The Cebu City Government Restricts the Movement of Live Hogs and Pork in 9 Barangays
The Cebu City Government has taken swift action to regulate the movement of live hogs and pork meat in nine barangays following the detection of African swine fever (ASF), a highly contagious disease that poses a significant threat to the region’s hog population.
Categorizing the Affected Barangays
Dr. Jessica Maribojoc, head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries in Cebu City, revealed that five of the nine villages are already considered “under control” in terms of African Swine Fever. However, to protect hog raisers from exploitation by unscrupulous suppliers, the specific barangay names have not been disclosed.
Strict Measures to Control Hog Movement
In order to mitigate the risk of further spread of ASF, the city government has implemented stringent measures. Animal delivery vehicles must obtain barangay livestock certification before transporting pigs out of the affected areas.
Moreover, the city agriculture office requires a “green slip” confirming the animals’ negative ASF status, based on antigen and laboratory tests conducted by the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture 7 (Central Visayas).
Collaborative Efforts to Enforce Restrictions
Councilor Pastor Alcover Jr. shared that the city has established a standard operating procedure to limit the movement of live hogs and pork in coordination with various entities, including barangay tanods (peace officers), the Cebu City Anti-ASF Task Force, and the Philippine National Police.
The city government has also undertaken education initiatives, engaging residents in mountain barangays to raise awareness about ASF and preventive measures.
Ensuring Pork Supply Amid ASF Outbreak
As the presence of ASF affects the pork supply in the affected areas, the city government has devised strategies to replenish the dwindling pork stocks.
The city government is introducing an alternative livestock dispersal program, encouraging farmers to explore other livestock options such as goats, chickens, and rabbits for sustenance.
Adopting an Alternative Livestock Program
Councilor Alcover stressed the importance of embracing an alternative livestock program during the active ASF period. This initiative not only safeguards the city’s food security but also offers farmers viable options to sustain their livelihoods.
The Cebu City Government’s prompt response and collaborative efforts in addressing the ASF outbreak demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding the region’s hog industry and ensuring a stable food supply for its residents.
Through proactive measures and community engagement, they aim to contain the spread of ASF and explore sustainable alternatives to protect local farmers during this challenging time.