January 11, 2022

Pork supply in Cebu, Philippines, sufficient despite super typhoon


Pork supply in Cebu, the Philippines was sufficient despite the destruction brought by super typhoon Odette and the country's holiday season, Cebu Daily News reported late last month.

This was the assurance made by the Central Visayas Pork Producers Cooperative (CeViPPCo).  CeViPPCo, in a statement sent to members of the media, clarified that Cebu has enough stock of pork amid reports that wet markets are running out of meat.

In addition, CeViPPCo chairperson Rolando Tambago said their group is sending surplus of pork to Luzon to augment the supply in Metro Manila.

"We have more than enough supply of pork in Cebu; in fact, we are sending surplus to Luzon to augment supply gap in Manila," said Tambago.

The group explained that suppliers and distributors are having difficulty in supplying markets with raw pork, pointing to Odette-induced logistical and communication challenges as the primary factors.

"This (low supply of pork in wet markets) is caused by the challenges in uneven distribution due to limitations in logistics and communication as an effect of super typhoon Odette," CeViPPCo said.

Central Visayas' pork industry, particularly hog farms, incurred damages reaching up to ₱257 million (US$5 million) due to Odette.

CeViPPCo is also expecting for the figures to grow as assessment is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, Tambago said the group agreed not to impose price increase amid rising costs of pork production in order to help those severely affected by Odette.

"We will try to hold on to our pre-typhoon farm gate prices as a way of helping our fellow Cebuanos aside from the relief efforts that we have extended to some areas in Cebu," said Tambago.

"We hope that hog traders and retailers will also do the same on maintaining their retail prices during these times of crisis," he added.

Central Visayas is one of the Philippines' largest producers of pork, and exporters of live pigs.