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DECLARE ASF STATE OF CALAMITY NOW! – PANGILINAN

Over a month since the Senate passed a resolution urging the declaration of a state of calamity due to the African swine fever (ASF) which is needed to free up funds to address the disease, government officials say that a resolution has already been cleared for approval of the President. The Senate Committee of the […]

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ZUBIRI: PORK IMPORTATION SHOULD BE LAST RESORT

The Senate recently held a Committee of the Whole hearing to look into the food security situation brought about by the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak, and its impact on the hog raisers, particularly in light of the recently signed Executive Order No. 128, which reduces pork import tariffs from 40 percent to 5 percent. […]

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NO ‘TONG-PATS’ ON PORK IMPORTS – DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) rebuffed any involvement in the alleged “tong-pats” (kickbacks) scheme and other irregularities on pork importation, during a public hearing conducted by the Senate of the Philippines. “On the alleged ‘tong-pats’ of about P5 to P7 per kilo of imported pork, the present DA leadership categorically denies any involvement if such […]

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ABANTE TO DA ON ASF: ‘SUPPORT, NOT IMPORT’

A House leader on Tuesday took the Department of Agriculture (DA) to task for recommending to the Palace that the country increase pork imports following local pork production shortfalls as a result of Asian swine fever (ASF).“When there are issues in local agricultural production, the DA’s default response is importation,” lamented Deputy Speaker and Manila […]

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DECLARE STATE OF CALAMITY DUE TO ASF – PANGILINAN

With the Senate convening as Committee of the Whole to discuss possible corruption in pork importation, Senator Kiko Pangilinan appealed anew for Malacañang to declare a state of calamity due to the African swine fever (ASF). “For the sake of consumers, for the sake of local farmers, for the sake of the local hog industry, […]

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DA-PCIC DOUBLES ASF HOG INDEMNITY – DAR

As the Duterte administration intensifies efforts to encourage hog raisers badly-hit by the African Swine Fever (ASF) to get back to business and subsequently stabilize pork supply and prices, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the Department of Agriculture through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (DA-PCIC) is increasing its indemnity for hogs culled due to ASF. […]

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GIVE ASF-HIT HOG RAISERS INSURANCE – PANGILINAN

With the “COVID of pigs” severely impacting the P200 billion swine industry, hog raisers must be given insurance as they continue to battle the effects of the African swine fever (ASF), Senator Kiko Pangilinan said. “Dagdagan ang insurance lalo na sa mga magbababoy ngayon para sila ay tumaya. Ma-insure ang kanilang per head na mga […]

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CALAMITY-AFFECTED FARMERS, FISHERS RECEIVE P1.9-B INPUTS, ASSISTANCE – DAR

Thousands of farmers and fisherfolk affected by calamities, including those whose hogs were culled or died due to the African Swine Fever (ASF), have received various forms of assistance worth P1.9 billion to rebuild their farms, and acquire new livestock. The Department of Agriculture through its regional field offices (RFOs) has released an initial P1.9 […]

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STOP SELLING, TRANSPORTING ASF-INFECTED HOGS, MEAT – DAR

As more cases of the African swine fever (ASF) were seen in Camarines Sur, Agriculture Secretary William Dar appealed to hog raisers anew to stop selling and transporting pork and pork products infected with the animal-borne disease. In a press briefing in Malacañang, Dar said the 1.85 percent of the 12.8 million hog inventory were […]

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CALL BACK ‘BALIK-SCIENTISTS,’ VETS TO FIGHT ASF IN PH — ZUBIRI

Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri urged Malacañang to recall back to the country Filipino scientists and top-notch veterinarians to fight African swine fever (ASF) that is now affecting the Philippines. “We have to save the livelihood of our hog raisers, both large-scale and backyard; especially the backyard hog raisers. For many years, we have had […]