How Much Will Pork Cost Now That The 60-Day Price Ceiling Is Over?

These prices are effective starting April 9!

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) implemented suggested retail prices (SRP) for imported pork, effective April 9, 2021. The SRP only affects the price of imported kasim and liempo which are priced at P270/kilogram and P350/kilogram respectively.

This came after the implementation of Executive Order No. 124, which is a 60-day ceiling price on pork and chicken that started February 8, 2021 and ends April 8, 2021. During the 60-day price ceiling in the National Capital Region, kasim was priced at P270/kilo and liempo at P300/kilo.

According to DA Secretary William Dar, in a joint virtual presser between DA and DTI held last April 7, there will be no extension of the ceiling price. He says, "Our decision was based on consultations with various stakeholders. Further, there is no SRP for local pork."

In the same virtual presser Secretary Dar held with Secretary Ramon Lopez of DTI, they both said that they will create a 'Compliance Monitoring Team' which ensures that resellers follow SRP, proper packaging, and labeling of imported pork.

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"In relation to the hygienic handling of imported pork, the DA through the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) will require importers to pack their kasim and liempo into 'saleable' packages of 1 kilo and 500 grams," both Secretary Dar and Secretary Lopez said.

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