DILG to Metro Manila LGUs: Ensure that pork, chicken 60-day price ceiling is imposed
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) to ensure that the 60-day price ceiling on pork and chicken ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte is imposed in all markets within their jurisdiction.
DILG Officer-in-Charge Usec. Bernardo Florece, Jr said that President Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) No. 124 to curb the skyrocketing prices of pork and chicken across NCR. He said that LGUs must see to it that the said EO is being implemented “to respond to the plea of ordinary Filipinos of the unreasonble price surge of pork and chicken, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Umaaray na ang ating mga kababayan sa taas ng presyo ng mga bilihin partikular ang baboy at manok and we have to act on their complaints. We therefore direct our Metro Manila Mayors to comply with EO 124 signed by the President and ensure that prices of pork and chicken are regulated in their localities,” said Florece.
“Many have lost their jobs and are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, hence, we owe it to them to make their lives easier by ensuring that the cost of basic commodities do not burden them any further,” he added.
President Duterte signed today EO No. 124 putting a threshold on the prices of pork and chicken to be implemented in Metro Manila. After 60 days, the Department of Agriculture has the option of extending its effectivity.
Florece said that with the signing of EO 124, the plight of the consumers will be addressed as the DILG has been flooded with reports from the public complaining about the excessive price of pork and chicken in markets. “With EO 124, maiibsan ang mga daing ng ating mga kababayan," he said.
As the said EO is only effective within Metro Manila, he urged LGUs outside of NCR to activate their Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) to ensure that prices of commodities are in check and valued accordingly.
He urged LGUs, through the LPCC, to keep an eye on public and private markets down to talipapas in barangays and monitor excessive price hikes to avoid overpricing. Mandated through the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2018-128, LPCC shall address or forestall and monitor exorbitant, excessive and unreasonable price increases within their jurisdiction.
LPCC shall conduct inspection in private and public markets; deputize barangay officials to monitor price hike in communities; and coordinate with other appropriate agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry to prevent unwarranted price increases.
"LPCC will be the eyes of the government in ensuring na walang panlalamang at pandaraya sa presyo ng mga bilihin. Mahirap na po ang pagsubok na ating pinagdadaanan bilang isang bansa at ng ating mga kababayan bunga ng COVID-19, huwag na po nating dagdagan," he said.
He also warned violators that if proven guilty, "the government will not think twice of charging you with criminal cases congruent to the offense you committed."