Agriculture, Senate leaders vow to join forces against smuggling

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The national government has committed full support to local hog producers working to put an end to meat smuggling in the country.

In his speech during the 23rd National Hog Convention, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said he has directed the department’s regional and national units to intensify efforts to impede meat smuggling.

Also present was Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee on agriculture, who pledged to help fight smuggling not only of meats but of all agricultural products.

“This will give local hog raisers the opportunity to earn better income,” Alcala said before some 1,200 industry players who joined the conference in General Santos City.


The convention aimed to provide stakeholders vital assessments and passed resolutions affecting the viability of hog raising in terms of providing jobs, livelihood, incomes and safe food for Filipinos.

The three-day convention with the theme: “Agrikulturang Pilipino ay Palakasin . . . Paghahayupan ay Kalingain at Pagyamanin para sa Masagana at Ligtas na Pagkain,” was organized by the National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc. (NFHFI) and the Pork Producers’ Federation of the Philippines Inc. (PROPORK) with the South Cotabato Swine Producers Association Inc. as host organization.

The convention also encouraged the hog sector not only to produce ample food for the people, but to produce ample food that is safe for human consumption.

In 2013, Philippine agriculture posted a 1.15 percent growth, with the livestock and poultry sector contributing 1.75 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively. Both sectors chipped in a combined output of 31 percent to the improved performance of the sector.

The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics reported that the country recorded 2.01 million metric tons (MT) total production of hogs where Region 12 contributed more than 118,000 MT.

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  1. apolonio reyes on

    The company I was working for during the martial law year was an importer and never had I known that there was large scale smuggling and TARA at the Bu. of Custom at that time because of a Swiss company SGS. This SGS company examine all export to the Philippines at the port of origin as to the genuine of all papers and also the actual examination of the goods before it is allowed to be loaded on board the boat. The smuggling was then minimal, only a few closed to the power at Malacanang.
    After EDSA, the people from the Bu. of Custom rallied that they do not need SGS on the disguise that they could do the examination themselves and that local importers and the government can save a lot in terms of paying SGS. Now smuggling became more rampant and the BOC is back to their BSDU ( Balik sa Dating Ugali ) puro TARA at halos lahat ng taga customs ay kay lalaki ng bahay at maraming bagong sasakyan sa kanikanilang garahe sa mga medium size subdivisions sa loob at labas ng Metro Manila. Di ba Secxy Purisima?