Worried that a viral infection would fall on the hog industry in Cebu Province while the Covid-19 crisis is still ongoing, the Provincial Government is set to extend its ban on pork and pork-related products from areas affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF).
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced on Monday, May 4 that another executive order will be issued for the ban's indefinite extension to allow the Province to focus on solving the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis.
“I will be issuing another executive order to have the ban extended indefinitely until we shall have conquered or until mahuman na ni ang atong problema sa Covid-19 and we have to monitor developments of the ASF in Mindanao,” Garcia said.
The Provinciall ASF Task Force convened earlier to day to discuss the Cebu City Government's decision to lift its pork ban and its effect on the Province's hog industry.
“Nag-meeting ta tungod kay worried ta sa lifting of pork ban. Nag-atubang pa ta’g virus sa tawo, mag-atubang pa ta’g virus sa baboy,” Garcia expressed.
With the support from local hog raisers, the governor assured that enough supplies are available locally to meet the demands of the Cebuanos.
“Sobra 101 percent ang stock kay mikanaug ang demand, daghan kaayo ta’g stock sa atong kaugalingon nga mga hog-raiser, nga diin sa panahon sa coronavirus mas angayan nga unahon nato pagtabang ang atong mga pork producer,” she added.
Rolando Tambago, president of the Central Visayas Pork Producers Cooperative (CVIPPCO), also committed to update the volume of deliveries in supermarkets where supplies reportedly run out mostly after 2:00pm.
Garcia thanked the Cebu City Council for passing a resolution requesting Mayor Edgardo Labella to adopt the Province's executive order on the pork ban and Secretary Michael Dino of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas for his firm support on the Province's position on the matter.
Since the first ASF cases in the country were reported, the Capitol has been steadfast in implementing proactive measures to protect Cebu's P11-billion hog industry from the deadly virus. With this, the province remains ASF-free until today. (Eleanor Valeros)