Prevailing prices of basic commodities must be lower – Consumer group

admin   •   January 3, 2019   •   3451


MANILA, Philippines — There are still no changes in the prices of prime commodities in wet markets.

According to sellers and consumers, the price of basic commodities is at a low level.

At Pritil Market in Tondo Manila, sales declined on the second day of 2019.

“May stock pa sila ng pagkain yung mga binili nila,” said vendor, Alvina Mercado.

Vendors said suppliers have yet to advise on the price increase.

“Ganun pa rin, hindi nagbago ang presyo,” said Aileen Santiago.

The price of chayote (sayote) is still affordable at P30.00 per kilo;eggplant, garlic, and carrots at P80.00 per kilo;cabbage, pechay, baguio beans, onions, tomatoes and potatoes at P60.00 per kilo; ginger at P70 per kilo and upo at P25 per kilo.

Tilapia is sold at P100 per kilo; galunggong at P150 per kilo;banggus at 100 per piece or P200 per kilo; chicken at P150 per kilo while pork is at P240 per kilo.

Consumers are pleased with the low prices of basic commodities on the first day of 2019.

However, a consumer group believes it can still go lower than its prevailing prices.

Laban Konsyumer Group said that farm gate prices have decreased due to drop in prices of petroleum products.

“Hindi lamang dapat stable ang presyo ng pangunahing bilihin. Dapat ito mababa pa dahil ang farm gate price ng gulay at manok at baboy ay mababa. Yung mababang presyo ng farm gate prices hindi agad mag-reflect sa retail kaya dapat tutukan talaga ng monitoring at enforcement,” said Laban Konsyumer President Vic Dimagiba.

Meanwhile, according to economist Wilson Lee Flores, the prices of commodities will be stable in the first month of 2019.

However, the economic effects must be guarded due to the trade war between the United States and China.

“May kaunting epekto sa paghina ng ekonomiya ng buong mundo pero ang magandang balita ang Pilipinas at Asya malakas pa rin ang ekonomiya natin,” said the economist.

Flores said that public would not be surprised with the implementation of the excise tax this year because it already started in 2018.  — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

Consumer group calls for transparency on alleged manipulation of pork prices

Marje Pelayo   •   February 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A consumer group is asking the government to release the result of its investigation on the alleged manipulation of pork prices and supply in the country. 

Laban Konsyumer wants to put an end to the allegation of price and supply manipulation of pork in the country.

Laban Konsyumer president, Atty. Vic Dimagiba, said that if the result of the investigation proves that the price of pork is reasonable, consumer confidence will be regained.

Should there be no manipulation, the names of the businessmen would be cleared.

“Kailangan ang mga tao dapat managot kung may mananagot, whether private individuals or public officials,” Dimagiba said.

“Iyong nagkulang sa paggawa niya ng trabaho ay ilabas na at magsampa ng kaso kung meron naman. kung wala naman isara na nila yung imbestigasyon dahil mabalik din naman yung tiwala ng mga negosyante na hindi sila pinagsisishan ng pamahalaan,” he added.

The group also stands on the side of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the implementation of the price ceiling.

The DA said that the intervention is effective because it already decreased the prices of pork by P100 per kilogram.

“Sa monitoring namin meron pang nagtitinda P350 to P360 pero wala na yung P400 to P450. In effect the price ceiling is successful kasi marami pa rin naman bumebenta ng P270 to P300 na sumusunod,” explained DA Asec. Arnel de Mesa.

On the other hand, Manny Pereja, the market master in Las Piñas Market has filed a petition before the Supreme Court to stop the price ceiling.

“Iyan ang pinaka last resort na nakikita ko na kwestyunin ang Constitutionality ng batas na iyan dahil hindi naman nagre-reflect talaga sa tunay na estado ng ating bilihan talaga o nung hog industry,” Pereja said.

DA officials, however, assure that there will be enough supply in the coming days.

“Ginarantiya na meron na tayong enough supply tomorrow, 100% sa requirement nila,” National Coordinator of DA-Bantay Presyo Jerry Pelayo said. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Transport group questions ‘No Beep Card, No Ride’ policy

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2020

A transport group is questioning the ‘No Beep Card, No Ride’ policy which mandates commuters to have their own beep card with a secured maintaining balance to use the EDSA Busway.

Laban Konsyumer appealed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to suspend the policy until the end of the year. The group’s president Vic Dimaguiba said the department should first clarify the policy, especially when purchasing the cards and maintaining balance.

Iyon po kasing sinasabi na kailangan may remaining balance na 65 pesos that’s a new policy. Ang pinaka-mahalaga po pag-aralan nila ay class ng consumer na gagamit ng beep card sa mga buses (What they say about having the remaining balance of 65 pesos, that’s a new policy. The most important thing they need to review is the class of consumers using beep cards in buses),” he said.

The Chief Commercial Officer of the AF Payments Inc. Sharon Fong, said the maintaining balance is needed in order for operators not to have income losses.

Imagine this scenario if we do not do that and iyong pasahero pays for the lowest fare and ita-tap niya lang is 10 pesos and he took the farthest fare malulugi naman po ang operators (Imagine this scenario if we do not do that and the passenger pays for the lowest fare and only tapped 10 pesos and he took the farthest fare, the operators will sustain losses),” she said.

Meanwhile, the DOTr clarified the difference between Beep Cards and cards used in Beep Rides. In a statement, the DOTr said Beep Cards are used in EDSA Busways, MRT, and LRT while Beep Ride Cards are used in modern jeepneys.

“What that PUV operator is selling is different from the Beep Card (Not Beep Rides Card) being used at the EDSA Busway / MRT / LRT. The actual beep card is interoperable with MRT and LRT. Beep Rides is a totally different company offering AFCS and has totally nothing to do with Beep by AF Payments,” the statement reads. -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Price freeze on basic commodities declared in Batangas

Marje Pelayo   •   January 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has issued a price freeze on basic commodities in the province of Batangas while the province is dealing with the effects of the Taal Volcano eruption.

In an advisory, DTI-Batangas informs all consumers and retailers that based on Section 6 of Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act, prices in an area proclaimed or declared a disaster area or under a state of calamity or under an emergency shall be automatically frozen at their prevailing prices or placed under automatic price control.

The price freeze followed after the entire province was placed under state of calamity for a period of 60 days due to the unrest of Taal Volcano.

Retailers and consumers are thus advised to follow the prevailing prices or price ceilings of basic goods in the province.

Under the Price Act, any retailer violating the list of prevailing prices of basic commodities will be fined P5,000 up to P1-M.

Basic necessities include coffee, bread, instant noodles, salt, bottled water, canned sardines, processed milk, powdered milk and candles among others.



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