OCVET intensifies border monitoring activities

Strict transport and movement protocols at the city’s borders in Licomo and Limpapa remain in place, as Zamboanga City continues to face the threat of African Swine Fever (ASF) and Avian Influenza or Bird flu.

City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola said transporters of live animals and meat products are required to present veterinary health certificates and Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) shipping permits or meat inspection certificates, as part of the control measures to prevent the entry of infected animals and meat in the city.

The same is pursuant to City Ordinance 566 or the ordinance for the prevention and control of zoonotic and non-zoonotic transboundary animal disease with economic and public health impacts in Zamboanga City.

Based on the Licomo border transaction report of the OCVET for July 2022, several animals were transported to the city and these include 652 heads of swine, 135 heads of cattle, 372 heads of carabao, 258 heads of goat, 6,830 heads of chicken, 230,000 heads of day-old chicks and 2 heads of canine.

Also, the OCVET recorded the entry of 1,779,600 table eggs, 579,000 hatching eggs, 61,000 balut/ duck eggs and 300 kilos of pork by-products to have been transported to the city from the provinces both for commercial purpose and personal use.

Dr. Arriola said prior to July, the city’s borders did not allow the entry of hogs and pork products, as Zamboanga Sibugay then was declared as ASF red zone.

The OCVET will continuously intensify border protocols in line with existing ordinance and to prevent and control the entry of infected animals. (Sheila Covarrubias)