BINMALEY, Pangasinan -- The municipal government here on Thursday evening declared a state of calamity due to the increasing number of hogs infected with African swine fever (ASF).
In a special session, the Sangguniang Bayan (Municipal Council) unanimously passed a resolution that intends to use the municipality’s calamity fund to aid hog raisers with an initial P1,000 financial assistance per culled pig, and for the conduct of activities to prevent the further spread of the virus.
The municipal government has “started culling operations within the 1-km. radius in the barangays affected by ASF and these resulted in massive losses for hog raisers,” the resolution read.
Among the affected barangays are Linoc, Canaoalan, Poblacion, and San Isidro Sur.
In an interview, municipal agriculturist Fernando Ferrer said they have already culled 328 pigs only from two barangays.
“Some 307 hogs were culled in Barangay San Isidro Sur while 21 pigs in Barangay Linoc,” Ferrer said.