Pork Roadmap Workshop to help on the rebound of pork industry

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Pork Roadmap Workshop to help on the rebound of pork industry

February 17, 2022

On behalf of Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar, Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) OIC-Director Dr. Reildrin Morales delivered the opening message at the Inception Workshop on the Development of the Philippine Processed Pork Roadmap cum Policy Roundtable Discussion on February 16, 2022 via Zoom.

Director Morales expressed that Secretary Dar would like to extend his congratulations to the organizers of the workshop, noting that this initiative cannot have a better timing as the processed pork industry plays a significant role in the overall economy- providing jobs for thousands of Filipinos, not including the livelihood provided to thousands of unregistered, small hold meat processors, and taking its own share of significant challenges - primarily on sources of pork amidst the global concern on African Swine Fever (ASF).

“For bringing these important issues on the table, we will be able to look at the industry situation, do analysis on the situation, identify gaps and potential threat and potential opportunities, thereat. And from there, develop a roadmap that will put various items, impacting the industry in order of priority, for interventions and support, primarily from the government and from the sector itself. As it is, the development of roadmap for agriculture commodities in the agriculture sector is one of the strategies pursued by the Department in its effort to bring much needed transformation of the agriculture landscape to provide better income to our farmers and fisher folks.”

He added that the DA is looking at the eventual rebound of the swine sector to the pre-ASF inventory as the Department is on full blast on recovering our swine industry from the effect of ASF and repopulate our previously affected areas.

“In the end, we hope that this inception workshop and policy roundtable discussion would deliver much needed recommendation for policy reconsideration, workable strategies and programs for the sector than can be sustained for the identified timespan of this roadmap.” The BAI Director concluded.

The workshop and discussion aims to develop a national roadmap for the Philippine processed pork industry. The said roadmap shall incorporate the role of smallholder agriculture in upgrading and scaling up the value chain. This was organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) through Philippine Institute For Development Studies (PIDS) Senior Research Fellow and Lead Technical Consultant Dr. Roelhano M. Briones.

Attendees included DA National Livestock Program (NLP) Director Dr. Ruth Miclat-Sonaco, SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Research and Thought Leadership Department (RTLD) Program Head Dr. Pedcris M. Orencio, SEARCA RTLD Program Specialist Ms. Bernice Anne D. De Torres, Roadmap Development Team (RDT) Team Leader and Agribusiness Value Chain Expert Professor Jewel Joanna Cabardo, RDT Industry Expert/Private Sector Representative Ms. Leilani Briosos-McDonough, University of the Philippine-Los Baños (UPLB) Assistant Professor Cenon Eloca, Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration (ASEAN-ATMI) Pangasinan State University (PSU) Coordinator Professor Paul Joseph Ramirez, ASEAN-ATMI Lead Technical Consultant of the National Road Mapping Exercise Dr. Roehlano M. Briones, participants from other government agencies and key players in the processed pork-based products value chain. ###

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