Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino III urged local government officials to prevent the spread of the African Swine Flu (ASF) in the province.
This after 15 of the 30 blood samples taken from the hogs that were confiscated and condemned in Barangay Baloling in Mapandan last September 26 tested positive of ASF.
“We have no recourse now but to implement the 1-7-10 protocol of the Department of Agriculture when an area is found out to be infected by ASF,” Espino said.
The Pangasinan politiko said mayors, barangay captains, and residents must be vigilant against illegal hog traders.
Espino said he has ordered the strict enforcement of 11 animal quarantine checkpoints in the province’s entry points.
But Espino said illegal hog traders pass through smaller backroads to enter Pangasinan.