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DAVAO CITY — Davao Oriental province is temporarily banning the entry of swine or pork-based products coming from Luzon and other African swine fever (ASF)-affected areas from entering the province.

In an interview on Sunday, Karen Lou Deloso, provincial information officer, confirmed that the provincial government also prompted state officials to create a task force to tackle the swine fever scare.

“The Task Force is divided into teams composed of various offices and agencies who will take charge on the rapid action, surveillance, quarantine, census; and public information, education, and communication,” Deloso said.

She bared that Governor Nelson Dayanghirang issued Executive Order 29 which states that “all swine or pork-related products and by-products whether edible or non-edible, whether raw, processed or cooked, including but not limited frozen boar semen” coming from affected areas as well as imported canned goods from affected countries are strictly prohibited from entering the province as a measure to protect the public as well as the swine industry of the province from the disease, which has already economically devastated some areas in Luzon.

Moreover, the order also prohibits feeding swill or leftover food scraps to pigs, especially those coming from restaurants, hotels, and other food establishments.

Provincial veterinarian Dr. Eric Dagmang, however, assured that Davao Oriental and other neighboring municipalities are safe and free from the disease.

“There is no reason to worry. The cases are confined in the areas of Luzon, particularly Rizal and Bulacan,” he said, adding that ASF is not contagious to humans.

While swine fever does not affect humans as it exclusively affects swine, the disease poses massive devastation on the swine industry which could drastically affect the local economy, raising a huge concern among hog-raisers.

“The important thing now is to establish preventive measures,” Dagmang said, noting that the virus spreads rapidly.

As a preventive measure, the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office has called on all swine raisers to practice strict security measures in farms by not feeding pigswill and to impose limited access of people to pig farms.

He urged hog-raises to report immediately any suspicious incidence of mortality of raised pigs, and coordinate with their local veterinarian’s office.

Hotel and restaurant operators are also ordered to properly dispose leftover foods and waste while meat vendors are mandated not to process or sell illegal meat products. (PNA)