GERONA, Tarlac – Five hundred African Swine Fever-infected pigs yesterday were killed and buried in Bgy. Malayep, this town.
The pigs were killed using an improvised “electrocuting” gadget and were buried in the Tarlac river bed.
The culling to prevent the spread of the disease was supervised by the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian headed by Ma. Lorna Baculanta.
Baculanta, however, refused to give details of the culling activity.
She said culling activities were conducted in several barangays in Victoria town.
The Department of Agriculture issued an order that hogs raised within one-kilometer radius from a confirmed site of an ASF-infected pig should be culled.
Meanwhile, observers commented about the burying of the culled hogs in the river bed.
“Imbes na i-prevent ang pagkalat ng ASF, sa pagbaon nila sa ilog (Tarlac river) ng mga pinatay na baboy, lalo lamang itong kakalat sa ibang mga bayan papunta sa karagatan sa Pangasinan,” said Jimmy Ocampo.
The Tarlac river is the main water tributary of the province, which ends up into the open sea in Pangasinan province. It flows up north through Paniqui, Moncada and San Manuel towns of Tarlac.
“Maling-mali ang ginawang disposal sa mga ASF-infected pigs. May standard o proper procedure sa pag-dispose ng mga hayop na may sakit. Hindi dapat maka-contaminate ang mga bodies of water gaya ng mga ilog,” another resident who requested anonymity, said.
TEMPORARY LOCKDOWN IN BENGUET
Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas yesterday ordered a temporary lockdown on the entry of live pigs into the province.
The order was issued after Benguet provincial veterinarian Dr. Miriam Tiongan confirmed on Wednesday that ASF was detected in the towns of La Trinidad and Tuba.
Diclas said the directive was part of the effort to prevent the further entry of the disease in the province.
The governor said almost all of the sources of pigs in Regions I, II, III, IV and the National Capital Region are infected with the ASF virus.
He expressed alarm over the extent of the infection.
With Cesar Reyes