Duterte leads chicken-boodle fight in Pampanga


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday assured the public that poultry products from Pampanga and Nueva Ecija are safe for human consumption as he joined other national and local government officials in a boodle fight of chicken-based menu.

President Duterte also gave the assurance that the national government will continue its surveillance and vigilance to mitigate the impact of bird flu.

The Chief Executive announced in a press conference that he will ask Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) chief Andrea Domingo for available funds to give additional assistance to the affected poultry raisers.

Speaking before some 1,000 attendees from the local government units and poultry raisers, Duterte said Pampanga is not only a factor in food security but part of the food chain.

“The efforts and sweat poured in by the Kapampangans play a crucial role in securing the country’s food chain,” the President added.

He also pointed out the resiliency of the Kapampangans in these trying times, and that he is confident that the LGUs can contain the avian flu outbreak.

The President, together with Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, awarded an indemnity check to San Luis town worth PHP20,723,790.

He also gave checks to two poultry farm owners from Jaen town, Mary Grace Castro and Manuel Ruiz Luiz, whose poultry farms were depopulated because of the avian flu outbreak.

Shortly after the awarding ceremonies, President Duterte, along with Piñol, Governor Lilia Pineda, Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, 3rd district Rep. Aurelio Gonzales and local chief executives ate chicken, balut, and eggs in a boodle fight here to show the public that poultry products in Pampanga are safe.

Meanwhile, Piñol said an opportunity was presented by the crisis brought about by the avian influenza outbreak after a group of German and Colombian engineers committed to provide technology to turn chicken manure to organic fertilizer. He said the group is now establishing a facility for the project.  Marna Dagumboy Del Rosario/PNA-northboundasia.com