Department Of Agriculture Issues New Prices For Galunggong, Rice, Eggs + More
With the Philippine economy entering into a recession as the country braces itself for another stretch into the Coronavirus pandemic, households are more concerned than ever about budgeting for their basic necessities. To protect consumers and set precedent for market retailers, the Department of Agriculture (DA) issued a new set of suggested retail prices (SRP) for basic agriculture and fisher commodities sold in public and private wet markets throughout Metro Manila.
Under DA Administrative Order No. 10 signed by Agriculture Secretary William Dar on August 3, the new SRP covers 11 prime commodities including rice, bangus, tilapia, galunggong, pork, chicken, eggs, onions, garlic, sugar and cooking oil.
See the full list of prices below:
*Note that the prices are listed per kilogram unless otherwise stated.
- Rice (local): P53/special; P45/premium; P40/well-milled
- Rice (imported): P52/special; P43/premium; P38/well-milled
- Pork (pigue/kasim): P230
- Pork (liempo): P250
- Whole chicken: P130
- Chicken egg: P6.50/one piece
- Bangus): P169
- Galunggong (imported): P180
- Galunggong (local): P140
- Tilapia: P120
- Sugar (refined): P50
- Sugar (brown): P45
- Red onions: P100
- Garlic: P100
- Cooking oil: P25/350ml; P50/liter.
According to The Philippine Star, the imposition of the new SRP "is in line with the Price Act, which aims to ensure the availability of basic commodities at reasonable prices without denying legitimate businesses a fair return on investment." The law states that prices of basic necessities "shall automatically be frozen or placed under price control" when an area is under a state of calamity. Malacañang officially declared a state of calamity throughout the Philippines due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 16.
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