Prevailing prices of basic commodities must be lower – Consumer group

admin   •   January 3, 2019   •   3657

 

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

Presyo ng Pinoy pandesal at tasty, tumaas batay sa bagong SRP

Robie de Guzman   •   January 27, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Inaprubahan ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang hiling ng mga panadero na dagdag presyo sa Pinoy Pandesal at Pinoy Tasty.

Batay sa bagong suggested retail price (SRP) na inilabas ng DTI, mula sa P21.50 na presyo ng Pinoy pandesal ay tumaas na ito sa P23.50 habang ang Pinoy tasty naman na dating P35 ay P38.50 na.

Ayon sa Philippine Federation of Bakers’ Association Inc. (PFBAI), bunsod ito ng patuloy na pagtaas sa presyo ng harina na inaangkat mula sa ibang bansa.

Paliwanag ni PFBAI Vice President Lucito Chavez, hindi pa kasama rito ang pagtaas rin iba pang mga sangkap sa paggawa ng tinapay at presyo ng liquefied petroleum gas na ginagamit sa mga panaderya.

“Dapat noon pang last quarter of 2021 ito tumaas. Yung Department of Trade at consumer group, nakiusap sa producer ng tinapay na ito na huwag munang galawin ang presyo alang-alang sa kapaskuhan. Dapat January, pero mataas yung cases ng COVID. Kami na mismo ang nag-pending. Ginawa naming February,” ani Chavez.

Ayon naman kay PhilBaking President Johnlu Koa, kung tutuusin ay hindi sapat ang itinaas sa presyo ng tinapay.

Kinumprima rin ng grupo ng mga pandero na posibleng magkaroon ulit ng pagtaas sa presyo ng mga naturang tinapay sa buwan ng Marso.

“The initial request was double of what was approved and we fully understood the side of government, Secretary Ramon Lopez. I think they wanted us to consider the possibility of cushioning the impact.

“Kung hindi ako nagkakamali, ang taas ng mga produktong tinapay – itong kinokontrol, itong Pinoy tasty at Pinoy pandesal, kung ako’y tama, hinati ito para hindi mabigla ang bulsa ni Juan dela Cruz at ang kalahati sa buwan ng Marso,” ang pahayag ni Chavez.

Humihingi ng pang-unawa ang mga panadero sa publiko kaugnay sa pagtaas sa presyo ng mga tinapay.

Anila, kailangan ito upang makapagpatuloy ang kanilang operasyon at makipagbigay ng hanapbuhay sa mga umaasa sa paggawa ng tinapay.

 

Consumer group urges ERC to have GenCos’ penalty refunded to consumers

Marje Pelayo   •   June 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Consumer group Laban Konsyumer is expecting a surge in power charges following a series of rotational outages.

According to Atty. Vic Dimagiba, power rates are higher if the supply is thin and those who suffer are the consumers who carry the burden of increased energy rates.

Thus, Dimagiba appeals to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to refund consumers the penalty that the generation companies (GenCos) should pay the agency for the unplanned outages.

This penalty may reach up to a hundred million or billions of pesos, Dimagiba said.

“Ang consumers ang laging napeperwisyo. Tayo naman po ang nagbabayad ng kuryente kaya kung mumultahan ang 17 kumpanyang ito yun pong multa na yun ang dapat makinabang ay consumers din hindi po yung National Treasury,” he said.

In a statement, ERC Chairperson Agnes Devanadera noted that GenCos have gone beyond the allowable unplanned outages for this year.

This prompted the ERC to direct GenCos to submit an explanation for the matter within seven days from receipt of the notice of non-compliance.

But Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi argued they are still waiting for a report from ERC.

“That is being studied by ERC and we are just waiting for their findings, for their recommendations,” Cusi said.

“Nasa batas po kasi yan, so kapag ginawa po yan ng executive, baka mamya ma-anti graft naman po ang executive,” added Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

ERC Regulation number 10 Series of 2020 has set maximum allowable unplanned outages for each generation plant to ensure enough energy supply in the country and to apprehend GenCos, Systems Operators, and transmission network providers in case of violation. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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)

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