Catarman, Northern Samar – The towns of Catarman, Lope De Vega, Mondragon and Pambujan are about to take part in the Department of Agriculture’s intensive swine repopulation program.

According to Dr. Jose Luis Acompañado, Provincial Veterinarian, this development was discussed during the coordination meeting conducted by the DA Regional Office 8 with provincial veterinarians in Eastern Visayas, held on February 17, 2022 in Tacloban City.

In each of the four towns, 15 farmers coming from the same barangay will individually be given 3 piglets and feeds, for a total funding of P750,000 per village under the sentinelling program. The barangays chosen will have to be declared ASF-certified free areas and with tight biosecurity measures.

Meanwhile, an eligible civil society organization, or CSO, in Lope De Vega, where the first ASF case was recorded in Northern Samar, will also be granted P5.5 million to raise 150 piglets in a modernized grower-finisher building complete with equipment, perimeter fencing, air-conditioned farm office, feed storage and waste management facility.

On behalf of the provincial government, Dr. Acompañado expressed his gratitude for the sentinelling program as it will not only help in the detection of the ASF disease but will also improve the economy and the buying power of Nortehanons.

“Once we can help our affected farmers and communities recover from the impact of ASF by increasing the swine population, we will be able to stabilize the prices of pork and pork products. Hopefully, kakayanin na ulit ng ating mga mahihirap na kababayan ang bumili ng karneng baboy,” the provincial veterinarian said.

As of this writing, 9 municipalities in Northern Samar have been affected with the African Swine Fever. In addition to the abovementioned towns, Bobon, Las Navas, Silvino Lubos, Catubig and, most recently, Laoang have recorded cases of the disease.

In line with the Northern Samar ASF Task Force’s response, the Provincial Veterinary Office is scheduled to conduct a province-wide ASF surveillance on February 21-25, 2022. This is in addition to the border control by municipal LGUs currently in place in various areas of the province.


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