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Laguna OPV acts on bird flu issue

Office of the Provincial Veterinarian

August 22, 2017


In view of the avian influenza or bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga, head of the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPV) of Laguna Dr. Mary Grace M. Bustamante issued Memorandum Circular (MC.) No.01, series of 2017  stating that the OPV will temporarily stop issuing veterinary health certificates or shipping permits for chickens, day old chicks, eggs, manure, and semen going to Visayas and Mindanao and to the island provinces of Luzon which includes Batanes, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Catanduanes and Masbate.


Likewise, Dr. Bustamante instructed the OPV staff concerned to daily monitor the market prices of poultry meat and eggs in the whole province, most especially in its 11 major markets because the issue on bird flu may set off panic among consumers. So far, there are no changes in the prices of both poultry meat and eggs, but there are isolated cases where volume of sale of chicken meat decreased by 10-40%.


Furthermore, Assistant Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Michael L. Cortez called a meeting on 15 August 2017 for all city veterinarians and livestock inspectors of the province and discussed with them the current situation of bird flu in Pampanga. He likewise gave them a copy of MC. No. 01 issued by Dr. Bustamante and advised the group to be strictly vigilant and monitor any incident of sudden death in all poultry farms, both commercial and backyard. He also stated that there should be no cause for the public to panic since the case is already contained and being well managed in the affected areas.