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Quezon City allocated a P10-million budget to help piggery owners who were affected by the African Swine Fever, including those that were forced to cull the animals as a part of the drastic measures to contain the virus.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said drastic measures like the culling of pigs will be enforced after the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) confirmed that the first eight blood samples submitted from hogs in Barangay Bagong Silangan and Payatas in Quezon City were positive for African Swine Fever (ASF).

The Office of the Mayor said some 45 blood samples have been submitted to BAI but the results for the remaining are yet to be released.

Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan, BAI Director Ronnie Domingo, and ASF Crisis Management Team member Dr. Rieldrin Morales (representing DA Secretary William Dar) personally handed the official blood test results to Belmonte in a meeting late Thursday.

With the ASF afflicting the two barangays, Belmonte met the hog raisers from Payatas to inform them of the necessity to immediately cull the ASF-infected hogs from the said areas.

Barangay Payatas chairman Manny Guarin, who also raises around 300 pigs, led the way in implementing the culling as part of the 1-7-10 protocol.

Belmonte said a P10-million budget for financial assistance will be allotted for ASF-affected areas.

The mayor asked all hog raisers from the affected barangays to surrender their pigs before the budget runs out and to prevent the spread of ASF to other areas.

During their meeting with Belmonte, DA and BAI officials commended her proactive moves, including her directive to cull pigs from two sitios in Barangay Bagong Silangan.

DA and BAI officials also assured Belmonte of their full support and continued collaboration in combating ASF in the city.

Meanwhile, Belmonte and other local officials will have a lechon boodle fight in La Loma later today (Sept. 20) to assure the public that roasted pigs or lechon being sold in the area are free from ASF and are safe to consume.

Earlier, Belmonte allayed fears about the safety of lechon in La Loma, quoting the DA’s assurance that the pigs being roasted in the area are free from ASF.

“Bumaba kasi ang benta ng mga lechonero sa La Loma. Mula sampung lechon bawat araw, dalawang lechon na lang ang nabebenta kaya gusto ko silang tulungan (The sales of lechon had gone down in La Loma. From the usual 10 lechon daily, only two are now being sold and this is why I want to help them),” said Belmonte.

However, Belmonte has ordered the continuous monitoring of pigs done in La Loma to ensure they are free from ASF.

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