The City Government of Davao, through the initiative of the City Veterinarian’s Office, established animal quarantine checkpoints to filter and monitor the movement of people, livestock and poultry, fish, agriculture and other products into the city. These are located in Lasang, Sirawan, Lacson, Bangayan Wharf, Dav-Sam Wharf and Sta. Ana Wharf.
This initiative started on September 2019 following the outbreak of ASF virus in the northern part of the country. The occurrence or emergence of dangerous communicable animal diseases constantly poses an imminent threat to the growth and development of the city’s livestock and poultry industry. Its main role is to prevent the introduction of exotic and zoonotic diseases and disease agents in the city, as well as facilitate, transborder movement of animals and animal-based food products.
During the first three months of the animal quarantine checkpoint operations in Davao City (October, November and December 2019), the authority had confiscated around 70kls pork ribs and a total of three (3) dead pigs approximately weighing 600kls at Sirawan checkpoint and roughly 300kls of pork siomai from Lacson checkpoint all due to undocumented shipment or unsecured Meat Inspection Certificate and Shipping Permit from the point of origin. It was disposed at Davao Thermo Biotech Corporation owned by Dr. Bo Puentespina located at Binugao, Toril. Aside from the confiscated products, other live animals, products and by-products that passed through the checkpoint without proper documents were advised to return the goods to the point of origin to secure complete travel documents.