Gov. Edgar Chatto has alerted against the possible entry to Bohol of the bird flu and to prevent economic losses to the poultry industry while public health is safeguarded from any hazard.
The governor formed a task force to prevent the entry of bird flu and directed the strict implementation of the ban on poultry products from Luzon.
The ban now imposed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) is temporary and the same is executed in Bohol.
The governor directed provincial veterinarian Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz to coordinate with all concerned agencies in strictly implementing the DA ban.
The ban is on the movement of domesticated and wild birds, including poultry products, to the Visayas and Mindanao from Luzon, where the bird flu has plagued large-scale commercial poultry farms.
Quarantine inspectors have been urged to be vigilant and effect necessary precautionary measures.
Further, Chatto directed Provincial Legal Officer John Mitchel Boiser, also the acting provincial administrator, to coordinate in securing compliance from all agencies involved.
Created by an executive order issued by the governor on Thursday, the bird flu task force would have to meet quickly so that its law enforcement members, like the police, can help in apprehending when necessary.
Chatto would want information materials on bird flu to be ready not just to guide the task force members but the Boholano public in general. (Eljay Pacot, EDCom)