DA to impose SRP on imported pork beginning April 9

Marje Pelayo   •   April 7, 2021   •   609

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) will be imposing a suggested retail price (SRP) on imported pork which is now cheaper than locally produced meat.

At present, the price of kasim is P270 per kilogram; while liempo costs P350 per kilogram.

Likewise, the DA will require importers and retailers to put proper labeling in each package for easy distinction and for the protection of consumers.

“The DA thru the NMIS-the National Meat Inspection Service will require importers to package their pork, of course, those 2 categories– Liempo or Kasim, into salable packages of 1 kilo or 500 grams,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

Thursday (April 8) is the last day of a two-month implementation of the price cap on pork and poultry meat.

The DA plans to focus on additional strategies to prevent a further spike in the prices of such commodities.

The DA sees a possible importation of pork meat and a lowering of tariff.

But while this strategy remains pending approval, the DA will continue transporting pork from African Swine Fever-free provinces to Metro Manila to stabilize supply.

The agency also sees the repopulation of pigs in ASF-free areas.

“Iyong dati, iyong price cap will not solve the problem. Ang bottom line pa rin ay supply,” noted Dar.

“Price capping is just one of the measures. So to stabilize prices talaga you have to complete those other measures to be in place,” he added.

The DA has allocated P45-M for the procurement of freezers which will be provided to retailers.

A compliance monitoring team will also be created to ensure that retailers are observing and following the SRP.

For its part, the Trade Department hopes that an additional supply of pork will help stabilize the prices.

“I think P320 to P350 hopefully will be the ideal price moving forward. Given maybe the expected supply asahan natin na dyan po iikot ang presyo in a way medyo istable na,” said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.

But for consumers, the implementation of the price cap remains best as they hope to hear the result of the investigation on the alleged manipulation in pork prices as soon as possible.

“Dito sa SRP suggested di ba? Suggested retail prices. So malikot pa rin ang presyo sa palengke,” said the group’s representative Atty. Vic Dimagiba. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Presyo ng de lata at iba pang produkto, tumaas batay sa bagong SRP ng DTI

Robie de Guzman   •   September 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Bahagyang tumaas ang presyo ng ilang brand ng gatas, de lata at iba pang produkto batay sa inilabas na bagong listahan ng suggested retail price (SRP) ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Dalawampung sentimo hanggang piso ang itinaas ng halaga ng mga de lata gaya ng corned beef, sardinas, luncheon meat at maging ng meat loaf.

Paliwanag ni DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo, tumaas ang presyo dahil nagmahal ang halaga ng mga sangkap na ginagamit sa mga nasabing produkto.

“Ito yung corned beef na isang item na tumaas by P2.85 or 75 centavos pero ito ‘yung matagal na na hindi gumagalaw, pending yung request niya for increase from 2019. Two years naghintay ang manufacturers natin,” ani Castelo.

“Meron kaming mga pinagbigyan, si Sec. Lopez nag-approve na rin nung mga talagang naipit na manufacturers kaya merong isang item na umakyat ng P2.85 pero isa lang po yun,” dagdag pa niya.

Tumaas rin ng 25 centavos ang presyo ng noodles.

May paggalaw rin sa presyo ng ilang brand ng patis, toyo, suka, at iodized salt.

Maging ang ilang brand ng gatas gaya ng evaporada, condensada at powdered milk, tumaas rin ng 25 centavos hanggang P1.35

Nasa 15 centavos hanggang 60 centavos naman ang nadagdag sa presyo ng 3 in 1 coffee.

Giit ng DTI, 2019 pa huling humirit ng dagdag presyo ang manufacturers kaya pinayagan nila ang panibagong paggalaw ng halaga ng mga bilihin.

“Inaalalayan rin natin ayaw naman natin na mag-fold ‘yung mga negosyo dahil hindi profitable sa kanila or lugi pa sila for that matter baka magsara o mag-lay off or tuluyang hindi i-produce yung produkto,” ani Castelo.

“Pagka hindi na nila tinuloy ang production nito, mawawalan ng choices ang consumers ng mabababang halaga kaya napilitan na rin tayo na gumalaw ng presyo,” dagda pa niya.

