THE City of Meycauayan is one of the places in this province that are not affected by the deadly hemorrhagic fever of pigs like the African Swine Fever which threatens food security and the economy.
The city government led by Mayor Linabelle Ruth R. Villarica and her husband Bulacan 4th District Cong. Henry Villarica, Vice Mayor Josefina O. Violago and member of city councils, members of the hog raisers and meat traders led a “boodle fight” on Wednesday (Oct. 9) lunchtime held in Meycauayan Convention Center to show that eating pork in this city is safe as Meycauayan was free from the African swine fever (ASF).
Some 1,000 residents composed of barangay officials, traffic enforcers, 4Ps, students of Grade 5 and 6 of Zamora Elementary School, TODA members, were joined by the city officials took a bite of 10 roasted pigs and other pork dishes given by local hog raisers in this city.
City Veterinary Office (CVO) head Dra. Imelda Arguelles said in light of the reported death cases of swine in the province, still the City of Meycauayan is free from ASF virus.
“People should not be afraid of eating pork meat because the deadly pig disease like the ASF does not have any harmful effects on the human being. Even chicken, dog or cat especially humans will not be affected by this kind of virus,” Arguelles said.
Arguelles also added that her team is constantly coordinating with hog raisers to ensure that the government’s bio-security protocol is followed.
Mayor Villarica on her part explained the boodle fight led by City Veterinary Office and market traders were conducted to show the public that pork coming from our market was safe to eat and also to show solidarity to our market vendors.
She added that she issued an executive order banning swill feeding and developing a task force on African Swine Fever to promote public health and safety in the city.
“The inspection of incoming swine deliveries has been very strict and requirements such as veterinary health certificate, veterinary shipping permit, negative ASF test result, livestock handlers license, and transporter carrier license must always be presented,” Villarica said.
Villarica added her office is also closely coordinating with the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture, in ensuring no meat from other countries, province, town, and a city with ASF cases can enter Meycauayan. (RONDA Balita Online)