CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Feb. 24 (PIA)-The Provincial Government here has extended financial assistance to hog raisers whose livestocks were affected by African Swine Fever (ASF).
Gov. Rodolfo Albano III led the distribution of financial aid to the affected hog raisers in Gamu, Roxas, San Manuel and Jones towns on February 22-23 and has set another schedule to distribute the share of other LGUs in the next few days.
The PGI gave affected owners P2,500 per head of culled pig. As of writing, there were already 157 pigs culled in the localities with confirmed ASF cases.
The governor was accompanied by municipal and barangay officials during the distribution of aid in the ASF-affected barangays and assured that the PGI will continue to extend support to the affected hog raisers.
Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Angelo Nau said the PGI is strictly enforcing checkpoints against ASF in all municipalities and cities of the province and is implementing total lockdown to ensure that the ASF disease will not anymore affect and spread in other parts of the province.
Among the ASF-affected areas in the province are two barangays in Quezon, three barangays in Quirino, one barangay in Luna, five barangays in Mallig, one barangay in Jones, one barangay in Aurora, three barangays in Roxas, one barangay in San Manuel, two barangays in Gamu, and one barangay in Cordon.
Naui also said that local government units which have cases of ASF can place the localities under state of calamity so that LGUs can utilize their respective local disaster risk reduction management fund. (MDCT/MGE/PIA 2-Isabela)