Following the most recent African swine fever outbreak in Mindanao, particularly in Davao Occidental, the Iloilo City government banned the entry of live pigs, hog carcasses, and pork products from the Davao Region. This latest ban is in addition to the existing ban on pork products from Luzon, which was enacted last October.
“Iloilo City remains African swine fever-free,” stressed city veterinarian, Dr. Tomas Forteza, Jr.
City Hall has since deployed personnel to augment the surveillance and monitoring of pork product entering public markets and supermarkets across the city.
“Our teams are conducting weekly visits to vendors and establishments to ensure they don’t sell any pork products coming from Luzon and the Davao region,” Forteza said. “It is [a] consumer’s right to look for the meat inspection certificate to prove that pork products are processed in a slaughterhouse for [the] safety of the buying public.”