TO STOP SMUGGLING ATTEMPTS
AFTER foiling a series of attempts by hog raisers from other provinces to skip established checkpoints in main entry points to Pangasinan, the Police Provincial Police Office (PPPO) has implemented a three-ring quarantine checkpoints operation to ensure that no trucks loaded with hogs sourced from outside cannot enter Pangasinan.
According to P/Colonel Redrico Maranan, provincial director, it means trucks carrying swine will have to pass through three checkpoints before they can reach targeted slaughterhouses in Pangasinan.
The strategy required, installing checkpoints in diversion or alternate routes in TPLEX Urdaneta and Manaoag areas.
Consequently, Maranan said Region 3‘s quarantine officer called him to coordinate passage of swine from Region 3 enroute to Baguio City that have to pass through Pangasinan.
Maranan said all cargo trucks headed to the north were blocked and made to return to their points of origin because he had to be sure that no hog from outside are brought to the slaughterhouses in the province.
Maranan said since the temporary ban was implemented last week until August 29, six truckloads of live pigs had been blocked at the PNP’s checkpoint and quarantine officers by the Provincial Veterinary Office.
The lockdown on swine products was implemented through the executive order from Governor Amado Espino III’s to protect the hog industry and prevent possible spread of swine flu.
Among those blocked entry to slaughterhouses were six truckloads: four blocked in Pozorrubio, one truck in Sual and one in Mangaldan. All trucks were turned over to OPVet’s quarantine office for the proper disposition. (Nora Dominguez)
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