FEELING THE CRUNCH

Davao meat vendors, processors seek help from DA, financial institutions

Meat vendors and processors in Davao City are now feeling the impact of African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak after experiencing dramatic drop in sales with the low demand for pork and pork by-products.

Vendors and processors with businesses in city’s public markets in Toril, Matina, Bankerohan, and Buhangin are calling out the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA 11) and various financial institutions to help them cope with the crisis.

“As of now hinay kaayo ang among sales and mingaw pud ang market walay tao kay dili sila mupalit ug meat. Musulti ang customers nga ASF man dili mi mupalit. Luoy kaayo mi as of now,” said Eden Guira, fast food chain meat supplier and retailer during the Kapehan sa Dabaw.

Guira said since February this year they are experiencing a drop of up 50 percent in their sales. She also said they have been slashing down their retail prices to attract customers.

“Ang among lugi dako kaayo. Ambot asa ni gakuha ug resources ning uban vendors. As of now we are facing a drop of 50 percent in terms of sales and as of now nagsige nami ug decrease sa among prices. Hangtod asa mi magsige ug decrease sa among presyo? Unta ma-resolve ni agad-agad ang problema,” Guira said. 

Aside from DA 11, she said they are trying to get all the help they can muster. “Mangayo nami ug tabang sa lahat ng government agencies particularly DA and financial institutions para tabangan mi. So far wala pa’y nagduol sa amoa nga financial institutions even a small group of institution na muhatag sa amo ug financial assistance labi sa mga vendors nga wala na’y ipalit sa ilahang mga needs.” Guira said citing P50,000 may help processors in their basic needs but the laborers and the vendors in public markets are the people who are greatly affected by the outbreak.

“For the processors maybe okay na ang P50,000 para makatabang sa ilang needs karon because as of now wala sila’y income, walay halin. Zero. Ang magutom daghan like the laborers. For us meat vendors wala mi halin ug ang luoy sa amoa ang among mga tauhan. Dala jud tanan. I hope our city govenrment can help us,” she said.

Guira added that what makes their situation more difficult are the lockdowns that were implemented as it is stopping them from transport their meat products.

“Mas nag-decrease ang among sales because ang problema dili mi maka-transport sa amo meat,” Guira said.
Meat processor Azon Alcoran said their products are being hold and quarantined.

“Sa amoang mga meat processors, ang amo unta ihangyo naa ga-order sa amoa mga lagyo nga lugar, Okay lang sa ilaha kay kabalo man sila nga walay ASF ang Davao City, ang apan kay gina-hold, i-quarantine tapos sunugon. Maong bagsak gyud mi . Luoy kaayo ang among mga laborers wala nay ipalit ug bugas,” she said.

Teodora Guira, also a processor, said their clients in Malungon, General Santos City, Mati City, Surigao, and Butuan received a memorandum from their respective municipality refraining them from selling chorizo, embutido, tocino, and lumpia shanghai from Davao City.

“Apektado jud kaayo ang among sales,” she said.

The group is also calling out the DA 11 and the City Veterinarian’s Office (CVO) to make a declaration that Davao City is ASF free so that consumers will purchase meat products again.

“Nagkinahanglan ta ug paghiusa na i-declare nato na ASF free ang Davao City proper. Unta ang mga consumers are well-informed na ang tanan palengke nagakuhag baboy sa mga big farms lang since 1990s,” Guira said.
She added that their pigs are from registered farms in Davao City such

Alegre Farm and hog farms in Bunawan.

“Mostly diha lang mi gapalit sa mga big farms ug wala mi gapalit sa mga backyard,” Guira said.

She also said that their meat products are inspected and certified ASF free.
“Confident mi mag-explain sa among customers nga ASF free ang mga matada sa registered slaughterhouse in Davao City. DIli mi gapamatada sa lahi lahi nga slaughterhouses. We assure you that the meat we are selling in the markets are safe and we can prove it,” Alcoran said.