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Palace: 2,000 hogs from South Cotabato arrive in Manila to handle pork scarcity

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Alexis Romero (Philstar.com) – February 17, 2021 – 5:43pm

MANILA, Philippines — About 2,000 hogs from South Cotabato have been delivered in Manila to handle the shortage of pork provide within the capital area, Malacañang mentioned Wednesday.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque mentioned the hogs can be distributed to totally different markets in Metro Manila to decrease costs and to make them fall throughout the ceiling set by the federal government.

“Two thousand hogs from South Cotabato have arrived and are actually in Vitas, Tondo,” Roque advised state-run tv station PTV-4 Wednesday.  

“They are going to be distributed to totally different markets in Metro Manila. That is according to the measures to unravel the shortage of pork provide in Metro Manila in order that costs of pork will go down and will likely be throughout the value cap set by our authorities,” he added.

Costs of pork merchandise have soared due to lowered provide attributable to the African Swine Fever (ASF). Final month, President Duterte issued Govt Order no. 124 setting a value cap of P270 per kilo for kasim or pork shoulder; P300 per kilo for liempo or pork stomach; and P160 per kilo for dressed hen.

Some pork merchants and distributors have criticized the worth ceiling and have refused to promote their merchandise in protest of the chief order.

To enhance the pork provide in Metro Manila, the federal government introduced plans to purchase pork from the Visayas, Mindanao and elements of Luzon that weren’t hit by the ASF. It has additionally allotted P27 billion in loans to help the hog trade and P600 million to assist hog raisers of their repopulation efforts. A job drive has additionally been created to run after hoarders.

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