MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the use of the remaining of the contingency fund of his office to extend assistance to the hog raisers who were affected by African Swine Fever (ASF).
This is one of the concerns brought up in the 43rd cabinet meeting with the President.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said such a measure is necessary given the current state of the hog industry.
“It is necessary because we need funds to help in the—in the drive. We need to help the hog raisers,” Panelo said.
Reports said that the hog industry had already lost billions of pesos and that around 70,000 pigs have now been put to death due to ASF infection since August.
According to Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar, the said contingency fund amounts to P1-Billion. (from the report of Rosalie Coz) /mbmf
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