The provincial government has established quarantine stations in five municipalities in line with the intensified campaign against African Swine Fever (ASF).
Dr. Darius Pe Mancucang, veterinarian 1 of the Provincial Veterinary Office (ProVet), said the ban on the importation and entry of live swine and processed pork products in Palawan is to prevent the spread of the ASF.
He said they have conducted several meetings with the municipal agriculturists to ban the transportation of swine and other meat products.
Quarantine stations are located at the ports of Cuyo, El Nido, Coron, Roxas and San Vicente.
“[Ang mga actions na ito ay para] makasigurong hindi makakapasok sa lalawigan ang ano mang produktong karne na kontaminado ng ASF. Nagkaroon din ng meeting tungkol sa restrictions ng movement ng mga baboy galing mainland patungo sa Coron kasi ayaw nang tumanggap ng mga baboy mula sa ibang munisipyo, kasi enough ang supply nila at iniiwasan rin ang ASF,” he said.
Previously, Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez issued an executive order and created the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force on ASF following the approval of a resolution of the provincial board requesting him its issuance.
Board Member Albert Rama said that the executive order is necessary following reports of ASF-infected hogs in the country.
“In order to prevent the contamination and protect the swine industry of the province from ASF disease, it is imperative that importation of possible contaminants be banned. As of the moment, there is no cure or vaccine for the disease which is why the government has resorted to culling as the only solution to prevent the disease,” Rama said.
Meanwhile, ProVet also conducted a piggery farm surveillance in towns of Narra and Rio Tuba, Bataraza.