AFTER seeing the situation in the markets, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said he and Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez will recommend a P235 per kilogram suggested wholesale price of pork carcass or the so-called “sabit-ulo.”
Secretaries Dar and Lopez personally inspected markets in Metro Manila Tuesday to see for themselves if the price ceiling imposed on meat and chicken products were being followed.
The two cabinet officials were joined by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos, his wife Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie and Quezon City chief executive Joy Belmonte.
They made some stops and monitoring at the Commonwealth Market in QC and SM Hypermarket in Mandaluyong City and saw for themselves that Executive Order 124 was being carried out.
“Nakita po natin dito sa Commonwealth Market na sinusunod ang price cap. Ito po ay temporary lamang for two months. Nakikiusap po kami na magtulong-tulong tayong lahat na Pilipino at magbuklod-buklod, kaya natin ito,” Secretary Dar said.
During the inspection, he announced that about 3,000 hogs, equivalent to 200 metric tons (MT), from General Santos City were set to arrive (yesterday) in Manila, while supplies from the Visayas are also set to be transported within the week.
“Alam niyo dito sa Metro Manila, we slaughter about 4000 heads every day. But our mobilization efforts is pegged at 5,000 hogs daily, kasi we want to make sure na may sapat na supply,” the DA chief said.
Apart from the mobilization of hogs from non-ASF(Asian swine flu) areas, he said there is an initial coordination with MMDA and local mayors in Metro Manila to revive and strengthen their respective Local Price Coordinating Councils (LPCCs).
“Nandito din po ang mga private supermarkets na katuwang natin sa whole-of-nation approach na ito,” he said.
SM Hypermart and North Star, he added, have committed to buy live hogs, slaughter them, and deliver to different Hypermart and Walmart stores.
“They may even deliver to wet markets para tuloy-tuloy ang supply,” he said.
The DA, through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council, has also set aside P500 million for loans to backyard hog raisers, and a P5-million credit facility for each organized market vendors’ association in Metro Manila public markets.
Moreover, Secretary Lopez has offered credit assistance to market vendors while Mayor Belmonte said the Quezon City government will issue an executive order for wet and private markets to waive rental fees of vendors.Publication Source : People's Journal