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DA: 5 regions affected by ASF

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 16/08/2022 Bella Cariaso
The massive slaughtering of pigs by local hog raisers is ongoing in many parts of Leyte because of fears over the spread of African swine fever (ASF), which has reportedly affected three towns of Leyte since last week. PHOTO BY NESTOR L. ABREMATEA © Provided by The Manila Times The massive slaughtering of pigs by local hog raisers is ongoing in many parts of Leyte because of fears over the spread of African swine fever (ASF), which has reportedly affected three towns of Leyte since last week. PHOTO BY NESTOR L. ABREMATEA

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday said that at least five regions in the country are affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF).

In a press conference, DA Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Assistant Director Dr. Jonathan Sabiniano identified the regions as the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Regions 3 (Central Luzon), 8 (Eastern Visayas), 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) and 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN).

"As of Aug. 4, 2022, from 14 regions, only five regions are now affected by the African Swine Fever," Sabiniano said.

Sabiniano added that efforts are being made to contain the spread of the ASF.

"We are succeeding in controlling the spread as the repopulation program is ongoing," Sabiano added.

According to Sabiniano, the DA has partnered with the concerned local government units in the surveillance and monitoring program.

He said that last year, at least P400 million was allocated in the fight against ASF.

"We are encouraging the hog raisers to avail of the insurance program. Through the program, those affected by ASP can claim compensation," he added.

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