DA sets SRP for wholesale pork

Marje Pelayo   •   February 9, 2021   •   615

MANILA, Philippines — Government officials conducted a price inspection in several markets to determine if the mandated price cap is being followed.

With the supply from Mindanao and Visayas in transit to Metro Manila, officials want to assure that pork vendors would be able to purchase pork meat from traders at a lower price.

For this reason, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has set a suggested retail price for wholesale of pork.

“Iyong SRP for wholesale ay P235 per kilogram para mayroon ng sapat na kita ang trader doon o yung wholesaler tapos ibigay na sa retailers sapat pa rin ang kita niya within the price cap,” explained Agriculture Sec. William Dar.

As for imported pork, Secretary Ramon Lopez of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said he will oblige supermarkets and public market vendors to put proper labels on pork to identify the imported meat from locally produced meat.

“Kasi kung imported ito at mas mura naipasok dito ay sigurado dapat ang presyo nila mas mababa,” noted Lopez.

Meanwhile, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is waiving market rental fees for meat vendors who joined the pork holiday, a measure that will be recommended to Metro Manila mayors also.

Only 10% sa ating public markets ang nagkaroon ng mga vendors na nagbenenta ng baboy at 21% kahapon ng mga private markets ang nagtinda ng baboy within the price ceiling,” Belmonte noted.

“Sa public markets definitely kapag wala kayong tinda hindi kayo magbabayad ng pwesto ninyo. Gusto natin i-waive yung mga rental fees at ganun din sa mga private markets,” she added.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos also vowed to help enforce standardized measures in all local government units (LGUs)  to ensure that the price ceiling will be implemented across all markets in the metropolis. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

DOH lowers price cap for COVID-19 RT-PCR tests

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday announced it has lowered the price cap for COVID-19 RT-PCR tests.

Under the Department Circular No. 2021-0374 dated August 26, the DOH said the cost of RT-PCR testing in public facilities should be at P2,452 to P2,800.

Meanwhile, RT-PCR tests at private facilities should be priced at P2,940 to P3,360.

Price cap for home service must be at P1,000.

The price limit will be implemented starting Sept. 6.

The DOH said that laboratories, health facilities and other testing centers may impose prices lower than the prescribed price cap, provided that the quality of services is maintained.

The Executive Order No. 118 signed in November 2020 mandated the DOH, in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to determine, formulate, and implement a price cap for COVID-19 testing conducted by hospitals, laboratories and other health facilities, subject to existing rules and regulations.

The price cap shall be subject to change based on the monthly review by the DOH and the DTI.

The DOH warned to impose sanctions against concerned facilities violating the price cap.


Philippines to export more mangoes, pineapples to US

Robie de Guzman   •   August 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More Philippine-grown mangoes and pineapples will soon be exported to the United States, the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced.

The DA said the development comes after its Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) reached a deal during a virtual meeting held on August 12.

“Expanding the export market of Philippine pineapples and mangoes in the US and other countries will not only enhance our national economy, but more importantly, provide increased incomes to thousands of farmers and their families in pineapple- and mango-producing provinces nationwide,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a statement.

The recent agreement between the APHIS and BPI could dramatically increase the country’s exports of pineapples and resume shipments of mangoes to the US via additional ports of entry, he added.

The Philippines currently exports fresh pineapples to the US through Guam, Commonwealth of Marianas Island, and North Atlantic regions. From 2013 to July 15, 2021, exports amounted to only 346,190 kilograms.

The country previously exported fresh mangoes to the US, from 2005 to 2008, totaling 386,099 kilograms, all produced in Guimaras Island, the DA added.

The DA said USDA-APHIS accepted evidence that the Philippines’ main export pineapple variety is not a host to the oriental fruit fly.

The fruit pest, known scientifically as Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), is very destructive and often finds its way into the US, sometimes triggering wide-scale eradication programs.

The Philippines may start shipping pineapples to various US markets before year-end, the DA said.

DA: Metro Manila’s supply of agricultural products enough for ECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   August 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) assures Metro Manila has enough supply of agricultural products for the duration of the two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

According to Agriculture Assistant Secretary Kristine Evangelista, the agency will mobilize rolling stores during ECQ to bring farmers’ produce near the affected communities.

“Mayroon na po tayo ngayong mga truck na may dalang gulay. Ikino-coordinate din po namin ito sa mga local government units para at least yung areas, barangays who need the most ma-cater po natin ang kanilang pangangailangan,” Evangelista said.

Specifically, 10 Kadiwa trucks will be visiting various locations in Metro Manila where consumers may be able to buy basic farm products like chicken, pork, vegetables, and rice among others.

Products are available for wholesale or retail, the official said.

The DA assures all products in their Kadiwa stores are way cheaper than those available in public markets.

Also, on-site Kadiwa stores located at the DA Central office compound and other areas in Metro Manila will remain open.

Meanwhile, transporter of goods or delivery services especially of perishable items are still allowed under ECQ provided they present their food pass which can be obtained from DA.

“We have our database so yung mga na-issue-han last year na nasa database naman po mas mabilis po maiisyuhan ngayon in case nawala nila yung food pass nila. Kung hindi naman po nila nawala ay valid po yan,” Evangelista stressed.

The DA said that although the supply is enough, the prices may vary depending on the prevailing weather condition.


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