By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo recently signed an executive order banning the entry of pork products from Luzon amid ongoing concerns surrounding African swine fever. Based on a copy of the order, the ban will last for a period of 90 days and pertains to all types of pork products.
The mayor pointed out, the declaration was issued in relation to the earlier 90-day banning issued by Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.
Earlier, the San Carlos City government took part in an orientation on the spread of African swine fever where city veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Reonal, discussed the effects of the disease on the economy and preventive measures the city has undertaken to prevent the disease from entering the community.
He told participants to buy pork meat that have undergone inspections by the slaughterhouse department and to stop feeding hogs with pigswill.
Last month, Lacson issued an executive order implementing a 90-day entry ban for pork products coming from Luzon.
The governor also assured pork local to the province is clean and free of African swine fever. However, he acknowledged, when moving pigs from the province, they must still acquire the proper permits.
“All local government units now are vigilant and requiring permits for pork and processed products is understandable,” Lacson added./DGB, WDJ