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Fearing big loss, Payatas hog raisers refuse to surrender livestock

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:55 PM

The proposed P3,000 rate does not sit well with hog raisers because full-grown pigs can be sold for P8,000 to P9,000

NO SURRENDER. Barangay Payatas, Quezon City is home to many illegal hog raisers, some of whom refuse to surrender their pigs for the financial assistance to be provided pale in comparison to the income from their livestock. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cebu province tells hotels, restos to dump pork products from Luzon

Sep 20, 2019 - 2:53 PM

To prevent the entry of the African swine fever virus, Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia also orders establishments to report where they sourced their pork products

DISPOSE. Cebu Province asks restaurants to dispose pork products from Luzon amid an outbreak of African swine fever. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Fewer Christmas ham seen as PH combats African swine fever

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Philippine Association of Meat Processors says some of its members have decided to scale down output in view of the uncertain business environment brought about by African swine fever

Swine shipment from Negros Occidental to Cebu gets green light

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Cebu province eases restrictions on backyard-raised hogs coming from the Visayas

DA confirms hogs in 2 Quezon City barangays positive for African swine fever

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:03 PM

The QC government orders the immediate culling of all hogs in backyard piggeries in barangays Bagong Silangan and Payatas

ASF. Backyard hog raiser Julian Gregorio feeds his hogs in their backyard in Greenland in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Iloilo province bans live hogs, pork products from Luzon, areas with ASF

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The province also seals its borders from pork and pork products coming from countries blacklisted by the Department of Agriculture

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Agriculture department allots P78 million to control African swine fever

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:45 PM

A task force chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte will be ensuring that the African swine fever outbreak in parts of Rizal and Bulacan will not spread to other areas

250 live pigs from Negros Occidental barred from entering Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Cebu provincial authorities say they are only allowing the entry of livestock raised in commercial farms in the Visayas and Mindanao. The Negros Occidental shipment were backyard swines.

BANNED. Some of the live pigs from backyard raisers displayed at the Livestock Auction Market in Kabankalan City, Negros. Photo courtesy of Provincial Veterinary Office

Mandaue City orders total ban on pork, live hogs from Luzon

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Cebu City bans pork from Luzon, but live hogs with proper clearance may enter

FEVER. Hogs in Quezon City are tested for African swine fever. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Marikina mayor offers P200,000 reward for 'culprit' in pig carcasses dumping

Sep 18, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro says the city government will file a writ of kalikasan before the Marikina Regional Trial Court following the incident

WATER SAMPLING. Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro (2nd, left) oversees water sampling in an area in Marikina River following the discovery of dumped pig carcasses there. Photo from Marikina LGU

Pampanga bans live pigs from entering its territory

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:14 PM

With the threat of the African swine fever just across its borders, Pampanga becomes the first Luzon province to impose a hog blockade

BOODLE PORK. Residents of Guagua, Pampanga join a boodle fight organized by local officials to show that hogs being raised in the town are not affected by African swine fever. Photo courtesy of Pampanga PIO

South Korea confirms first swine fever outbreak

Sep 17, 2019 - 11:29 AM

(UPDATED) Seoul's agriculture ministry says 3,950 pigs from 3 farms in Paju are to be culled

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 10, 2018 shows pigs resting in a pen at a pig farm in Yiyang county, in China's central Henan province. - China's pork industry has been left reeling from African swine fever, which has devastated its pig herd, sent pork prices soaring and forced the country to increase imports to satisfy demand -- and analysts warn worse is yet to come. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) / TO GO WITH STORY: China-livestock-animals-pork, FOCUS by Sebastien RICCI

Marikina to file charges vs dumping pig carcasses into river

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Throwing hog remains into the Markina River is a violation of clean water and sanitation laws

HOG REMAINS. File photo of one of nearly 60 pig carcasses fished out of the Marikina River. Photos from Marikina LGU

African swine fever outbreak contained, says agriculture chief

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The Department of Agriculture says the African swine fever cases in Rizal and Bulacan may be considered an outbreak, but not an epidemic

QC culls pigs, adds checkpoints to help contain African swine fever

Sep 16, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Slaughterhouses and major public markets are also being monitored to prevent the entry of both African swine fever-infected meat and double dead meat

