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DA DECLARES 6 BATANGAS LGUS ASF-FREE – DAR

Four months after the Department of Agriculture (DA) launched the national hog repopulation and Bantay African Swine Fever sa Barangay (BABay ASF) twin programs in Batangas province, six local government units (LGUs) in Batangas are now first to claim ASF-free status. “You are really a trailblazer in terms of the fight against the ASF virus,” […]

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THAI FIRM TO HELP REVIVE PH SWINE INDUSTRY — DAR

Agriculture Secretary William Dar welcomed the participation of Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation (CPFPC), an agro-industrial and food conglomerate based in Thailand, as it forged ties with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to revive the country’s swine industry. The DBP and CPFPC firmed up their partnership through […]

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ASF ‘STATE OF CALAMITY’ A WIN FOR HOG INDUSTRY

Senator Joel Villanueva lauded Malacanang’s declaration of a state of calamity for the entire nation over the ravaging effects of the African Swine Fever, adding that the Department of Agriculture should now focus on concrete measures to eradicate the disease that has severely crippled the local hog industry. “Now the real work begins. This is […]

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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 […]