P7.7M from China to boost Pampanga’s anti-bird flu
MAKATI CITY — The People’s Republic of China (PRC) donated P7.7 million to the Pampanga Provincial Government on Tuesday, December 5, to boost its anti-bird flu program.
The donation will help in the province’s efforts to protect its poultry sector that suffered hard on the heels of the first bird flu outbreak last August in San Luis town.
Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua handed the check for the donation to Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd district) in rites held at the PRC Embassy in this city.
Jianhua congratulated the Provincial Government for being able to control the bird flu in a brief time.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol declared the outbreak on August 11. President Rodrigo Duterte declared the problem over on August 28, with assurances that poultry products from Pampanga and Luzon, including eggs, were safe to eat.
The Pampanga poultry sector lost P192-million as more than 420,000 chicken, ducks and quails were culled. SS-Pampanga