BFAR Region 2 continues fishery services during ECQ

The Regional Office of the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) Region 02 in Tuguegarao City will continue its operation with 20% skeleton workforce while Tuguegarao City, Cagayan is under a 10-day Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from January 20 to January 29, 2021.

DA-BFAR R02, one of the frontline agencies which contributes to food security, will continue to deliver to the fisherfolk the basic fishery services such as provision of fingerlings and technical assistance, issuance of permits and licenses (i.e Local Transport Permit), inspection and quarantine, and law enforcement. 

For law enforcement services, you can contact Fisheries Protection and Law Enforcement Group (FPLEG) Hotline Numbers 09069521070 (Globe) and 09501673308 (Smart) while you can directly send a message to BFAR2-Regional Fisheries Inspection and Quarantine Service FB page or contact FPLEG Hotlines for inspection and quarantine services.

For other services, you may contact BFAR-R02 at Tel Nos. (078) 304-5331/396-9774, email us at, or message us at our FB page @Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 02 and FB account @bfarcagayanvalley.

Meanwhile, the five (5) Provincial Fishery Offices and eight (8) Farms/Stations of BFAR R02 which are all located outside Tuguegarao City will remain operational with 100% work force. # # # (DA-BFAR II) 

DA-SAAD 12 distributes upgraded goat to Farmer Associations in North Cotabato

NORTH COTABATO— 6 Farmer Associations (FA) from Municipality of Arakan and Antipas received a total of 90 Upgraded Anglo Nubian Goat worth 1.3M under 2019 SAAD fund project of the Department of Agriculture (DA)- Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) on January 18 & 19, 2021 in this province.

3 FAs in Arakan namely: Sitio Pali-ay Pangkabuhayan SPPA with 25 members from Sitio Pali-ay, Badiongon Arakan, Kanit Arakan FA with 25members in Sitio Kanit Brgy. Greenfield Arakan, and Arakan People’s Development Association Incorporated (25members) in Brgy. Doruluman, Arakan, each FA received a total of 45 Upgraded Anglo Nubian Goat on January 18, 2021. Moreover, 37 Doe and 8 heads Buck of Anglo Nubian Goat were given to 3 FAs in Antipas namely; Galilee RIC, Lukiki FA, and Canaan FA on January 19, 2021. # # # (DA-RFO XII, RAFIS)

DA-XI and LGU continue to monitor ASF in Davao Region

Despite the threat of COVID-19, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-XI continues to be on top of the African Swine Fever (ASF) situation in the region, particularly in Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro.

In Davao Oriental, after the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL)-XII confirmed that the submitted samples from Mati City were ASF-positive, DA-XI conducted a meeting with the City Veterinarian’s Office on December 17, 2020, to discuss the measures implemented by the LGUs for disease control and prevention.

The Mati City LGU had a meeting with the ASF Task Force to institute preventive measures such as the establishment of quarantine checkpoints in the affected area, and has also committed to allot P2,000 per pig for the affected hog raisers.

Depopulation activities continued in the affected barangays – Brgy. Don Salvador Lopez with  24 culled pigs, Brgy. Tagbinonga with 50 culled pigs, and Brgy. Buso with 52 culled pigs, totalling to 126 culled pigs and 58 affected hog raisers in Mati City.

In Banay-Banay, a total of 68 pigs were depopulated after RADDL-XII confirmed that one hog raiser had ASF-positive pigs, with 2 already dead and 2 exhibiting symptoms.

In Tarragona, a total of 52 pigs were depopulated after RADDL-XII confirmed that samples from the affected hogs in the area tested as ASF-positive.

In Baganga, the Municipal Administrator presented their ASF TF with a budget allocation of P150,000 for ASF in their municipality after meeting with personnel from DA-XI and PVO Davao Oriental. Depopulation commenced after the meeting.

In Boston, depopulation was conducted after disease investigation and sample collection by PVO Davao Oriental and LGU Boston. The MAO was also briefed regarding ASF protocol and additional preventive measures.

RADDL-XII also confirmed cases of ASF in Davao de Oro, particularly in Brgy. Kingking, Pantukan. Depopulation was conducted and 31 pigs were culled from 8 affected hog raisers.

A piglet from  Brgy. Kingking, Pantukan, was brought to Brgy. Siocon, Compostela, therefore spreading the disease. 223 pigs were culled from 53 affected hog raisers in the area.

In Montevista, disease investigation and sample collection in a commercial hog farm in Brgy. New Visayas was conducted after respiratory signs of disease were observed in the Grower- Finisher area of the farm. Despite medical treatment, the pigs still died, and samples were sent to RADDL-XII which were confirmed to be ASF-positive. Aside from the commercial farm, samples collected from several production houses were also ASF-positive.

A team from DA-XI headed by Regional Executive Director Ricardo M. Oñate, Jr. convened with the Municipal Administrator of Montevista, PVO Davao de Oro, and representatives  from the commercial farm to formally inform them of the laboratory test result and the implementation of ASF protocol for the ASF-affected commercial farm. Support for the displaced employees was also tackled during the meeting.

DA-XI personnel also went to the area to monitor the depopulation of the 1, 989 hogs which was conducted by farm personnel.

After depopulation in the affected areas, cleaning and disinfection activities were conducted, and quarantine checkpoint and disease monitoring activities in other barangays and key areas such as wet markets, slaughterhouse and livestock markets were also continued. # # # (Reicza Olojan / DA-RFO XI, RAFIS)