Garcia extends entry ban on pork from Panay

CEBU Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has extended the entry ban on pork products from Iloilo and the entire Panay Island until December 31, 2022 due to African Swine Fever (ASF) that still exists in the island.

Garcia reminded the officials in all ports of entries in Cebu to continue monitor pork products coming from the ASF-affected areas.

Aside from Iloilo and Panay Island, Garcia will also continue the entry ban on pork products from places where the ASF has not been contained yet, such as Luzon, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao.

"Right now, of the 81 provinces in the entire country, 62 provinces are now infected with ASF. They have not been able to control the ASF spread in Panay and Iloilo," Garcia said on Wednesday, November 9.

“We will extend it (ban) because we are trying to study ba if they can contain it, but wala,” she added.

Based on the governor’s Executive Order 42, all pork products from Iloilo and Panay will be banned for 60 days or until December 12, 2022 to protect the P11-billion hog industry in Cebu.

Latest reports showed that at least five municipalities in Iloilo have been affected by ASF.

Despite the pork ban, the Cebu Provincial Veterinary Office assured the public that the province has enough supply of hogs for the coming holiday season. (ANV, TPT)