Gov. Arthur Yap has created a provincial committee and a task force to execute the provincial preparedness contingency plan against the entry to Bohol of dreaded pig killer African swine fever (ASF).

Before leaving for an official China trip on Tuesday, Yap issued Executive Order No. 8, Series of 2019, adopting the plan for implementation and institutionalization.

In China, over a million pigs have died since the ASF virus was first reported there in August last year.

The governor’s order also provides for the functions of the committee and task force.

The ASF is a highly-contagious hemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs which cannot be be treated and prevented trhough vaccination.

Once the virus infects, hog mortality can be as high as 100%.

While the ASF won’t infect human being, it is, however, a serious threat to the swine industry, both in large scale or by backyard raising, in the country.

The ASF Provincial Executive Committee (ASFPEC) is conferring this very hour together with the organized swine raisers in Bohol at the Casa Reyfrancis in Tagbilaran City.

The meeting is led by Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz, who is the provincial veterinarian and committee vice chairperson.

The committee is chaired by the governor himself.

The committee is further composed of the heads/representatives of the Provincial Health Office, Office of the Provincial Agriculture, DTI, DILG, mayors’ league, Liga ng mga Barangay, Sangguniang Panlalawigan agriculture and trade and industry committees, Bohol Tourism Office, Bohol Associaiton of Hotel, Resorts and Restaurants, DOH Field Office, DA-AFCPO, Bureau of Animal Industry/Quarantine, PIA, Bureau of Customs, PPA, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Coast Guard, EDCom, Bohol Tri-Media Assciation, and swine raisers’ group.

Early this week, Yap said he was to order the temporary ban on the transportation and entry to Bohol of live pigs, pork and pork-related products, unless with proper documentation from the Bureau of Animal Industry/Qurantine and National Meat Inspection Service.

The ban will initially last a hundred days.

Further, the governor directed the mayors, municipal agriculture officers and barangay livestock aides (BALA) to monitor the condition of the hogs in their respective jurisdictions or loal government units.