MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga – City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo has ordered a temporary ban of pork entry into the city to safeguard Mabalaqueños from the threat of the African Swine Fever (ASF).
Garbo issued Executive Order 42 following the directive of Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda to ban the entry of all live pigs into the province to protect the multi-million hog industry and meat processors from ASF.
Although there is no ASF outbreak yet in the city, Garbo still issued the executive order to safeguard public health.
To combat the entry of pork or live pigs in the city, Garbo included in his Executive Order the creation of the Anti Swine Task Force to man every point of entry and conduct inspections.
Members of the Anti Swine Task Force include the City Veterinarian, City Health Officer, PNP Mabalacat and Public Market Administrator. A contingency plan is now being implemented by the task force.
The mayor said only those with National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) seal or those with appropriate Certificate of Meat Inspection issued by the NMIS are allowed to enter the city.
“Ginagawa po natin ito upang matiyak po natin and kaligtasan ng bawat Mabalaqueño sa African Swine Flu,” Garbo stressed.
The ban is temporary and will be lifted upon the advise of the Bureau of Animal Industry.
Two weeks ago, Governor Pineda issued a memorandum to mayors to take preventive actions against ASF as advised by the DA through Administrator Order No. 04-2019 on food safety measures and veterinary quarantine.
Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed that swine inventory in Pampanga totalled 51,415 metric tons live weight in 2018, the third highest producer in Central Luzon after Bulacan (259,677 MT) and Tarlac (98,591 MT).