NegOcc PVO prepares checkpoints for pork ban

Posted by watchmen
February 29, 2024

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

The Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) is preparing checkpoints to monitor the entry of pork products in the province following the issuance of Executive Order (EO) 24-07, which imposes a total ban on hogs and pork byproducts from eight areas, including Bacolod City.

PVO head Dr. Placeda Lemana said they have already discussed the guidelines under the EO.

Lemana said the monitoring will be concentrated in the localities bordering Bacolod, such as the cities of Talisay and Bago, and Murcia town.

Through the EO, Lemana said the province intends to convey to the residents the seriousness of the issue of African swine fever (ASF) and the transport of hogs and pork products.

On Monday, February 26, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson signed EO 24-07, establishing guidelines for “the entry of all live pigs, boar semen, pork, products, and other pork-related food items from areas with reported cases of [ASF] into the province.”

The EO bans the entry of hogs and pork products from Luzon, Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, Panay Island, Guimaras Island, Cebu province including Camotes and Bantayan Islands, Negros Oriental, Bacolod, and countries affected by ASF as may be detected by the Department of Agriculture

The ban exempts fully-cooked processed pork products, such as ham, sausages, hotdogs, canned goods, pork chicharon, and pork-based seasonings, provided that they are sourced from meat establishments with a certificate of compliance from the ASF Public-Private Audit.

The entry of hogs and pork byproducts in ports, such as in Negros Occidental cities of San Carlos, Escalante and Cadiz, as well as the towns of E.B. Magalona and Pulupandan will be prohibited.

“All ports, under the supervision of the province, will strictly follow the no-entry zone for pork products coming from red zones,” Lacson said.

He further added that the provincial ASF task force assigned to Bredco and Banago ports in Bacolod will be removed.

The task force will ensure that pork products being delivered in Bacolod will remain in the city only.

Lacson said the reason for the new guidelines on pork-related products is the high pork prices in Bacolod.

“The intention is to bring down the price of pork here in Bacolod,” Lacson said.

Based on the monitoring by the Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office as of February 20, the price of pork in Bacolod is at P410 per kilogram.

Meanwhile, pork being sold in the province is as low as P290 per kilogram.

Lacson said that since Bacolod was tagged as a “red zone,” the city can accept pork and pork byproducts from areas also tagged as “red zones.”/DGB, WDJ

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