Dalipe gives cash aid to ASF-hit hog raisers

At least 139 farmers or backyard hog raisers, whose pigs were either culled or depopulated due to the contagious animal disease African Swine Fever (ASF) have received financial assistance from the city government.

Mayor John Dalipe personally handed over the city’s cash Assistance in Crisis Situation or AICS of P5,000 to each of the affected households during the payout Wednesday at KCC Mall facilitated by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and the Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVet).

The beneficiaries were from barangays Pasonanca Canucutan Pasonanca, Mangusu, Vitali and Bunguiao. They were the second batch of recipients of the AICS.

Joining Dalipe during the cash aid distribution City Social Welfare Officer Socorro Rojas and OCVET representatives.

Meanwhile, additional 48 hog mortalities due to ASF were recorded in Zamboanga City, bringing the total of hog deaths to 1,209 as of July 4.

Records also showed that three new hog raisers were added to the list of affected raisers which now totaled 298 while the number of culled hogs increased to 514 with the additional 11 new hogs culled as of July 4.

The OCVet-led Zamboanga City ASF Task Force has said the number of affected barangays remained at 14 since the city was placed under Red Zone under the ASF classification over a month ago.

These barangays are spread out in five Veterinary Districts, namely; Tumaga District, San Roque District, Manicahan District, Curuan District and Vitali District.

As this developed, authorities continued to dialogue with residents and hog raisers affected by the ASF in the different districts in a bid to strengthen community support in the fight against the contagious animal disease.

The Department of Agriculture, Office of the City Veterinarian, Zamboanga City Police Office, Joint Task Force Zamboanga including the PCIC, Bureau of Animal Industry and the National Meat Inspection Service met hog raisers including the barangay officials at the Agricultural Field Office last Monday, July 4.

Likewise, the Curuan Police Station 2 met with the barangay officials and hog raisers in Quiniput related to the conduct of ASF checkpoint activities in the area. The meeting culminated with the establishment of the makeshift checkpoint in front of the barangay hall.-(Vic Larato)