June 1, 2021

Close to 500,000 surplus hogs delivered to Philippines' National Capital Region



The delivery of surplus hogs to the National Capital Region (NCR) in the Philippines and other areas with unmet demands has reached nearly 500,000 as of May 30, the Philippines News Agency reported.


The country's Department of Agriculture (DA) said 4,383 hogs and 35,154 kilogrammes of carcass were delivered from various regions to NCR on May 30, as cumulative deliveries reached 472,057 hogs since February 8.


The shipment of hogs to Metro Manila is part of the DA's effort to boost the pork supply following the depletion of hog inventories due to the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak.


The largest number of deliveries was transported from Western Visayas with a total of 1,506 hogs, or 34% of May 30's total deliveries. Calabarzon followed with 1,248 hogs delivered from Batangas.


Northern Mindanao with 1,137 hogs from Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon had the third biggest contribution while Mimaropa also transported 492 hogs from Romblon and Oriental Mindoro.


Central Luzon delivered 35,154 kilogrammes of carcass to NCR.


Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Cordillera Administrative Region and Regions I, II, VIII and XIII had no deliveries due to insufficient supplies.


Regions V, VII, IX, XI and XII, on the other hand, had no deliveries on May 30, the DA reported.


On May 29 alone, 6,556 hogs were slaughtered and produced 466,218.21 kilogrammes of carcass, of which 45.23% were distributed within Metro Manila.


DA spokesperson Noel Reyes, in a previous press briefer, said deliveries will come from areas with an oversupply of pork and products.


DA National Livestock Program Director Ruth Miclat-Sonaco also said on May 31 that ASF vaccine trials are so far yielding positive results.


"If the trial continues to go well, we can have a vaccine for hogs by next year," she said.


- Philippine News Agency