04 February 2021 – The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the largest

business organization in the country, expressed its support to the move by the government

to ensure the stable supply of meat and meat products in the market amidst shortage in the

country’s local production.

In a statement, the PCCI said it is confident in the leadership of Secretary William Dar as the 

Department of Agriculture (DA) puts up safeguards against those who manipulate the supply

and price of agricultural products and assured to increase the transport of pork, chicken, and

vegetables from the Visayas and Mindanao to Metro Manila and to Kadiwa outlets and, the

provision of subsidy for the logistical cost of supplying pork and chicken in Metro Manila.

Pork Price List at Cagayan de Oro Cogon Market as of 25 January 2021 (CEED).

“The DA is doing its level best to address the situation. The allocation of funds should be able

to help indemnify hog farmers and to help them as they cope with the shortage brought about

by the African Swine Flu (ASF),” Roberto Amores, PCCI’s Director for Agriculture said.

Meanwhile, PCCI President, Amb. Benedicto V. Yujuico said immediate and doable

interventions have to be made to address the supply of pork and to stabilize prices across the

food value chain.

PCCI proposed the calibrated importation of pork as an immediate remedy “until such time

that the spread of the ASF is curbed and local hog raisers can safely return to their industry.”

“The risk of contamination and spread of the virus is really high because there is no available 

vaccine yet for ASF. A calibrated importation program is an option government can consider

to secure supply and bring down the price of pork,” Yujuico said.

Meat Section at Cagayan de Oro’s Cogon Market (CEED)

Yujuico said that the move to import pork is attuned to the Department of Agriculture’s (DA)

food security program especially at this time when supply is short and prices are soaring.

PCCI emphasized that the DA and the government’s economic team should continue to

strengthen local production through more accessible financing and technology and

infrastructure support, including additional cold storage facilities for the agriculture sector.

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