AFTER the provincial government of Aurora announced the implementation of a pork ban on Bulacan, Pampanga and Tarlac, Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando assured Bulakenyos, especially hog raisers, that cases of African swine fever (ASF) in the province are under control.

Aurora province issued Executive Order 35, implementing a temporary total ban on the entry of live pigs and pork products from provinces with cases of ASF into the province, including Bulacan, Pampanga and Tarlac, from Aug. 30, 2022 to Sept. 30, 2022.

Provincial veterinarian Dr. Voltaire Basinang said a case of ASF in Santa Maria town in Bulacan was detected last August 1 with only 10 heads of hogs being affected and which have since been culled and buried.

Basinang, however, said the pork ban will not affect Bulacan's hog raisers.

Fernando immediately ordered strict monitoring in hog farms and made sure that the Bulacan provincial government will take the necessary steps to support the hog raisers in the province and assure the public that the meat products coming from Bulacan are safe to consume.

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As of this time, no other ASF case was detected in Bulacan and several hog farms have reopened, according to the Provincial Veterinary Office.