GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The city government has established two more animal quarantine checkpoints to properly monitor the possible entry of pork products from areas affected by the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak.
Dr. Antonio Ephrem Marin, head of the City Veterinary Office, said Tuesday the additional checkpoints were set up in alternate entry points that were monitored to have been used by unscrupulous traders in transporting pork products from unauthorized sources.
He cited the access road from Sitio Lamcanal, Barangay Malandag in Malungon, Sarangani province that connects to Barangay Upper Labay.
Another checkpoint was established in a road that bypasses the main highway from South Cotabato and ends up Barangays Mabuhay and Sinawal, he said.
“We hired an additional 17 personnel to tighten our operations in these areas,” he said in an interview.
These will augment the 58 personnel assigned in its five major checkpoints at the border highways in barangays Tinagacan, Buayan, Mabuhay, Bawing and Apopong, he said.
Marin said Mayor Ronnel Rivera earlier approved these measures in wake of the continuing ASF outbreak in parts of the Davao region.
The official said they continue to monitor illegal shipments of pork products from the Davao area, especially processed goods like chorizo and tocino.
The city and nearby South Cotabato, currently considered as the country’s top pork producer, remain under the “green zone” or ASF-free areas.
He said they already confiscated around PHP1.7 million worth of pork products since late last year through the checkpoints.
It comprised over 1,000 kilos of processed pork like chorizo, longganisa, tocino, sausages and salami, 797 kilos of pork cuts, 837 kilos of lechon and 142 kilos live hogs.
Marin said most of these products were from Davao City and the neighboring areas that remained affected by the ASF. (PNA)