Garcia extends pork ban from Panay, Guimaras

CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has extended the ban on pork products from Panay and Guimaras Island due to the ongoing threat of African swine fever (ASF) there.

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Mary Rose Vincoy said the pork ban will continue indefinitely to prevent the entry of sick animals to Cebu Province.

The ban is part of the Capitol’s efforts to protect consumers and hog raisers in Cebu from the ASF.

Recently, Garcia also formed the One Cebu Interdiction Inter-Agency Task Force, which will work to prevent the entry of farm animals in all port of entries from places affected by the ASF.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Government assured the public that there will be enough supply of pork in the market to meet the high demand in time for the New Year’s Day celebration.

According to Sugbo News, the news service of the Provincial Government, the supply of pork in the province has increased as some residents have resorted to backyard hog raising through the Enhanced Countryside Development (ECD) project of the Capitol.

Through the ECD, farmers and fisherfolk are provided with capital to restart or improve their businesses.

The funds are offered through a loan program with low interest rates and easy payback terms from the Landbank of the Philippines, Development Bank of the Philippines and the Philippine Veterans Bank.

The project targets to ramp up food production to ensure food security and sufficiency for Cebuanos amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (ANV, TPT)