The Office of Civil Defense (OCD-XI) activated yesterday the Regional Animal Disease Task Force due to the entry of the African Swine Fever (ASF) in the municipality of Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental as confirmed by the Department of Agriculture (DA-XI).

This is the first case of ASF in the entire Mindanao, according to OCD-XI Memorandum No. 7, Series of 2020 issued by Regional Director Liza R. Mazo last night.

On its Facebook page post yesterday afternoon, Don Marcelino Mayor Michael Maruya ordered a 24/7 temporary lockdown of selling and buying pigs following the mortality of about 1,000 heads of swine in eight barangays, namely Linadasan, North Lamidan, South Lamidan, Calian, Mabuhay, Lawa, Nueva Villa and Baluntaya.

The temporary lockdown was recommended by DA-XI and the Provincial Veterinarian Office as a measure to control the spread of the ASF and to ensure the safety of the consumers on the consumption of pork meat products in Don Marcelino.

The order was issued to the Provincial Police, barangay captains and other concerned offices who were tasked to ensure the establishment of a 24/7 animal quarantine checkpoints to various entry points in the municipality.

The residents were also informed of the situation and were asked to cooperate. (Carina L. Cayon)

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