DAVAO CITY – Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Emmanuel Piñol calls on local governments to issue executive order prohibiting entry of pork and swill feeding in their respective areas.

Following series of consultations with stakeholders of the Mindanao hogs industry, MinDA Chief Piñol urges all local chiefs to seriously confront the threat of African swine fever by issuing an executive order preventing entry of live hogs, pork and processed meats in Mindanao.

“I call on all mayors and governors to issue an executive order to prevent entry of the African swine fever in Mindanao”, Piñol said
The Minda Chief added that “the move to ban entry of live hogs and pork products should not be seen as trade issue that impedes free flow of food, this is a serious quarantine concern to protect the multi-billion worth hog industry where thousands of households depend for income and livelihood”.

In a meeting with representatives of Mindanao hog raisers, September 24 in Davao City, the group presented to Piñol to consider Mindanao as special quarantine zone, indicating Mindanao as ASF free yet needing the necessary organizational mechanisms to maintain status.

Davao Hog Raisers Association president Eduardo So mentioned “we hope mechanisms to be in place and quarantine officials immediately deployed in entry points like ports and airports, following issuance of the executive order the soonest time”.
Meantime, the group considers swill feeding as threat of ASF entry. Swill feeding is the practice of feeding hogs food wastes from hotels, restaurants, airlines and docked ships which may contain infected meat.

Prohibition of swill feeding can be exercised by the powers of the local executives. “The governors and mayors are in better position to stop swill feeding, the local governments can issue ban of hogs import and prohibition of swill feeding altogether through an executive order, with stiffer penalties for deterrence”, MinDA Chief Piñol said. #
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