Pork holiday? Palace tells consumers to check out other protein sources
MANILA, Philippines — As pork and chicken vendors bewail steep production costs amid the implementation of a price ceiling in Metro Manila, Malacañang on Monday urged consumers to look for other sources of protein, while appealing to vendors to resume selling pork.
“Nabalitaan natin na may dalawang grupo na nagdeklara ng pork holiday. Sa parte po ng nagtitinda, sila daw po ay hindi magtitinda muna dahil napakababa daw nung price ceiling. Sa parte naman ng consumers ay kumain muna tayo ng alternative protein sources,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing.
(We heard that there are two groups who declared a pork holiday. On the part of the vendors, they said they won’t sell for a while due to low prices. On the part of the consumers, they are encouraging the public to eat alternative protein sources.)
“Sinusuportahan po natin yung advocacy na alternative protein sources pero nakikiusap din kami sa ating mga nagtitinda, sana ipagpatuloy ninyo ang pagtinda ng baboy,” he added.
(We support the advocacy to eat alternative protein sources but we appeal to the vendors to continue selling pork.)
Steep production and transport costs have pushed some vendors to hold a “pork holiday” in Metro Manila as the implementation of the price ceiling begins.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 124 set price ceilings of P270 for a kilo of “kasim or pigue,” P300 per kilo for “liempo,” and P160 per kilo for dressed chicken.
“Gaya po ng sinabi natin noong nakaraang linggo, mag-aangkat muna tayo ng mga baboy galing sa Mindanao, Visayas at ibang parte ng Luzon na walang ASF [African swine fever],” Roque said.
(Just like what we said earlier, we will get hogs from Mindanao, Visayas and parts of Luzon that don’t have the ASF.)
A group of swine producers from South Cotabato already committed to ship 10,000 live hogs in Metro Manila weekly, the Department of Agriculture said.
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