Legazpi City, May 29 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture in Bicol has paid a total of PHP27.77 Million indemnification to 1,133 hog raisers who owned 5,554 pigs affected by the spread of the African swine fever (ASF) in the province of Camarines Sur since February.
Emily Bordado, DA Bicol spokesperson, said that last week the agriculture department had given PHP960,000 indemnification to 39 backyard swine raisers from seven barangays of Camaligan town in Camarines Sur.
"These were the owners of the 192 hogs depopulated as part of the protocol to stem the spread of the ASF which has already affected ten municipalities in the province. The infected barangays in the municipality identified within the 1-kilometer radius of the ground zero include San Roque, San Juan, San Marcos, Sto. Domingo, Marupit, San Francisco and Tarosanan," she said.
The agriculture department had started paying affected hog raisers last April 8, 2020. The affected swine raisers from the towns of Bombon, Calabanga, Magarao, Minalabac, Canaman, Camaligan and Naga City which have completed the depopulation protocol have already compensated by the DA.
Meanwhile, depopulation is still ongoing in the towns of Cabusao, Gainza and Pamplona in Camarines Sur.
Bordaro said, that the DA-Bicol, the local government and stakeholders will exert all efforts to control the spread of ASF as the region being the gateway to Visayas and Mindanao.
"Even amid the threat and hazard posed by coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, continuous surveillance and strict monitoring of the implementation of the ASF zoning restrictions, border control, and implementation of biosafety measures must be sustained to ultimately achieve an ASF-free status," she said. (PIA5/DDC/DA Bicol)