January 29, 2023

BANGUED, Abra – The provincial governor has organized a management team to oversee the implementation of African swine fever (ASF) disease control activities in the province.
Gov. Jocelyn Bernos, through Executive Order 05, s. 2021, organized the ASF management team.
The team is co-chaired by the governor and Provincial Administrator Michael Ronald Bersamira, Jr.
The member-agencies are the offices of the Provincial Veterinarian, Department of Agriculture, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office, Abra Police Provincial Office, and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
The team is tasked to oversee the implementation of ASF disease control activities; provide guidelines in the development of policies and guidelines on ASF control; provide, finalize, assess, and revise the plans and protocols for the ASF disease control; and provide updates on ASF control program.
DA Provincial Coordinator Rose Marie Tesoro said over 300 native pigs including domestic pigs in the province were depopulated due to ASF infection.
The affected municipalities are Malibcong, Sallapadan, Boliney, Licuan-Baay, and Tineg. 
Tesoro cited the initiatives done by the provincial government to control the ASF spread particularly the ban on the entry of swine and pork products in the province.
Since May, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist said there are no more ASF cases in the province.
The ASF management team is regularly monitoring the towns affected by the disease as well as other ASF-vulnerable municipalities in the boundary areas to sustain an ASF-free province. – Christian Allister G. Tubadeza