CONTAINMENT. Around 50 pigs from illegal backyard raisers in Barangay Bagong Silangan have been culled as of 4:00pm on Sunday, September 15. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Misamis Oriental bans pork from Luzon, Visayas

Sep 13, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Misamis Oriental joins 3 other provinces which sealed off its borders to prevent its local hog industry from African swine fever contamination

SAFE TO EAT. The Misamis Oriental provincial government barbecued 200 Kg of pork to show that produce from the province is safe to eat and free from the African Swine Fever. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Pig carcasses retrieved along Marikina River

Sep 13, 2019 - 8:45 AM

'There is no slaughterhouse or piggery in Marikina. The dead pigs could have been from the upstream of Rizal,' says Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro

HOG REMAINS. Pig carcasses are fished out of the Marikina River Thursday, September 12. Photo courtest of Marikina PIO

Negros Occidental orders temporary ban of pork imports from Luzon

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The province says, because it is the country's top producer of backyard swine, it has enough supply of, pork for their consumption

SAFE. Members of the African Swine Fever Task Force in Negros Occidental led by Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena eat lechon on Tuesday, September 10, to assure the public that locally-produced pork is safe to consume. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

5 tons of illegally imported pork products seized in Bacolod port

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Negros Occidental forms Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force to keep the province free from the virus

CONFISCATED. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson checks the illegally imported pork products that were seized on Wednesday, September 11, at the BREDCO port in Bacolod City. Photo courtesy of Provincial Capitol

African swine fever: Cebu bans live hog imports from Luzon

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Pork products processed in Rizal and Bulacan are also banned

SWINE BAN. The Cebu provincial government is planning to ban the entry of all hog and pork products from Luzon. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What is African swine fever?

Sep 09, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Can African swine fever be transmitted to humans? What is the Philippine government doing to contain the disease? Find out here.

African swine fever now in Philippines

Sep 09, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III assure the public that pork is safe to eat, as long as it bears the stamp of the National Meat Inspection Service

Backyard hog raisers Julian Gregorio and wife Regie Gregorio attend to feeding and bathing their hogs adjacent to their house at Greenland in Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City. The family is worried they might not be able to recoup their money spent of for raising 25 heads of pigs to be sold in their market as the new order and ban on backyard piggery from the Quezon City Local Government takes effect. Local barangay officials have been doing rounds around the area to make sure of compliance even as the family insist that their pigs are well fed and maintained and do not have the swine virus affecting commercial pigs. August 28 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Agriculture department evades questions as pigs die in Luzon

Aug 21, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Pigs are dying because of an unidentified disease. Raisers are reportedly making sausages out of the infected hogs. The Department of Agriculture holds a media briefing, but hardly offers answers.

Bohol bans importation of live pigs, pork products

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Bohol sets the ban for 100 days as it aims to prevent African swine fever from reaching the province

A butcher prepare pork meat for customers at the Commonwealth Market on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Some neighboring countries imposes stricter African Swine Fever measure on Philippines after the country thus became the latest country to be listed as a high-risk area for ASF by the Taiwanese authorities,” the report further said. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DA probes suspected African swine fever cases in PH

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar confirms that pigs have been dying in several areas, but declines to give any more details until laboratory tests determine the cause

HOG DEATHS. The Department of Agriculture is monitoring several areas, as the number of hog deaths rise. File photo by Darren Langit

Swine fever sends China's pork prices, imports soaring

Jul 21, 2019 - 4:25 PM

'For now, it's the numbers [of pigs] that are falling. Then it will be production...and consumption will fall,' says an analyst, as China deals with its African swine fever outbreak

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 10, 2018 shows pigs resting in a pen at a pig farm in Yiyang county, in China's central Henan province. - China's pork industry has been left reeling from African swine fever, which has devastated its pig herd, sent pork prices soaring and forced the country to increase imports to satisfy demand -- and analysts warn worse is yet to come. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) / TO GO WITH STORY: China-livestock-animals-pork, FOCUS by Sebastien RICCI

DA orders temporary ban on pork from Germany

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Philippine officials impose the temporary ban on pork and pork products from Germany after a shipment from that country was found mixed with pork from Poland, which has an African swine fever epidemic

Butchers carrying a newly slaughter pigs on their back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Philippines bans Laos pork imports due to African swine fever

