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ASF plague affects 10 CdO barangays

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF KABANKALAN CITY GOVERNMENT Despite the easing of border controls between Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental and Mabinay in Negros Oriental, authorities continue to impose strict guarding at the provincial border in Barangay Tagukon of the city.

Cagayan de Oro City (CdO) has intensified its campaign to contain the outbreak of the African swine fever (ASF) which has already affected at least 10 hinterland barangays in the city.

City veterinarian Dr. Anthony Acac said various task forces of the local government are now concentrating their profiling on some 500 square meters from ground zero where the outbreaks were reported.

According to him, ASF cases have been reported in barangays of San Simon, Agusan, Mambuaya, Macasandig, Baikingon, Puerto, Tablon, Indahag, Patag and Carmen.

He said the ASF case management teams are now conducting profiling on the backyard hog raisers in affected barangays.

“We are closely coordinating with the barangays to contain the further outbreak of the virus,” Acac said.

He said the city veterinary office has already accounted and carried out culling operations of some 1,000 hogs last week.

Acac advised backyard hog raisers in the affected barangays to register the number of hogs in their possessions.

He added that the city government has set already aside P1 million to compensate the affected farmers with P2,000 per head, while the Department of Agriculture will be paying P5,000 per head, or a total of P7,000 per culled hog.

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