there exists a border control between the two Provinces and that his Office’s personnel is conducting checkpoint.