January 18, 2021
President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order maintaining the 5 percent rates of duty on mechanically deboned meat of chicken and turkey, among others, until the end of 2022.
EO No. 123, which Duterte signed on January 15, said the National Economic and Development Authority Board recommended maintaining the tariff rates under EO No. 82 for mechanically deboned meat of chicken and turkey.
"In view of the continuing crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need to adopt measures aimed towards mitigating the adverse impacts of the current situation on the lives and livelihoods of Filipinos," Duterte said in the EO.
He also underscored the need for the government to provide an enabling environment that ensures the continued supply of essential food products at stable prices, helps business recover and sustain their operations, and preserves and creates employment opportunities, all for the purpose of supporting the economy in bouncing back and resuming its growth momentum.
The EO shall take effect immediately after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation, and shall be applicable until Dec. 31, 2022. Celerina Monte/DMS
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