Pork supply exceeds demand, Senate panel finds, casting doubt on gov’t import policy

By Alyssa Nicole O. Tan, Reporter THE Senate Agriculture, Food and Agrarian Reform Committee was told that the supply of pork exceeded demand in each of the years since 2019, raising questions about the government’s pork import policy. Senator Cynthia A. Villar, who chairs the committee hearing, on Monday cited data indicating a pork surplus […]

DA, Pork producers commit to protect hog industry

PORK producers are working with the Department of Agriculture (DA) to develop a more cohesive action plan to protect and further develop the local pork industry. The Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines Inc. recently met with agriculture officials to express its support to the government’s agriculture programs and discuss various concerns besetting the industry. […]

Extended low tariffs for pork, rice seen needed, but farm lobby says traders cornering benefits

A PROPOSAL to extend lowered tariffs for pork, rice, corn, and coal will temper the effects of surging inflation, the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) said.   Kristine F. Alcantara, FEF fellow, said during a hearing of the Tariff Commission (TC) on Wednesday that extending the effectivity of Executive Order (EO) No. 171 would help […]

Court sides with senator on forgery in pork barrel case

THE PHILIPPINES’ anti-graft court has affirmed its Aug. 30 order acknowledging the forgery of a senator’s signatures in a corruption case that accused him of pocketing P183.3 million in so-called pork barrel funds. In a four-page resolution dated Oct. 26, the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division dismissed a government motion seeking to block Senator Jose “Jinggoy” E. […]

Lower pork tariffs to be extended

THE MARCOS administration is planning to extend lower tariff rates on key commodities such as pork, corn, rice, and coal to next year, Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said, as the government seeks to curb rising food inflation. “[The] economic managers have repeatedly raised the needed measures to address food inflation. In the last Cabinet […]

Meat imports up by 44.3% in H1

MEAT IMPORTS in the first half rose 44.3% year on year to 581,827.61 metric tons (MT) led by pork, buffalo, beef, and turkeys, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) said. The BAI said pork imports for the period rose 175.8% year on year to 277,850.59 MT. Buffalo imports increased 102.9% year on year to 27,279.1 […]