Bayambang pays affected hog raisers 2 rice cavans per hog

HOG raisers of Bayambang whose hogs were culled due to the African Swine Fever (ASF) in the implementation of the 1-7-10 protocol will receive two cavans of rice worth P3,600 for each from the municipal government.

This was the information shared by Mayor Cezar Quiambao with the provincial board members during the Question Hour of their regular session on Oct. 28  as the town’s financial assistance to affected backyard hog raisers in addition to the Department of Agriculture’s pledge to pay P5,000 for each pig culled.
He said 366 hogs had been culled as of Monday and 548 more will be subjected to the same procedure to contain the spread of the disease.

Quiambao said culling will continue and 914 pigs, based on their inventory, have been identified, all located within the one-kilometer radius.

Most affected were barangays Apalen where 367 pigs had been culled, Tatarac (295), Inerangan (171) and Carungay (81). Other barangays of neighboring towns affected by the one-kilometer radius are Reynado, Malioer and Hermoza,

These had been placed under a state of calamity, the mayor said.

“Strictly, there are no movements of entry and exit of hogs in these areas,” adding that he issued an executive order on Oct. 17 for the temporary ban on the entry and exit of hogs in the ground zero in Apalen and in neighboring barangays. Thirty pigs were initially reported to have died on Oct. 10 and confirmed to have ASF virus.

The municipal legal officer is preparing to file charges against the hog trader suspected to have been the cause of the spread of ASF virus in Apalen but attributed the spread from the trader’s vehicle that traveled to other provinces and was not disinfected.

The trader, whom the mayor did not identify has already been missing he said.

Quiambao said they could not estimate yet the damages brought by the ASF incident here.

“The pork supply in the town is severely affected “because no one wants to consume pork products now”, he said. From 50 heads of pigs slaughtered daily for pork demand of Bayambangueños, the number drastically dropped to only three every.

Quiambao was among those invited by the provincial board to shed light on the occurrence of ASF-related deaths of hogs in his town. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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