Gwen lifts border controls, opposes ASF color coding

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Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has removed all restrictions on the movement of hogs throughout the province following the detection of African swine fever (ASF) in six areas in the province this month.

Garcia also nullified the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) color-coding scheme under the National Zoning and Movement Plan for the Prevention and Control of ASF, which marked any local government units (LGUs) affected by ASF in the country.

“I will no longer allow color coding in Cebu. We will lift border controls,” Garcia told mayors; regional directors of the DA 7, Department of Health, National Meat Inspection Service, and Department of the Interior and Local Government; members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan; and private stakeholders at the Cebu Provincial Capitol on Tuesday. (

This was her response to the pronouncement of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) that it would continue to implement the national policies aimed at eradicating ASF, particularly the color-coding scheme that assigns colors for LGUs based on ASF risk categories and prescribes measures for the movement of swine products across the different colored zones.

The BAI made the declaration Monday along with the announcement that aside from Carcar City, it had also found ASF in Cebu City, Liloan, Sibonga, Tuburan and Bogo City in the province of Cebu.