The public hearing on the proposed ordinance that will permanently prohibit the entry of live pigs and pork products from Luzon and other African swine fever-affected areas to Negros Occidental is set today at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.
Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday he is expecting more than 100 individuals from all sectors―producers, handlers, local government units, buyers, consumers, and food chains - to attend the public discourse.
‘No directive to suspend rice importation’
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Negros Occidental will wait for the formal directive from Malacañang after President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly ordered the suspension of rice importation, its head, Japhet Masculino, said yesterday.
But Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo clarified that Duterte did not order Agriculture Secretary William Dar to implement any suspension of rice importation.
Masculino said there is a provision in the Rice Tariffication Law, that was signed by Duterte in February, to allow unlimited rice importation, and to follow certain procedures in suspending the implementation of the law.