Livestock sectorThe Philippines is among the largest meat-consuming nations in the world. Backyard and commercial farms rear animals of different types, sustaining the country's growing demand for meat, particularly pork. As of early 2021, the domestic consumption of pork in the Philippines was about 1.4 million metric tons. Along with the rising consumption was the significant increase in the country’s pork imports. In that same period, pork imports amounted to 425 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 pork produced. As early as January 2021, the production volume of swine meat declined compared to the previous year.