MANILA, Philippines – The Ministry of Agriculture (DA) has assured the “calibrated arrival” of pork imports into the country as President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order to reduce tariffs on such a product becomes effective.
Against House lawmakers in a hearing Monday, Agriculture Minister William Dar said Executive Order no. 128 “now in operation.”
“The EO 128 is now in operation and we are implementing it. “Whatever is needed in terms of import declarations requested by importers, the Bureau of Animal Industry is now issuing the import declarations,” Dar said.
“We would like to ensure that calibrated arrival of said imports is well managed and hope that yes our ultimate goal is really that the imports will lower the prices of pork in the market,” he added.
It was on April 7 that the president signed the executive order, which temporarily lowers tariffs on fresh, chilled or frozen pork “to address the existing shortage of pork supply, stabilize pork prices, and minimize inflation rates. “
In addition to lowering tariffs on pork imports, the President also gave Congress the DA recommendation to increase the minimum entry volume (MAV) for imports of pork by 350,000 metric tons (MT) on top of the current 54,210 MT.
Senators have already formally urged the president, through a resolution, to withdraw the so-called policy on pork imports.
But Dar said such measures are only temporary.
“This import regime is temporary. This will only be effective for one year. It is a direct and temporary response to the damaging impact of the high prices of pork and other products, ‘the DA chief said during the House session.
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