Gwen Garcia firm on pork ban from Mindanao


The Cebu provincial government stands by its 90-day pork ban on Mindanao due to African Swine Fever’s (ASF) highly contagious nature

On Wednesday, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia defended the province’s three-month ban on all pork, pork-related products, live hogs, boar semen, and commingled meat, citing how quick ASF spreads.

Apart from ASF reaching the Davao Region, the disease continues to spread in Luzon, even as far as Benguet, said Garcia.

The governor went on to say that the Department of Agriculture (DA) Administrative Circular 12 seemed to only refer to Luzon in terms of the enforcement of zoning and failed to mention the Davao Region that already has had hog deaths due to ASF. (

Administrative Circular 12 defines zoning as the “compartmentalization of the different administrative regions in the country based on their common disease status.”

It classifies regions into red zones or the infected zones, yellow zones or the surveillance zones, pink zones or the buffer zones, the light green zones or the protected zones and the dark green zones or the free zones.

Under the administrative circular, only Regions I (Pangasinan), III (Nueva Ecija), and IV-A (Cavite), and Rizal are enumerated as red zones.

Apart from the exclusion of the Davao Region, Garcia pointed out that the gist of the zoning scheme serves to impose a strict restriction and the regulation of the movement of infected meat.