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Agriculture's temporary import ban on pork goods from Laos will immediately take effect

FIGHT VS SWINE FEVER. Countries with hog industries are under threat of African swine fever. Image from Shutterstock

PH tightens importation of plant-based feeds from ASF-hit nations

Jun 25, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The Department of Agriculture says there are findings that African swine fever can be transmitted through plant-based feeds

Animal feeds. Photo from Shutterstock

Luncheon meat seized at Clark airport tainted with African swine fever virus

Jun 14, 2019 - 10:39 AM

The Bureau of Animal Industry says its findings serve as 'a warning for the industry and an acknowledgment of the catastrophic threat on our doorstep'

TAINTED MEAT. This branch of luncheon meat tests positive for African swine fever virus, according to the Philippine Bureau of Animal Industry. Photo from the official Facebook page of Manny Piñol

Meat possibly contaminated with African swine fever seized in Subic Bay

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:53 PM

SBMA prevents entry of shipment labelled as 'food items' from Guangzhou, China

Despite culls, import bans, swine fever to hit pork market for years

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Experts warn it could take years to contain the hog-killing virus given the differing biosecurity standards on commercial pig farms and backyard smallholdings across Asia

FIGHTING SWINE FEVER. This photograph taken on May 27, 2019 shows health officials spraying disinfectant on a dead pig at a farm in Hanoi before burying it in an isolated quarantined pit to stop the spread of African Swine Fever. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Hong Kong to cull 4,700 pigs after second swine fever case found

Jun 01, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Hong Kong's Food and Health Department says last month around 6,000 pigs were culled after African swine fever was detected also in a pig imported from the southern Chinese province of Guangdong

A customer waits as butchers prepare pork meat at a market in Hong Kong on May 11, 2019. Hong Kong will cull 6,000 pigs after African swine fever was detected in an animal at a slaughterhouse close to the border with China, the first case of the disease in the densely populated financial hub. VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP

FDA orders recall of pork goods from countries with African swine fever

May 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

As part of measures to ensure the Philippines remains free of African swine fever, pork products from countries hit by the disease will be pulled off the shelves

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Philippines eyes pork exports to China

May 02, 2019 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) Agiculture Secretary Manny Piñol discusses the possibility with Chinese Consul General Li Lin as China continues to deal with its African swine fever crisis

A butcher carrying a newly slaughter pig on his back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hog industry wants pork imports restricted to block African swine fever

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Stakeholders question why there is plenty of buffer stock, saying that the Philippines should only import what it needs

BAR ENTRY. While fearing for the possible entry of pork infected with the African Swine Fever, hog industry stakeholders are also calling for the importation ban to protect local hog raisers. Image from Shutterstock

Disease-free Mindanao hog industry eyes bigger export market

Feb 19, 2019 - 1:14 PM

'Huge hog farms in Mindanao could potentially indulge in exports especially to Singapore and other neighboring countries,' says the Backyard Raisers Association in Davao City

FIGHT VS SWINE FEVER. Countries with hog industries are under threat of African swine fever. Image from Shutterstock

Philippine pork safe, not affected by African swine fever – hog producers

Feb 18, 2019 - 2:05 PM

There's no need to rely on imports amid fears of African swine fever reaching the country, as there is enough pork in the Philippines

A butcher carrying a newly slaughter pig on his back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Customs implements tighter watch over swine products

Feb 02, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The Bureau of Customs and the National Veterinary Quarantine Service reminds all passengers and importers of the ban from bringing in into the country pork products from 13 identified with outbreaks of the African Swine Fever

A butcher carrying a newly slaughter pig on his back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Piñol sacks NAIA quarantine team

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:19 AM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol cites inadequate measures at the NAIA to prevent the entry of swine fever into the country

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol says he is open to a debate over the 4Ps program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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PH bans pork from 8 countries due to swine fever

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Pork and pork-based products from Belgium, China, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine are banned in the Philippines

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China confirms first swine fever cases in Beijing

Nov 23, 2018 - 2:35 PM

African swine fever is not harmful to humans but causes deadly hemorrhagic fever in domesticated pigs and wild boar

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China culls 38,000 pigs as swine fever spreads

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:57 PM

The disease has been discovered in 5 Chinese provinces