Dalipe vows support for hog-raisers, intensified efforts vs ASF

Mayor John Dalipe has expressed continued support for communities affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF), vowing to strengthen ongoing efforts to curb the ASF virus in Zamboanga City.

The local chief executive vowed to intensify border inspections for swine transport and enforce strict anti-ASF measures, even as both local and national government strive to bring ASF under control to enable Zamboanga City to upgrade from its red zone status.

Last week, Mayor Dalipe facilitated the roll-out of the first batch of financial assistance to 139 hog raisers from barangays Pasonanca, Bunguiao, Mangusu, Curuan, and Vitali through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

As of July 14, the Zamboanga City Task Force ASF documented 358 additional hog mortalities to bring the total hog deaths due to ASF to 1,953. A total of 585 hogs have been culled.

An additional 69 hog raisers were also reported to have been affected by the ASF, for a total of 437 affected raisers in 15 barangays over the city’s 6 veterinary districts of Tumaga, San Roque, Manicahan, Curuan, Vitali, and Ayala.  

Meanwhile, TF ASF continues to conduct census, geotagging, and depopulation activities in affected barangays. Regular ASF zonal meetings are likewise carried out.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has reiterated the importance of local and barangay leadership to strictly enforce ASF protocols.

“Yung main objective natin dito is to contain the spread of ASF within the month of July 2022,” stressed DA9 Regulatory Division Chief Dr. Darwin Lloyd Sulay during a meeting with the Barangay Information Officers Network (BION) yesterday, July 14.

The DA also reminded barangays on the importance of reporting hog deaths in their area for authorities to be able to confirm and institute needed protocols.

“It’s to elicit cooperation from each and every one of us kasi mahirap talaga siyang problema. Kung gusto nating bumalik kaagad-agad, kailangan tayong magsama-sama para magawa ang ganoong adhikain,” said Dr. Amanel L. Manalo of the Animal Health and Welfare Division Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Central Office. “We have to be on the same page. We have no vaccine, no treatment for ASF. It’s the understanding of the protocol that what we’re doing is to protect the larger numbers of the population at risk,” Dr. Manalo added.  (Jasmine Mohammadsali)