QUEZON CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- To stabilize market prices in the National Capital Region, the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday tapped its regional offices to coordinate with their respective local government units and send food and agriculture products directly to Metro Manila.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar revealed during a virtual briefing that they found out some unscrupolous traders and sellers float the idea of food shortage to jack up prices in the market.
Dar said some provinces in the CALABARZON Region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) have delivered their initial shipments of agricultural products after collaborating with the national government and farmers' cooperatives and organizations.
"We hope to sustain these initiatives in partnership with hog and poultry raisers, and farmers' cooperatives and associations to stabilize food supply and prices in Metro Manila," Dar said.
On Tuesday evening, some 80 metric tons (MT) of pinakbet vegetables arrived at the Juliana market in Balintawak through DA 3 (Central Luzon) led by Director Crispulo Bautista.
While on Monday, some 700 kg. of assorted vegetables and two MT of chicken meat from Calabarzon were downloaded at the Agricultural Training Institute in Quezon City.
He said under the "One DA Holistic Approach", the move is part of the food security strategies aimed at bringing down the prices of basic food items.
In the coming days, more shipments of vegetables and poultry products will arrive in Metro Manila, DA 4-A (Calabarzon) OIC Director Vilma Dimaculangan said.
The towns of Taytay and Coron in Palawan and the province of Marinduque have also shipped initial deliveries of hogs as part of the holistic efforts.
Aside from vegetables, 612 hogs were delivered to PasayCity and Alabang in Muntinlupa for slaughter and trade through the initiative of DA 4-B (Mimaropa) Director Antonio Gerundio. (PIA NCR)