African swine fever in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on African swine fever in the Philippines

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African swine fever hits 2 Bataan towns

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Random blood samples from pigs in Dinalupihan and Hermosa towns tested positive for African swine fever

OUTBREAK. African swine fever spreads to more cities in the Philippine capital region. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Belmonte: No sanctions for supermarkets with ASF-tainted meats

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is set to issue an executive order to prevent ASF-tainted meats from entering supermarkets

NO SANCTIONS. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte defended two supermarkets who were found to have ASF-tainted meats, saying they were cooperative with the local government. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Pork from Eastern Visayas not allowed in Cebu

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:52 PM

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia warns those caught violating the anti-African Swine Flu ordinance that she will have them jailed for 6 months

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ASF-infected pigs 'secretly buried' in U.P. Campus, residents say

Nov 27, 2019 - 10:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Quezon City African Swine Fever Validating Team denies the burial was done secretly, saying consultative meetings were held with barangay officials, hog raisers, and the UP administration

SECRET BURIAL. A Pook Arboretum resident points to the site where ASF-infected pigs were supposedly buried last November 21, without the knowledge of the residents. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

Still with no ASF zoning plan, DA wants pork bans lifted

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:20 PM

'Our eagerness to protect, the intention is good. [But] the process should not actually violate...the privileges of others,' says Agriculture Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan

OUTBREAK. Barangay volunteers hauled part of the hundreds culled hogs infected with African swine fever at a piggery in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City on October 3, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Negros Occidental imposes permanent ban on pork from Luzon

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:03 AM

The ordinance will cover live pigs, boar semen, pork and pork products originating from, manufactured, and processed in Luzon and in African swine fever-affected countries and in other areas

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Malacañang to provide compensation for hog raisers affected by ASF

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also approves of a plan to use cold storage areas in ports around the country to monitor the entry of meat products

Barangay volunteers hauled part of the hundreds culled hogs infected with African swine fever at a piggery in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon city on October 3, 2019. The area is among the five barangays in the Quezon City reportedly hit by the ASF. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

African swine fever spreads to Malabon, Caloocan

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Over 200 pigs are culled in the two new areas with African swine fever, adding to the 70,000 pigs culled in Luzon since September

Zoning plan to combat African swine fever out soon

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:40 AM

The zoning plan will set how pork trade will go in the Philippines, as the country tries to eradicate African swine fever

Filipinos shift to chicken and beef as African swine fever spreads

Nov 05, 2019 - 5:20 PM

African swine fever does not harm humans, yet it appears consumers are avoiding pork. The shift to chicken and beef has pushed up prices.

African swine fever spreads to Novaliches in Quezon City

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'I didn't want it to reach Novaliches. I wanted it to be controlled because that's a very big area,' says Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte

ONE MORE CASE. Barangay Gulod in Novaliches was added to the list of ASF-positive barangays in Quezon City, as confirmed by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Pork from China caused African swine fever outbreak in Philippines

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Agriculture Secretary William Dar says smuggled Chinese pork products that were fed to pigs caused the African swine fever outbreak in the Philippines

DA confirms Mekeni longganisa, hotdog tested positive for African swine fever

Nov 04, 2019 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Agriculture is still checking where Mekeni sourced its pork that tested positive for African swine fever


Meat processors organization urges members to stop buying local pork

Oct 29, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The Philippine Association of Meat Processors also urges authorities to randomly test pork for African swine fever in the Visayas and Mindanao

QC veterinarian refutes DA claim that the city is ASF-free

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:01 PM

While 6 infected barangays are cleared of African swine fever, around 2,000 pigs have not yet been culled in Barangay Payatas

NOT YET CLEARED. Quezon City Veterinarian Dr. Ana Marie Cabel said that hog raisers in Barangay Payatas have not been cooperative in culling procedures. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Mekeni recalls pork products amid African swine fever scare

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:41 AM

'We have decided to initiate a voluntary recall of all of our pork-based products... to ensure that we mitigate the possibility that our products inadvertently become carriers of [African swine fever]," says Mekeni Food Corporation


Mekeni still validating reports of African swine fever-tainted products

Oct 25, 2019 - 12:20 PM

'We fully comply with government regulations to ensure that our processes and products are within the required standards,' says Mekeni chief executive officer Prudencio Garcia


Some tocino, hotdog from Central Luzon tainted with African swine fever

Oct 24, 2019 - 6:06 PM

The Department of Agriculture says the tainted meat products were processed by 'medium-scale enterprises'using 'local pork'

Camiguin provincial gov't orders selective pork ban

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo says the province is monitoring all pork products coming into the island as a precaution against the spread of African Swine Fever

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As QC clears 5 barangays of ASF, another case monitored

Oct 18, 2019 - 2:39 PM

Barangay Commonwealth could be cleared of African swine fever by October 18, QC Mayor Joy Belmonte says

ASF-CLEARED. Barangay Pasong Tamo is one of the five barangays cleared of African swine fever. However, two other barangays have yet to complete culling of pigs within their area. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dasmariñas, Cavite tests positive for African swine fever

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:41 PM

Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla says a small pig population in 2 barangays have shown signs of African swine fever

African swine fever creeps into more Quezon City barangays

Oct 09, 2019 - 6:10 PM

There are now 5 barangays in Quezon City with confirmed cases of African swine fever

Marikina River tests negative for African swine fever virus

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:19 AM

This is based on the water sample analysis of the Laguna Lake Development Authority, says Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro

ANNOUNCEMENT. Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro announces the results of tests on Marikina River samples. Photo courtesy of Marikina LGU

Lawmaker wants higher compensation for ASF-hit hog raisers

Oct 02, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Party-list lawmaker Rico Geron says hog raisers affected by African swine fever should be given at least 70% of each culled pig's total market value, much higher than the P3,500 currently being given

Aklan imposes 90-day ban on live pigs, pork products

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Like in other provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao, Aklan blocks entry of live hogs and pork products from Luzon and other ASF infected countries

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African swine fever detected in third Quezon City barangay

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Those tested positive for ASF in QC are hogs raised in the backyards of barangays Bagong Silangan, Payatas and Tatalon

THIRD STRIKE. Similar to Barangay Payatas, African swine fever in Barangay Tatalon came from backyard hog raisers.. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Dealing with the African swine fever outbreak

Sep 27, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Rappler talks to Kate Blaszak, World Animal Protection global farming advisor, on how the Philippines can learn from other countries in dealing with African swine fever


Davao City bans everything pork-related from Luzon

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Mindanao Development Authority chief wants an island-wide pork blockade

Backyard hog raiser in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

Group hits gov't for 'lack of clear guidelines' on African swine fever

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:00 PM

What should Filipinos do amid the African swine fever outbreak? The group World Animal Protection says the government isn't clear about this.

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

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

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

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.

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