Pangasinan remains swine flu-free

THE Provincial Veterinary Office has confirmed that Pangasinan remains free of the African Swine flu.

Dr. Jovito Tabarejos, assistant provincial veterinarian, said Pangasinan has not been affected by swine flu as evidenced by continuing monitoring of the piggery and backyard industry in the province.

The provincial government also revised its policy completely banning hogs from the provinces of Rizal and Bulacan to enter of pass through the province.

The Office of the Provincial Veterinary (OPVet) and Pangasinan police will intercept cargo trucks with live or slaughtered hogs provided the traders can present a Veterinary Health Certificate and Veterinary Shipping Permit other than those from Rizal and Bulacan that remain completely banned from entering Pangasinan, Tabarejos said.

Processed meat being delivered will be required to show a Meat Inspection Certificate from NMIS.

To date, the 24/7 quarantine checkpoints monitored by OPVet and PPO are in Bayambang, Mangatarem, Infanta, Rosales, Sison, San Fabian and Umingan. TPLEx Urdaneta and TPLEx Pozorrubio have been added.

P/Colonel Redrico Maranan, police provincial director, has ordered police units at the borders to fully coordinate and cooperate with local governments and quarantine officers of the Office of the Provincial Veterinary in blocking the attempts to deliver of swine infected with swine flu.

Maranan said the triple-checkpoint is strictly enforced first at the boundaries, second at the slaughterhouse and third at markets remain. (Nora Dominguez)

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