Vegetable prices drop in Balintawak market amid rains

Marje Pelayo   •   July 20, 2018   •   24626


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Despite the continuous rains, the prices of vegetables in Balintawak Market dropped to the convenience of consumers.

However, crops from Nueva Ecija such as red onions and tomatoes slightly increased in prices.

According to retailers, price adjustments are common, especially during the rainy season. Vegetable farmers opt to harvest their crops to avoid devastation. They sell their yield at a cheaper price to prevent long-storage and decay.

Meanwhile, suppliers assured that there is enough supply of vegetables in the market amid the inclement weather. – Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo

Vegetable Prices (per kilogram) at Balintawak Market as of July 20

Price drop:

broccoli            P200             P110

potatoes          P50 to 60      P40

sayote             P30               P25

cabbage          P70               P50

cauliflower       P180             P140

Baguio beans  P50              P40

Price up:

Red onions      P50         P80-85

Tomatoes         P50          P75

No adjustment

Garlic                P65

QC govt halts retail selling in Balintawak markets to maintain social distancing

Maris Federez   •   April 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines— The Quezon City government has ordered the suspension of retail selling in the seven markets in Balintawak.

This is to maintain social distancing in the area to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

A press release posted on Facebook on Saturday (April 11) said the consensus was reached following the meeting by Quezon City officials and the owners of Cloverleaf, North Diversion, Riverview I, Riverview II, Pilson’s, MC, and Edsan Bagsakan markets under the directive of Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte.

Napagkasunduan sa pulong na itigil muna ang retail operations o bentahan nang tingi sa mga palengke sa Balintawak [It was agreed upon during our meeting that we will temporarily stop retail operations or selling of products in small quantities in the markets in Balintawak],” said Belmonte.

The move was prompted by reports that Balintawak had been crowded on Saturday despite the Luzon-wide quarantine order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.

The statement added that that only wholesale selling and drop-off of products will be as the Balintawak markets are crucial in ensuring the supply of vegetables and other farm products in various parts of Metro Manila.

“Starting tomorrow, we expect the crowd to thin out in the area,” said Belmonte.

The local chief executive pointed out that that more than half of marketgoers in Balintawak are from neighboring cities.

Meanwhile, Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles confirmed the local government’s move and announced the same during Sunday’s morning presser.

Market owners agreed with the City’s move, saying the cooperation of everyone is needed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

According to Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo, the market owners themselves will ensure that only their wholesale operations remain. The affected retail vendors, meanwhile, will then be accommodated by the QC Fresh Market on Wheels program.

“They will be picked up by jeepneys that the City will hire and will be brought to various Barangays where they can sell their goods,” said Kimpo.

Kimpo added that retail shoppers will be barred from entering portions of Samson Road and EDSA in front of the Balintawak markets.

The local government warned that any violation will result in the immediate closure of the violator-market. – mbmf

DA grants P30-M agri aid to over 500 Bukidnon farmers

admin   •   September 14, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol (c)

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol led the granting of farming equipment and financial aid to over 500 farmers in Talakag, Bukidnon, Friday, September 14.

The Department of Agriculture provided the farmers’ association P20 million capital for vegetable production; four (4) forward tractors; five (5) carabaos and five (5) cattle; and different varieties of seeds.

The initiative is part of the DA’s plan to develop the 10,000 hectare of land in Talakag into a major plantation of high-value crops.

Secretary Piñol said time will come when the country will no longer lament the rising prices of vegetables in the market because Bukidnon would be the new leading source of high-value vegetables. He explained that Bukidnon’s cool climate and fertile land are suitable for farming.

The local government of Bukidnon on Wednesday began the drafting of the five-year development road map for vegetable production in Impasugong, Talakag, Sumilao and Lantapan (IMTASULA). — Raymond Octobre

Q.C. Veterinary Department inspects chickens, ducks shipments in Balintawak Market

UNTV News   •   August 24, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — The personnel of Quezon City Veterinary Department and Market Development and Administration inspected the shipments of chickens and ducks in Balintawak Market.

Balintawak Market is the main link of poultry providers in Quezon City and Metro Manila.

They checked if the shipments have complete documents as this is a precautionary measure to assure that chickens being distributed in Quezon City are safe to eat.

Most of the shipments have complete papers but two of those have no veterinary certificate from their origin municipality.

Ang pinagbabasihan kasi natin dito sa mga health certificates, dito sa mga dokumento.  Pag walang ganito e hindi natin masasabi na healthy yung idedeliver nilang chicken (Our basis is the health certificates. If there are no papers, we cannot tell if the chickens they are delivering are healthy) ,” Quezon City District 2 Councilor Allan Francisco said.

Councilor Francisco’s department let the trucks pass in the meantime as the shipments came from virus-free areas.

Meanwhile consumers are still afraid of buying chicken even the culling process in San Luis Pampanga and Nueva Ecija are already done.

Mas mabuti na nag-iingat sa pagkain ng manok . . . huwag na muna ngayon kasi nakakatakot eh ( It’s better to be cautious in consuming chicken…not at this time, it’s too scary,” said consumer, Rosana Rambunay.

On the other hand, retailer’s hope that chicken consumption will boost once again as the culling process is already done.

Sana naman nga maging maganda na ang bentahan kasi grabe na ang naging tumal at wala na kaming kinikita (We do hope sales will pick up because the slump was too much, we weren’t earning at all),” said retailer Emelita Calma.  “Huwag na kayong matakot kasi ako nga kumakain yung mga anak ko kumakain e . . . kasi wala naman ng sakit (Don’t be afraid anymore. Even my children and I  eat chicken…because there’s no more flu. ),” she added.  – Macky Libradilla | UNTV News & Rescue


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