MANILA - The Quezon City government has culled 166 pigs so far to prevent the spread of African swine fever, after pigs in two areas in Barangay Bagong Silangan tested positive for the swine fever.
Mayor Joy Belmonte said Wednesday the culling of hogs within one kilometer from the two "ground zeros" is necessary to contain the virus.
She led the distribution of financial assistance to hog raisers amounting to P3,000 for every culled pig and piglet.
“I-surrender na kung may sakit man ang alaga, para hindi na kumalat. Sa bawat baboy na nawala sa inyo na naging willing kayo ipa-cull, inahin P3,000. If piglet, pero nakabukod na, P3,000 pa rin,” Belmonte said.
(Surrender your stock to us so the flu will not spread, For each you lose and you are willing to cull, you will be given P3,000 for mother pigs. For piglets that have separated from their mothers, P3,000 also.
“Hinahanapan ng budget. This is an emergency situation. Hindi naka-factor in sa budget,” the mayor clarified, noting she is unsure if hog raisers who will surrender their stock will receive the same amount of aid.
(We are finding budget for this. This is an emergency situation. They are not included in the budget.)
Among the recipients is Jose Roldan, who was in tears after receiving the financial aid for the 9 piglets and 1 pig he surrendered.
“Kesa walang matanggap. Wala akong pinagkakakitaan. Ito ang pinagkakakitaan namin,” Roldan said, adding he will use the cash aid to put up a sari-sari store.
(Better than receive nothing. I have nothing to earn from but only this.)
Remedios Deonan was also in tears as she recalled how five of her pigs suddenly died. She surrendered her remaining three hogs to the local government for culling.
“Hindi namin gusto ang nangyari. Tatlo pa ang apo kong nag-aaral," she said.
(We don't like what's happened. I have 3 grandchildren who are studying that needs support.)
Belmonte said hog raisers can also avail of the local government’s scholarship and livelihood programs.
Despite appeals by the local government for residents to report hog mortality for proper disposal, a video taken Thursday shows a hog floating in a creek in Quezon City.
QC veterinary head Dr. Ana Cabel warned against improper disposal of hogs, as this could further spread the disease.
QC officials said Barangay Payatas is also under observation after reports of dying pigs surfaced in the area.