Davao City bans pigs, pork products from Luzon

Marje Pelayo   •   September 27, 2019   •   1181

DAVAO CITY – The city government of Davao has issued a temporary entry ban on live pigs and pork products from Luzon following the outbreak of the African Swine Fever (ASF).

According to the executive order issued on Wednesday (September 25), the “temporary ban applies to all live pigs, pork, and pork-related products and by-products, whether fresh, frozen, processed, or cooked, including but not limited to frozen boar semen, from the entire island of Luzon and the other ASF-affected areas.”

Likewise, the order also prohibits backyard hog raisers from practicing swill feeding to prevent further spread of the deadly pig virus as food leftovers may contain contaminated pork meat.

Instead, hog raisers are encouraged to use commercially available feeds sourced from areas that are not affected by ASF.

The city government also urges the immediate reporting of sick pigs or incidence of pig mortality in their farms for verification of the City Veterinary Office.

Sara Duterte tells VP Robredo to ‘refrain from giving advice if she knows nothing’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA —  Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday (June 14) told Vice President Leni Robredo to “refrain from giving advice if she knows nothing about what is happening on the ground.”

This was Mayor Sara’s response to Robredo’s remark about how Davao City could learn from Cebu City as to how it successfully controlled the surge of COVID-19 cases by partnering with the private sector.

Robredo added that the COVID situation in the President’s hometown is quite “alarming.”

The presidential daughter said Robredo should “avoid involving the COVID-19 surge in Davao City in her attempt at politicking.”

“This has been the hallmark of her term as VP, where she puts forth comments on matters and affairs she lacks understanding and knowledge on and does not offer anything helpful to solve a problem,” Duterte-Carpio said in a statement.

She added that Robredo “should not attack the medical community of Davao City as being inactive when they have been silently suffering and working tirelessly to help save lives since March of last year.”

“She should open her eyes to the surge of cases in localities all around the world and she might be able to say that a surge in cases where 85% of the cases are asymptomatic is primarily identified by aggressive testing, coupled with tracing and isolation/quarantining,” she said.

Robredo made her comments after the announcement from 1Sambayan naming her as one of the coalition’s nominees for next year’s election.

Robredo and Duterte-Carpio are among the preferred names for the presidential polls next year.

“There will be a proper time to attack my performance as a [local chief executive] in this pandemic if she dares to run for President,” the younger Duterte said.

To date, Davao City tops the list of local government units with the most new cases of COVID-19 per day for the period of June 5 to 11 based on a report of the OCTA Research group.

Records show that Davao City has an average of 180 new cases per day during the said period followed by Quezon City with an average of 168 new cases per day.

BAI sees drop in cases of African Swine Fever

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) reported a total of 176 cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country in the past month.

The number is lower than the 1,773 cases recorded in August 2020 at the beginning of the outbreak and in April 2021 when the agency logged 520 cases.

As of June 4, there are nine provinces with a total of 19 barangays that still have cases of ASF virus.

These are:
Leyte – 9
Ilocos Norte – 2
Northern Samar – 2
Abra – 1
Apayao – 1
Mountain Province – 1
Cagayan – 1
Eastern Samar – 1
Davao Occidental – 1

“Mahigit 300 (local government unit) na po yung walang reported cases ng ASF for a period ranging from 90 to 180 days ang more,” said Dr. Reildrin Morales, OIC, BAI.

BAI said that areas cleared of ASF may now start repopulating their hogs provided that they coordinate with their local veterinary office or they can visit directly to BAI offices.

Currently, there are 10 farms in Luzon that conducts clinical trial for a potential vaccines against ASF.

“Kung magiging maganda po yung performance nung tina-trial nating bakuna ang isa po sa direksyon natin ay mag mass vaccination tayo lalo na doon sa high risk areas,” Morales said.

As per BAI report, half the number of affected hog raisers have already been compensated which reached a total of P1.55 billion.

BAI projects that it will take about two to three years before the Philippines can finally take control of ASF, especially with the help of local government units.

By declaring a state of calamity due to ASF, the LGUs may now utilize their respective calamity fund for their response efforts against ASF. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Davao City not a new epicenter for COVID-19 amid case surge – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said that the term “epicenter” should not be used to describe Davao City amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH discourages the use of the term in describing the rise of cases in a certain area as epidemic epicenters are “interpreted by some to refer to an area as the source of the infection.”

“It is also meant to connote the area as a hotspot for the infection. We discourage the use of the term ‘epicenter’ in describing the rise of cases in an area,” Vergeire said in a statement.

“These areas are not the origin of the COVID-19 virus. Moreover, using the term ‘epicenter’ detracts from other surrounding areas which may be equally or more affected by COVID-19,” she added.

“Considering this, no, Davao City is not an epicenter,” she further stated.

The DOH issued the statement after a fellow from the OCTA Research Group said Davao City has surpassed Quezon City in terms of having the highest average of daily fresh COVID-19 cases. OCTA noted that Davao City recorded an average of 213 new COVID-19 cases, higher than the 207 cases from Quezon City.

Davao City is currently under modified enhanced community quarantine due to rising coronavirus infections in the area.

“We continue to closely monitor the situation in Davao City due to increasing cases,” the DOH said.

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