Asking poultry raisers to ‘collectively’ raise prices is illegal — PCC
Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said that while it recognizes the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) timely efforts to proactively assist poultry raisers on addressing the falling prices on chicken, an agreement among competitors to collectively raise prices is considered anti-competitive and illegal under Section 14(a) of the Philippine Competition Act.
“To address the concerns of poultry raisers and avoid harm to consumers, it is more efficient to allow producers to independently adjust their own prices or output,” PCC Chairman Arsenio Balisacan said.
“Concerned agencies may also consider pro-competitive forms of assistance such as access to agricultural credit or the provision of research and extension services to boost the productivity of poultry raisers,” he added.
In an earlier Philippine News Agency report, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said there could be a looming shortage of chicken in the country if stakeholders fail to agree on a common ground on prices.
He then proceeded to say that local growers should all agree to increase the “farm gate price by at least P10 every week until such time they are able to reach the level where they will not be losing money anymore”.
Such move, according to PCC, is illegal. Balisacan said that as “the country’s champion for market competition, the PCC stands ready to offer advisory support” to the DA in the formulation of policies that “meet the dual objectives of promoting healthy market competition and improving the welfare of producers in the agriculture sector”.