August 2, 2021


Philippines provides US$831,875 for recovery of areas impacted by ASF



The Philippines' Department of Agriculture (DA) has allocated ₱41.6 million (US$831,875) for the recovery programme of 18 localities and the province of Pangasinan that were affected by African swine fever (ASF).


Provincial assistant veterinarian Dr. Jovito Tabajeros said local government units (LGUs) are now preparing for the ASF recovery programme by cleaning and disinfecting the areas where the sentinel hogs will be placed.


He said the DA allotted over ₱38 million (US$759,810) initial funding for sentinel animals, while an additional ₱41.6 million (US$831,750) was allocated for the Bantay ASF sa Barangay (BABay ASF) programme.


The beneficiaries were clustered and each cluster will be given 45 head of hogs with feed and vitamins.


Agriculture Secretary William Dar said Pangasinan is now recovering from ASF since the province has not recorded any case for more than a month.


"LGUs and hog raisers are still monitoring ASF-affected areas so that it will not spread again. This will be continuously monitored by way of introducing sentinel pigs and if the sentinel animals will no longer be affected, then the areas will be declared under the pink zone, meaning they can already sell their hogs," he said.


- Philippines News Agency