City Vet conducts ASF stakeholders’ forum

The City Veterinary Office (CVO) is closely monitoring the swine industry situation of the City because of the threat of African swine flu (ASF) that already affected some parts of the country.

As part of the action of plan, the CVO conducted an ASF forum attended by Punong Barangays, meat vendors, livestock dealers and City employees last September 24, 2019 at People’s Hall, City Hall.

The action plan approved by City Mayor Florencio T. Flores, Jr. directed the CVO to undertake measures to control the spread of the ASF. Planned activities started last September 5, 2019 include intensified ante-mortem activity, surveys of backyard swine population, strengthened post abattoir inspection, and monitoring and surveillance of unusual swine deaths.

The CVO stressed that they are scheduled to double their efforts on their information campaign at the barangay level by October to heighten ASF awareness particularly the backyard swine raisers.

Included in the plan was for the compliance of the Administrative Order No. 4, Series of 2019, “Reiteration of Food Safety Measures and Veterinary Procedures; and Administrative Order No. 8, Series of 2019, “Revised Guidelines on the Local Movement of Swine, Pork, Pork Products and Pork by-products outside disease outbreak areas.”

Also, the CVO called for public support in their campaign by sharing information about the correct control and prevention measures such that ASF could not wreak havoc on the swine industry of this part of the country.