PH won’t lift import ban on Brazilian poultry meat – DA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2020   •   197

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Monday maintained it will not lift the import ban it imposed on poultry meat coming from Brazil despite its government’s warning to file legal cases against the Philippines before the World Trade Organization (WTO).

“We have not yet lifted the ban on poultry, especially whole chicken, as the Brazilian government has yet to furnish the Philippines a report on the rates of SARS-COV-2 infection in their respective Foreign Meat Establishments (FME), where our imports are sourced,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a statement.

Dar’s statement is in response to the letter sent by the Brazilian government through the Department of Foreign Affairs.

In the letter, the Brazilian government said it is “determined to resort to the appropriate multi-lateral fora, including the filing of ‘Specific Trade Concerns’ to the detriment of the Philippines at the WTO, anchored by the guidelines recommended by that organization” due to the import ban.

Dar welcomed the Brazilian government’s complaint, saying “all member-countries have an equal right to challenge each other whenever there are trade complaints lodged before the WTO.”

“Although we have maintained an open communication line with our Brazilian counterparts, the Department of Agriculture welcomes the initiative of Brazil to elevate the matter to the WTO,” he added.

It was in August when the DA implemented the import ban on poultry meat from the South American country based on reports of widespread COVID-19 infection among meat workers and the laboratory detection in China of SARS-COV-2 in imported chicken wings from Brazil.

The DA maintained that the report forms part of the protocols of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and the requirements of the DA for a more in-depth risk analysis of the situation.

“It is within the scope of the importing country to pre-emptively ban FMEs with apparent biosafety lapses until such time that the Philippines is satisfied with the evidence of compliance and/or commitment by the FME concerned,” said DA-Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Director Ronnie Domingo.

In fact, he said, that when they received partial documents from Brazil, the Philippines “responded promptly by recently allowing the entry of mechanically-deboned meat or MDM from Brazil.”

On settling trade complaints and disputes, Dar said “the Philippines has always been facilitative of trade and open to discussion on trade issues which may not be acceptable to a trading partner.”

The WTO provides an avenue that allows member governments to negotiate and resolve trade issues with other members.

DA updates SRP for basic agri-products in NCR wet markets

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Friday said it has issued a new set of suggested retail prices (SRP) for basic agricultural commodities sold in wet markets in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The DA, however, said the SRP does not include products sold in supermarkets.

The department said it updated the SRP “as changing cost structures in the supply chain require updating to allow retailers to realize a reasonable profit while ensuring that consumers are protected from profiteering.”

The DA said the updated SRP was issued under the Administrative Circular No. 17, signed by Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar on November 26, 2020.

It will serve as guide for retailers and consumers amid the Luzon-wide price freeze imposed in light of the pandemic and the series of calamities that have devastated the country, it added.

The new set of SRP covers seven categories, namely rice, livestock and poultry, fish, lowland and highland vegetables, fruits, spices, and other basic items.

Their respective prices per kilogram are the following:


  • Local: special P50; premium P45; and well-milled P40
  • Imported: special P52; premium P45; and well-milled P36

Livestock & Poultry

  • Beef rump P380
  • Brisket P300
  • Pork pigue/kasim P260
  • Liempo P290
  • Whole chicken P140
  • Chicken egg (medium) P6.50/piece


  • Milkfish (bangus) P160
  • Tilapia P120
  • Roundscad (galunggong) imported P140
  • Alumahan P250

Lowland Vegetables

  • Ampalaya P120
  • Sitaw P100
  • Pechay (native) P80
  • Squash P30
  • Eggplant P100
  • Tomato P100

Highland Vegetables

  • Cabbage (Scorpio) P70
  • Carrots P80
  • Habitchuelas (Baguio beans) P130
  • White potato P70
  • Pechay (Baguio) P80
  • Chayote P40


  • Calamansi P50
  • Banana: lakatan P90; latundan P70
  • Papaya P60
  • Mango (carabao) P150


  • Red onion local P160; imported P120
  • White onion (imported) P100
  • Garlic P90
  • Ginger P160

Other Basic Items

  • Sugar – refined P50; washed P45; brown P45
  • Cooking oil (palm) – 350 ml P25; and 1 liter P50

“Those who fail to comply with the SRPs could be fined between P5,000 and P2 million and face imprisonment between five and 15 years,” the DA warned.

It also urged consumers to report SRP violators at (02) 8920-0925 and “so that appropriate corrective measures could be taken.”

DA sees normal supply of vegetables in December as prices slump

Marje Pelayo   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Prices of vegetables have started to decline in major markets in Metro Manila even after the devastation caused by the recent typhoons.

According to the Department of Agriculture (DA), there is still enough supply of vegetables in the market as there are supplies coming from areas not affected by the calamity.

Kahapon galing lang ako ng Tuguegarao at nakausap ko iyong regional office natin doon at sabi nga nila, iyong pinanggagalingan talaga ng mga gulay na dinadala sa Nueva Viscaya trading post ay hindi gaano natamaan ng bagyo,” confirmed DA ASec. Kristine Evangelista.

[Just yesterday, I went to Tuguegarao and I was able to talk to our regional officers there. According to them, the areas where Nueva Viscaya gets its vegetables from were not that affected by the typhoon.]  

Evangelista said the agency is ready to help in order to lessen the transportation cost of agri products to Metro Manila.

The official said that even with an oil price hike and increase in toll, the prices of agri products will remain.

“Definitely there is additional cost because doon sa pagtaas ng gasolina, add cost iyan (the increase in prices of gasoline is an added cost). Bilang negosyante madadagdag na yan sa iyong mga gastusin and then toll pa. Pero pasok pa rin doon sa SRP, (As an entrepreneur that will be added to your expenses plus the toll. But still, it is within the SRP),” Evangelista said saying they expect the supply to increase again by December.

 “One month, two months at the most after the calamity and the flooding we are expecting [our supply to] normalize lalo na pagdating sa gulay (especially the vegetables),” she added.

The agency is continuously mobilizing Kadiwa stores in Metro Manila to sell vegetables at a cheaper price.

DA includes beef, vegetables in expanded suggested retail price

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Monday said it has issued new suggested retail prices (SRP) for more basic agriculture commodities following the Luzon-wide price freeze imposed as a result of recent calamities in the country.

The DA said it issued the new SRP to manage prices amid tightened supply and “to not aggravate the current difficulties” of those affected by the pandemic and the previous typhoons.

The new SRP was issued under DA Administrative Circular No. 16 signed by Agriculture Secretary William Dar on Nov. 20.

The circular covers the following 14 prime commodities, namely beef, lowland vegetables, and highland vegetable products and their respective prices per kilogram:

  • Beef rump – P380
  • Beef brisket – P300
  • Ampalaya – P80
  • Sitaw – P80
  • Pechay (native) – P80
  • Squash – P30
  • Eggplant – P60
  • Tomato – P100
  • Cabbage (Scorpio) – P60
  • Carrots – P80
  • Habitchuelas (Baguio beans) – P100
  • White potato – P70
  • Pechay (Baguio) – P60
  • Chayote – P30

The DA said the SRP shall be applicable in wet markets and public markets in Metro Manila.

The circular takes effect immediately after publication on its website.

“The SRP remains in effect until 60 days from publication and/or posting unless revoked and/or lifted or another circular is issued to the same effect,” the department said.


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