The Baguio City Market Authority (BCMA) and the Baguio Meat Vendors Association (BMVA) teamed up with the Baguio City Hog Dealers and the city government of Baguio to hold the “Baguio Lechon Festival” to show that pork and pork products in the city are safe from African Swine Fever (ASF) and other diseases.
At least 50 lechon baboy were served to the public for free.
“Ang purpose po natin sa event na ito ay para ipakita sa publiko na ang ating lugar ay free from African Swine Fever at anumang sakit ng baboy,” BMVA President Ruperto Alvar said.
This was seconded by BCMA President Nancy Alabanza who said thar with the lechon festival, the meat industry in Baguio City will maintain its salability and that the public will continue to patronize pork meat and other pork products.
With news of ASF affecting hogs in some areas like Bulacan and Rizal, meat vendors in Baguio have noted a decline in sales of pork meat and other pork products.
Alviar explained that the entry of pork and other meat products in the city is being strictly checked and monitored by the National Meat Inspection Service. The hogs are checked prior to butchering and again before and during delivery to its intended market or clients.
Although the Department of Agriculture explained that eating ASF-infected meat will not pose a health risk to humans, it is still prohibited to be sold and be eaten for sanitation purposes and to ensure that other hogs will not be infected as well.
In his recent visit at the Benguet Agri Pinoy Trading Center, Agriculture Secretary William Dar announced that the Cordillera Region is still free from ASF as he assured that the Department is working closely with the veterinarians of local government unit and the hog raisers to ensure that the rest of the provinces will be ASF-free.
On Saturday, October 5, the second lechon festival will be staged at the Baguio Public Market with at least 50 lechon baboy to be given to the public for free.
Meanwhile, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio will hold the “longest longanisa” parade along Session Road on Sunday, October 6 as a highlight of annual Hotel and Tourism Weekend. It is also a away to support the meat industry of the city. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis