July 26, 2022

 

Resolution on declaring state of calamity in Zamboanga City, Philippines, due to ASF approved


 
The  Philippines' City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) recently approved a resolution recommending the declaration of a state of calamity in Zamboanga City due to an African swine fever (ASF) outbreak that has affected six out of the seven veterinary districts as of July 21.

 

So far, hog mortalities soared to 2,775 as 746 pigs were culled due to ASF. The number of affected hog raisers has reached 733 since Zamboanga City was classified as red zone last May.

 

The CDRRMC recommendation will be forwarded to the Sangguniang Panlungsod for approval during its next session.

 

During a virtual meeting of the CDRRMC, City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola reported that ASF infections continue to soar, despite concerted and coordinated efforts to contain the animal disease. From the initial four barangays affected, ASF has spread to 15 barangays to date.

 

During zonal meetings in the barangays, stakeholders have recommended that the city be declared under a state of calamity to enable the use of calamity funds at the barangay level to capacitate it to fight against ASF, according to Dr. Arriola.

 

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