Ordinance permanently banning pork signed, takes effect Dec 6


Erwin P. Nicavera, SunStar (Philippines)

November 27, 2019


AN ORDINANCE permanently banning pork from Luzon and other African Swine Fever (ASF)-affected areas was signed by Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Lacson and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer on Tuesday, November 26.


The signing of Provincial Ordinance 2019-024, otherwise known as the ASF Prevention Ordinance of Negros Occidental, witnessed by members of the Provincial Board of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP).


Lacson also declared Negros Occidental as an ASF-free province by virtue of SP Resolution No. 1042, Series of 2019.


The governor, in his speech, said the legislation is important as it will further strengthen the province’s drive against the deadly virus affecting the country’s swine industry.


Though, he said there seemed to be a legal battle as some groups have already expressed intention to legally question the ordinance.


“There’s a possibility of legal battle,” Lacson said, adding that “whatever it takes, we will challenge any effort from those who will violate the ordinance.”


The two top Negros officials, along with SP members and employees, also signed a pledge of support to ASF-free Negros Occidental. They then led the lechon eating aimed at promoting the province as free from the virus...