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Bohol issues ban vs hogs, pork meat products from Mindanao

Philippine Information Agency
14 Feb 2020, 22:38 GMT+10

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Feb. 8 (PIA) -- The province of Bohol has issued an executive order banning the entry of live hogs, frozen pork meat, pork-related products and by-products, processed whether cooked or uncooked, canned pork products, and frozen boar semen from mainland Mindanao into the province.

MISSING CHICHARON. Since the first ban of pork meat and pork meat processed products, Boholanos are now forced to patronize only one comercial pork chicharon producer from Jagna town. Port and airport authorities have confiscated about 67 kilos of pork chicharon intended to flood Bohol markets. (PIABohol)

Considered a continuing threat to the P16 billion hog industry in Bohol as well as in the country, African Swine Fever (ASF) has been confirmed to affect Region 11 (Davao Region) after the reported death of over a thousand pigs.

Considering its proximity and accessibility to Bohol, the disease is now taken as a major threat, prompting the Pr

ovince of Bohol in pursuing efforts to prevent the entry of the virus causing the disease to safeguard the hog industry and the food security benefitting Bohol and the country, according to Acting Governor Rene L. Relampagos in Executive Order No. 05 series of 2020 issued Feb. 4, 2020.

The EO prohibits the entry of live hogs and frozen boar semen (from mainland Mindanao) without accompanying documents.

Also prohibited is the entry of pork meat and pork-related products with or without documents and the entry of feeds sourced and produced in the specific affected areas in Mindanao as confirmed by the Bureau of Animal Industry.

It can be recalled that Bohol Governor Arthur Yap also issued an Executive Order banning for 100 days the entry of live hogs, frozen boar semen, pork meat, pork related products whether cooked or raw, processed pork and its related products in August 2019.

A supplementary EO in December 2019 expanded the entry prohibition for yet another 100 days.

Since August 2019, Bohol local governments have put up stricter measures at port of entries

and informed incoming passengers of the prohibition.

According to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), a total of P162, 315 of prohibited pork products to date have either been confiscated and destroyed by disposal.

The figure possibly doubled if those returned to shipping origin were included in the count.

Confiscations after the ASF EO ban include 67 kilos of chicharon, 252 small packs more and still 18 large packs all but confiscated and disposed according to agreed protocols.

Authorities also confiscated some 25 kilos of chorizo and frozen meat and disposed of them while another 200 kilos of the same were sent back to its origins.

The port officers also confiscated about 130 kilos of pork adobo, humba and pork paksiw, 75 kilos of lechon, pork intestine, pork barbecue, pork longaniza, siomai and pork siopao. (RAHC/PIA-7/Bohol)

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