Legazpi City—To stop the spread of African swine fever in Camarines Sur, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has placed villages in nine towns, including Naga City, under tight surveillance.
In an interview on Saturday, Emily Bordado, Department of Agriculture regional spokesperson, said those on the ASF watchlist, which includes over 50 villages in the towns of Calabanga, Magarao, Canaman, Libmanan, and Naga City, are under the 7-kilometer surveillance zones.
Surveillance zones, she said, are areas where live pigs would undergo laboratory tests and, once tested positive for ASF, would be culled.
With 48 villages covering the towns of Camaligan, Gainza, Pili, and Minalabac included in the 10-kilometer Control Zone, live pigs in these areas could be sold and transported, provided these animals have the required health and shipment permits issued by an authorized veterinary officer.
Bordado said various checkpoints in Camarines Sur as of Friday have confiscated 16.9 metric tons of meat and meat products from ASF-hit areas.
So far, 1,362 pigs in six barangays of Bombon (four) and Calabanga (two) were culled as of Friday.