Hogs culled and immediately buried to prevent the spread of the African Swine Fever. (File photo)

The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Bicol Region culled 1,245 hogs after some pigs in the towns of Calabanga and Bombon in Camarines Sur tested positive for the African swine fever (ASF).

96 hogs were disposed of on Wednesday night by veterinary personnel in the villages of Sta. Salud and San Vicente in Calabanga, according to Emily Bordado, DA-Bicol spokesperson.

The remaining 1,149 hogs were killed in the four villages where the ASF cases started. 

“The culled hogs were immediately buried in the towns’ designated disposal pit — a procedure engaged by veterinary authorities to prevent and contain the spread of the disease,” she said.

About 225 backyard hog raisers were affected by the culling procedure. 203 of them came from Bombon while 22 from Calabanga.

The DA will provide PHP5,000 for every culled pig while the provincial government will give further assistance by giving another PHP3,000 cash to each affected hog raiser. (RJ Espartinez)