Livestock sectorThe Philippines is among the growing meat consuming nations in the world. Backyard and commercial farms rear animals of different types, sustaining the country's growing demand for meat, particularly for swine meat or pork. As of early 2020, the domestic consumption of swine meat in the Philippines was nearly two million metric tons. Along with the rising consumption of pork meat is a significant increase in the country’s imports. In January 2020, the Philippines’ swine meat imports amounted to over 300 thousand metric tons.
In the second half of 2019, the African swine flu fever that has affected many nations did not spare the Philippines. The spread of the highly contagious virus affected farmed pigs, which resulted in a lower volume of swine meat produced. As early as January 2020, the Philippines’ swine meat production volume declined compared to the previous year.