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Davao City has zero ASF cases but biosecurity measures still in place

January 26, 2021 - Tuesday 8:01 PM by Davao City Information Office

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For the last six months, Davao City has zero African Swine Fever (ASF) cases but the protocol or biosecurity measures for the entry of swine and other pork products remain in place to protect the city’s hog industry and consumers. 

Dr. Cerelyn Pinili, the Head of the City Veterinary’s Office (CVO), said that the last recorded case of ASF in the city was July 2020 in Lumiad, Paquibato District. 

With zero cases, Pinili assured that the city government will not let its guards down in strictly implementing the protocol on the entry of pork products to the city. 

“Sa pagkakaron wala gyud [reports of ASF]. Mao na ang among ginapaningkamutan nga dili masudlan karon (Currently, there’s none [reports of ASF]. We are trying our best that it will not enter Davao City). We are in close coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Bureau of Animal Industry so that ASF will not resurface here in Davao City,” she said in an interview with the  Davao City Disaster Radio on Tuesday.

Since the outbreak in 2020, Davao City has established Animal Control Points in Buda, Sirawan, Lasang, and Sta. Ana Wharf to make sure that no products without proper documentation will enter the city. 

Pinili said that the team assigned in control points are strictly requiring documents such as ASF Certification from the DA, Veterinary Health Certificate issued by the provincial or private veterinarian, and shipping permit.

“Daghan kaayo og nagatawag sa amoa nga higpit ra kaayo ta sa atoang quarantine checkpoints kay dili gyud makasulod especially kining mga backyard nga baboy (We have received a lot of calls that our quarantine checkpoints are very strict, especially backyard raised hogs),” she said. 

In addition to the strict implementation of animal control points, Pinili said that her team is conducting education campaigns for backyard farmers on ASF and how to prevent their hogs from getting infected. 

“We tell them to really implement their biosecurity measures. They should have footbaths, daily disinfection, and refrain from letting other people enter their farm,” she said. 

Pinili also reminded lechon houses not to get stocks from farms and other areas that are contaminated with ASF. 

The first case of ASF in Davao City was recorded in February 2020 in Brgy. Dominga and Lamanan, Calinan District where more than 2,000 hogs were depopulated.