June 8, 2021
Cebu, Philippines asked to increase pork production to support national supply
The Philippines' Department of Agriculture has asked the provincial government of Cebu to increase the production of pork and the supply of pigs to address the country's supply deficit.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said that when Cebu increases its production level, the excess from the supply can be sold in Manila.
He said that the government has to import pork products to address the country's demand.
In a press conference on June 3, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said she was considering lifting the ban on local live hog export after pointing out that the supply in Cebu has started to stabilise.
She said that the hog prices kept increasing at least two months ago, prompting the province to stop sending live hogs outside Cebu. She also said that Cebu has enough supply to export live hogs again.
In February 2021, Garcia imposed a six-month moratorium on the export of live hogs to other areas in the Philippines.
Executive Order 8, which was issued on January 29, prohibits live hogs from being sold outside of Cebu despite the shortage of pork products due to the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak that has affected parts of Luzon, Mindanao and Eastern Visayas.
Dar commended Cebu and the entire Central Visayas, as the region remains free of any confirmed ASF case.
"We have been very strict with our ports entry. That has helped us actually," said Garcia. "We cannot face two pandemics at the same time. It's difficult enough to be facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us not compound our problems."