A group of hograisers in Davao City is urging Mayor Sara Duterte continue implementing the Executive Order (EO) that temporarily bans the entry of live pigs and pork products in Davao City after reports that Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Ano issued a memorandum encouraging local government units to lift the ban on processed pork products in Visayas and Mindanao.
Alvin Teves, past president of the Hog Farmers Association of Davao Inc (HOGFADI) told media in Habi at Kape that they will write a letter to the mayor urging her to stick to the EO to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the city.
“Secretary Ano already issued his statement this yesterday so we are requesting the city government to hold on to the EO,” Teves said.
“Ano is not imposing but he is suggesting LGUs to lift the ban. Maybe of Trade issues. I guess their more on or wala seguro Nila nakita ang value or Kung unsa ka dako ang effect sa industry if we get hit in Visayas and Mindanao. Their concern is more on the losses of the production sa mga meat processors. Meat processors import they don’t buy local,” added Mae Ann Cortez, secretary of Hogfadi.
Teves said they are planning to deliver the letter to the mayor this week.
A statement read by Teves stated that the members of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) represented by its chairman Rosendo So, wrote a letter to Secretary Ano last Tuesday expressing their concern over the said memorandum as it will run counter to the efforts that they put in place by several local government units like Bohol and Cebu in the Visayas and Davao City in Mindanao to protect the local hog industries from the global outbreak ASF.
In their letter, So pointed out that Felix Tiukinhoy Jr., the President of the Philippine Association of Meat Processors (PAMPI) himself confirmed that no testing has ever been done to determine if their products are ASF free or not and that there is yet any testing done that will ascertain if these processed pork products are free from the ASF virus.
So added that PAMPI, in one of their meetings with Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, has also made it clear that it is not taking accountability for any violations of any of their members.
So is hopeful that Ano wIII reconsider hls decision In issulng the memorandum addlng they are open to dlscuss this further should the Secretary calls for them.
Apart from Davao City, LGUs in Davao Oriental, Bukidnon, and Cagayan de Oro already issued orders banning the entry of live pigs and pork products in their respective areas.
Cortez said the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) through Secretary Emmanuel Pinol will also write to Ano to counter the lifting of the ban.
“HOGFADI is for Davao City only that is why we asked the help of Sec. Pinol to cover the whole Mindanao because like what happened in Luzon wala man na ban na Bulacan lang but the whole island. If naa maigo Isa ka part sa Mindanao, there goes the whole island. It’s not that we focus only in our city but we should protect the whole island of Mindanao, ” Cortez said
Teves also assured the availability of the seasonal Christmas hams in Davao City contrary to reports that it is covered by the ban.
“Naay hamon (ham) this coming Christmas Season. Dili ta maguol sa istorya na mawala ang hamon sa December. Mao na ang gipagawas sa PAMPI sa Luzon na wala daw. Naa man ta local producers and meat processors from Visayas and Mindanao,” Teves said.