10th Article | Volume 01 | Issue 04

Exploring the Reality of Hog Raisers in Cebu Amidst the African Swine Fever (ASF) Outbreak       

Chester S. Tabasa 

Masterand, Cebu Institute of Technology- University

Cebu City, Philippines

Mark Anthony N. Polinar, DBA

Graduate School Faculty, Cebu Institute of Technology- University

Cebu City, Philippines                                                                  

Published: November 2023

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/paq6-2q59.



Hog farming is a significant industry in the Philippines, providing 60% of the country's animal meat consumption. However, the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak has caused its collapse. In effect, the hog raisers stopped their operation and sought alternatives to earn money for the family's needs. As a result, a phenomenological study investigated the hog raisers' lived experiences and how they cope with the existing phenomenon. Six key informants were selected based on inclusion criteria and purposive sampling for one-on-one interviews conducted by researchers. Using Creswell's approach, (1) fear of the virus, (2) frustration from the border controls and lockdowns, (3) broken promises of financial assistance from the Department of Agriculture, and (4) incurred substantial financial loss were themes concerning the lived experiences of the key informants. Also, the key informants shared how they coped with the outbreak, including (1) shifting to a farming business, (2) working in a construction site, and (3) making hollow blocks. An effective approach to combat the ASF outbreak in Cebu necessitates a comprehensive strategy that draws on insights from key informants. It is imperative to establish systems of support that consider the financial, emotional, and psychological needs of those affected. Collaborative efforts with local communities, researchers, and government organizations are also crucial to devising sustainable plans for managing and preventing ASF in the long run. This study sheds light on the obstacles encountered by the hog industry in Cebu and underscores the significance of implementing coordinated measures to mitigate the effects of ASF

Keywords: African Swine Fever, hog raisers, lived experiences, phenomenology, Cebu, Philippines

How to cite:

Tabasa, C. & Polinar, M. A. (2023). Exploring the Reality of Hog Raisers in Cebu Amidst the African Swine Fever (ASF) Outbreak. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Educational Research and Innovation. 1(4), 137-148. https://doi.org/10.17613/paq6-2q59.


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