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Price freeze on basic commodities ordered

AGRICULTURE Secretary William Dar has urged the Bantay Presyo Task Force (BPTF) to strictly monitor the wet markets and other platforms if they are complying with the price freeze on basic agricultural commodities.

Dar made the appeal after President Rodrigo Duterte declared a State of Calamity in Luzon.

Following the declaration, Dar has ordered the implementation of price freeze on basic agricultural commodities.

Meanwhile, Dar said the DA’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) rolled out another Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita the other day at the ADC, DA compound in Elliptical Road. Quezon City, to stabilize prices and ensure accessibility of affordable, nutritious food in Metro Manila.

The President’s declaration of a State of Calamity is a big welcome sa atin sa agrikultura, kasi mas may ngipin na tayo sa pagmomonitor ng prices. This means the Suggested Retail Price (SRP) has to be sustained. Kung ano ang presyo bago nagbagyo, iyon din ang presyo na ipapatupad namin,” Dar said.

“The full force of the law is in effect. Kung tayo ay sumusuway, ang batas ang ating kalaban, meaning dapat sundin natin ang intents and purposes ng price freeze. Sa gayon, ang presyo bago nagka-bagyo ang masusunod,” Dar warned.

The Kadiwa at the ADC, features frozen meat products sold at a much lower price than the suggested retail price: Ground Pork – P170/ kilogram, Menudo Cut – P208/ kilogram, Pork Pigue – P220/ kilogram, Pork Belly (liempo) – P260/ kilogram, Pork Chop – P220/ kilogram, Pork Kasim – P220/ kilogram, Pork Pata sliced – P115/ 750 grams, Sinigang Cut – P99/ kilogram, Pork Samgyupasal – P280/ kilogram, Beef Cubes – P290/ kilogram, Ground Beef – P208/ kilogram, Shank – P280/ kilogram, Kneecap – P99/kilogram, Beef Samgyupsal – P350/ kilogram, Chicken Adobo Cut – P99/ 750 grams, Adobo Cut (regular) – P208/ kilogram, Siling labuyo – P170/ kilogram and Red onion – P100/ kilogram.

Kadiwa will always be a better marketing platform to link producers to the consuming public. Tutulong tayo sa pag-maintain ng presyo at pag-mobilize ng mga produkto. With Kadiwa mobilization and facilitation, we will bring the producers and the main suppliers of these commodities direct to the public,” Dar added.