Hog raisers in 38 barangays in Cauayan City, Isabela lost a total of P98,580,000 due to the outbreak of the African swine fever (ASF).
Mayor Bernard Faustino Dy announced the losses in his address over the weekend, which he reported affected 19,716 hogs.
“This was a sad state in the hog industry in the city, causing farmers to suffer a loss of that amount,” Dy said.
The city government had an estimated 3,000 infected domestic pigs culled or buried as a measure to prevent the spread of the disease in the region.
Many workers were displaced or out of work as this was their only livelihood.
To remedy the situation, the national government and the city has extended livelihood aids to some of them, along with the indemnity for their culled pigs.