Epektibo na ang bagong SRP pero bibigyan pa rin ng DTI ng sapat na panahon ang supermarkets at grocery stores para mag-adjust at magpalit ng price tag.

Inaasahang maglalabas ng bagong SRP ang DTI sa huling linggo ng Oktubre o Nobyembre para naman sa mga produktong kalimitang nabibili sa holiday season. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Marvin Calas)

Presyo ng ilang pangunahing produkto, tumaas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 2, 2021

Aprubado na ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang hiling na dagdag presyo ng mga manufacturer ng ilang pangunahing produkto dahil na rin sa mataas na halaga ng raw materials.

Noong Linggo (August 29), inilabas ng DTI ang bagong listahan ng suggested retail price, kung saan tumataas ng nasa P0.20 hanggang P1.00 ang dagdag presyo sa halos 70 grocery items.

Kabilang sa mga nagtaas ng presyo ang mga de lata gaya ng corned beef, sardinas, luncheon meat maging ang meat at beef loaf.

Bagaman nauna nang sinabi ni DTI Usec. Ruth Castelo na hindi hihigit sa piso ang dagdag presyo, ipinaliwanag ng ahensya na hindi maiiwasan na may ilang delata ang malaki ang itinaas dahil sa sangkap na ginagamit dito.

Kasama rin sa tumaas ang presyo ng noodles na may patong ngayon na nasa P0.25. May dagdag presyo rin sa ilang mga condiment gaya ng patis, toyo, suka at iodized salt. Maging ang ilang brand ng gatas gaya ng evaporada,condensada at powdered milk tumaas rin ng nasa P0.25 centavos hanggang P1.35 at P0.15 naman hanggang P0.60 ang nagdagdag sa refill ng kape na 3 in 1.

Katwiran ng DTI, 2019 pa nang huling humirit ng dagdag presyo ang mga manufacturer.

“Inaalalayan din natin ayaw naman natin na mag-fold ang mga negosyo dahil hindi profitable sa kanila or lugi pa sila for that matter baka magsara o mag-lay off or tuluyang hindi i-produce ang produkto. Kapag hindi na nila tinuloy ang production nito mawawalan ng choices ang consumers ng mabababang halaga kaya napilitan na rin tayo na gumalaw ng presyo,” ayon kay Castelo.

Bagama’t epektibo na ang bagong price list, bibibigyan pa ng DTI ng sapat na panahon ang mga supermarket at grocery stores upang makapag-adjust sa bagong presyo at makapagpalit ng mga price tag.

Siniguro naman ng DTI na binabantayan din nito ang hiling na taas presyo ng mga manufacturer at bineberipika sa international price survey.

Inaasahan namang maglabas ng bagong SRP ang DTI sa huling linggo ng Oktubre o Nobyembre para naman sa mga produktong napapanahon sa holiday season.

DA to release SRP on pork next week

Marje Pelayo   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to release a new suggested retail price (SRP) on pork next week alongside the implementation of increased tariff.

“We will have a new SRP based on this EO that will set the new tariffs,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said.

The official added that consumers will surely benefit from the SRP and the supply of pork will be replenished through importation.

Dar added that this is just among the solutions of the government to address the impact of African Swine Fever (ASF) on the local hog industry.

Coinciding with this measure is the ingoing repopulation of hogs.

Meanwhile, the price of pork in major markets in Metro Manila remains at P340 to P400 per kilogram.

Based on the estimate of the Meat Importers and Traders Association (MITA), they can still supply pork at P320 per kilogram retail price.

This is much lower than locally produced meat even after the government’s newly imposed tariff on pork.

“Ngayon pagtaas uli ng 5% siguro baka mga P315/kg or P320/kg. Baka dyan po babagsak ang bagong SRP,” said MITA president Jess Cham.

But for the group, Samahan ng Industriyang Agrikultura (SINAG), the price of imported pork should drop further because the cost of importation is way cheaper.

The group argued that the government is losing about P13 billion on tariff thus it is just for consumers to enjoy lower price of pork meat.

“Iyong suggested retail price ng imported ay gawing P200 para at least ay pumunta doon sa consumer yung nawala na taripa,” said SINAG president Rosendo So said.

Currently, DA’s SRP on imported pork ranges from P270 per kilogram to P350 per kilogram. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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