Issue of November 24, 2019
Mt. Province
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Besao disposes 27 kilos of seized frozen pork products
by Juliet B. Saley / PIA

BESAO, Mountain Province – The local government here showed that it is serious in implementing the provincial ban on the entry of live swine/pigs, fresh and frozen pork, and pork products into the province to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF).

Personnel of the municipal police station and the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist last week confiscated 25.75 kilos of frozen pork products from a closed van selling the products.

The confiscated products were buried in the presence of Mayor Johnson Bantog III, councilors Joel Lacsigen and Elizabeth Buyagan, and a staff member of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO).

Dr. Doris Cobaldez of the PVO said the products were confiscated by virtue of Executive Order 21 issued by Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. declaring a temporary ban on the entry of live swine/pigs, fresh and frozen pork, and pork products into the province to prevent the entry of ASF, and its local counterpart, Besao Sangguniang Bayan Resolution 2019-64.

It is also in violation of Administrative Order 4 of the Department of Agriculture under quarantine measure, which provides that transportation of live animals, meat products and meat byproducts is prohibited unless accompanied by a veterinary health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian and shipping permit issued by Bureau of Animal Industry and its regional veterinary quarantine offices; and for food safety measures, all meat and meat byproducts should be accompanied by a National Meat Inspection Service or LGU meat inspection certificate issued by meat inspectors assigned in the slaughterhouse.

As a mitigating measure, quarantine checkpoints are being conducted in the province.

The PVO also reproduced and distributed informative materials to public utility vehicles. It also distributed tarpaulins provided by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to the different municipalities.

As of October, the PVO reported 554 heads of live pigs transported outside the province which were issued with veterinary health certificate and shipping permit.

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