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The Sangguniang Panlungsod on Friday approved a resolution declaring the barangays of Lamanan and Dominga in Calinan district under state of calamity due to the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

During the special session, the council took notice of reports that around 3,000 hogs in the two villages will possibly be affected by the deadly ASF virus.

Councilor Bai Hundra Cassandra Advincula, the proponent of the resolution, said that the declaration of state of calamity was necessary so that the city government would be able to use its Quick Response Fund to assist the affected hog raisers.

“As per info that we receive, the moment that we approve the resolution today and ordinance to utilize the QRF, the City Veterinarian’s Office (VCO) will immediately give them assistance,” Advincula said.

Affected hog raisers will receive P5,000 or P90 per kilo of their pigs, whichever is higher, while piglets were priced at P1,500 per head.

VCO head Dr. Cerelyn Pinili said that they will start the culling of the hogs and piglets on Saturday after handing over the financial assistance to the affected hog raisers.

“We already identified a burial site for our culled pigs. On Saturday, we will start culling approximately 3,000 pigs. We will do it in a very private manner,” she said.

Pinili said that the culling procedure is necessary to ensure that the disease will not spread to other areas.

Lockdown is already implemented in the two barangays to ensure that the disease will not spread any more. CIO