NegOcc towns tightens ASF border security

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The local governments of Kabankalan City and Hinobaan in Negros Occidental have sent out more personnel to man checkpoints at its borders with Negros Oriental, following the detection of African swine fever (ASF) cases.

Kabankalan Mayor Benjie Miranda said that border control checkpoints have been established at the borders of Kabankalan City with Himamaylan City, Ilog, and Cauayan, on top of the existing checkpoint at their border with Mabinay, Negros Oriental.

The camp of Hinobaan Mayor Daph Anthony Reliquias reported that they reinforced their border security personnel in Barangay Sangke that is near their border with Basay, Negros Oriental. (

While Negros Occidental remains ASF free, the province is confronting serious problems with hog cholera, which has symptoms similar to the highly contagious disease, along with pneumonia and other swine diseases.

So far, the Provincial Veterinarian Office has recorded 5,252 hog deaths, with the hog industry suffering a loss of P63.5 million.