Category Archives: DAVAO OCCIDENTAL

ASF hits Davao Occidental town

The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region (DA-11) has confirmed that pigs from a backyard raiser in Sarangani, Davao Occidental died from African Swine Fever (ASF).

In an interview on Tuesday (Sept. 21), Dyck John Camillo, officer-in-charge of town’s Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAO), said they got the confirmatory result from the DA on Monday, Sept. 20.

He told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the ASF case – the first in their town – was reported by a hog grower to their office on Aug. 30.

“We were informed that various pigs from a backyard raiser in Barangay Tucal have died. Along with the personnel from the Provincial Veterinary’s Office, we immediately went to the affected area and upon validation, we noted more or less 26 hogs affected,” Camillo said.

He said blood samples from Barangay Tucal or “Ground Zero” and its neighboring barangays were sent to DA-11 and results were released on Monday (Sept. 20).

On Sept. 17, a laboratory test performed by the Philippine Genome Center Mindanao of samples from suspected infected live domestic pigs in Barangay Tucal, Balut Island showed the presence of a viral DNA from the ASF virus.

Camillo said the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian has suggested implementing strict biosecurity measures at the borders of every barangay and a lockdown on all barangays with ASF cases.

“No culling or depopulation was implemented yet. Currently, we are accounting for the affected hog raisers since there is an ongoing validation on the ground,” he clarified.

Upon the receipt of the result from DA-11, Mayor Virginia Cawa issued Executive Order (EO) No. 26 or the temporary banning of the entry, exit, transportation, distribution, and sale of wild/domestic live pigs and their products including pork meat in Sarangani town.

“The stringent implementation of proactive measures and restrictions must be put in place to prevent the widespread of this contagious hemorrhage disease of pigs which may cause a threat to the health of the populace,” Cawa said in the EO.

The EO ordered local officials to be vigilant in the conduct of meat inspection in all establishments that sell meat in all respective barangays of concern, assure proper disposal of condemned carcasses and parts, and deputize Meat Inspection Officers at the Purok [sub-villages] level of each barangays who will report any disease outbreaks in their respective areas.

Concerned officials were also instructed to “establish quarantine checkpoints in all entry and exit points of every barangay municipal-wide and conduct sanitary inspections prioritizing identified affected localities, and ensure said areas are properly decontaminated, and submit a regular report as to the status of operations weekly.” (PNA)

PHIVOLCS: No tsunami threat in Mindanao after 7.1-magnitude quake

 January 22, 2021

DAVAO CITY – Following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Davao Occidental and other parts of Mindanao on Thursday night, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-Phivolcs) said there is no destructive tsunami threat.At around 8:23… Read More

7.1 magnitude quake jolts DavOcc, parts of Mindanao

 A 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked on Thursday night the province of Davao Occidental, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

In a report, Phivolcs traced the epicenter of the tremblor in the town of Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental around 8: 23 p.m.

It has a depth of 116 kilometers, Phivolcs said.

Phivolcs also recorded the intensities as follows:

Intensity V – City of General Santos
Intensity IV – Davao City
Intensity II – City of Bislig, Surigao del Sur

Phivolcs also reported the instrumental intensities in the following areas:

Intensity V – Kiamba, Sarangani
Intensity IV – City of General Santos; Alabel, Sarangani; Koronadal City, South Cotabato
Intensity III – City of Kidapawan City of Bislig, Surigao del Sur; City of Gingoog, Misamis Oriental
Intensity II – City of Cagayan de Oro; City of Surigao, Surigao del Norte; City of Borongan, Eastern Samar
Intensity I – City of Catbalogan, Samar

Meanwhile, Phivolcs also discounted any threat of a destructive tsunami after the strong earthquake in the area. (PNA)


HELP FROM DAVAO. Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte sends aid to Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental on Monday (Jan. 4, 2021) after a diarrhea outbreak hit Barangay Butuan in the said town. A senior citizen died while 33 others were hospitalized due to diarrhea on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Jason John Joyce)

Help pours in

 January 5, 2021

DAVAO CITY – An outpouring of help from various groups and organizations continues for Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental after a diarrhea outbreak hit Barangay Butuan on Sunday.Mayor Jason John Joyce on Monday said a senior citizen died while 33 others were hospitalized due to the outbreak.He… Read More

MAGNITUDE 8.3 DAVAO KILLER QUAKE OF 1924 RECALLED as magnitude 6.9 quake jolts Davao del Sur


A magnitude 6.9 quake jolted Davao del Sur on Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

The tectonic quake struck 9 kilometers northwest of Matanao at 2:11 p.m.



The latest tremor to hit the Davao Region had a depth of 3 kilometers. A devastating eathquake also rattled Davao del Sur and neighboring South Cotabato on October 16, 23 and 29 this year. In 1924, the Davao Region was hit by a Magnitude 8. 3 killer quake, the strongest to hit the region. Authorities said giant quakes could recur in about 100 years.
In the Sunday quake, Intensity 7 was felt in Matanao and Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, and Intensity 6 in Kidapawan City; General Santos City; Bansalan, Davao del Sur; Alabel and Malapatan, Sarangani; and Koronadal City.
Other recorded intensities:
Intensity 5 — Tulunan and Matalam, Cotabato; Cotabato City; Davao City; Glan, Sarangani
Intensity 3 — Kalilangan, Talakag and Dangcagan, Bukidnon
Intensity 2 — Impasugong, Bukidnon; Cagayan de Oro City; Dipolog City
Intensity 1– Zamboanga del Sur
Phivolcs said aftershocks and damages are expected. (PNA)