Wednesday, 08 July 2020

Sarangani deploys more personnel to augment checkpoints against ASF

ALABEL, Sarangani (February 9, 2020) – Sarangani has strengthened its existing bio-security checkpoints as preventive measure to prevent the entry of the dreaded African Swine Fever (ASF) affecting the province’s border towns in Davao Occidental.

Some 48 personnel are now deployed to augment the manpower of the six animal checkpoints in place in the province to reinforce in the three shifts 24/7 surveillance activity.

Before deployment, all personnel were oriented on February 6 on their functions in the monitoring at their designated post of assignment.

Dr. Bernard Cababat, officer-in-charge of Sarangani’s Veterinary Office, said the checkpoints are basically manned by personnel from their office and from Genearal Santos City for the composite checkpoint at Maribulan in Alabel. They conduct disinfection of inbound and outbound vehicles and the banning of hogs and pork products unless complete veterinary requirements issued by government veterinarian and by the National Veterinary Quarantine Service are provided.

Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon declared a temporary lockdown on February 3 on the entry of live hogs and all meat products into Sarangani.

Solon said he imposed the lockdown because he wanted to “get the system to be in place first.”

Cababat said Sarangani is ASF free.

Some 30 to 40 samples they tested had “yielded negative results meaning wala po tayong virus dito sa Sarangani,” Cababat said. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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