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Treñas eyes lifting ban on entry of day-old chicks, egg products

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The city government of Iloilo is set to lift the ban on poultry animals and egg products from bird flu affected areas in mainland Luzon and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) this week to replenish poultry products supply in the metro.

Mayor Jerry Treñas said that he is set to issue an executive order (EO) this week to lift the ban on poultry and egg products.

The lifting will only be limited to day-old chicks and egg products to replenish the supply of poultry and food commodities in the city, according to Treñas. (https://bit.ly/3PBWnhK)

“To help our poultry farmers, we will be allowing the entry of egg commodities and day-old chicks,” he said during the regular press conference Monday.

The mayor noted that poultry farmers and egg-suppliers felt the effects of the almost one-month ban as it resulted in the limited supply of poultry and egg products in the metro.

Treñas explained that he issued EO 41 on April 18, 2022 in compliance with the guidelines of the Department of Agriculture and to protect the poultry industry in the metro from the bird flu.

It was then subsequently amended thru EO 41-A to include in the temporary banning, the entry of egg products as well as expanding the area of coverage of the banning in the entire Luzon from April 20 to May 7, 2022.

The temporary ban shall cover live birds (poultry or non-poultry) particularly all species of all species of live birds except day-old breeder chicks, day-old pullets, and hatching eggs from Luzon.

It also prohibits entry of egg products from Luzon such as table eggs, salted eggs, quail eggs, embryonated eggs (balut) is likewise banned.

On May 10, the ban on the entry of poultry and poultry by-products in the metro was extended and expires today, May 24.

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