LEGAZPI City---More than 70 livestock inspectors, representatives of private poultry companies and government agencies, media men and veterinarians assured the public that there is no bird flu in the province of Albay as they took part in the ceremonial eating of fried chicken and “balut” during the Avian Influenza Protection Program Stakeholders Forum held recently in this city.
However, this is not a reason to be complacent. According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Bicol representative Ma. Cristina A. De Los Santos, there are risk areas in the Bicol Region that are being closely monitored by their office because these serve as a resting, feeding and breeding areas of migratory birds which are possible carriers of the Avian Influenza Virus.
In Sorsogon, the risk areas include the municipalities of Bulan, Matnog, Prieto Diaz, Malawlalawan Island in Castilla, and Pilar Egret Bowl in Sacnagan, Pilar; in Camarines Sur, the wetlands in Cabusao, Magarao and Calabanga and the lakes of Baao and Buhi; in Albay, the wetlands in Polangui, Oas and Libon; in Masbate are the Wildlife Sanctuary of Chico and Naro in Cawayan and the Bongsanglay Natural Park in Royroy, Batuan; in Catanduanes are the wetlands in San Andres and Panganiban; and all the wetlands in Camarines Norte.