Provincial Government of Bulacan

Fernando assures ASF in Bulacan is under control

CITY OF MALOLOS – After the Provincial Government of Aurora announced the implementation of pork ban from Bulacan, Pampanga and Tarlac, Governor Daniel R. Fernando assures Bulakenyos especially hog raisers that cases of African Swine Flu (ASF) in the province is under control.

The Provincial Government of Aurora issued Executive Order No. 35, implementing a temporary total ban on the entry of live swine/pigs and pork products from provinces with cases of ASF into the Province of Aurora including Bulacan, Pampanga and Tarlac from August 30, 2022 to September 30, 2022.

In an interview, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Voltaire G. Basinang said that a case of ASF in Santa Maria town was detected which led Aurora to implement.

However, he underscores that said pork ban will not affect Bulakenyo hog raisers.

“Ang naturang ban ng Aurora sa baboy ng Bulacan ay nag ugat sa muling pagkakaroon ng kaso ng ASF sa isang babuyan sa Santa Maria. Bagama’t ang nasabing kaso ng ASF ay nakontrol na at hindi na kumalat, minabuti pa rin ng Aurora na maglatag ng pansamantalang ban sa ating mga baboy. Hindi naman ito makaka abala sa ating mga magbababoy dahil ang ating mga baboy ay sa Bulacan at Metro Manila lamang dinadala. Napakaliit na porsyento ng ating baboy ang napupunta sa Aurora kung mayroon man,” Basinang explained.

In line with this, Fernando immediately ordered strict monitoring in hog farms and made sure that the PGB will do the necessary actions to support the hog raisers in the province and assure the public that the meat products coming from Bulacan are safe to consume.

“Bilang punong lalawigan, nauunawaan ko ang desisyong inilabas ng Pamahalaang Lalawigan ng Aurora. Naiiintindihan ko ang responsibilidad na protektahan ang kanilang nasasakupan at marahil ganoon din ang ating gagawin sa lalawigan. Bagaman wala pang tiyak na bakuna laban dito, walang dapat ipag-alala ang ating mga Bulakenyo hog raiser dahil sinisiguro ko na ang ating Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ay nangunguna sa pagsasagawa ng cleaning at disinfection sa bawat lungsod at munisipalidad upang mahigpit na mabantayan ang pagkalat pa nito,” the governor said.

As of this time, no other ASF case was detected in Bulacan and several hog farms have reopened according to the Provincial Veterinary Office. ###