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The Quezon City government has smplemented preemptive measures in two barangays even before the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) confirmed the existence of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in those areas.

Mayor Joy Belmonte Belmonte said on Thursday that several blood samples from hogs in Barangays Tandang Sora and Pasong Tamo submitted to the BAI tested positive for ASF.

According to the mayor, the City Veterinary Office, headed by Dr. Anamarie Cabel, already started culling hogs voluntarily surrendered by backyard raisers in Tandang Sora and Pasong Tamo ahead of the release of BAI test results.

“Bilang bahagi ng ating preemptive measure, nag-cull na tayo ng mga baboy na nakitaan ng sintomas ng ASF na boluntaryong isinuko ng kanilang mga may-ari,” said Belmonte.

The Quezon City government also filed cases against a certain Orlando Onque for slaughtering and selling pigs from Barangay Payatas, where thousands of hogs were recently culled due to the spread of the ASF in the area.

Local authorities, led by Dr. Cabel, caught Onque red-handed while selling meat exposed to the ASF virus in Barangay Bahay Toro last Sunday.

According to Dr. Cabel, they acted on a tip from Onque’s neighbors that he was slaughtering and selling meat sourced from pigs from Barangay Payatas.

“Hogs from Barangay Payatas are supposed to be culled and should not be sold,” said Dr. Cabel, adding that around 3,065 pigs from the said area have been culled.

Dr. Cabel said charges for violation of Food Safety Act and Sanitation Code and illegal slaughtering have been filed against Onque.

“This may serve as warning to all local residents. They must cooperate with the city government’s effort to eradicate ASF or face severe punishment,” said Belmonte.

With the positive test from BAI, Belmonte said pig within the 1-kilometer radius of  Barangays Pasong Tamo and Tandang Sora  will be culled, in accordance with the 1-7-10 protocol for ASF.

Belmonte also renewed her call to hog raisers in the city to voluntarily surrender their pigs so they can avail of the local government’s financial assistance of P3,000 per pig.

“Hindi magtatagumpay ang ating laban kontra ASF kung wala ang kooperasyon ng ating hog raisers,” Belmonte said.

Belmonte has added P5 million to augment the initial P10 million fund earmarked by the city for the financial assistance to hog raisers who will voluntarily surrender their live pigs for culling.

With the latest development, the number of Quezon City barangays with ASF has increased to five, including Bagong Silangan, Payatas and Tatalon.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) earlier clarified that Barangay Commonwealth was inadvertently mentioned in its previous advisory.

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