Lechon (slowly roasted pig) is a well-loved Filipino cuisine, usually served during special occasions like birthdays and festivals.


The Pambansang Kongresong Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK) and the Nueva Ecija Women Leaders Coalition (NEWLAC) envisioned a business venture centered on ecologically growing native pigs.


Members of PKKK-NEWLAC see the production of native pigs as a viable alternative for those who want to get involved in swine-raising but, cannot cope with the high price of commercial feeds and those who do not have enough capital for the pig’s housing, feeding and maintenance since this can be raised without the use of chemical inputs and, as a breed, has high economic potential for those who are engaged in organic swine production. Nueva Ecjia, a rice- and vegetable-producing area, has locally-produced agricultural products that can be used as ingredients in formulating their own feeds, vitamins and other food supplements for their stocks.


PKKK-NEWLAC designed the following value chain for their project (chart).



healthy options chart




Recognizing the potential of the project, not only in assisting the rural women boost their family incomes in particular but its potential effects in helping build sustainable and resilient local economies, MODE through its Small Grant Facility supported the piloting of the project in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija. Through piloting, the rural women engaged in this business venture can learn the best way of raising and marketing ecologically-grown native pigs.