Pangasinan town declares state of calamity, as ASF spreads

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 25 2020 05:26 PM | Updated as of Jan 25 2020 06:01 PM

Workers in protective gear bury a pig that was culled in Binmaley town, Pangasinan. Joanna Tacason, ABS-CBN News

BINMALEY, Pangasinan (UPDATE) —The local government here declared a state of calamity Thursday after cases of African swine fever (ASF) spreading were confirmed.

The five barangays with confirmed cases of the virus are Canaoalan, Gayaman, Linoc, Poblacion and San Isidro Sur.

Earlier this week, only Barangay Linoc, where 21 pigs were culled on Tuesday, had reported cases of the virus.

The ASF task force led by the Department of Agriculture then implemented the "1-7-10" quarantine protocol in the affected barangay.

Under the protocol, authorities will enforce quarantine checkpoints within a 1-kilometer radius of infected farms, strict surveillance and monitoring of hogs within a 7-km radius, and mandatory reporting on the disease from pig farms within a 10-km radius. 

Pig farmers affected

Lourdes Ugaban, who started raising hogs in 1977, was upset that 8 of her pigs were culled.

"Mabigat para sa amin kasi 'yan ang kabuhayan namin. Sana may ayuda," she said.

[This is hard to accept because this is our livelihood. We hope there's government aid.]

The Pangasinan government advised the public that the temporary ban on selling and transporting swine and meat products was still in place to avoid the possible spread of the ASF virus. — Report from Noriel Padiernos, ABS-CBN News