PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has stood by his decision to impose a temporary reduction on tariff rates on imported pork products, Malacañang said Tuesday.
In an online press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte had decided to back the recommendation of his economic team and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to lower pork tariffs.
The decision was to raise pork imports to about 400,000 metric tons (MT) this year to augment pork supplies in the country, Roque said.
“Ang sabi naman ng Presidente, ito po ay number one, para maibsan nga ‘yung kakulangan ng supply na naging dahilan kung bakit naging napakamahal ng baboy sa palengke,” he said.
Duterte made the latest move despite the senators’ appeal to revoke his Executive Order (EO) 128 which temporarily modifies the rates on import duty on fresh, chilled, or frozen meat of swine.
Roque said lowering pork tariffs would also help tame the country’s inflation since meat is the top contributor to overall inflation.
He noted that the temporary pork tariff reduction could ease the inflation rate by 3.8 percent from 4.2 percent recorded in March this year.
“Importante na maibaba sa lalong mabilis na panahon ang presyo ng baboy kasi ito po ay nagko-contribute sa mataas na inflation rate,” Roque said. Philippine News Agency