March 24, 2021 by: AJ Patrick Ga-an

The Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPV) conducted a consultative meeting with the Municipal Agriculturist and Municipal Livestock Technicians to discuss the province’s status and ordinances to address African Swine Fever (ASF).It can be recalled that the Office of Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao issued Executive Order No. 116 in 2019 establishing the ASF Crisis Management Task Force in the Province of Antique, these task force will take charge in addressing the concerns of swine raisers and help the province stay free from ASF. After the release of the EO, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member, Fernando Corvera, Sr, Committee Chairman on Agriculture authored Provincial Ordinance No. 2020-242 stating the prohibition of any pig, boar semen, pork and pork products manufactured from areas with cases of ASF to enter the province of Antique.With this, the OPV conducted the consultative meeting to collate concerns of swine raisers in the province especially now that there are lot cases of ASF in the neighboring islands.According to SP Corvera, Local Government Units (LGUs) has become complacent in the implementation of the Provincial Ordinance and appealed that on behalf of the Provincial Government and Governor Cadiao, LGUs should protect the province from ASF. The meeting tackled about safe guarding the land entry points of the province in Pandan, Anini-y, Libertad and Hamtic as well as in the seaports. They also discussed and reviewed the banned pork products and regarding the release of veterinary health certificate to eligible products and manufacturers.OPV ensured that measures to protect the province from ASF will be imposed strictly and Dr. Florencio Macuja, Provincial Veterinarian, asked for the cooperation of LGUs in the province’s fight against ASF.#MAR2021+4