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·         Owners of culled pigs in QC get financial aid

·         Swine deaths reported anew in Bulacan



Owners of culled pigs in QC get financial aid


By Ma. Teresa Montemayor, Philippines News Agency 

September 18, 2019


Philippine News Agency is a web-based newswire service of the Philippine government


MANILA -- The Quezon City (QC) government on Wednesday started providing financial assistance to hog raisers affected by the African swine fever (ASF) scare.


QC Mayor Joy Belmonte, in a statement, said the first recipients of cash assistance from the local government would be the owners of around 146 pigs in Barangay Bagong Silangan, which were culled in Sunday's operations.


Belmonte explained that her administration would give PHP3,000 for every culled pig and PHP1,500 for every culled piglet as financial assistance to the owners.


“Hindi natin sila maaaring pabayaan, lalo na sa panahong kailangan nila ng tulong mula sa lokal na pamahalaan. Naririto kami para tumulong hanggang muli silang makabangon mula sa problemang ito (We can’t neglect them, especially during this time that they need the help of the government. We’re here to help them rise up from this problem),” she said.


Apart from the financial assistance, the local government will provide livelihood and scholarships to the affected families of illegal hog raisers so they can find new ways to earn a living.


As a preemptive measure, Belmonte ordered the immediate culling of pigs from Sitio Veterans and Oriole in Barangay Bagong Silangan after the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) confirmed that blood samples submitted from these areas tested positive for ASF.


“We went above and beyond DA’s (Department of Agriculture) protocol to ensure that the virus won’t spread to nearby areas so I ordered the immediate culling of the pigs,” she said.


City Veterinary Office chief Dr. Anamarie Cabel said the '1-7-10' protocol requires the culling of infected animals.


Additional blood samples within the one-kilometer radius of the "ground zero" have been collected and submitted to the BAI for testing as part of the protocol.


According to the protocol, quarantine checkpoints must be set up in areas within a 1-kilometer radius of farms suspected of ASF infection in order to monitor the movement of live pigs, pork, and pork products...





Swine deaths reported anew in Bulacan


By Manny Balbin, Philippine News Agency

September 18, 2019


Philippine News Agency is a web-based newswire service of the Philippine government


CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan -- At least 21 pigs owned by a backyard raiser in Barangay Santor here were reported to have died on Wednesday.


Alejandro Roque said his pigs were afflicted with a "mysterious" disease during the past three days before they died.


He said a total of 21 pigs have died, which had an average weight of 60 kilograms.


The pigs were buried six feet under the ground.


"Another 10 of my pigs have also shown signs of disease," Roque also said.


He disclosed that personnel of the Department of Agriculture (DA) from Central Luzon have already taken blood samples of his livestock to determine whether the sick pigs are afflicted with African swine fever (ASF).


Meanwhile, Santor barangay chair Nelson Santos said the deaths of swine owned by Roque were already reported to the City Veterinarian of Malolos.


It can be recalled that decomposing bodies of pigs were discovered floating in the waterways of Barangay Tikay and Bulihan in this city last week...