San Fernando City to hold public consultation on pork price cap

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA) – Due to the sharp increase of pork prices, the city government of San Fernando will lead a public consultation with key players.


In a press briefing held recently, concerned officials from the city government, Provincial Government of La Union  and the Department of Agriculture jointly confirmed the price hike due to African Swine Fever (ASF).


Dr. Flosie Decena, city veterinarian, said most of the pork being sold at the market are sourced from other provinces namely Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, and Tarlac because no supply of pork is available from hog raisers in the city.


“Karamihan sa mga karneng baboy na ibinebenta ngayon sa city public market ay mula pa sa malalayong lugar at ito ang dahilan sa pagtaas ng presyo dahil sa mataas na transportation cost,” she said.


Dr. Flosie Decena, city veterinarian, confirms the increase of pork prices at the San Fernando City market due to African Swine Fever (ASF). (JPD)


Since last year, the whole province of La Union was put under red code status because of ASF which hugely affected the livelihood of local hog raisers to include 23 from this city.


To address this concern, San Fernando City Mayor Hermenegildo Gualberto will lead a public consultation on February 1 at the Mayor’s Lobby.


Representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, hog producers, distributors, vendors, and consumers will join.


"Kailangan balansehin ang bawat parte ng isyu na ito upang masiguradong mula sa mga kapatid natin na hog raisers, vendors at mga konsumers ay nakikinabang sa bawat panukala na ating gagawin dito sa siyudad,” Gualberto said.


Melinda Adriano, president of Meat Dealers Association in San Fernando City, shares the effects of ASF in their livelihood. (JPD) 

The results of the consultation and the criteria set in the Price Act will be the basis for the issuance of an Executive Order on the price ceiling of meat, if needed.


Meanwhile, the City Veterinarian Office assures the that all meat products entering and being sold in the city underwent strict inspection and are certified ASF-free. (JCR/VHS/JPD, PIA La Union)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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