DA-RFO1 Regional Director Nestor D. Domenden said the all-out mobilization of the LGUs against the ASF in the region is in line with the guidelines from the “Bantay ASF sa Barangay Program” or “BABay ASF”.
The DA-RFO1 with the DA-attached regional and provincial offices from Regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR inked the pledge of commitment for BABay ASF during its virtual launching on February 23, 2021.
Under the BABay ASF, the main key strategies are the creation of task force/team, implementation of biosecurity measures and surveillance and disease investigation activities, strengthening of quarantine protocols to manage and prevent the spread of ASF, promotion and awareness campaign through quad media, repopulation/ restocking, among others.
At present, a total of 53 towns in the region remain infected with ASF, and 25 towns are close to these zones. These locations are in the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos Sur. The province of Ilocos Norte, on the other hand, continues to be ASF-free.
Consistent with the mandates of the BABay ASF, the DA-RFO 1 had already conducted various activities particularly on coordinating with the Provincial Veterinary Office of Ilocos Sur as regards the establishment of a quarantine checkpoint in Candon City, and distribution of disinfectants to Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.
The DA RFO1 also conducted a series of orientations and workshops on BABay ASF program viz-a-viz the recovery and rehabilitation of the hog industry in the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos Sur.
Meanwhile, a fund amounting to P4.5 million under the GAA FY 2021 was also approved to support the BABay ASF Program.
In a related development, at least 3,105 farmers whose swine livelihood was affected by the ASF virus, had received more than P41.6M indemnity from the DA-RFO1.
Director Domenden said this was the payment of the reported and validated culled ASF–affected swine from February to September 2020.
The allotted indemnity for each head of the culled ASF-affected swine is P5,000.00. However, an affected swine farmer can only avail of a maximum of P100,000.00 indemnity fund. (JCR/FGL, PIA 1)
By Freddie G. Lazaro