BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Although we are not yet totally off the hook from the bird flu virus, the Regional Development Council (RDC) has passed a resolution commending national and local government agencies for their exemplary efforts and decisive actions in addressing the recent avian influenza outbreak that affected part of Central Luzon.
But for Senator Cynthia Villar, Senate committee on Agriculture in her recent press statement and Dr. Albert Venturina, Head of Veterinary Office in Bataan, said the bird flu outbreak is still a threat to the poultry industry if not properly addressed.
Dr Venturina said that although Bataan is negative of the deadly bird flu virus “we will continue to monitor the poultry and game fowl facilities” as he urged the owners to institute various measures to prevent the entry of the bird flu such as the strict implementation of biosecurity measures.
Venturina cited Dr. Renato Legaspi, President of the Integrated Meat and Poultry Processing Plant, one of the biggest chicken dressing plants in Bataan, for implementing measures to prevent the entry of the virus. “We should be vigilant to totally prevent it,” said Venturina.
Among those who were lauded are the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH), Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Department Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Philippine Information Agency.
“The DA, in coordination with DOH and concerned LGUs, has conducted investigations and containment activities during the outbreak which include flu vaccinations and protective equipment for poultry handlers and responders,” RDC Vice Chair and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Severino Santos said.
Other remarkable undertakings and interventions include the declaration of quarantine area and establishment of 12 quarantine checkpoints within one-kilometer radius; monitoring of the poultry movement and its products and by-products within seven-kilometer radius; enforcement of proper disposal of feeds, poultry products, and by-products; disinfection of all farm equipment, vehicles and facilities; and compensation for the affected poultry raisers within the quarantine area.
The RDC 3 is the highest policy-making body in Central Luzon and serves as the counterpart of the NEDA Board at the subnational level.
Council members include all governors, city mayors, municipal mayors of capital towns, presidents of mayors’ league, regional directors of national government agencies and representatives from the private sector.