Bohol implements absolute ban on hogs, pork from Leyte, Southern Leyte

CORTES, Bohol, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- Due to the reported outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in nearby Leyte and Southern Leyte, Bohol has banned the entry of live pigs, pork, and pork-processed products, with or without proper documents, coming from said provinces.

In Executive Order No. 2 which Gov. Arthur Yap signed on Jan. 15, 2021, Bohol has expanded the prohibitions covered under earlier executive order numbers 7, 22, and 55 series of 2019 and Executive Order No. 5 series of 2020, to include now the two provinces.

The earlier executive orders prohibited the entry to Bohol of live hogs, frozen pork meat, and pork-related products and by-products, processed pork meat, and frozen boar semen from Luzon and Mindanao.

While the said EOs excluded those live hogs and pork or pork by-products that have national Meat Inspection Services certification or veterinary health certificate from the Bureau of Animal Industry Quarantine Services, this time, E.O 2 implemented the absolute ban from the two said provinces.

CHANCE FOR THE NATIVES. With Bohol closing its borders to imported hogs and pork, the task of supplying local market needs for pork falls on the shoulders of about 50,000 backyard growers who produce over 80 percent of the local pork production. (PIA Bohol file photo from TEOFILS Garden)

The move, according to the governor, is in response to the ASF cases in Luzon and Mindanao, as well as in the reports from the local government units and Department of Agriculture officials  in Leyte that the swine disease has affected some areas in the two provinces.

Late last year, and in response to the recession in live hog and pork prices due to oversupply in Bohol, hog growers have shown interest in exporting their stocks to Luzon whose market prices for live hogs and pork overshoot normal expectations due to the effects of the hog disease in Luzon.

Bohol authorities has asked the governor to issue policies on transporting live hogs and pork products from Bohol.

Executive Order No. 56 series of 2020 which Yap signed on Nov. 26, 2020 laid down the guidelines in the transport of live hogs through sea vessels directly plying the Bohol to Luzon and vice versa route, and the transport of live hogs from Bohol to Luzon by land trip.

It also set the guidelines in the conduct of animal inspection, disinfection, issuance of veterinary health certificate and shipping permits, guidelines in the entry of feeds and raw materials to be used in the production of feeds, as well as the guidelines in the entry of empty livestock cargo vehicles to Bohol.  

In 2019, the governor has issued a memorandum addressed to Bohol mayors to assign personnel to assist in the port quarantine efforts considering that Bohol has unmanned beaches that could be landing areas for smuggled hogs and pork.

Provincial Veterinarian Stella Marie Lapiz said there are over 50,000 hog growers and producers in Bohol, most of them backyard growers producing 86 percent of the total meat supply here.

“One single case of ASF in Bohol and it would have the potency to wipe out the entire hog industry. That would be devastating to the thousands of industry workers and the backyard growers whose incomes come from hog raising,” Lapiz said. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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