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Gov’t aid ready amid regionwide ASF spread

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) revealed that some interventions and support to the affected localities are in place amid the regionwide spread of African Swine Fever (ASF).

As to the status of claims payment for ASF to date, paid claims account to P7 million for the 667 heads given to 348 hog raisers and those approved but still under check preparation is at P4 million for 433 number of heads and 306 hog raiser-beneficiaries.

Recent claims for the new notices of loss are at P14 million for the 982 insured heads covering the 982 affected hog raisers.

PCIC 6 Regional Manager Eva Ulie Laud emphasized that once the ASF is already present in the area, the application for insurance is being suspended.

Overall, total indemnifications for the whole region under the PCIC is P26 million for the 2,082 number of heads covered, set to benefit at least 1,636 hog raisers.

Meanwhile, the DA has recorded active ASF cases among the six provinces of Western Visayas, affecting 62 municipalities where 4,163 heads of swine were depopulated, logged to hit a total of 497 swine raisers in the region.

In a DA press conference dubbed “Sugilanunay sa Agrikultura” held here on June 23, DA OIC Regional Director Jose Albert Barrogo confirmed that the animal disease has already affected the Province of Antique, known to be the last ASF-free province in Western Visayas, after serum samples from Hamtic town submitted by the Antique Provincial Veterinary (ProVet) Office to the DA Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) in Iloilo City on June 20 tested positive for ASF.

Barrogo noted that the DA has already handed in the positive laboratory results to the Antique Provincial Government which is now continuously conducting its surveillance activities and also lend the Province some disinfection vehicles for massive and faster decontamination. 

All these, according to him is also being done across the other affected areas in the region, adding that the DA continues to provide technical assistance in combatting the disease through attending the requested consultations and meetings

for the creation of local policies and advisories against ASF.

DA further revealed that despite the implications of the animal disease, swine production is still at the fourth rank of the livestock and poultry sector performance in the region for the first quarter of 2023, contributing at least 12.07% to the national scale.

For the part of the provincial and municipal LGUs, each has already allocated and distributed funds to assist the ASF-affected farmers, especially the backyard hog raisers for the repopulation and rehabilitation of the hog industry in the region. (AGP/EAD/PIA 6)

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