Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar slammed the recent announcement of Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte over the African Swine Fever (ASF) scare in the area.
Over the weekend, the Quezon City Veterinary Department administered an animal quarantine checkpoint in Barangay Bagong Silangan after recovering at least 11 pig carcasses in a creek around the area.
In an interview with DZRH, Dar said that their agency should have been informed first before the LGU announced the standard protocol on the ASF to the public. The secretary also noted that he only received a “verbal report” on the dead pigs found along the creeks of Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Saturday said that ASF had caused the deaths of nearly a dozen hogs in Barangay Bagong Silangan.
“As standard protocol during an animal disease outbreak, hogs within the infected zones (Oriole Extension and Area 5) or within the 1-km radius are automatically culled to prevent the ASF from infecting other animals in nearby areas,” Belmonte said in a statement.
In response, Belmonte said that the pig carcasses that were recovered tested positive of ASF according to the results handed by the Bureau of Animal Industry, an attached industry of the DA.
Belmonte also said that it is her duty to inform her constituents on the on-going scare brought by ASF.