Price ceiling on pork, chicken stays until EO 124 lapses on April 8 — DA

Marje Pelayo   •   March 8, 2021   •   696

MANILA, Philippines — The price ceiling on pork and chicken stays, Agriculture Secretary William Dar announced Monday (March 8).

“We will maintain it in the remaining days until April 8, as prescribed under E0 124,” the DA chief added.

Dar said the price ceiling has undeniably contributed to taming the price surge of said two main food items, benefiting millions of Filipino consumers.

“Lifting it will undeniably result in dramatic rise in prices of pork and chicken, given that the  African Swine Fever (ASF) crisis is still raging and thus continues to impact on local production of hogs nationwide,” he stressed.

“That is why we need to augment the current shortfall, estimated at 400,000 metric tons this year, from ASF-free countries,” he added.

On the suggestion of hog raisers to raise the price ceiling, he said it would be a redundant measure given that actual average pork and chicken prices are higher than the ceiling imposed by EO 124.  

EO 124 will lapse on April 8, barely a month from now. 

“By maintaining it, the government will send a strong signal to Filipino consumers — who suffer from lower incomes due to the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our economy — that it does care about their welfare,” Dar said.

“Hog producers, wholesalers, and retailers are no less expected to do their share in helping the country’s economic recovery effort,” he added

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)

Meat dealers want ‘nationwide price ceiling’ on pork

Marje Pelayo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Meat dealers are urging the government to re-impose a price ceiling on pork, this time one that will cover the entire country, not just the National Capital Region (NCR).

The price ceiling imposed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Metro Manila lapsed on Thursday (April 8).

The price of pork spiked since late last year due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) prompting the DA to implement a price ceiling of P270 to P350 pesos per kilogram of pork.

But now that the price ceiling has lapsed and there is no suggested retail price (SRP) on pork, prices are expected to shoot up to as high as P400 per kilogram.

Thus, the Manila Meat Dealers Association appeals to the DA to impose another price ceiling, if not in the entire country, at least in Luzon.

“Iyan lang po talaga ang nakikita naming paraan, magkaroon ng panibagong price ceiling sa buong bansa na o buong Luzon kasi nandito naman ang sentro ng ASF sa buong Luzon,” said Meat Dealers’ president Ricardo Chan.

“Kasi pumalpak ang price ceiling nila (dahil) NCR lang. Ngayon kung ipatutupad iyan sa kabuoan ng bansa eh siguradong bababa ang presyo ng baboy,” he added.

The group said that though there is enough supply of pork in local markets at present, manipulation in prices remains evident.

“Halos lahat ng palengke makikita mo naman bukas. Sa madalit sabi may baboy, nagsasamantala lang talaga itong mga hog raiser,” he said.

“Magtataka ka eh diba? Bakit ang daming baboy halos lahat ng palengke may baboy pero noong magkaroon ng price ceiling eh nawala yung baboy. Anu yun, nagtago? Ibig sabihin yung mga hog raiser ang nagko-control,” he said.

Chan added that they are in favor of having another price ceiling for both local and imported pork to ease the burden from consumers.

Also, imposing such a limit will help local hog raisers compete with imported pork, he stated.

Grupo ng mga mangingisda, nanawagan sa DA na lagyan na rin ng price cap ang galunggong

Marje Pelayo   •   March 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Umaabot sa P260 ang bawat kilo ng galunggong sa ilang pamilihan sa Metro Manila ngayong Biernes (Marso 5) at P280/kg naman nang nagdaang mga araw.

Ito ang inirereklamo ng Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA).

Ayon sa grupo, napakababa lamang ng presyo nito kung bibilhin sa mga mangingisda sa Palawan.

Kahit anila gumastos pa sa transportasyon papunta sa Metro Manila ay hindi naman dapat ganito kataas ang presyo nito.

Hinala ng grupo, may nangyayaring manipulasyon sa presyo ng galunggong para bigyang dahilan ang muling pag-aangkat nito.

“Hindi tumataas ang presyo nito sa bili. Ang farmgate nananatiling P60 sa Palawan ang bilihan sa kanila,” pahayag ni Fernando Hicap ang chairperson ng PAMALAKAYA International.

“Pero sa atin sa National Capital Region ay tumataas kaya sobra-sobrang pagsasamantala ito,” dagdag niya.

Panukala ng grupo na pakialaman na rin ng gobyerno ng pagdadala ng supply ng galunggong sa Metro Manila gaya ng ginagawa sa supply ng baboy.

“Bakit hindi nila gawin na sila ang mamili doon sa mga mangingisda at sila ang magbenta dito sa market sa ating bayan para matiyak na mababa. Mababa na yung presyo sa merkado, mapapataas pa ang bili sa mga mangingisda,” pahayag ni Hicap.

Ayon sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) bagama’t binuksan na noong Pebrero ang pangingisda sa Palawan ay wala paring maraming nahuhuli dahil sa epekto ng malamig na panahon na dala ng amihan. 

Ayon naman sa Department of Agriculture, maaari namang bumili ng ibang isda na mas mura ang mga consumer gaya ng bangus at tilapya na sana P100 hanggang P160 lamang kada kilo ang presyo.

“Kali-lift lang ng closed fishing season at papasok na yung imports ng galunggong kung nasa P200 hanggang P250 range. Merong ibang klaseng isda hindi lang galunggong,” ayon kay DA Spokesperson Noel Reyes.

Ayon naman sa Laban Konsyumer, may suggested retail price naman ang galunggong kung saan P140 lang ang presyo ng kada kilo ng local at P180 sa imported.

“I always state sustained price monitoring and enforcement is needed.  We have not heard of supply side issue nor demand had increased,” dahilan naman ni Laban Konsyumer President Atty. Vic Dimagiba.

Dapat anila ay tuloy-tuloy din ang pagbabantay sa presyo lalo na’t wala namang pagtaas sa demand ng galunggong. MNP (sa ulat ni Rey Pelayo)

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