'No shortage of Christmas ham in Cebu despite pork ban'

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Posted at Oct 15 2019 11:41 AM

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Cebu will have enough ham, a Christmas staple, despite banning pork and pigs from Luzon, parts of which were hit by an outbreak of African swine fever that prompted authorities to cull some 7,000 pigs, a provincial board member said Tuesday.

"We have local manufacturers din dito (here, too)... Sabi nila (they said) they can fill in the demand," Cebu provincial board member Glenn Soco told radio DZMM.

The ban, which will end before December, aims to protect Cebu's P11-billion hog industry, a source of livelihood for 200,000 locals, he said.

"Iyong pork namin (our pork) is so valuable to us... Kaya (this is why) the governor keeps on saying if we err in this decision, we'd rather err in the side of caution," said Soco.

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, he said, was coordinating with Agriculture Secretary William Dar, who earlier urged her and neighboring Bohol province to reconsider their ban on Luzon pork.

"We really hope that the solution in Manila will finally be made na maka-assure kami rito na wala na talaga (so that we can be assured that it's gone), ASF-free," he added.

DZMM, October 15, 2019