Gov Espinos bans entry of pigs in Pangasinan starting Aug. 20

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LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Governor Amado Espino III on Tuesday ordered a temporary ban on the entry of pigs in Pangasinan to ensure that the province would not be affected by African swine fever (ASF).

“I was informed that other provinces in the region are implementing similar precautionary measure (temporary ban) so we deem this is needed,” he said during an emergency meeting Wednesday on pre-emptive action against ASF.

Present in the meeting called by the governor were provincial government offices and national agencies amid the reported presence of the disease in Bulacan and Rizal provinces.

Assistant provincial veterinarian Jovito Taravejos said the supply of hog in the province is sufficient despite the temporary ban.

“We have more than enough supply of pigs in the province and there are no cases of suspected ASF yet, so the temporary ban is needed to ensure that no ASF will enter our province,” he said in an interview.

Taravejos also assured that pork from the backyard hog raisers in the province are safe to consume.

The next meeting will be on Friday to include local government units and other stakeholders. (PNA)

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