ASF checkpoints continue amidst Covid-19 lockdown

NAGA CITY---The checkpoints against the African Swine Fever (ASF) in the entire province of Camarines Sur are still operating despite the implementation of border patrol checkpoints vis-à-vis the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), a provincial police official said.

The ASF checkpoints, including disinfection of vehicles entering and exiting towns and cities in the province were put in place after an outbreak of ASF were recorded in the province. The first case of ASF case originated in Bombon town.

Lt. Col. James Ronatay, spokesperson of the Camarines sur Police Provincial Office said that ASF checkpoints are being conducted simultaneous with ECQ boarder patrol checkpoints.

He said the animal checkpoints are intended to prevent wider ASF transmission and are presently manned by personnel of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) as part of its Incident Management Team (IMT).

Ronatay also said that police personnel deployed at the boarder patrol checkpoints are safe from Covid-19 as they are provided with personal protection equipments (PPE) and sanitizers.

He identified the towns of Del Gallego, Sagñay, Bato, and Pasacao as entry points where the checkpoints are deployed.

Our police personnel in those areas use thermal scanners to check the temperatures of motorists or passengers entering the province.

Meanwhile, the Naga City government has already declared on Mar. 17 a border lockdown effective at dawn of Mar. 18.