RTWPB NCR intensifies review of the regional socioeconomic condition

RTWPB NCR intensified its review on the regional socio-economic condition, taking into consideration the impact of the prolonged quarantine and health protocols, state of business activities including closures and retrenchments, regional employment situation, and supply and price of basic commodities, among others.


As part of the said review, the Board was able to tap the Department of Agriculture (DA) on February 11, 2021 to provide updates on the current supply of agricultural products, particularly on the pork supply as well as processed meat products brought by the African Swine Fever (ASF) that led to the abrupt increase of prices in the market.


Dr. Janice S. Garcia, Veterinarian III of the Bureau of Animal Industry of the Department of Agriculture and a member of the National African Swine Fever Task Force, provided updates on the ASF situation in the country. As of January 1, 2021, the total swine inventory has declined from 12.8 million to 9.2 million heads that accounted for 24.1% decrease, while the population in backyard and commercial farms contracted by -13.3% and -41.8% respectively.


Among the DA’s major interventions to address the issue is the formation of “Bantay ASF sa Barangay,” which is primarily rolled-out by DILG and LGUs in the area to ensure the prevention, control of the virus, and recovery of hog raisers. This can be done by the issuance of ordinances and designation of appropriate personnel in the affected areas to execute the program.


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