Malacañang assured the public that the government will implement measures to keep the price of pork in the market low as its supply falls amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In his Monday press briefing, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Agriculture Secretary William Dar already gave the assurance that there will be enough supply of pork in the market. Roque said one of the options was to import pork to keep the prices low. We are already doing some measures. I’m sure if we need to import pork so we can keep the price low, we will do that),” he said.
President Duterte’s sixth weekly report to Congress revealed that the country may face a deficit in the supply of pork by the last quarter of the year. The report from the Department of Agriculture (DA) was based on a projected total annual demand of 1,203,827 metric tons (MT) of pork and the projected supply of 1,118,101 MT. On the other hand, President Duterte’s report stated that there will be a sufficient supply of rice, corn, and chicken for the whole year based on projected demands and supply outlooks. The DA projects a surplus stock of 3,326,161 MT of rice, 4,073,451 MT of corn, and 590,627 MT of chicken by the end of the year,” the President’s report read. The report further stated that the fish supply would maintain a marginal sufficiency until the end of the year with a surplus ending stock of 16,914 MT.