Governor Melchor Diclas issued Executive Order 2020-018 suspending the entry of chicken dung in the province effective March 17 until further notice. The suspension covers all kinds of vehicles transporting chicken dung from poultry farms in the lowlands.
This following the avian influenza outbreak in a farm in a Nueva Ecija town which has been confirmed as H5N6 classified as avian flu A which is said to be transmissible to humans.
Chicken dung is a common farm input among farmers in the province. Most are sourced out from Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Batangas, Pangasinan, and Bulacan, said Dr. Miriam Tiongan, head of the Provincial Veterinary Office.
There is no directive issued in the control of poultry and poultry products coming into the province. However, Tiongan said they have advised dealers not to purchase those coming from Nueva Ecija.
Live chicken and dressed chicken from sources like Bataan, La Union, Pangasinan and Isabela should be accompanied with proper documents such as permits and certifications.
Tiongan hopes that dealers have learned their lessons from the 2017 experience where positive cases of transmission were found in Kibungan, Mankayan and Itogon. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)