THE Department of Agriculture-Davao Region (DA-Davao) is intensifying its monitoring against Avian Influenza (AI) H5N1 (fowl flu)

According to local media in South Cotabato on Monday afternoon, September 19, around 100,000 chickens in a poultry farm in Barangay Magon in Tantangan

South Cotabato was subjected to culling after some samples tested positive for bird flu.

DA-Davao Avian Flu focal person Armie Capuyan told SunStar Davao on Monday afternoon, September 19 that their office received reports of reported avian flu in neighboring areas

Although, she assured that the region remains to have zero cases of bird flu since the first reported case in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur in April this year.

"As for now, wala ta'y reported case sa Region 11 (Davao), pero nagapadayon atong pagbantay sa maong kaso... Na-declare naman sab ta na AI free-zone na ta (we don’t have reported case in Region 11

Whenever they receive reports of suspicious cases in poultry farms, their office immediately conducts an investigation and gets samples from poultries.

Under the stated EO, the temporary ban covers all live home and captured wild birds from mainland Luzon, its island provinces