August 18, 2021


Negros Occidental, Philippines seizes more pork products



The Negros Occidental provincial government in the Philippines has seized more pork and its by-products in the past week as it continues to enforce measures against African swine fever (ASF).


Provincial veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena said in a statement on August 17 that the Provincial ASF Task Force confiscated some ₱15,822 (US$314.83) worth of items from August 6 to August 12.


"These were seized from hand-carry and check-in baggage that arrived at Bacolod-Silay Airport and also through monitoring activities in public markets in the cities of Sipalay and Bacolod," he added.


Negros Occidental still prohibits the entry of live pigs, pork and pork products coming from Luzon, Mindanao, and Eastern Samar, which all have confirmed cases of the swine disease.


A consolidated apprehension report showed that from January 1 to August 12 this year, the task force recovered a total of 907.73 kilogrammes of assorted pork products worth almost half a million pesos through checkpoints in ports, airport and local government units.


From August 6 to August 12, the quarantine team has inspected 1,591 incoming vehicles and refrigerated containers vans in different ports of entry.


"All products allowed to enter the province were properly inspected and found to have complete documents," Decena said.


Last July, Negros Occidental marked the second year of the creation of the Provincial ASF Task , and Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson commended the efforts of stakeholders for sustaining the province’s ASF-free status to protect its swine industry.


Lacson said actions that contributed substantially to the province’s success included prompt and timely enactment of the ASF Prevention Ordinance and the creation of the ASF Task Force to take the lead in the prevention and control measures.


The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture has tagged Negros Occidental as a "green zone" or an ASF-free province, making it one of the most trusted and major suppliers of pigs for slaughter in Luzon and other parts of the country


- Philippines News Agency