QC gov’t starts culling of pigs after samples test positive for African Swine Fever
Marje Pelayo • September 16, 2019 • 858
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The city government has begun culling operations within the one-kilometer radius from ground zero or the location where pigs positive for African Swine Fever (ASF) were discovered.
So far, a total of 50 pigs have been culled.
According to Mayor Joy Belmonte, they have taken several samples from live and dead subjects of which 14 tested positive for ASF in Barangay Bagong Silangan.
Belmonte clarified that the tested animals were not among those discovered floating in a creek which were of unknown origin.
The Mayor stressed that backyard hog raising is not allowed in the city as they have no agricultural land and they have ordered a phase out of backyard hog raising even before reports of ASF surfaced.
“Nagbigay na ako ng order na maaga pa lang mag-phaseout na sila, (Even before, I have ordered them to phase out their pigs),” she said.
“Within 6 months actually that was the time period that I gave para mabigyan din naman sila ng pagkakataon to get back yung puhunan nila doon sa kanilang inaalagaang baboy, (to give them time to get back what they have spent for the pigs they were raising,)” she added.
The city government is confident of immediately addressing the issue following the result of the tests in collaboration with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).
Mayor Belmonte also responded to the issue regarding premature announcement of the tests relative to ASF.
“I take the stand na siyempre local government official tayo. (I take the stand as a local government official). May responsibilidad and obligation tayo sa ating mga mamamayan, hindi pwede yung wait ang see pa, (I have the responsibility and obligation to our constituents, we cannot just wait and see),” she noted.
“Kung kalusugan na ang pinaguusapan natin, (When it comes to health) I would like to protect our citizens, ang mga existing na mga baboy pa na para hindi sila mainfect, (as well as the existing (living) hogs that are not yet infected,)” she concluded. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines — A policeman assigned in Quezon City has been arrested for allegedly engaging in robbery-extortion activities, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.
In a statement, the PNP identified the cop as Police Corporal Myrldon Linga Yagi, who was assigned at Station 14, Holy Spirit, Quezon City Police District.
He was arrested during an entrapment operation launched by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG).
The PNP said the police officer was caught receiving the marked money worth P2,000 as the supposed payment of a complainant.
The complainant gave the money to Yagi so his fruit stand will not be dismantled and to get back his mobile phone that the policeman allegedly took by force, it added.
According to the IMEG, the complainant reported to them that he was mauled, gun-poked and threatened by Yagi.
Authorities were able to seize the marked money, one unit of Taurus 9mm pistol with serial number TZE 30683; two pieces of magazine with 16 ammunition, a PNP identification card and cash worth P1,635 from the suspect.
Yagi is presently under custody of the PNP-IMEG in Camp Crame while criminal and administrative charges are being readied against him.
Eleazar said he directed a thorough investigation into the incident to also determine the possible cohorts or other cops involved in robbery-extortion in the area.
“Dahil dito ay titiyakin natin na habambuhay na pagsisihan ni Police Corporal Myrldon Yagi ang ginawa niyang pangongotong lalo na kung lumabas sa imbestigasyon na talagang ginawa niya ito,” he said.
The PNP chief also threatened to dismiss police officers who continue to engage in illegal activities.
Minors aged 17 and below are now allowed to go to Quezon Memorial Circle, the Quezon City government said.
In an advisory, the city government said that minors will now be allowed to take a stroll in the park provided that they are accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times.
It, however, said that the park will only accommodate up to 30 percent of its capacity.
The Metro Manila Council (MMC) earlier said that the intrazonal and interzonal travel of minors is now allowed as long as they are accompanied by adults.
The easing of travel restrictions for minors follows the government’s move to place Metro Manila under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31.
Under Alert Level 3, more establishments have been allowed to resume operations at 30 percent capacity for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50 percent outdoor capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Quezon City government on Tuesday announced that pig and poultry raising will now be prohibited in the city.
In a statement, the city government said the policy is contained under City Ordinance 2990-2020, which was passed in a bid to protect residents from various public health issues.
The ordinance, authored by Councilors Franz Pumaren, Diorella Maria Sotto-Antonio, and Eric Medina, stated that no piggery or poultry farm for the purposes of food or meat production should be allowed within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.
City Veterinary Department head Dr. Ana Marie Cabel said that aside from operating in an urban area, backyard piggeries also violate various environmental and sanitation guidelines.
Backyard poultry and piggeries also tend to pollute tributaries because such businesses often allow waste to flow into riverways, she added.
The Quezon City Zoning Ordinance also prohibits piggeries and poultries as the city doesn’t have any agricultural or rural zones that allow pig or poultry raising.
The city government noted that 14 out of 17 barangays that previously had backyard farms and piggeries have phased these out, citing data from City Veterinary Department.
“As of today, there are only three barangays (Payatas, Sta. Lucia and Old Balara) with 26 piggeries. They vowed to close these down by November 2021,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said in the same statement.
“Bago sila magsara, sisiguraduhin natin na mababawi nila ‘yung dapat nilang kita at bibigyan sila ng alternative na pangkabuhayan para magkaroon sila ng iba pang source of income para sa kanilang pamilya,” she added.
The city government assured to provide livelihood options for poultry and hog raisers who will be affected by the local policy through its Small Business Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office.
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