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Prez Duterte approves use of additional funds to address ASF issue

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO (PCOO)

President Rodrigo Duterte gave the go signal to use the remaining contingent fund of his office in order to address the issue of African Swine Fever in the Philippines.

Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said that President Duterte approved the request of Department of Agriculture Sec. William Dar during their Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Malacanang.

The Chief Executive approved Agriculture Secretary William Dar’s request to use the remaining contingent fund of the Office of the President for the indemnification of hog raisers, and designate cold storage areas in the Ports of Manila, Subic, Batangas, Cebu and Davao for 100 percent monitoring of meat products entry,” Panelo said in a statement on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Per reports, the fund is worth Php 1 billion.

President Duterte also approved in October the increase in financial assistance received by backyard raisers from Php 3,000 to Php 5,000 for every hog culled because of African Swine Fever.

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