TACLOBAN CITY – The provincial government of Eastern Samar and the city of Baybay have imposed a no-entry policy of chickens to their respective areas, amid a confirmed report of bird flu in a poultry farm in Kananga, Leyte.

AVIAN FLU CONTROL. The reported outbreak of avian flu in Kananga, Leyte resulted for several local government units to impose restrictions. Among these are the city of Baybay and the provincial government of Borongan.

Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone, in his order, mandated all personnel who are manning border and animal quarantine checkpoints that all live poultry, eggs, and even chicken dung coming from Leyte should not be allowed entry in the province.

Poultry products, the governor added will only be allowed to enter Eastern Samar if documents are presented such as the certificate from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).

The directive of Evardone was in accordance with the recommendation of the Provincial Veterinary Office.

Meantime, Baybay City Mayor Jose Carlos Cari also issued an order prohibiting entry of live chicken, raw poultry meat products, and other poultry derivatives coming from areas where there are confirmed avian flu.

Live chicken, raw chicken meat, and processed poultry meat products coming from places where there are no avian flu cases will be allowed entry, the order of the city mayor said.
The City Agriculture Office was also tasked to conduct monitoring all commercial and backyard poultry farms in the city if there are chickens showing symptoms of the virus.

Earlier, the municipal governments of Matag-ob, Palompon, Merida, and Isabel also imposed a ban on entry of chicken coming from Kananga, in particular.

Likewise, Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia also issued an executive order banning chicken to the province coming from Leyte.

Earlier, the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) has confirmed of an outbreak of avian flu cases in one of the poultry farms in Kananga.

The management of the said poultry farm killed over 60,000 chickens as part of its mitigation solution. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)