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National task force created to combat ASF
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order creating a national task force to prevent the entry, contain, and control animal-borne diseases such as African swine fever (ASF) following the sharp rise in the number of cases nationwide.
President Duterte signed Executive Order No. 105 on February 21 creating a national task force to oversee and implement effective and coordinated policies and strategies to manage, contain and control the spread of animal diseases.
The task force will formulate appropriate policies to address issues relating to animal-borne diseases, including ASF; and develop a national risk reduction program and a comprehensive framework to manage, contain, control and eradicate animal-borne diseases, including but not limited to, movement control/quarantine, biosecurity, surveillance, and proper waste disposal
It will also supervise and monitor interventions to improve customs and quarantine measures, to ensure the integrity of all international ports of entry and inspection of markets for imported goods.
It is also tasked to develop and implement a national public awareness campaign on animal-borne diseases; develop programs to aid those affected by animal-borne diseases, such as the grant of financial assistance, livelihood alternatives, and necessary skills training; enhance contingency and action plans for emergency disease control; and prepare and submit timely reports on the status or animal-borne diseases, including ASF.