In this file:


·         Senate, executive working on ‘pork’ compromise

·         Pork prices rise in Metro Manila ahead of price cap lifting

·         PH economy at stake in pork issue; NOW’s unpaid fees

·         Pork from ASF-hit Luzon intercepted in Caticlan



Senate, executive working on ‘pork’ compromise


By Bernadette E. Tamayo, The Manila Times (Philippines)

April 29, 2021


THE Senate and the executive branch are trying to work out a compromise on lawmakers’ demand that Malacañang withdraw the directive increasing pork importation and lowering the tariff on pork imports.


Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson on Wednesday said “backchanneling” talks were underway. They refused to elaborate.


Some senators earlier appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to withdraw Executive Order 128 that raised pork importation from 54,000 metric tons (MT) to 404,000 MT and lowered tariff on meat imports to address scarce supply because of the African swine fever.


During the resumption on Tuesday of the Senate Committee of the Whole (CoW) hybrid hearing on food security, stakeholders said...





Pork prices rise in Metro Manila ahead of price cap lifting


By: Karl R. Ocampo, Philippine Daily Inquirer

April 06, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — With only a few days left before the price ceiling on pork is lifted, prices in Metro Manila public markets on Monday already climbed to as high as P400 a kilogram, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported.


Prices are expected to rise further in the coming days as hog raisers stage a pork holiday to protest President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to support the hike in the country’s pork imports.


Based on the DA’s daily Palengke Watch program, pork prices in public markets in Metro Manila hovered between P350 to P380 a kilo depending on the cut, against the imposed price cap of P270 and P300 a kilo.


The highest price quotation was recorded in Muñoz at P400 a kilo while the lowest was in Commonwealth at P350 a kilo.


For the past months, the price ceiling, set to be lifted on April 8, has drove meat resellers to switch to selling imported frozen pork that are more affordable, while hog raisers whose pigs were affected by African swine fever (ASF) turned their farms into fish pens or vegetable gardens as alternative livelihoods...


More restless ...


‘They are killing the industry’ ... 


Tariff reduction ...





PH economy at stake in pork issue; NOW’s unpaid fees


Ray S. Eñano, Manila Standard (Philippines)

April 28, 2021


Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III is raising the alarm of rising pork prices in the Philippines which, if left unchecked, could cause inflation to spiral and wipe out past economic gains.


Dominguez sounded like an economics professor during his presentation to the Senate Tuesday on the merits of lower pork import tariff. But his dissertation on surging pork prices and their implications on inflation was not bereft of real figures that recently bedeviled the Philippine economy.


“Inflation is the rise in prices, and if it becomes uncontrollable, it can be like a flood that will eventually erode our fiscal and monetary foundations. It will wash away all that we have put together in the past years,” Dominguez told senators.


The current surge in pork prices due to a supply shortage is threatening to exactly do that, like in the case of rice three years ago. The inflation rate surged to 6.7 percent in September 2018 following the low supply of rice and mistimed imports...





Pork from ASF-hit Luzon intercepted in Caticlan


By Boy Ryan B. Zabal, Panay News Philippines

April 29, 2021


MALAY, Aklan – The quarantine control point at the Caticlan port here intercepted several boxes of processed pork and meat products without complete documents.


Upon inspection on April 23, quarantine officers discovered in a delivery van around P300,000 worth of assorted pork products from Luzon that is currently suffering from African swine fever (ASF) outbreak.


The Chinese brand of chicken and pork products loaded in 28 boxes was set to be delivered to Roxas City in Capiz province.


The confiscated items – almost 730 kilos of recovered pork products – were disposed at the provincial stock farm in Barangay Tina, Makato, Aklan...