BAGUIO CITY (September 2, 2021)—- Swine depopulation in Ilocos Sur particularly in its capital —City of Vigan — intensifies as more and more areas are hit by the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus.
Around 300 heads were deculled including pregnant pigs and piglets within the 500 meter radius in Barangay Pantay Fatima, Vigan City. In —Barangay Ayusan Norte, more than 200 heads were slaughtered within the 500- meter radius and the test results of their blood samples are being awaited.
400 heads were also depopulated in Barangay Pantay Laud. Another 200 heads in the area are to be subjected for deculling.
Meanwhile in Barangay Pantay Daya, an initial 88 heads were already depopulated. Another set of pigs are expected to undergo depopulation as assesment in the areas is ongoing.
Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlo Medina said that affected hog owners will be given P5,000.00 for each head depopulated.
It is being alleged that the ASF virus that hit Vigan City entered thorugh the boundaries with Ilocos Norte prompting an investigation.
Artemio A. Dumlao