August 16, 2017, Filed under Press Release

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LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—Poultry farm owners from  Pangasinan, La Union,  and Tarlac (P-L-T) vowed to unite in helping the government prevent or control the spread of Avian Influenza or Bird Flu Virus in Region 1.

In an emergency meeting initiated by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 1 Field Office represented by Dr. Annie Bares, regulatory division chief, in cooperation with the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPVet) on August 15, over 50 participants who are all key players of the poultry industry and district veterinarians as well, expressed full support to the strategic directions set by the national government in addressing the problem.

It can be recalled that an outbreak of bird flu in San Luis, Pampanga was confirmed last August 11 by no-less than agriculture secretary Emmanuel Pinol during the Luzon Mango Growers Convention held at the Sison Auditorium here.

The announcement alarmed poultry farm owners specifically those at the nearby provinces.

For its part, OPVet in Pangasinan alerted all its district veterinarians to be cautious and vigilant in safeguarding possible entry of affected fowls not only in the province but to the rest of the provinces in the region.

Dr. Perez noted that all eight animal quarantine checkpoints located in different areas in Pangasinan have implemented 24/7 duty so as to prevent the possible entry of contaminated products. Checkpoints are  located in Infanta, Mangatarem, Bayambang, Rosales, Umingan, San Fabian and Sison towns.

As of April 2017, the total population of poultry fowls (broilers, layers, native chickens) in Pangasinan is estimated to have reached over 4.3 million.

In a related development, the OPVet cleared that since Avian flu is only a viral infection and virus are sensitive to heat even before reaching boiling point the virus dies. With such premise, the public assured the public that egg consumption is safe.

Private companies such as BMEG, Bounty Fresh, San Miguel Corporation among others committed to help provide power sprayers and disinfectants at all eight animal checkpoints in Pangasinan.

In addition to the eight checkpoints, two more will be established at specific sites before entering the TPLEX highway . (Ruby R. Bernardino)



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