Negros Oriental serves ‘LECHON’ action plan vs swine fever


It’s good recall to name a strategy to protect local pigs after the iconic pork serving.

The province of Negros Oriental has stepped up its game to stop the entry of the African Swine Fever (ASF) in Central Visayas.

While there are no reported cases yet in the region, the local agriculture officials have crafted their strategy to keep the area clean of the viral disease among pigs.

They call it LECHON: “L” stands for locate affected areas have mandatory testing, “E” for execute the 1-7-10 kilometer protocol, while “C” is for coordinate actions with relevant stakeholders, “H” is for heightened bio-security, “O” means obtain political support, and “N” means notify authorities relevant stakeholders through risk communication and efficient reporting.