An emergency meeting focusing on Animal Biosecurity and the current hog disease situation was convened today, May 16, at Negros Residences.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson led the meeting, which aimed to provide updates on the highly contagious pig diseases, specifically African Swine Fever (ASF) and Hog Cholera, and discuss strategies to protect the province’s thriving swine industry.
Lacson has confirmed that more than 2,000 pigs have died in Negros Occidental, but that African Swine Fever (ASF) has not yet been detected. The symptoms of hog cholera are similar to those of ASF, which is why it is important to test the pigs to determine the cause of death.
In San Enrique town, Mayor Jilson Tubillara confirmed that at least 736 pigs have died due to hog cholera. Almost no one is buying pork in their town, the mayor added.
Negros Occidental, known as one of the leading exporters of pork products in the Philippines, is facing a significant threat to its P6-billion swine industry.
The emergence of ASF and Hog Cholera has raised concerns among local officials and industry stakeholders, necessitating swift action to prevent the further spread of these diseases.
During the meeting, Lacson emphasized the importance of implementing stringent biosecurity measures and regulating the movement of animals between local government units (LGUs).
Dr. Placeda Lemana, the OIC of the Provincial Veterinary Office, presented the Disease Control Strategy, outlining the steps that would be taken to contain the spread of ASF and Hog Cholera
Key attendees at the meeting included Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office Director Colonel Leo Pamittan, 303rd Brigade Commander General Orlando Edralin, and Provincial Veterinary Office OIC Dr. Placeda Lemana.