According to a report by the Philippine”Star” on March 29, President Duterte is in favor of increasing the minimum pork import volume (MAV) from 54,000 tons to 350,000 tons to increase pork imports and local market supply, and address food security. Urgent issues. MAV refers to the quantity of certain agricultural products imported at lower tariffs, and is part of the Philippines’ commitment to the World Trade Organization to promote trade between countries.
However, meat importers stated that the proposal to increase the MAV of pork is not sufficient to stabilize market prices. The Senate opposed the reduction of pork tariffs, believing that it would destroy the local pig industry.