Biosecurity: What can we do before it’s too late

MS Schippers  Philippines recently held a seminar titled Biosecurity: What can we do before it’s too late.  Invited to the seminar were members of the Philippine Swine Foundation, Inc.  It was held last August 8 at the Joy Nostalg Hotel.

During the seminar the importance of biosecurity was discussed especially amidst the threat of African Swine Fever which is now scourging many parts of Europe and Asia.  Farm owners also shared their own biosecurity measures.

As such the INFARMCO Group is committed to improving biosecurity in the Philippines by offering products such as MS KiemKill which is a powerful quick-acting disinfectant against viruses (including ASF), bacteria, yeasts, and fungi.

37 Ways to Eat Pork Today

37 Ways to Eat Pork Today

From bacon to boudin blanc, we love pork in all its forms

By SAVEUR Editors

We don’t always support taking life advice from Homer Simpson, but he’s right about one thing: pork is awesome, and it’s incredibly versatile. You can make a great sausage with pork(don’t worry, we’ve got a guide for that). And then there are the ribs. We have a whole collection of rib recipes to keep your grill busy all summer—a few of our favorite include char-smoked baby back ribs and Kansas City-style spareribs with a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. And how about sandwiches? Start your day off right with a biscuit sandwich with collard greens, marbleized eggs, espresso aioli, and eight slices of salty pancetta. For lunch, move onto our decadent porchetta sandwich with hazelnut gremolata or banh mi with seasoned pork and Vietnamese-style ham and pork roll.


  1. Braised Pork Shanks (Stinco di Maiale)
  2. Braised and Caramelized Vietnamese Coco Pork Belly (Thit Kho)
  3. Classic Pork and Chive Dumplings
  4. Braised Collard Greens with Pickled Trotters
  5. Spicy Creole Pickled Pig’s Trotters
  6. Finnish Twice-Cooked Pork Belly with Pickled Mushrooms and Leeks
  7. Posole Rojo
  8. Blutnudeln with Blood Sausage Bolognese
  9. Pork Fillet with Seared Broccoli and Cracklings
  10. Braised Pork With Sesame and Pumpkin Seed Sauce (Choc’a)
  11. Spicy Guatemalan Pork and Chicken Stew (Suban-Ik)
  12. Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Pork Belly (Jeyuk Bokkeum)
  13. Polenta with Sausage Gravy (Adapted from The Talisman Italian Cook Book)
  14. Shanghai Red-Braised Pork with Eggs
  15. Pork Noodle Soup with Shrimp Paste (La Paz Batchoy)
  16. Filipino Roast Pork Belly with “Lechon” Sauce
  17. Honey Glazed Roast Pork with Apples
  18. Chinese Steamed Pork Buns (Char Siu Bao)
  19. Boiled Pork and Chive Dumplings
  20. Lou Fassum
  21. Verjus-Brined Pork Chops with Marinated Leeks
  22. Pineapple and Pork Teriyaki Skewers
  23. Grilled Pork Belly with Butter Corn and Sour-Sweet Cherry-Jalapeño Relish
  24. Carnitas Tacos (Michoacán-Style Braised Pork Tacos)
  25. Mustard-Glazed Ham Ribs
  26. Yucatán-Style Shredded Pork Tacos with Achiote (Cochinita Pibil Tacos)
  27. Pork and Duck Sausage
  28. Char-Smoked Baby Back Ribs
  29. Chile Verde
  30. Rye’s Red Chili
  31. Lexington Pulled Pork
  32. Sesame and Chile Ramen (Tantanmen)
  33. Roast Pork with Summer Vegetables
  34. Pan-Fried Chorizo Burgers with Avocado, Fried Eggs and Spicy Mayo
  35. Chablis-Style Ham with Tomato Cream Sauce (Jambon au Chablis)
  36. Crispy Pork Belly with Persimmons
  37. Thai Boat Noodle Soup (Kuaytiaw Reua)

INFARMCO Wins Double at Boar Auction 2019

INFARMCO scored the biggest win at the Boar Auction 2019 by attaining the highest Selection Index (SI) among all the boars.  INFARMCO garnered the Overall Champion and Large White Champion awards for its boar which had an SI of 271. The boar also attained the highest bid at P110,000.  In addition, INFARMCO also got the Landrace Champion award with a boar of an SI of 262.

The boar auction was held at the ITCPH (International Training Center for Pig Husbandry) Boar Auction Centrum in Lipa, Batangas last June 19. It was the 29th boar performance testing and is handled by the Philippine Swine Foundation, Inc.

INFARMCO, a pioneer and one of the leading local swine breeders, has been a consistent awardee in the boar auctions.  INFARMCO is also a one-stop-shop for livestock needs supplying semen, farm equipment, disinfectants, medicines, consumables and more.

Vote! The stakes are very high

by Danny S. Venida

May 13, 2019, Monday, E-Day: This election is not only about 12 senators, or your district’s representative to the Lower House of Congress; it is not only about your party list and local government officials. This election is about Charter change, the persistent Cha-cha. With Cha-cha, we will likely see the country divided into federal states; perpetual political dynasties entrenched; term limits lifted; absolute ownership of land to foreign interests granted; national sovereignty surrendered; and virtual one-man rule reestablished.

It is important that everyone gets to appreciate the real agenda in this election. National identity and the common good can go down the drain very quickly if voters elect the wrong leaders. But, if that is what the people want in a fair and honest vote count, then so be it. Respecting the decision of the majority is part of the democratic process. The people get the government they deserve.  The 1987 Constitution provides that guarantee.

The context of the current democratic exercise must be put forward. The “ruling” class and the dominant elite, even the elite among the working class, have pursued only self-serving, myopic ends. Filipino society remains vulnerable and highly unstable, with the “poor” grossly exploited on a continuing basis. The 1987 Constitution provides a framework for the country to have governance that is pro-poor, but the ruling class resists this framework.

There is a need to transform the ruling class, not to change the Constitution. The 1987 Constitution was drafted by 48 appointed commissioners of the Constitutional Commission (ConCom) representing a cross-section of Philippine society. The document they wrote takes off from the idealism of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution. This nonviolent shift from a constitutional dictatorship back to a popular, constitutional democracy made the freedom-loving world proud of the Filipinos.

Look at the list of the members of the ConCom, from the president Cecilia Muñoz-Palma to officers Ambrosio Padilla, Napoleon Rama, Ahmad Domocao Alonto, Jose Cal-deron; to members Yusuf Abubakar, Felicitas Aquino, Joaquin Bernas, Florangel Braid, Jose Laurel Jr., Christian Monsod, Blas Ople, Francisco Rodrigo, Christine Tan, Bernardo Villegas, among others; and also its secretary general, Flerida Ruth-Romero.

One cannot but say that they were among the best, the brightest and wisest women and men of integrity in the country. Compare them to the members of the House of Representatives today. Self-serving interests are clearly evident in the House’s draft of a constitution that will shift the structure of government to a federal system. Idealism is sorely absent behind the move to draft this new charter. Can we entrust changing the fundamental law of the land to the people in Congress today? Now is not the time for Cha-cha.

It is recognized that a constitution is not a document cast in stone that must be spared from changes. Social, political and economic realities are dynamic. The framework provided by a constitution must allow for necessary changes, for the growth and development of the people as a whole. Democratic space is a constantly active setting.

But the need for changes must be discerned with great prudence. Take the constantly invoked justification for Cha-cha by this administration—the economic provisions limiting foreign interests in select industries and in the absolute ownership of land. Are cost-benefit considerations so overwhelming that foreign investments have to be essentially unrestricted, to encourage them to come into the country?

On land ownership, the need of foreign investors is the unhindered reasonable use of land. Usufruct is the value that must be given to them sans ownership. The principle of stewardship over land resources demands that no one gets absolute ownership of land. In extractive industries, the experience with parity rights from 1947 to 1956 demonstrated that foreign interests are motivated solely by their own self-directed objectives no matter what they leave behind for their hosts.

Preserving national patrimony amid socio-economic development is an exclusive right and responsibility of and for the Filipino.

Cha-cha and its innumerable consequences make up the main challenge the voters will confront on E-Day. The collective decision on this issue is being asked on the ballot. The names of the senators and Lower House representatives will have to be associated with their position on Cha-cha, because the outcome will impact generations of Filipinos.


Let our voices be heard. Let us vote!  The stakes are very high.

Danilo S. Venida ( is a former president of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and now a business consultant.

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IMC Team Building 2019

The IMC Group, the INFARMCO Group shared services department, held its team building activity last April 30 at Riviera Sports & Country Club in Silang, Cavite.  It was a day filled with meaningful exercises.  Through analysis, teamwork, and perseverance, members were able to solve problems and hurdle obstacles.  Most important of all the day was filled with fun and camaraderie.