The Provincial Government aims to maintain Bohol’s classification as an ASF-free zone through intensifying border control, the creation of Barangay Task Forces, and an information campaign against the virus involving Local Government Units.

Since the first announcement of an ASF outbreak in the country in July 2019, Bohol generated policies to prevent the potential spread of the virus, such as the revision of the Provincial Ordinance No. 2021-015, Entitled: Prohibiting the entry of hog livestock, pork, pork products, and frozen semen that came from ASF-affected areas with penalties ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 pesos and imprisonment of not more than six months. PGBh collaborated with High-risk Municipalities in strengthening border control by deploying task forces responsible for confiscating products contaminated by ASF and veterinary quarantine services in nine seaports and one airport.

OPV has closely coordinated with coastal LGUs by mobilizing Barangay Task Forces to monitor incoming and returning fishing boats for possible smuggling of pork products. Through Information campaigns on ASF, OPV advocates for education to municipalities on how people can contribute to the efforts against it through Market surveillance, identifying hogs infected by the virus, and IEC Materials distribution. The Province estimates the Hog Industry to be worth 5 Billion pesos, with an estimated 58,000 hog raisers affected if the African Swine Fever reaches Bohol.

With Central Visayas being part of the two remaining regions classified as ASF-free zones along with ARMM, The Office of the Provincial Veterinarian takes on the task of maintaining Bohol’s status through a stricter campaign against the virus.