DA expands price freeze on basic agri products

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) — The Department of Agriculture has expanded the coverage of the price freeze on selected agricultural products as the Philippines battles COVID-19. 

In an administrative circular signed on April 13, Agriculture Secretary William Dar approved the following suggested retail prices for basic agricultural and fishery commodities:

- Milkfish: ₱162/kg

- Tilapia: ₱120/kg

- Roundscad/Galunggong: ₱130/kg

- Pork (Pigue/Kasim): ₱190/kg

- Pork (liempo) - ₱225/kg

- Whole Chicken: ₱130/kg

- Sugar (refined): ₱50/kg

- Sugar (brown): ₱45/kg

- Red onion: ₱95/kg

- Garlic (imported): ₱70/kg

- Garlic (local): ₱120/kg

The price freeze also now covers more agricultural products including rice, eggs, and cooking oil.

Rice (imported):

Special - ₱51;

Premium - ₱42;

Well-milled - ₱40;

Regular - ₱39;

Rice (local):

Special - ₱53;

Premium - P45;

Well-milled - ₱40;

Regular - ₱33;

- NFA rice, regular-milled - ₱27;

- Chicken egg (medium) - ₱6.50/piece;

- Cooking oil (300ml) - ₱24

- Cooking oil (1 liter)- ₱50.

The department’s “Kadiwa” mobile market will also be redirected to the poor communities in Metro Manila. Through this program, the public can directly buy fresh-produce from the farmers at reasonable price.

“The informal settlers are there, and because they cannot really go to supermarkets much more under ECQ,” Dar said, referring to the enhanced community quarantine.