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LOCKDOWN: Sarangani tightens guard vs African Swine Fever

ALABEL, Sarangani (February 9, 2020) – “ASF free tayo as of today,” Provincial Veterinarian Bernard Cababat told the Provincial Information Office Sunday (February 9).

“Mahigpit tayo sa animal checkpoints and we are also conducting surveillance in barangays of Malungon and Glan.”

On February 7, Cababat provided an update on the province’s status regarding the African Swine Fever (ASF) to the Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council which convened an emergency meeting.

Amidst the temporary lockdown ordered by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon on February 3 due to the outbreak in Don Marcelino town in Davao Occidental, the provincial government of Sarangani tightened its guard by creating checkpoints in borders with Davao Occidental and Davao del Sur.

During the PDRRMC emergency meeting, Governor Solon said the province has doubled its efforts to guarantee and strengthen the safety of everybody from ASF.

According to Cababat, reports that there were barangays in Malungon with hogs displaying symptoms of swine fever had proven negative in laboratory tests.

These barangays were Malandag, Lutay, and Kinabalan which share borders with Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental.

“Ipina-examine po namin yung blood samples nung mga live hogs coming from the said areas and we sent it doon po sa laboratory which so happens na dito lang sa Gensan,” Cababat reported.

After four days of thorough examination processes, the collected blood samples tested negative from the virus.

The three initially reported barangays were part of the identified priority areas in Malungon for being included in the border points of Sarangani from other municipalities especially in Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental where there is an ASF outbreak.

Specimens from the remaining border barangays Malandag, Banate, Malungon Gamay, JP Laurel, and San Juan are under examination and with results expected in the coming days.

“This is a good indication, although meron pa tayong samples na hinihintay, but the fact na ang first samples were negative, for sure hihigpitan pa talaga ang security ng Malungon. With this, we can still market yung mga baboy galing sa Malungon. It’s clean and those who want to outsource from outside Malungon, this is a good indication na clean ang mga baboy sa Malungon para matulungan din natin yung mga hog growers dito,” said Solon.

Cababat continues to appeal to the public to be vigilant and is hopeful that through proper monitoring, they can sustain the government’s advocacy, “na sana hindi makapasok yung ASF sa Sarangani.” (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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