Local News: Hog Raisers to Hold Pork Holiday?
Dads to Take Steps to Stop Imports
Bacolod Councilor El Cid Familiaran recently sponsored the resolution requesting Mayor Evelio Leonardia to urge the offices of Agriculture and veterinary to take mitigating measures to stop the importation of pork, as one of the causes that would prompt the hog raisers nationwide to declare pork holiday next week.
Councilor Familiaran said, there are reports that pig growers nationwide will hold a pork holiday next week to register their dismay over the unabated entry of imported pork.
Proponents of the stoppage for supply of pork claimed that they have been losing millions of pesos, because they cannot compete with the price of imported pork, as big volume of such are smuggled to our country.
The pig growers according to Familiaran also state that, with this mobilization nationwide they want to send a message to the President that they are now dying as they are badly hit by thesmuggled pork. What is more alarming, they said, the most hit are the backyard pig raisers.
The City should also be concerned with this adverse development, as it is a fact that backyard pig raisers here have been immensely contributing direct and indirect income for the City and supply of pork for our food consumption.
Therefore, there is a need for the City to take a proactive action that will lessen the effect to our backyard pig raisers brought about by the entry of imported and smuggled pork, urging City Agriculture and City Veterinary Office Heads, Atty. Goldwyn Nifras and Rex Juplo, respectively, thru the Office of the City Mayor to take mitigating measures on the impact of pork smuggling for the pig raisers in the City, Familiaran’s resolution emphasized.*