July 6, 2021
600 ASF affected hog raisers in Leyte, Eastern Visayas, Philippines, compensated
The Philippines' Department of Agriculture (DA) in Eastern Visayas has compensated at least 600 hog raisers in Leyte affected by African swine fever (ASF).
Each hog raiser received ₱5,000 (US$101.16) per culled swine.
The DA reported that 1,781 pigs had been killed in Pastrana, La Paz, Javier and Abuyog towns.
The department had spent more than ₱8.92 million (US$180,442) to compensate hog raisers in these areas.
DA-Eastern Visayas director Angel Enriquez said the local governments had strengthened their ASF task force through a village watch group that would monitor possible cases of ASF.
"The government can only do much. If the public will not cooperate, ending the ASF infection will not be possible," Enriquez said.
At least ₱12.84 million (US$259,715) are ready for disbursement to more than 700 hog raisers in other areas hit by ASF. These hog raisers have applied for indemnification from the DA.
Of the six provinces in the region, Enriquez said only Biliran province had not reported any ASF case.
The DA earlier said ASF could have been transmitted to local farms in Leyte through infected boar being used for natural mating and by hog traders, who might have fed their stocks with contaminated food products.
At least 2,829 hog raisers in the region are affected by the ASF. Enriquez said Tuesday that the ASF had spread to more areas in Eastern Visayas, affecting 30 towns and cities in the region in the past six months.
As of June 21, at least 12,946 live hogs potentially infected by the virus have been killed to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease.
ASF has been reported in Abuyog, Javier, La Paz, Dulag, MacArthur, Tanauan, Palo, Pastrana, Burauen, Jaro, Mayorga, Carigara, Tolosa, Tabontabon, Dagami, Sta. Fe, San Miguel, Tunga, Barugo and Mahaplag towns, as well as Tacloban City in Leyte.
In other provinces, affected areas include Lope de Vega, Catarman and Mondragon in Northern Samar; Silago in Southern Leyte; Catbalogan City, Sta. Rita and Calbayog City, Samar; and Dolores and Oras in Eastern Samar.