Bukidnon mulls relocating Alae quarantine station

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Provincial Veterinary Office have been asked to study the relocation of its animal quarantine station in Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon amid talks it falls within the territorial boundary of Cagayan de Oro, not Bukidnon.

Provincial board majority floor leader Nemesio Beltran filed a resolution recommending to Gov. Alex Calingasan to order the relocation of the present health quarantine.

“It is now time for the provincial government of Bukidnon to commission a task force that would study and recommend in what site within the territorial boundary of Bukidnon  the present Alae Health Quarantine be relocated,” the board member said in his resolution unanimously approved by his colleagues.

He added that the relocation of the quarantine would pave the way to a modern quarantine complex. The province’s animal health quarantine in Lorega, Kitaotao, Bukidnon for vehicles coming from Davao City have been renovated. He added that the relocation would also cause improvement of the highway portion that would be vacated by the Alae station.

Dr. Nancy Diez, provincial veterinarian, in her appearance at the provincial board on April 27, told the provincial board that personnel at the quarantines are tasked to monitor incoming and outgoing livestock and poultry movement and to inspect vehicles carrying meat and meat products. She said the quarantines should also check the veterinary health certificate of the animals passing through the station.

The quarantine staff should stop vehicles and request passengers of all public utility vehicles to step down and step on foot baths to protect Bukidnon from foot and mouth diseases.

But a major concern in the Alae station, based on previous appearances of PVO officials at the provincial board is that many drivers evade the health check, some of them citing the station sets on a site where Bukidnon has no jurisdiction. (Walter I. Balane)

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