MinDA requests DILG, PNP support in enforcing ASF quarantine measures

Marje Pelayo   •   October 1, 2019   •   1787

A city veterinarian (L) takes a blood sample from a pig in a backyard piggery to test for African Swine Fever (ASF) in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 17 September 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has sought the assistance of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in enforcing quarantine checkpoints in Mindanao.

In a letter addressed to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año and PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde, MinDA Chief Secretary Manny Piñol asked for the deployment of policemen to help facilitate the strict implementation of the shipment ban on live hogs, pork and pork products in line with the intensified quarantine measures against the African Swine Fever (ASF).

“The move to engage policemen in enforcing the ban came following reports that the ASF which was earlier reported in Rizal and Bulacan Province had spread to Pangasinan because of meat traders who continued to ply their trade in spite of the outbreak,” Piñol said.

Piñol cited that policemen and army units were also utilized during the avian influenza outbreak in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija in 2017.

The deployment of cops and soldiers helped the government in preventing the spread of the avian virus and was declared under control in just a period of one month.

Amid the outbreak of several provinces in Luzon, Mindanao and the Visayas remain ASF free.

This, according to Piñol, is because of “the vigilance and involvement of local government executives and the hog industry stakeholders.”

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Duterte picks ex-Davao City councilor as new Mindanao Development Authority chief

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has designated former Davao City Councilor Maria Belen Sunga Acosta as the new chairperson of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Malacañang announced Wednesday.

In a statement, the Palace said Duterte signed Acosta’s appointment last January 6, 2022. She will lead the agency for a term of six years.

She replaced Manny Piñol, who stepped down last October 2021 after filing his 2022 senatorial candidacy.

“We wish Chairperson Acosta all the best in her new assignment, and are confident that she will continue the initiatives her predecessors pursued to accelerate the socio-economic growth of Mindanao,” the Palace said.

MinDa earlier said that Acosta will serve as its 8th chairperson and the second Mindanaoan woman to head the agency.

“As MinDA Chair, she will lead in coordinating, harmonizing, and integrating various socioeconomic development efforts for Mindanao with inter-regional, Mindanao-wide, and sub-regional impacts,” MinDA said.

The agency said Acosta will also act as “the Philippine Signing Minister leading the participation of Mindanao and Palawan as country’s BIMPEAGA focus areas given MinDA’s mandate as the permanent Philippine Coordinating Office for BIMP-EAGA (PCOBE) under RA 9996.”

Piñol to run for senator, resigns from MinDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines— Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has resigned from his post to vie for a senatorial seat in the 2022 national elections.

In a Facebook post, Piñol announced that he has tendered his resignation which will take effect on October 5.

Piñol served as the Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary from June 30, 2016 to August 5, 2019 and as chairman of the MinDA from August 5, 2019 to October 5, 2021.

“I have reached a decision to vie for a seat in the Philippine Senate to pursue my advocacy to help the Filipino farmers and fishermen become more productive while at the same time ensuring food security and economic prosperity in the country,” he said in his post.

The official added that friends have pledged their support by lending vehicles and volunteering to print tarps and campaign in the field. He will run under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and will pursue programs for farmers and boost the country’s agriculture.

“Our mission is clear and precise: Let us turn the Philippines into a major producer in Agriculture and Fisheries in this part of the world while at the same time create income and job opportunities so that our loved ones do not have to leave home to find work abroad,” Piñol said. AAC


DA starts vaccine trials for African Swine Fever

Marje Pelayo   •   April 29, 2021

African Swine Fever vaccine

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) has begun initial vaccine trials in areas previously affected by African Swine Fever (ASF).

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the trials commenced on April 23 with 10 commercial swine farms participating.

The project is in collaboration with a US vaccine company and Zoetis, a global animal health company.

Zoetis is the major collaborator of the experimental new vaccine for ASF which has prevented the virus from killing pigs in early trials in other countries.

The ASF vaccine trials will be conducted and monitored by the DA-BAI personnel and veterinarians for 84 days.

Such procedures are in line with the current protocols set by the government technical working group, the vaccine manufacturer and Zoetis Philippines, Inc.

The Agriculture chief said they are currently coordinating with the provincial veterinarians on the conduct of the vaccine trials to ensure successful implementation.

He assured that all BAI veterinarians underwent orientation and are ready for deployment.

The DA chief added that the trials in participating farms will depend on the agreement by the concerned parties, the availability of trial animals, schedule of the farm and BAI veterinarian and Zoetis representatives.

Secretary Dar is hopeful that the vaccine trials will yield positive results and finally eradicate the disease that has caused significant impact on the country’s hog industry and  loss of income for local hog raisers.

The disease also reduced hog population and supply which pushed pork prices up to the disadvantage of consumers.

“The vaccine trials complement our ongoing ‘Bantay ASF sa Barangay’ program. We consider it as the proverbial ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ that would free us from this dark episode that adversely affected our swine industry, pork supply and prices,” Secretary Dar said.

“Once proven effective, the ASF vaccine will serve as a potent tool, complementing our joint efforts with the LGUs, private sector, and hog raisers to effectively control, contain and manage the spread of the ASF, thus paving way for the industry’s faster recovery,” he said.


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