State of calamity declared over ASF

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the country under a state of calamity for one year to address the impact from the outbreak of African swine fever, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.

“The country will be under a state of calamity for a year unless lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant, ” Roque told a televised press conference yesterday.

The proclamation signed by Duterte demanded all government agencies and local government units to mobilise the necessary resources to “curtail the further spread of African swine fever, address the supply deficit in pork products, reduce retail prices, and jump-start the rehabilitation of the local hog industry”.

African swine fever continues to ravage the hog industry in the Philippines since its outbreak in 2019.

“New cases are continuously being reported despite interventions, ” the proclamation said.

Since the first case was reported in 2019, African swine fever has spread to 12 of the country’s 17 regions.

According to the government, African swine fever has “significantly reduced” the country’s swine population by around three million hogs, resulting in more than 100 billion pesos (RM8.6bil) in losses to the sector and related industries. — Xinhua

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