A QUARANTINE CHECKPOINT set up by the Davao Occidental province following the African Swine Fever outbreaks in Davao del Sur and Davao City starting late January. — DAVAO OCCIDENTAL PIO

THE DAVAO City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) is proposing the establishment of permanent inspection and disinfection stations in the Davao Region to mitigate and address concerns such as the recent outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) and related threats to livestock, poultry and crops. The group, in its second board of trustees meeting last February 20, passed a resolution to discuss the proposal with the Department of Agriculture (DA). DCCCII Vice President for Industry Cherrylin B. Casuga, in a statement on Wednesday, said such permanent facilities will help ensure biosecurity for both crops and livestock. “This is a good way of containing the possible spread of such virus. The earlier we contain these outbreaks, the better for our agribusiness companies,” she said. DCCCII President John Carlo B. Tria said they will be initiating the discussions and work closely with the DA on implementing the proposal. “We will be sending a copy of this resolution to Secretary William Dar and work with the government to help implement this,” he said.