Daily Tribune (Philippines)

Another Leyte town hit with ASF


Burauen, a first-class municipali­ty some 40-kilometers from this city, is the eighth town in Leyte to have been found positive of ASF since the first case in the province was reported in the second week of January

The Department of Agricultur­e (DA) in Eastern Visayas confirmed that one more Leyte town has been hit with the African swine fever (ASF).

DA regional director Angel Enriquez personally handed to Burauen town Mayor Juanito Renomeron on Thursday the laboratory result of swine blood samples testing positive for the disease.

The samples were taken from backyard-raised swines in Barangay Pawa. The municipal agricultur­e office immediatel­y ordered a culling of pigs within 500 meters from the affected farm as a standard protocol to contain the further spread of the virus.

Burauen, a first-class municipali­ty some 40 kilometers from this city, is the eighth town in the province to have been found positive of ASF since the first case in the province was reported in the second week of January.

Other affected municipali­ties are Abuyog, where the first case was reported, Javier, MacArthur, La Paz, Dulag, Tanauan and Palo.

Municipal veterinari­an Dr. Annalou Detablan appealed to affected hog raisers to cooperate so that the virus will not further spread and be able to protect the municipali­ty’s budding hog industry.

Detablan urged hog raisers to implement strict “bio-security” measures like disinfecti­on before interactin­g with their animals to prevent contaminat­ion.

She likewise encouraged hog raisers to install footbaths, the wearing of clean clothes and slippers or boots, and avoiding giving the animals food scraps as animal feed.

Following the first reported case of ASF in Leyte last month, Renomeron issued an executive order creating the “Municipal Task Force on Animal-borne Diseases.”

With the town’s first case of ASF infection, the local chief executive extended the implementa­tion of the order to include the banning on the entry of live hogs and pork products from other places as well as the selling of the town’s pork products outside of its borders.

QUEZON, Isabela — Joint operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcemen­t Agency Region 2 and Isabela Provincial Police Office arrested two high-value targets and seized 41 bricks of dried marijuana leaves and around five grams of suspected shabu last Thursday along the national highway in Barangay Barucboc here.

Authoritie­s identified the suspects as Marcelo Tudlong Thomas, 29, and Keruben Winnie Banosan,32.

The 41 bricks of dried weed were estimated to be worth P4,920,000 while the crystal meth is said to have a street value of P34,000.

Also confiscate­d from the suspects were one unit of white Nissan Urvan van with plate number NAB 4566, two P1,000 bills, and five bundles of P1,000 boodle money.

They will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehens­ive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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