Govt eyes pork price cap

PARAÑAQUE CITY, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- The national government is eyeing to impose a price cap on pork amid rising food prices, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a report by the Philippine News Agency on Sunday.

Nograles, who chairs the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger, said the Department of Agriculture (DA) is currently studying the possibility of imposing stricter price measures in public markets.

“Tinitingnan din natin ang pag-impose ng price cap para sa presyo ng baboy. Pinag-aaralan ito ng Department of Agriculture. Anyway, nasa state of public health emergency pa naman tayO,” he said.

The last time a price freeze was imposed was in November last year, following the declaration of a state of calamity in Luzon in the wake of Typhoon Ulysses.

Besides COVID-19 pandemic, Nograles admitted that the government is also facing the challenge of addressing African swine fever (ASF) which continues to pull down pork supply in the country while jacking up its prices.

“Meron po talaga kaming challenges diyan dahil sa ASF although marami nang mga hakbang na nagawa ang Department of Agriculture even before dumating ang COVID-19,” he said.

Currently, Nograles said the DA has encouraged shipping pork from ASF-free areas in Visayas and Mindanao to areas experiencing high inflation.

“Naghahanap ng paraan na makakuha ng supply ng baboy mula sa mga areas na walang ASF at dadalhin sa mga merkado, lalo na sa mga urban areas tulad ng Metro Manila, para po ma-stabilize natin ang presyo ng baboy,” he said.

To address soaring prices of vegetables, Nograles said that there is also a need to increase accessibility and supply by boosting the campaign to promote community gardening and urban gardening.

“For us sa Task Force Zero Hunger, ang pinaka-sustainable way for us to ensure yung supply gulay is kailangan natin mag[karoon ng] massive campaign para sa urban gardening, community gardening. ‘Yan po yung pinakamabils,” he said. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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