CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Nov. 12 (PIA)-The provincial officials here headed by Governor Dakila Carlo E. Cua assured the Quirinians that it is safe to eat pork amid reports of African Swine Fever (ASF) scare in some parts of the country.
To allay fears, a boodle fight was organized by the provincial government through the Provincial Veterinary Office and the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPAg) and it was participated by the governor and his family, provincial officials, employees and visitors.
Provincial Veterinarian Marcelino Delson Jr. said the Cagayan Valley Swine Farmers Association donated five roasted pigs while the OPAg provided red rice and vegetables.
Delson said this is to advocate proper food preparation wherein pork and other meat products must be cooked thoroughly to kill most types of food poisoning bacteria.
Delson also advised hog raisers to feed their pigs properly and they should avoid giving them leftovers and wastes from kitchen scraps and any foods that contain meat and meat products.
"The provincial ASF task Force has been organized to monitor possible entries of pigs and pork products in the province. The task force had also intensified its information and education campaign to keep the people abreast of the latest information about ASF," the provincial veterinarian said.
Earlier, the province, along with Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya have barred the entry of swine and pork products in their respective provinces to prevent the entry of said disease.
Meanwhile, meat vendors in Diffun Public Market said their business is now affected by the ASF though Quirino and the whole Cagayan Valley Region is ASF-free.
"There is a decrease of pork buyers because of the ASF, most of our customers shifted to fish and beef and poultry products," Marites Sobrepena, a meat vendor said.
Also, based on the price monitoring of the Philippine Statistics Authority here, there is a decrease of the prices of pork due to over supply. (ALM/TCB/PIA 2-Quirino)