Thank you Mindanao! 1,350 more live hogs from down south arrive in Metro Manila

Published February 16, 2021, 2:38 PM

by Betheena Kae Unite

More than 1,300 live hogs from General Santos and South Cotabato arrived in Metro Manila Tuesday, Feb. 16, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

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The 1,350 live hogs, which are meant to boost meat supply in the metropolis, were transported via 13 trucks onboard a vessel from General Santos to Talao-Talao Port, Lucena City.

“Majority of the shipment, totaling 875 hogs, came from Q Pigs and Wilco Farms in GenSan and South Cotabato,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said. 

Dar said the hogs shipment from Mindanao is expected to increase the supply of pork and reduce prices in Metro Manila, which has an average daily requirement of 4,000 hogs.

As of Tuesday, more than 38,000 live hogs and 150,167 kilos of carcass have been shipped to Metro Manila from African swine fever-free areas nationwide, with Region 4A (Calabarzon) accounting for 50 percent.

Last week, more than 26 metric tons of live hogs were also shipped from General Santos courtesy of the Koronadal Valley Livestock Growers Cooperative.

According to Dar, the live hog shipments continue to pass through a “special hog lane,” thus allowing the unhampered transport and delivery of the animals to government-certified slaughterhouses. The resulting pork will be sold in Metro Manila public markets, following the price ceiling of P270 to P300 per kilo under Executive Order 124.