THE Mindanao Develop-ment Authority (Minda) has asked for the deployment of police officers to help local governments enforce the ban on the shipment of live hogs, pork and pork-based products as Mindanao strengthens its quarantine measures against the African Swine Fever.
The move to engage the police in enforcing the ban came following reports that the ASF, which was earlier reported in Rizal and Bulacan, had spread to Pangasinan because of meat traders who continued to ply their trade in spite of the outbreak.
In a letter addressed to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, Minda chairman Emmanuel Piñol, requested for the involvement of policeto ensure stricter implementation of the ASF quarantine protocols.
Piñol requested the immediate deployment of the members of the PNP to various quarantine stations established by the local governments amidst reports of hogs, pork and processed pork products are still being transported.
Piñol pointed out that police and Army units were also engaged during the Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija in 2017. The involvement of police officers and soldiers helped government in preventing the spread of AI, which was placed under control in just one month. (Minda)