Ilocos Norte commits over P5 Million for ASF aid


Oct. 12, 2021 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has alloted Php 5.3 million for recovery assistance to African Swine Fever (ASF)-hit farmers in the province.

After the 4th Quarter Virtual Provincial Resiliency on October 4, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc reported that over Php 5.3 million from the local disaster risk reduction and management fund has been realigned to provide assistance to affected farmers, particularly those who are not covered with insurance packages from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).

An estimated Php 2.5 million will be allocated for the construction of permanent and temporary shelters for animal evacuation, P2.5 million for livelihood assistance through the provision of resilient animals and feeds, and the remaining for the assistance of animal shelters through the provision of feeds, and medicines, among others.

"This is on top of over 900 food packs that were distributed to farmers and another 500 more to be distributed in the newly affected towns," Gov. Marcos Manotoc said.

At present, 13 municipalities and two (2) cities in the province are ASF-affected, namely the towns of Nueva Era, San Nicolas, Burgos, Piddig, Sarrat, Vintar, Banna, Dingras, Marcos, Carasi, and Solsona and the cities of Laoag and Batac.

PGIN's Provincial Veterinary Office has already recorded nearly 900 affected hog-raisers and led the culling of 7000 pigs throughout Ilocos Norte.

Moreover, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Loida Valenzuela  clarified that the beneficiaries will be those who have received any assistance from concerned agencies, saying:

 "We are covering those that are not enrolled with PCIC and those that were not covered from the time when the Department of Agriculture stopped indemnifying them last June 30. So lahat po ng July 1 henceforth. "

PGIN reinforces its ASF safeguard by prohibiting the transport of live hogs, pork meat, and other pork-based processed products without proper documents.