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Sarangani approves P2M vs ASF

ALABEL, Sarangani (February 13, 2020) – In view of the African Swine Fever (ASF) alert, the provincial government of Sarangani has approved a P2-million fund to strengthen the forestalling measures against the swine disease.

On February 7, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) conducted an emergency meeting and requested for support in creating preventive measures in the strategic boundary areas where there are existing animal quarantine posts such as in Malungon Gamay in Malungon, Maribulan in Alabel, and Tinoto in Maasim.

To augment existing animal checkpoints in the identified possible entry points for the transport of the animals, the PDRRMC recommended to put up additional checkpoints in Batulaki and Baliton in Glan, Malandag in Malungon, and Poblacion in Maitum to effectively prevent the spread of ASF.

Dr. Bernard Cababat, OIC provincial veterinarian, reported the needs of the province in blocking the entry of live hogs and other pork-meat products coming from the affected nearby areas.

“Na-provide naman po yung initial needs na kailangan talaga ng probinsya and nakahingi na din po kami ng ayuda from the Department of Agriculture and also coming from other private agencies na masasabi natin na partners in controlling the disease,” Cababat said. “However, in putting up these additional checkpoints we also need an additional budget for the necessities of the personnel na i-tatalaga natin doon sa mga designated posts.”

The proposed initial budget was P1.8 million which covers the operational needs such as plastic drums, disinfectants, power sprayers and rubber boots. Also included are the personnel’s needs such as reflective hand gloves, whistles and floodlights, food, transportation, signages, and others.

On February 11, during the 5th regular session of the 10th Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the budgetary need for the said operation was taken up. Board Member George Falgui, committee chair on Disaster and Climate Change Adaptation, led the discussion and presented the resolution containing the budget for the prevention of both the ASF and COVID-19.

Falgui introduced the resolution recommending the augmentation of P3 million for the prevention and mitigation program of the province for the deterrence of the spread of the ASF and COVID-19 as recommended by the PDRRMC.

The SP increased the amount to P2 million for the proactive measures to deter the ASF that has affected the swine industry in the country.

The remaining P1 million was apportioned as the budget to be utilized for the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPEs), bacteriologic chemicals and other logistical requirements to suppress the possible cases of COVID-19 in the province. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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