Five-day national pork holiday in April
Hog raisers are planning a five-day national pork holiday in April to drum up their demand to stop the rampant smuggling of pork and other agricultural commodities which has cost at least P17 billion in revenues in the past five years.
Rosendo So, chairman of the Abono Partylist and the Samahan ng Industriya at Agrikultura, told a forum in Dagupan City that various groups will meet next week to finalize the dates for the pork holiday.
So said a pork holiday will stop the supply of pork to markets at 12 million kilos per day or 60 million kilos for five days.
He appealed to the public for understanding, saying the protest is for the good of the majority.
So said the hog raisers will not mind losing income for five days since they have already been losing for at least five years due to smuggling.
“About 70 percent of our population is affected. The farmers cannot earn and so with the businessmen,” he said.
The hog raisers are asking President Aquino to sign into law the bill pending on his desk which would declare agricultural smuggling as economic sabotage and impose harsher punishment for those engaged in it.
They are also asking for stricter monitoring of pork and offal imports which are levied lesser duties due to misdeclaration.