Only DA Secretary can formally announce bird flu outbreak
As he announced that the latest bird flu outbreak in Nueva Ecija has already been contained and dealt with, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol reminded the public that it is only the Secretary of Department of Agriculture (DA) that is authorized to issue statements regarding such issue.
Piñol said that under the new internationally set protocols, which were approved during a stakeholders consultative forum called by the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF), only the Agriculture Secretary is the authorized official to issue statements on the Bird Flu issue.
This is to prevent confusion and panic, which could adversely affect the industry.
He also announced that the local officials of the Province of Nueva Ecija and workers of the DA and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) already successfully contained the Avian Influenza case that was reported in a egg layer farm in Cabiao town two weeks ago.
“The new AI case which was reported Nov. 12 was immediately acted upon by Cabiao officials led by Mayor Ramil Rivera who directed veterinary officials to submit specimens to the Regional Animal Disease Detection Laboratory,” Piñol said.
“When the tests turned out positive, he ordered the immediate culling of 42,000 heads of egg layers completing the task on Nov. 22,” he added.
Under the new protocol, only fowls in the affected farm will be culled while those in the surrounding areas will be monitored and subjected to random tests.