Articles worth reading
Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro

Marikina begins vaccination at Amang Rodriguez hospital 

account_balanceMarikina access_time4 days ago

Around 1,500 healthcare workers of Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center are set to receive the first COVID-19 vaccines in Marikina City on Tuesday, Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said in a report by GMA News. “Ang rollout sa Marikina City ay gagaw...

100 PGH personnel to receive Sinovac vaccine 

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

About 100 Philippine General Hospital (PGH) personnel are expected to receive the coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac on Monday, hospital director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi said in  a report by GMA News. The PGH executive said 96 i...

QC Councilor Mikey Belmonte / Facebook

Quezon City to tackle food security problems 

account_balanceQuezon City access_time4 days ago

As the country grapples with a new viral disease that has started to beset the hog industry, Quezon City’s District 2 Councilor Fernando Miguel “Mikey” Belmonte, in his privilege speech, urges other members of the City Council to se...

Metro Manila News

Risk management needed to address ASF outbreak 

account_balanceMetro Manila chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

An official of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) said on Tuesday the country needs to improve its risk management standards and sustainability measures so hog raisers can survive and thrive amid the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.

“ASF has already taken a big toll on the country’s pig population. The key to surviving this hog epidemic is a well-studied and properly implemented biosecurity program that will help hog raisers set up practicable measures to prevent or control the spread of infection within a pig farm,” BPI Sustainable Development Finance (SDF) head Jo Ann Eala said in a statement.

Pig Improvement Company (PIC) Philippines general manager Vino Borromeo said analysts projected about 750,000 sows could be affected if ASF continues to spread across the country, causing a supply shortfall and price hike.

The virus will remain in the country and continue to spread until an effective ASF vaccine arrives, and that attaining the supply level in 2019 may take at least 10 years, he added.

“The shortfall will fast track the transformation of the industry to adopt a more modern system of farming, put technology into the process, and innovate solutions to be more efficient and more conscious of the biosecurity that we need to put in place to protect herds,” he said.

The BPI said until proper biosecurity discipline is implemented, “it will be really tough to repopulate and ensure that you don’t get hit again.”

In 2020, the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced the establishment of the first-border inspection (FBI) facilities in the country’s major ports, starting at the Manila International Container Port.

It will further strengthen on-site border control inspections for imported animals, plants, meat, and other farm and fishery products arriving in major international seaports in the country.

DA Secretary William Dar said the FBI will be done on all animals, plants, fisheries, and related agricultural products arriving from other countries.

“The FBI facilities will be one of the major accomplishments of the Duterte administration as biosecurity measures like quarantine checks are needed to protect animal, plant and public health, and animal welfare,” Dar said.

The FBI facilities will also be put up at Manila South Harbor, Subic Freeport Zone, Port of Batangas, Cebu International Port, and Port of Davao.

Meanwhile, Tugon Kabuhayan convenor Asis Perez in a virtual presser said the putting up of a border inspection facility would be of great help in ensuring food safety, especially of imported commodities entering the country.

Perez, former director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), said the proper process is that before products entered the Philippines and charged with duties by the Bureau of Customs, they should be first inspected and examined in laboratories for food safety purposes.

“This will not require additional budget on the part of the government because it should be the manufacturers or exporters who should shoulder the lab fees,” he said.

Perez said the good thing is that BFAR has already taken preliminary steps in drafting the guidelines on the inspection and labeling of imported goods for fish and seafood products.

date_rangeDate Published
1 month ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

BSP reports increasing cybercrime complaints

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

Filipinos are now more aware of the mechanisms against cybercrime as shown by the number of complaints submitted to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), according to a report by Philippine News Agency. In a virtual briefing Thursday, BSP Gove...

PNP ready to secure distribution of Covid-19 vaccines 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said all systems are in place to secure the speedy transport of the first batch of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines from China's Sinovac Biotech that will arrive in the country on Feb. 28, acc...

Quezon City prepares for automated vaccination program 

account_balanceQuezon City chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

Quezon City held a simulation exercise of its automated coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination program on Friday, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.  The dry run was spearheaded by the Quezon City General Hospital, togeth...

Photo courtesy of: QC PIO

QC General Hospital workers to receive Sinovac vaccines

account_balanceQuezon City chrome_reader_mode3 days ago

A total of 300 health workers from the local government-run Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) are set to receive China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine following the hospital’s vaccination program rollout on Wednesday, according to a report b...

Pasay intensifies measures against South African variant 

account_balancePasay chrome_reader_mode2 days ago

The Pasay City government on Wednesday assured more stringent measures are in place to contain the new South African variant (SAV) of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) after receiving reports that three of its residents have contracted the new strain,&n...

Active Covid cases top 37,000

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

The Department of Health (DOH) reported 266 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing total recoveries in the country to 535,037 or 91.5 percent of all infections, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. ...

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature