DA sets SRP for pork, chicken, fish, sugar, garlic, onion
The Department of Agriculture (DA) will impose a suggested retail price (SRP) for selected agriculture and fishery products to protect consumers against price irregularities in local markets.
A statement showed that Agriculture Secretary William Dar has signed the DA Administrative Circular No. 01, which directed his agency to determine, recommend, and enforce price ceilings when necessary.
Under the Price Act, the DA is directed, whenever necessary, to issue a Suggested Retail Price or SRP for any or all basic necessities and prime commodities under its jurisdiction for the information and guidance of producers, retailers, and consumers.
“The circular covers Metro Manila markets only,” Dar said.
Covered in the circular are the following food items, with their respective SRP per kilogram (kg):
• Pork (pigue/kasim) – P190;
• Chicken (whole, dressed) – P130;
• Sugar (raw, brown) – P45;
• Sugar (refined) – P50;
• Bangus (cage-cultured) – P162;
• Tilapia (pond-cultured) – P120;
• Galunggong (imported) – P130;
• Garlic (imported) – P70;
• Garlic (local) – P120; and
• Red onion (imported) – P95.
“We will conduct regular monitoring of these agri-fishery commodities to protect consumers against hoarding and profiteering of unscrupulous traders and cartels, who manipulate for their advantage the supply, distribution, marketing and prices of basic agri-fishery goods,” Dar said.
“The DA is joining forces with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and respective LGUs in Metro Manila to strictly monitor the prices in public markets on a regular basis, and impose sanctions on erring retailers,” he added.