Pangasinan authorities on Saturday said that 15 pigs reportedly delivered to their province from Bustos town, Bulacan, were infected with African swine fever.
Gov. Amado Espino III, Mapandan town mayor Anthony Penuliar, the agriculture department and others, said the announcement was based on samples taken by a hog trader from 60 pigs from Bustos.
An investigation revealed the hog trader avoided animal-quarantine checkpoints.
"Dumaan ng Anao exit; San Manuel, Tarlac; Bersamin, Alcala then Carmen Bridge to Villasis. Then Urdaneta Bypass Road then Mapandan," Espino said.
Barangay Baloling in Mapandan was designated "ground zero" for the swine-fever alert. Protocols were also enacted within 10 kilometers of Baloling to contain the epidemic, including the culling of hogs.
Charges are being prepared against the hog trader.
— Report from Noriel Padiernos, ABS-CBN News