With lechon, town proves it’s ASF-free

Santa Maria, Laguna—The Hog Raisers organization, local officials and residents of this town showed through a lechon boodle fight that their pork is free from diseases and safe to eat.

With lechon, town proves it’s ASF-free
Local officials of Sta. Maria, Laguna prove their meat is disease-free by sampling a lechon. They are (from left) Councilors Eddie Montales, Jose Masacupan, Raul Nitro, and Rocelle Arcillas, Vice Mayor Virginia Tuazon, Sta. Maria Mayor Cindy Carolino, Councilor Lorna Alban, Gayle Marion Rosales (representing the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian), Municipal Assessor Lucita Sevilla, and Rev. Fr. JD Manalo. Roy Tomandao
At a gathering at the town covered court last Friday, Sta. Maria Mayor Cindy Carolino joined townsfolk, the Sangguniang Bayan, the Association of Barangay Chairmen, Department of Agriculture representatives and the Municipal Veterinary Office to feast on the traditional roast pig.

Carolino said it was safe to eat pork in Sta. Maria, where they are also controlling pig importation from neighboring provinces.

The town remains observant of the threat of African swine fever not only in Laguna but elsewhere, he assured.

Travelers have no problem bringing the town’s meat products to their place, Carolino assured, as they are also feasted on longganisa, tocino, and hot dog during the gathering.

The mayor echoed his directive for local hog raisers to have their permits and certifications complete, as he thanked his townmates for their cooperation in preventing the ASF virus from entering their town.

Topics: Hog Raisers , lechon boodle fight , Cindy Carolino , Department of Agriculture
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