CEBU CITY, Philippines- A strict monitoring on the prices of pork meats, live hogs, and frozen pork products will be implemented in Cebu. That is according to Regional Director Asteria Caberte of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as the 100 days ban of pork and its related product had started yesterday (Aug.22) in Cebu as a precautionary measure against the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF) that affects hogs in some areas.
There had been reported deaths of several pigs in Rizal province which were suspected to be caused by ASF but the results of confirmatory test could still take time according to Agriculture Sec. William Dar. “We will review the past three months of our average price that will be our guide because the Governor can always request, recommend to the higher-ups of a mandated price control under the status of an emergency.
So let’s avoid that because that would be a bad situation but the Governor can always do that,” Caberte said last Thursday evening after Gov. Gwen Garcia announced the strict monitoring of the entry of pork products, live hogs including boar semen.
The Governor issued an Executive Order (EO) No. 14 dated August 22, “PROHIBITING THE ENTRY INTO THE PROVINCE OF CEBU OF PORK AND PORK RELATED PRODUCTS AND BY-PRODUCTS, WHETHER RAW, PROCESSED OR COOKED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FROZEN BOAR SEMEN, FOR A PERIOD OF ONE-HUNDRED (100) CALENDAR DAYS AND REGULATING THE ENTRY OF LIVE HOGS THRU ALL PORTS IN THE PROVINCE OF CEBU WITHIN THE SAME PERIOD.” Sec. 1 of the EO 14, states,
“Temporary ban on the transportation of pork and pork-related products into Cebu” unless the same have permits and requirements from government agencies, Meat Inspection Certificate (MIC) from the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS) and Veterinary Shipping Permit (VSP) for locally produced pork, Certificate of Meat Inspection (COMI) from the NMIS and VSP for imported pork and License to Operate (LTO) issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for processed pork and pork products.
In the airports and seaports, all cooked pork products and frozen meat that do not have the requirements will also be confiscated, the EO states. In a separate interview, Port of Cebu District Collector of Customs Charlito Martin Mendoza said that aside from strictly implementing EO No. 14, customs authorities in Cebu have long implemented the ban on the entries of pork products coming from 20 countries which has been affected with ASF.
Mendoza said they had been guided by the FDA which has long implemented the ban on 16 countries since September 24, 2018, and 4 additional countries effective July 30, 2019. “We have been very vigilant in ensuring that no pork and pork meat products coming from ASF affected countries will enter the country, ginagawa na namin ito (we have been doing that already),” Mendoza told iNews.Ph in the sidelines of the capitol meeting chaired by Gov. Garcia.
The 20 coutries are; China, Hongkong, Vietnam, Laos, North Korea, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Mongolia, Meldova, Belgium, Zambia, and South Africa. Roland Tambago, the president of the Central Visayas Pork Producers Cooperative (CVIPPCO) said that local production of hogs in Cebu supply 85% of the demand.
Tambago said they can not control the pricing of pork meat products anymore once it is already in the hands of local retailers. “Sa more on retail Governor wala tay control ana gamay kay ang atung baboy gidala sa slaughter house then there are market vendors sa mga wet market so I don’t know kung unsa ang guidelines sa DTI but sa live hog prices diha pwede ta ka kontrol ana.
Diha ra gyud mi kutob” Tambago said, adding, during peak season, retailers would increase prices when the demand is high even if there is no increase in their prices of live hogs. “Sa history Governor, ang retail mag depende gyud sila kay kung kusog karun ang demand like December o kusog kaayo ang demand ila gyud nang increasan bisan ug among presyo the same pa gyud gihapon ang pass-on namo sa ila nga price,” Tambago revealed./AAJ