From total ban to regulated flow of live hogs, pork, etc.

Created on Thursday, 07 May 2020 Published Date

The long wait is over! Finally, the much awaited easing up of Southern Leyte seaports, as what many traders and local consumers have been requesting was acted favorably by Governor Damian G. Mercado.

Executive Order No. 26 has been signed and issued earlier today by the good governor following due consultation with the members of the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (PIATF).

This newest EO No. 26, to a vast extent, duly amended the previous order of the good governor
extending for 100 days the total ban of live hogs and pork products from Mindanao and Luzon with known cases of African Swine Faver (ASF).

Many local consumers and swine traders expresed profound thanks to Governor Mercado and the people of Southern Leyte for this admirable act.

One netizen commented saying: "Thank you, at long last we will be able to buy and eat pork again." Another one said: "Sana lumabas na agad ang EO ni Gov."

As if on cue, today, the Province of Southern Leyte thru their local chief executive has unselfishly decided in favor of the many, over the interest of the few.

Effective immediately, the transport of live hogs, pork and pork-related products sourced out from ASF-free areas in Mindanao will be allowed to enter again the port of Liloan. However, biosecurity and other precautionary protocols shall be strictly enforced.

Any cargoes without proper legal documents will not be allowed entry.

Accordingly, this set up or arrangement is much much better than the total ban policy. As such, not a few groups, including the DA management had expressed utmost gratitude since the order is in accordance with Secretary Dar's explicit directives for all regions to ensure unhampered movement of food and other farm commodities - while the whole country is experiencing life's difficulties due to coronavirus.

There are also other netizens who were dismayed over this sudden change of heart by Gov. Mercado. But bottomline is: during a state of public health emergency, the benefit of the greatest number, should always prevail. And to put it bluntly, that's how democracy works. ### (Francis C. Rosaroso, Chief, RAFIS)


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