Min­danao pushed to be sep­a­rate quar­an­tine zone

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS - By Jen­nie P. Arado

THE is­land group of Min­danao should be a sep­a­rate quar­an­tine zone from Lu­zon and Visayas, said a Davao Poul­try and Egg Pro­duc­ers, Inc. (DPEPI) ex­ec­u­tive.

In con­nec­tion to the Avian Flu out­break in Pam­panga last month, DPEPI pres­i­dent lawyer Lalaine dela Vic­to­ria pushes for a pol­icy that would al­low Min­danao to be a sep­a­rate quar­an­tine zone in the event that a sim­i­lar case may hap­pen in the fu­ture again.

Dur­ing the weekly Habi at Kape press con­fer­ence at Abreeza Ayala Malls last Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13, Dela Vic­to­ria said the Philip­pines used to be one of the few coun­tries that ex­port live chicken that is not yet af­fected by the Avian Flu virus. With the out­break in Pam­panga last month, she said there had been mis­un­der­stand­ing that the Philip­pines in gen­eral is af­fected by the out­break, which is not true as Min­danao is far from Lu­zon and is sep­a­rated by sea.

“We would want to push the pol­icy that Min­danao will be cre­ated as a dif­fer­ent zone from the two is­lands, Lu­zon and Visayas so that if ex­am­ple there is an out­break in Lu­zon, Min­danao will be an­other zone that they would not just de­clare the ban in Lu­zon and the rest of the Philip­pines. We would want to cre­ate three zones in the Philip­pines so that Min­danao will have its own zon­ing poli­cies here and then we can cor­don the is­land in case of dis­eases,” said dela Vic­to­ria adding this pol­icy, once ap­proved will help pre­serve the in­tegrity of Min­danao.

When asked for the le­gal­i­ties that the pol­icy may un­dergo prior to ap­proval, dela Vic­to­ria said this would only need an ad­min­is­tra­tive or­der is­sued by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) as the Bureau of Quar­an­tine is an at­tached agency of DA.

Thor­ough dis­cus­sion of this will hap­pen dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion that will take place at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter on Septem­ber 21 to 23, si­mul­ta­ne­ous with the Davao Agri Trade Expo 2017.

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