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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Misamis Oriental provincial government imposed a temporary ban on the entry of hogs and pork products from three areas in the Zamboanga Peninsula region effective Monday.

Dr. Benjamin Resma, chief of the Provincial Veterinary Office (ProVet), said the ban was the result of the new detection of African swine fever (ASF) cases in Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Sibugay.

“According to the Philippine ASF disease status, ASF now affects Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Sibugay. It was already confirmed. Therefore, we will not allow the entry of hogs and pork products from these areas,” Resma said in his weekly ASF report Monday.

The ban also covers the province of Zamboanga del Sur, where Zamboanga City is geographically situated, as part of their precautionary measures against ASF.

Resma declined to speculate on the possible price increase of the popular roasted pig or "lechon baboy" here, as most of the supply is coming from Zamboanga areas.

He earlier confirmed the province was suffering from a limited supply of live hogs.

ProVet has alerted its monitoring team to ensure that no live hogs and pork products from the ASF-affected areas can pass through the province.

Resma said the provincial government has also intensified surveillance and monitoring to prevent the entry of poultry and its by-products from the areas that have been affected by Avian Influenza.

He said no new ASF case had been detected in the province for the past 60 days.

The ASF-affected barangays in Misamis Oriental remained at 104 in two cities and 19 municipalities. (PNA)